Bangladesh reach semi-finals with six-wicket win over Nepal

Zakir Hasan (right) celebrating his fifty against Nepal in the quarter-final.
Zakir Hasan (right) celebrating his fifty against Nepal in the quarter-final.

Bangladesh 215-4 (Hasan 75no) beat
Nepal 211-9 (Rijal 72) by six wickets
Quarter-Final, Mirpur, ICC U-19 World Cup

Unbeaten fifties from Zakir Hasan and Mehedi Hasan Miraz ensured a six-wicket win for Bangladesh over Nepal in the quarter-final of the ICC U-19 World Cup, securing a semi-final berth for the first time in an ICC tournament.

Nepal won the toss and opted to bat first. Bangladesh made early inroads by dismissing Sandeep Sunar (7) and Yogendra Singh Kharki (1) inside seven overs.

A 44-run stand between Sunil Dhamala (25) and Raju Rijal (72) rebuilt the innings for Nepal. Dhamala was run out in the 19th over but a 51-run stand between Aarif Sheikh (21) and Rijal ensured that Nepal were in a comfortable position at the half-way mark.

Rijal brought up his fifty in 58 balls. However, Nepal lost three quick wickets which dented their momentum.

Handy contributions from the lower order ensured that Nepal finished with 211 for nine in their 50 overs. A total of four Nepal players were run out in the innings.

Saif Hassan (5) fell early in the chase but Bangladesh recovered thanks to a 46-run partnership between Pinak Ghosh (32) and Joyraz Sheik (38).

When Ghosh fell in the 20th over, Nepal made a comeback of sorts by taking three wickets between overs 20 and 29.

However, Hasan (75) and Miraz (55) batted positively and posted a crucial 117-run unbeaten stand. Hasan brought up his fifty in 67 balls while Miraz soon followed it up with 59-ball half-century.

In the 49th over, Hasan struck a four and a six to hand Bangladesh a six-wicket victory and a berth in the semi-finals of the tournament. Miraz was adjudged the man of the match.

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