Bangladesh crush Windies U19s to take 2-1 series lead

A hat trick by Zubair Likhon along with half-centuries from Sadman Islam Anik and Jashim Uddin propelled Bangladesh U19s to a 198-run mauling of their West Indies counterparts yesterday in the third of the seven-match Under-19 One Day Internationals played at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.

Bangladesh won the toss, elected to bat and amassed 286 for 8 off their 50 overs.

They were indebted to  opener Anik who stroked 95 off 122 balls  falling short of a century by five runs. He was supported

Zubair Likhon celebrates his hat-trick. (Orlando Charles photo)
Zubair Likhon celebrates his hat-trick. (Orlando Charles photo)

by the in-form wicket-keeper Uddin who struck 68, his third half-century of the tour and his second consecutive of the series.

The bowling was spearheaded by Likhon whose hat-trick figures of two overs 3 for 7, reinforced by Rahuttul’s 4.3 overs 3 for 9 and Nehad’s four overs 2 for 21, sent the West Indies crashing to their lowest total of the series so far.

Chasing 287 for a win, the West Indies were never in the game and were routed for a paltry 88 in 18.3 overs equaling their lowest ODI score which they made against Pakistan in 2004. Shimron Hetemeyer (17), Jeremy Solozano (17), Leroy Lugg (16), and Fabian Allen (15) not out, were the only batsmen to reach double figures.

Earlier, opener Munim Shahriar Jummon (1) was dismissed caught by wicketkeeper Hetemyer (who took over the gloves from Tarryck Coleman) off the bowling of Jofra Archer. At 5 for 1, Uddin joined Anik and made amends for the early loss, motoring along their way adding 116 for the second wicket.

Uddin soon brought up his half-century and the pair raised the team’s century mark in the 26th over, but, after looking dangerous and hitting Gabriel for a boundary in the 28th over, he was then trapped LBW.

The 35th over saw the bat of Anik being raised as he signaled his patient half century and along with new batsman Mossadek Saikat (32), the pair added another vital top-order partnership of 60 before Saikat was bowled by Windies skipper Ramaal Lewis in the 39th over leaving the score 181 for 3.

After a brisk innings of 25, Nazmul Hasan Shanto was run out and soon after the skipper Mehedi Hasan Miraj (23), was caught by Bryan Charles off the bowling of Gabriel.

Abu Sarker Saeed (7), was stumped by Hetemyer, while Javed Rahuttul (2) was ran out by Charles leaving Prodhan Rifat (9) and UZzaman Nehad (4) unbeaten at the end of the overs.

West Indies bowlers were not as potent as they were on this surface a few days ago. Gabriel grabbed 3 for 51, while Lewis and Joseph picked up one each.

The early wickets of Solozano, Gabriel (0), Lugg and Hetemyer saw the tourist’s slow bowling unit cleaning up the majority of the West Indies top order leaving them reeling at 72 for 4 at the end of 13 overs.

Coleman (8) was bowled in the 17th over by Rahuttul, followed by the run out of Lewis. The 18th over saw Zubair picking up his hat-trick after removing Archer, Jones, and Charles all without scoring. Joseph (1) was the last man to go in the 19th over leaving Allen stranded on 15 not out.

Match number four is scheduled to bowl off at 9:00hrs at the Everest Sports Club on Monday.

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