Joy brought joy to Bangladesh. Mahmudul Hasan did what nobody could do for two decades from Bangladesh. The right-handed batsman gave Bangladesh a taste of the first under-19 World Cup final. Actually, this will be the first final of any ICC tournament for Bangladesh.
There were many talented youth teams playing for Bangladesh. Sakib, Tamim, Mushfiqur couldn’t. Mehedi Miraz, Saifuddin, Santo played semi-final but couldn’t reach the final. That’s why Bangladesh was not on the favorite shortlist for this Youth World Cup. But Mahmudul-Tawhid-Shariful-Rakibul’s team changed the calculation and went to the final on 4 of February.
Potchefstroom grounds have become known for Bangladesh. It was that ground where the Bangladesh team practiced, played with the South Africa team and also played against New Zealand in the Semi-Final. And the Bangladesh team won both games by a big margin.
If chosen bat first at Potchefstroom then the spinners show a dazzle. Yet today Bangladesh has chosen to field first, the Bangladeshi bowlers proved that the decision was right. They created pressure on New Zealand in the first 20 overs. When Fergus Lelman returns as the third batsman in the 21st over, the team runs just 51. New Zealand had only 74 runs in the bottom half of the innings and Kiwi youth lost their fourth wicket in that run.
Then the resistance began in New Zealand. Beckham Wheeler Grinal scored 67 runs led with Lidstone. Those two batsmen waited for the storm in the last 10 overs. But Shariful Islam gave the breakthrough for Bangladesh. The left-arm pacer bowled Lidstone. Wheeler’s grip on the one end but the other end wicket fell regularly. Due to him, New Zealand was able to reach two hundred. Shariful, who got 2 wickets with only 15 runs in the first 8 overs, but forced to give 30 runs in the last two overs only for Wheller’s. And he stood for an unbeaten 75 runs.
Spinners are showing dignity this time at Pachefestrum. There are also three spinners in the New Zealand squad. So that task was not easy for Bangladesh. Both opener Parvez Hossain and Tanjid Hassan returned in the first ten overs. Then the question automatically raised does not have to leave the semifinals once more? Mahmudul handled the situation by making a pair with Ridoy. After Ridoy Mahmudul again scored 101 runs with Shahadat. Mahmudul returned after getting his century. Mahmudul returned for 100 from 127 but did not leave the field with a win.