Tigers win as series goes to wire
Bangladesh Under-19s gained partial revenge for their Test series defeat to England by winning a nailbiting deciding one-day match at Hove.
The Tigers won the fifth youth ODI by one wicket, enough to give them a 2-1 series win over Azeem Rafiq’s side, thanks largely to Mahmudul Hasan’s 70.
Needing just six runs from two overs with two wickets left, Bangladesh almost committed hara-kiri when Nur Hossain was run out.
And Bangladesh scrambled the winning run with an six balls left when England missed a run-out attempt with the scores tied.
England batted first, with the omnipotent Sam Northeast capping a superb series with 62 at the top of the order, though England again slowed when Bangladesh brought on their handful of spinners.
Mahmudul (1-28) and Shabbir Rahman (2-37) did the strangling operation, as England made 196 for eight.
England were heartened to reduce Bangladesh to 59 for four in reply, but Mahmudul brought the tourists back into it with an 85-ball 70, until he became the third of Danny Briggs’ (3-23) victims.
And despite late nerves, Alauddin Babu’s unbeaten 23 proved crucial.
The first of two Twenty20 internationals takes place at Sleaford in Lincolnshire on Tuesday.