Bangladesh U-19 becomes group champion beating Namibia

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Cox’s Bazar, Feb 2: Bangladesh Under-19 have become group champion beating Namibia by eight wickets and taken the top spot of Group A in the Youth World Cup on Tuesday.

Electing to field, Bangladesh skittled out the Namibians for a paltry 65 at Cox’s Bazar’s Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

The hosts will take on Nepal in the quarter-finals while Namibia will face India in the last eight.

Bangladesh skipper Mehedi Hasan Miraz went past Pakistan’s Imad Wasim to become the top wicket-taker in the age group with 74 wickets.

Losing both their openers, Bangladesh reached the target in 16 overs.

However, Bangladeshi openers were also fall shortly though they looked pretty confident in chasing Naminian total of 65 runs.

Fritz Coetzee, the left arm bowler claimed both openers.

Earlier after winning the toss, Bangladesh skipper Mehedi Hasan Miraz decided to field first.

A disciplined bowling attack from the Tigers tore apart the Namibian batting order, restricting them to just 65 runs in 32.5 overs.

Medium pacer Mohammad Saifuddin struck in the fourth over to send back opener Loftie-Eaton.

In the sixth over, Namibian skipper Zane Green was run out without putting anything to the scoreboard.

Later, tiger spinners took control of the match with Saleh Ahmed Shawon, skipper Miraz, who is now the highest wicket taker at U19 level, and Ariful Islam taking two wickets each, while Saeed Sarkar bagged one wicket.

Namibian batsmen – Niko Davin and Lohan Louwrens – only could post double digit runs to the scoreboard.

Namibia reached the quarter-finals with a sensational upset, pulling off a two-wicket win over defending champion South Africa. The Proteas, who also lost their opening game against the Tigers, are now out of contention for the quarter-finals.