Left-arm spinner Ahmed Shawon Gazi spun a web around Afghanistan to help Bangladesh net their first win in the International under-19 one-day tri-series here at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake Campus on Sunday. Gazi scalped six Afghan batsman, conceding just 10 runs and almost single-handedly turned the match in favour of Bangladesh, who won by four wickets.
Afghanistan, electing to bat, began steadily with openers Hazratullah Zazai (32) and skipper Ihsanullah Janat (14) putting up a 37 run partnership. Bangladesh introduced spinners early on and that changed the situation drastically, starting a procession of the Afghan batsman to the pavilion. The Afghanistan batting folded up for 85 runs as none of their batsmen after the initial two could reach double figures. Gazi returned figures of 7.2-2.10-6 becoming the most successful bowler in the tournament so far, while his captain and off-spinner Mehedy Hasan Miraz scalped two to complete the dominance of spin.
Chasing a paltry target, Bangladesh batsmen, except opener Mohammad Saif Hassan (32), failed to apply themselves against the Afghanistan bowlers. Bangladesh made it look like a struggle, losing regular wickets, but eventually managed to overhaul the target in 34.4 overs losing six wickets. Bangladesh collected five points, including a bonus.
Afghanistan Under-19: 85 all out (Hazratullah 32; Saleh Ahmed Gazi 6/10, Mehedi Hasan 2/19) lost to Bangladesh Under-19: 89/6; 34.4 overs (Saif Hassan 32; Zia-ur-Rehman 2/20, Karim Janat 2/23).