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Aich-Naim power young Tigers to seal the series

Staff Correspondent
15 Sep 2021 00:31:19 | Update: 15 Sep 2021 09:00:27
Aich-Naim power young Tigers to seal the series
Bangladesh U-19 cricketers Aich Molla (L) and Naimur Rahman (R) pose for the camera their heroics against Afghanistan U-19 team in the 3rd youth ODI at Sylhet – BCB Photo

A century from Aich Mollah followed by a five-wicket haul from Naimur Rahman helped Bangladesh Under-19 team seal the five-match series against Afghanistan U-19 team as they won the third youth one-day internationals by 121 runs. 

Right-handed middle-order batsman Aich rescued the Bangladesh U-19 team from 6 -2 to 222-6 with 108 off 130 balls after the hosts won the toss and elected to bat first at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

Opener Prantik Nowrose Nabil was bowled for one by Faisal Khan Ahmadzai in the very second over of the match and one-down batsman Khalid Hossain also departed for a duck leaving the team struggling at the start.

Aich steadied the ship with a half-century partnership with Mofijul Islam, who departed after making 27 runs.

Wickets were kept falling at regular intervals on the other end, but Aich held his ground and took the team to a modest total after 50 overs.

His innings featured eight boundaries and four sixes. Abdullah Al Mamun was the second-highest scored with 32 runs.

Faisal Khan Ahmadzai was the most successful Afghan bowler with 3-39.

The Afghans were strangled by Bangladeshi bowler from the very beginning with right-arm medium pacer Ripon Mondol leading the attack to claim three wickets.  But it was Naimur Rahman, who did the maximum damage with his left-arm spin bowling.

Naim took five wickets for only 17 runs after picking four wickets in the previous game, taking his wicket tally to 11 in three matches of the series so far.

Aich was judged player of the match for his crucial knock, Bangladesh leads the five-match series 3-0.

Bangladesh Under-19 team won the previous two matches respectively by 16 runs and three wickets.

The next youth ODI will take place on Friday.