Bangladesh A beat Afghanistan A by 21 runs in their last Group A match to make sure they would be in the semifinals of the ACC Emerging Asia Cup, which is taking place at the P.Sara Oval in Colombo. Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
On Friday, the first semifinal will be held at the same place.
Bangladesh A will play against the runner-up in Group B, which means they will either play India or Pakistan. On Wednesday, they will play each other in their last group game.
After scoring 308 for 7, the team led by Saif Hassan held Afghanistan A to 287 for 8, which was enough to get them through because they had a much higher net run rate.
Riaz Hassan hit seven fours and two sixes in his 105-ball 78, and Bahir Shah hit an unbeaten 53 in 50 balls, but it wasn’t enough for Afghanistan A.
Bangladesh Sheikh Mahedi and Rakibul Hasan, both spin bowlers for team A, gave up only 63 runs in 20 overs. Rakibul Hasan took two wickets, and Tanzim Hasan Sakib did it again by taking three.
Earlier, Bangladesh A’s batsman Mahmudul Hasan Joy hit a century, helping his team reach 308 for 7.
Joy got 100 off of 114 deliveries by hitting 12 fours and 2 sixes. Zakir Hasan, who bats with his left hand, got 62 off of 72 deliveries by hitting six fours and two sixes. Soumya Sarkar got 48 runs off of 42 balls, and Sheikh Mahedi got 36 runs off of 19 balls quickly by hitting six fours and one six.
After Bangladesh chose to bat, Naim Sheikh once again couldn’t make a difference. The left-hander exited after hitting 18 off 19 tosses. Tanzid Hasan (9) and captain Saif Hasan (4) also left quickly, and Bangladesh was in trouble with a score of 34 for 3 after six overs.
Then, Joy and Zakir kept the ship going and added 117 runs to the score. Bangladesh added 52 runs in the last five overs of their match, thanks to Soumya and Mahedi’s late start.