Anamul gets his teeth into Sri Lanka
A century from captain Anamul Haque set Bangladesh on the way to a 25-run win over Sri Lanka in their opening ICC Under-19 World Cup encounter.
Haque came to the crease when Soumya Sarkar fell to the second ball of the match for nought and proceeded to dominate a second wicket partnership of 42, to which Liton Das contributed four before becoming the second of Sri Lanka skipper Sanitha de Mel’s three victims.
A more willing ally arrived in the form of Asif Ahmed and by the time Haque fell for 101 with the score 183 for three, he was well on his way to a stylish 84.
Sri Lanka made a good fist of chasing 249 for seven at Allan Border Field and appeared well placed when Angelo Jayasinghe and Lahiru Madushanka put on 85 in a productive fifth-wicket stand. The latter was run out off the penultimate ball of the 36th over for 48 with 107 still required.
De Mel’s run-a-ball 21 contributed to another fifty stand, but his departure in the 44th over proved to be the beginning of the end. Jayasinghe was the eighth man out for 83 as the rate spiralled, and Sarkar atoned for his earlier duck by cleaning up the Sri Lanka innings with 3-10 in 1.4 overs.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Nawaz notched half-centuries as Pakistan stormed to a comprehensive 109-run win over Afghanistan.
Set 253 for six, Afghanistan were never truly in the hunt despite 50 from Hashmatullah Shaidi, losing their last six wickets for 33 runs to be all out for 144 in the 46th over. Pakistan paceman Zia ul-Haq helped himself to 4-30.
An opening stand of 109 gave Zimbabwe a grip they never relinquished against Papua New Guinea at Endeavour Park.
Kevin Kasuza and Luke Masasire hit 97 and 47 respectively, although leg-spinner Christopher Kent took 5-45 to help dismiss the Africans for 249.
Sese Bau’s 34 was the top score in response as Luke Jongwe, Peacemore Zimwa and Matthew Bentley claimed two wickets apiece and Papua New Guinea were dismissed for 145 in 38.1 overs.