U-19 World Cup: Pakistan crush Bangladesh in Antigua

In the Super League playoff semifinals of the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup, Bangladesh lost to Pakistan by six wickets in Antigua on Monday.

Bangladesh batted first after winning the toss, but they failed to post a challenging total on the board. Despite a century by Ariful Islam, Bangladesh managed to post only 175 for all wickets in 49.2 overs.

Ariful scored 100 off 119 balls with five fours and four sixes. The second-highest runs, 25, came from the bat of Iftakher Hossain.

For Pakistan, Awais Ali and Mehran Mumtaz bagged three wickets each.

In reply, Pakistan chased the target of 176 in 46.3 overs with six wickets in hand. Wicketkeeper-batter Haseebullah Khan scored 79, while opener Muhammad Shehzad hit 36. Irfan Khan and Abdul Faseeh scored 24 and 22, respectively.

For Bangladesh, Rakibul Hasan bagged two wickets while Naimur Rohman took one wicket.

It was the last match of Bangladesh in this edition of the U-19 World Cup.

Earlier, Bangladesh lost their campaign opener against England but won against Canada and the United Arab Emirates to march to the Super League quarter-finals where they lost to India.

Bangladesh started this edition of the U-19 World Cup as the defending champions, but they failed to defend the title.

Source: United News of Bangladesh