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Bangladesh boy Anik hits first century of the Cup

Abu Dhabi: Shadman Islam Anik scored the first century of the U-19 World Cup and was involved in an unbeaten partnership of 216 runs with Joyraz Sheik (81 not out) to take Bangladesh to an authoritative 10-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the group ‘B’ match at the Shaikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

Anik’s rock solid unbeaten knock of 126 came from 142 deliveries and it was embroidered with 14 hits to the fence and a six. Bangladesh off spinner Mosaddek Hossain also impressed with exceptional figures of 3 for 10.

On a forgettable day for Afghanistan, where all the six bowlers tried went wicket-less, the only plus was their batting. Mohammad Mujtaba (47), Hashmatullah Shaidi (43) and Nasir Ahmadzai (41 not out) were the major contributors as the Afghans managed 212 in 50 overs.

“It was really great to score a century in the first match. We just wanted to play straight and not give any wickets in the first 10 overs. I really enjoyed getting to the century with a boundary,” said a pumped up Anik after receiving the Man of the Match award.

What impressed most was the temperament shown by the duo in going about the run-chase. They just milked the Afghan attack with ease and were in total control, be it pace or spin. “I told Anik to keep going for his shots whenever he had the opportunity and I will hold one end. We didn’t do well here in the Asia Cup and were very disappointed. We wanted to prove a point and that, by the grace of God, happened,” felt Sheik adding, “We had not played together much but the 160 partnership against the local team BKSP in the practice tournament helped to understand each other better.

The match between Australia and Namibia turned out to be a one-sided affair as the former won the contest comfortably by 101 runs. Taking the first share of the crease, Australia managed to post 242 for 7 in 50 overs. Opener Matthew Short was in supreme touch as he went on to top score with 96 off 138 deliveries and it was studded with nine hits to the fence. Useful contributions also came from Jaron Morgan (33), Ben McDermott (45), Jake Doran (20 and Alex Gregory (25).

For Namibia, the only plus being the performance of their pacer Bredell Wessells and Jonathan Smit, who finished with four and three wickets, respectively. Wessells later also contributed with the bat with a 43 and if you remove that knock, there would have been very little for Namibia to show on that scorecard.

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Brief Scores: Afghanistan Under-19s 212 (Mohammed Mujtaba 47, Hashmatullah Shaidi 43 and Nasir Ahmadzai 41 not out, Mosaddek Hossain 3 for 10) lost to Bangladesh U-19s 216/0 (42.3 ov) (Shadman Islam 126 not out, Joyraz Sheik 81 not out) win by 10 wickets.

Australia U-19 242/7 (Matthew Short 96, Jaron Morgan 33, Ben McDermott 45, Jake Doran 20 and Alex Gregory 25, Bredell Wessells 4 for 50) beat Namibia U-19s 141 (44.2 ov) (Bredell Wessells 43, James Bazley 3 for 25, Mathew Fotia 3 for 23) win by 101 runs.