By Staff Writers | August 11, 2012
Bangladesh kicked off their ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 campaign with a 25-run win over Sri Lanka at Allan Border Field in Brisbane today.
Led by a superb century from captain Anamul Haque (101 off 127 – 9x4s, 1x6s), Bangladesh scored 249/7 in their 50 overs.
Haque arrived at the crease with his side at 0/1 in the first over but quickly took control of the innings. He forged a match-winning stand of 141 with Asif Ahmed, who scored a composed 84 off 114 balls (6x4s).
The pair batted into the final 10 overs, with Haque’s century being greeted with excited celebrations from a vocal group of Bangladesh fans in the stands.
The Bangladesh captain admitted that he felt confident of batting well coming into the game.
"The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is a very big opportunity for all of us, and I was confident today that when my opportunity came I would be ready," Haque said, in a statement released by the ICC.
"I wanted to make 50 and then make 100. We got a partnership going which helped a lot and Asif batted fantastically – I think it was probably the best innings of his career."
The Bangladesh skipper said the pitch at Allan Border Field had been excellent for batting.
"It was a bit difficult early on but after the first hour it became a very good wicket," he said.
Sri Lanka’s run chase suffered from the loss of wickets at regular intervals. Haque praised the work of his new ball duo of Dewan Sabbir and Taksin Ahmed.
But it was the seventh bowler that Haque called upon Soumya Sarkar who wrapped up the win. Sarkar, a right-arm pace bowler, picked up 3/10 in 1.4 overs to wrap-up the game.
He took the key wicket of Sri Lanka’s top-scorer Angelo Jayasinghe (83 off 121 – 6x4s, 1x6s). Along with Jayasinghe, Lahiru Madushanka (48 off 59 – 2x4s, 1x6s) also contributed with the bat and helped put on a decisive partnership with Jayasinghe.
Sri Lanka U19s’ next match will take place on Monday against Namibia at the same venue.
Bangladesh 249/7 (50 overs) – (Anamul Haque 101, Asif Ahmed 84 – Sanitha de Mel 3/46)
Sri Lanka 224 all out (48.4 overs) (Angelo Jayasinghe 83, Lahiru Madushanka 48 – Soumya Sarkar 3/10, Taskin Ahmed 2/44)
Player of the match
Anamul Haque (Bangladesh)
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