Ariful Islam’s counter-punching fifty and a fiery spell by left-arm pacer Maruf Mridha helped Bangladesh safe a four-wicket win over India to succeed in the ultimate of the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup right here Friday.
On a barely double-paced pitch, Indian batters struggled to get going earlier than getting bundled out for 188 in 42.4 overs, with Musheer Khan (50) and Murugan Abhishek (62) doing the majority of scoring.
Maruf took 4 for 41 to provide early jolts to India within the second semifinal. Despite some jitters, Bangladesh went over the road fairly comfortably in 42.5 overs with Islam (94 off 90 balls) defending the Indian cost with an attractive innings.
However, Maruf kickstarted India’s poor day with an excellent opening spell. The pacer discovered some bounce and swing upfront to cut back India to 13 for 3 inside seven overs. Openers Adarsh Singh, Arshin Kulkarni and captain Uday Saharan returned with out troubling the scorers a lot.
But Musheer and Abhishek shared an 84-run alliance for the seventh-wicket to rescue India from a precarious 61 for six. They batted fluently and Musheer introduced up his fifty off 59 balls.
Abhishek clobbered Sheikh Jibon for an enormous six over long-off to carry his fifty in 64 balls. However, each the batters departed with out constructing additional as India sank to a modest complete.
In reply, Bangladesh too made a shaky begin and was 34 for 3 in 9.4 overs. But Islam discovered an ready alley in Ahrar Amin (44 off 101 balls) because the duo milked 138 runs for a cussed fourth-wicket stand to peg India again.
Islam was a bit circumspect to start with however as soon as discovered his vary, the right-hander performed some delectable photographs across the park to disclaim Indian bowlers for a protracted whereas.
Bangladesh misplaced a few extra wickets in direction of the tip, however that solely created a synthetic pleasure.
In the primary semifinal, UAE shocked fancied Pakistan by 11 runs to arrange a date with Bangladesh within the remaining.
UAE made 193 all out largely because of 55 off 57 balls by captain Aayan Khan and a 70-ball 46 by opener Aryansh Sharma. They then defended the goal zealously to bowl out Pakistan to 182 all out with three balls to spare.