Topley tames Tigers
Reece Topley took five wickets as England saw off Bangladesh by four wickets in their Under-19 World Cup fifth place play-off semi-final at Endeavour Park in Townsville.
The Essex left-arm seamer returned impressive figures of 5-32 off 10 overs to restrict the Tigers to 217 for seven, despite 102 from opener Litton Das and Anamul Haque’s 56.
Sam Wood and Ben Foakes overcame the early loss of Daniel Bell-Drummond with 46 and 47 in a second-wicket stand of 84, and, despite two wickets for Taskin Ahmed, Adam Ball and Aneesh Kapil led England home with 10 balls remaining thanks to an unbroken partnership of 60.
Ball’s decision to field reaped instant rewards when Topley bowled Soumya Sarkar in the third over.
However, the young Lions were met by some fearful resistance from Das and Haque, who took the score to 122 in a 25-over stay at the crease.
Das moved to three figures, but Sam Wood ended Haque’s 80-ball knock, which included eight fours.
Topley triggered a collapse that saw five wickets fall for just 25 runs when he had Salman Hossain caught behind by Foakes and then bowled Al-Amin in successive overs.
Foakes stumped Das off Tom Knight’s spin before Topley completed his five-wicket haul with the dismissals of Nurul Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain as Bangladesh's innings stumbled.
Bell-Drummond fell to Taskin off the fifth ball of England's reply, but Wood and Foakes steadied the ship in a 15-over spell.
Wood was the more watchful of the two, occupying the crease for 74 balls, whereas Foakes struck a quartet of fours and trio of sixes in 39 deliveries.
The latter went to Al-Amin and Ben Duckett was run out for 14 to leave England 109 for three in the 20th over.
Hossain then accounted for Wood and, although the dismissals of Kishen Velani and Craig Overton for 27 left England in trouble, Ball and Kapil came to the rescue.
The pair played sensibly, with Ball ending unbeaten on 34 and Kapil one less to set up a fifth-place final against either Pakistan or West Indies, who play tomorrow.