Mahmudul steers Bangladesh to first ever U-19 WC final


DHAKA, Feb 6, 2010 (BSS)- It was a match-winning century came from the bat of Mahmudul Hasan Joy steered Bangladesh to first ever U-19 Cricket World Cup final with an overwhelming six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second semifinal at Potchefstroom on Thursday.

Bangladesh will now take on mighty India in the final scheduled to be held on Sunday (February 9) at the same venue.

Mahmudul played a classy knock of 100-run off 127 balls and also
involved two important partnerships. He first shared 68 runs with Towhid Hridoy (40) for the third wicket stand and again paired 101 runs stubborn partnership with Shahadat Hossain for the fourth wicket stand, to take Bangladesh closer to the victory, after New Zeland set a winning target of 212 runs.

The right handed batsman Mahmudul smashed 13 fours before giving a return catch to Tashkoff.

Shahadat, who provided an ample support to Mahmudul during the Bagladesh’s chase, completed the remaining formalities along with Shamim Hossain as Bangladesh chase down the target making 215 runs for the loss of three wickets with 35 balls to spare.

Shahadat hit four boundaries during his 47 balls stay on the crease.

Kristian Clarke, David Hancock Adithya Ashok and Jesse Tashkoff all shared one Bangladesh’s wicket.

Mahmudul Hasan Joy of Bangladesh was named the player of the match for his match-winning century.

Earlier, India crushed Pakistan by 10 wickets to storm into their third successive final in the tournament.

Earlier, Bangladesh U-19 cricket team restricted New Zealand U-19 cricket team to 211 for 8, courtesy of some tight line and length from the bowlers.

Forced to bat first by Bangladesh New Zealand, Bangladesh picked up early wickets with Shamim Hossain taking the first wicket New Zealand opener Rhys Mariu in the second over of the innings before Rakibul Hasan, who finished the figures of 35 for 1 in 10 overs, struck again on New Zealand innings picking up the wicket of another opener Ollie White in the 12th over, leaving the Black Cap in a trouble.

The Tigers’ bowlers continued their domination Shamim picked up his second wicket on the day dismissing Fergus Lellman for 24 while Hasan Murad joined the party picking up the wicket of Black cap’s captain Jesse Tashkoff for 10. After losing four wickets for 74 runs in the 26th over, Nicholas Lidstone and Beckham Wheeler-Greenall took the responsibility to repair the
damage with a useful partnership of 67-run for the fifth wicket stand.

Beckham played a responsible unbeaten innings of 75 off 83 deliveries with five boundaries and two over boundaries to take the team’s total over 200 mark while Nicholas supported him with a priceless knock off 44 off 74 balls laced with two boundaries before he was trapped leg before wicket by young left-arm pacer Shoriful Islam who was the most impressive with ball
taking three wickets for 45 runs.

Apart from Shariful’s three wickets haul, Shamim and Hasan shared two wickets giving away 31 and 34 runs respectively.