After winning the series on Indian soil, the youth of Bengal seem to be flying in the Under-19 Asia Cup. After losing to Nepal by a big margin in the first match, Rakibul Bahini also defeated Kuwait in the second match on Saturday (December 25). And in the semi-finals of the tournament with a continuous victory, the Damal boys of Bengal have already set foot with one foot.
After losing the toss at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, the Bangladesh U-19 team made a mountainous collection against Kuwait in Mahfizul Islam’s century. Rakibul Hasan Bahini lost 10 wickets and scored 291 runs. Young Turkish Mahfizul scored 112 runs alone. He hit 12 fours and 4 sixes on the way to such impeccable batting.
Kuwait, meanwhile, did not have a good start as it chased down mountainous targets. They broke the opening pair by scoring only 5 runs on the scoreboard. After that Kuwait started losing wickets one by one. The youth of Bengal lost the team by 222 runs.
Mitt Bhavsar, the team captain for Kuwait, tried to put up a little resistance. He played a combative innings of 43 runs. However, no one else could do anything with the bat.
Earlier, Bangladesh did not have a good start in the first innings. Bangladesh lost opener Iftekhar Hossain by just 3 runs. Iftekhar went back for 2 runs. After that Mahfizul made a pair of 74 runs with Aich Mollah. Aich Mollah fell victim to Abdullah Farooq by 20 runs. Then Mahfizul and Ariful Islam made 53 runs together.
When Bangladesh lost the fourth wicket, 164 runs were scored on the score board. Mahfizul was dismissed for 198 runs. He scored 112 off 119 balls. He had 12 fours and 4 sixes in his innings. In the end, Mehrab was showing hope in the big collection of Bangladesh. He was batting against the Kuwaiti bowlers. But after scoring 42 off 175 strikeouts from 24 balls, he became the victim of Abdul Sadiq.
After that, Bangladesh’s innings almost stopped. 300 was expected but in the end it did not happen. Among the rest, Tahajibul Islam scored 25, Rakibul Hasan 21, Mushfiqur Hasan 13, Naimur Rahman 10 and Ripon Mandal 6 runs. Abdul Sadiq took 3 wickets for Kuwait. Mohammad Umar and Henry Thomas took two wickets each.
In the previous match against Nepal, young Tiger marginal Nowroz Nabil scored a century for Bangladesh. 126 runs from 112 balls came from his bat. Nabil had 11 fours and one six in his innings. In that match, Nepal lost by a big margin of 154 runs. Rakibul Hasan scored 298 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 50 overs. In reply, Nepal’s innings was reduced to 143 runs.