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Gazi sets up Bangladesh’s win

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Left-arm spinner Ahmed Shawon Gazi spun a web around Afghanistan’s batsmen to help Bangladesh net its first win in the under-19 one-day tri-series at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake Campus on Sunday.

Gazi had figures of six for 10 to almost single-handedly turn the match in Bangladesh’s favour, giving his side a four-wicket win.

Electing to bat, Afghanistan began steadily with openers Hazratullah Zazai (32) and skipper Ihsanullah Janat (14) putting up a 37-run partnership.

Bangladesh introduced spinners early and that changed the situation drastically, starting a procession of the Afghan batsman to the pavilion. The Afghanistan innings folded up for 85 runs as none of its batsmen after the openers could reach double figures.

Gazi’s figures of 7.2-2.10-6 saw him become 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, the Bangladesh batsmen, except for 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 a bonus point to tally five points from its first win.

Brief scores:

Afghanistan 85 in 30.4 overs (Hazratullah Zazai 32, Saleh Ahmed Shawon Gazi six for 10) lost to Bangladesh 89 for six in 34.4 overs (Mohammed Saif Hassan 32, Zia-ur Rehman two for 20).

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