Bangladesh Under-19s v England Under-19s - 2nd Youth ODI – Match Recap
Bangladesh 256 v England 237 - Bangladesh Under-19s won by 19 runs
On Monday, January 23, 2012 Bangladesh Under – 19s took a lead of 2-0 in the seven-match Youth One Day International (ODI) series after beating rivals England Under-19s by 19 runs in the second match of the series at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.
England, after winning the toss chose to field first in a bid to restrict the hosts on a meagre total in the 50-over game.
Bangladesh openers, Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das gave their side an outstanding opening stand of 50 runs as the batsmen hammered the bowlers right from the word go to put pressure on the fielding side.
Sarkar was the first causality of the day as he lost his wicket after playing a nifty innings of 23 runs.
With 98 runs on the board, the batting side lost their second wicket when Das found his way back to the pavilion after playing a stupendous knock of 53 runs.
It was then time for number-three batsman Salman Hossain and skipper Asif Ahmed to shine as the batsmen took the England bowlers to task by smacking them all around the park – taking the sting out of the English bowling attack.
With 192 runs on the board, Hossain was dismissed after playing a knock of 59 runs in the 38th over.
Wicketkeeper/batsman, Nurul Hasan, then lost his wicket cheaply as he was dismissed on four runs. At the time of his wicket, Bangladesh were on 196 runs.
Ahmed was the next wicket to fall he was dismissed after playing an innings of 45 runs. After this wicket, Bangladesh suffered a batting collapse as none of the remaining batsmen could play a big innings.
In the end, the home side bolstered a respectable tally of 256 runs for the loss of nine wickets.
From England, spinners Sam Wood and Rammy Singh bagged three wickets each to prevent the batting side from getting carried away.
Needing 257 runs to win, England had a decent start to their innings as they lost their first wicket with 70 runs on the board. Opener Wood was the first causality as he fell after scoring 30 runs.
With 110 runs on the board, the tourists lost their second wicket when number-three batsman Ben Foakes found his way back to the pavilion after scoring 19 runs.
From England, Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sam Kelsall were the highest scorers with 92 and 43 runs. Nonetheless, the side still lost the match as England could muster 237 runs for the loss of seven wickets.
DJ Bell-Drummond was named as the Player of the Match for his outstanding batting performance in the clash.