Terrific Rakibul leads Bangladesh to ICC U19 WC semifinal


DHAKA, Jan 30, 2020 (BSS) – Left-arm spinner Rakibul Hasan claimed 5-19 in a gem of spin bowling as Bangladesh Under-19 sealed the semifinal of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, crushing hosts South Africa by 104-run in the Super League Quarterfinal-3 at Potchefstroom on Thursday.

Rakibul’s bowling helped Bangladesh to bowl South Africa out for 157 in 42.3 overs after the batters came up with a stellar performance that saw them compiled 261-5 after being sent to bat first.

Opener Tanzid Hasan was the highest scorer for the side with 84 ball-80, striking a dozen of boundaries. Shahadat Hossain blasted an unbeaten 74 off 76 with seven fours and one six while Towhid Ridoy chipped-in-with 51.

Riding on three half-centuries, Bangladesh racked up a total that helped them reach a comfortable position.

Bangladeshi youths got a decent start through openers Parvez Hossain Emon and Tanzid Hasan, who combined for a 60-run for the opening stand with the former making 17.

Mahmudul Hasan Joy (3) couldn’t contribute much but Tanzid shared another significant 57-run with Ridoy before being dismissed. Ridoy and Shahadat then added 102-run for the fourth wicket stand in a show of attacking batting. Though Ridoy was removed after reaching the half-century, Shahadat batted till the last to ensure that Bangladesh would get a healthy total.

Desperate to seal the semifinal deal, Bangladesh came up with tight bowling and Tanzim Hasan Shakib made the first breakthrough by removing Khanya Cotani for 15.

Rakibul Hasan then appeared in the stage and sliced the top-order of South Africa, dismissing opener Jonathon Bird (35), captain Bryce Parsons (7) and Pheko Moletsane (1).

Luke Beaufort however held together the South African innings but Rakibul came back in his second spell to get the better of him as he scored 60.

Along with Rakibul, Shoriful Islam and Shamim Hossain also joined in the carnage to leave South Africa in vulnerable state. The trio cleaned up the tail to ensure Bangladesh’s massive victory.

Apart from Rakibul’s five-for, Tanzim Hasan Shakib snapped up 2-41 while Shoriful Islam and Shamim Hossain took one wicket apiece.