That’s it! In the quarter-finals of the Youth World Cup, the youth of Bangladesh played professional cricket with the youth of South Africa. Expecting professionalism at the under-19 level can be overthinking at this time. But the cricket that Touhid, Tanzid Hassan, Shahadat Hossain, and Rakibul Hasan played in Pachyfestrum today has no way to avoid the word ‘professionalism’. At the end of the match, the commentator said, “Great professional performance.”
The target of 212 was challenging for South Africa. This is due to the influx of spinners in the slow wicket of Pachyfestrum. Left-arm spinner Rakibul Hasan bowled wonderful, he took 5 wickets for only 15 runs. This is the second-best bowling performance for Bangladesh in the Under-19 World Cup.
Not only Rakibul bowled well but also medium-pacer Tanzim Hassan Shakib, off-spinner Shamim Hossain, and left-arm medium-pacer Shariful Hasan did not leave the youth South African batsmen without challenge. Tanzim took 2 for 41. Sharif and Shami took one wicket each. Luke Beaufort fought alone for South Africa. His 60 runs by 91 balls with 6 fours and opener Jonathan Bird scored 35. At the beginning of the innings, wicketkeeper Akbar Ali dropped a catch. But that did not turn out to be a major problem.
At the beginning of the day, the attack was on Tanzid Hasan’s bat. His unbeaten batting is the foundation of victory. He scored 80 runs by 84 balls with 12 fours. Opening pair Tanzid and Parvez Hossain gave the team a good start with a 60 run partnership. Then Tawhid along with Tanzid made another 57 runs. However, the most striking part of Bangladesh’s innings was Shahadat and Touhid’s 102-run stand for the fourth wicket. Both of these bats have taken the Bangladesh collection to 261. Shahadat scored an unbeaten 74 off 76 balls and Towhid scored 51 off 73 balls.
South Africa could not take the challenge thrown by Bangladesh. Now, this is also a new challenge for Bangladesh. Will Akbar Ali’s team make it to the finals of the Youth World Cup for the first time! They will have to cross the New Zealand-Barrier in the semifinals on February 7. Bangladesh U-19 team in the semi-finals of the Youth World Cup has risen just once before.