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Bangladesh bag men’s cricket gold

SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka
Bangladesh bag men’s cricket gold
Bangladesh U23 cricketers celebrate with gold medal after beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the XIII S A Games men’s cricket final in Kirtipur, Nepal yesterday. BCB Photo

Bangladesh men’s U-23 cricket team grabbed gold after their women’s counterparts when they also thrashed Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the T20 final of the South Asian Games men’s cricket competition at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground at Kirtipur, Nepal yesterday.

This was the second gold medal for Bangladesh men’s cricket team after they led by Mohammad Mithun won the credible medal at home turf in 2010.

After being sent into bat, Sri Lanka managed to score 122 on the board before being all-out after which Bangladesh comfortably chased down the target with seven wickets in hand and 11 balls remaining.

Chasing the mediocre  target, Bangladesh made a good start through their opening stand of Saif Hassan and Soumya Sarkar before the fall of the latter, who clubbed four boundaries in his 28-ball 27 innings.

Saif then added another 39 with Nazmul Hossain Shanto for the second-wicket stand. The opener hit 33 off 30, clubbing two successive shots over the ropes along with three boundaries before being an unfortunate run out by Ashen Bandara.

On-song Shanto, who had a good tournament smashing 49, 75* and 35* in his previous three matches, wanted to slot the team with Yasir Ali Chowdhury but the latter caught out by Kavishka Anjula off Sachindu Colombage after scoring for 19.

By then, the captain and Afif Hossain Drubo made sure that Bangladesh hunt down the target without losing further wicket with the latter striking a boundary to take Bangladesh over the ropes with 11 deliveries to spare during his 28-ball 35.

Earlier, a pace and spin combined bowling effort helped Bangladesh men’s cricket team restrict Sri Lanka to 122 in the men’s cricket final of the Games in Nepal. Pacer Hasan Mahmud and left-arm spinner Tanvir Islam claimed five wickets between them. Hasan bagged three for 20 and Tanvir captured a brace for 28 in their respective four-over quota. Later Hasan was named player of the match.

Before the final, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh faced off each other in the group-phase match, where the islanders had completely dominated Bangladesh and made them taste the first sour in the tournament. They flattened Youth Tigers with a nine-wicket loss that drew flaks from all the fronts.

Bangladesh ensured their final berth by winning three straight matches. And so, the fourth match against Sri Lanka became dead rubber for them. For this, Bangladesh dropped some players to give them rest for the final.

Having won the toss, Bangladesh skipper opted to field first on Kirtipur track where Sri Lanka had to struggle for runs. Though the opening pair started brilliantly, they mislaid three top-order batsmen-Nishan Madushka, Lasith Croospulle and Kamindu Mendis in the space of six deliveries.

Of them, Lasith Croopsule, who had demolished Bangladesh attack in the previous dead rubber and Kamindu Mendis fell in the same over from Hasan Mahmud. Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka then attempted to extend the total but they fell to Mahedi Hasan’s spin trap in the 12th over. Shammu Ahsan smoked a team-high 25 off 20.

Wickets were falling at regular interval as Sri Lanka were bundled out for 122 in the final delivery of the 20th over.

Kamindu Mendis, who stroked a hundred along with snared wickets in every match he played in the tournament, was adjudged player of the series for his all-round performance. 

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