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Ahmed_B
January 28, 2005, 01:41 PM
I was just going through some records of the younger players ... and this U-19 plate final report caught my eyes. Felt great reading it again... as it felt like reading the memorable history of some of our current national team players from the U-19 level. Just felt like sharing the feelings with everyone... :)
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:flag:Bangladesh beat Australia in dramatic Plate climax:flag:
Dhaka, 4 March 2004

Bangladesh bowled out Australia in a thrilling finish to win one of the most exciting matches of the tournament by eight runs and claim the Plate Championship at the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup.

Over 15,000 fans provided continuous vocal support to the rhythm of beating drums and it helped lift the home side to a memorable victory.

Left-arm spinner Enamul Haque won the match for his side with two wickets in the final over. He finished with 5 for 31 as Australia fell eight runs short of a victory that had looked within their grasp.

Throughout the tournament Bangladesh have bowled well but struggled with the bat. Before today’s match both their coach Richard McInnes and captain Ashikur Rahman said that they would need to improve this aspect of their game to stand a chance of beating Australia.

Rahman had asked his batsmen to target over 250 and after winning the toss and electing to bat he wasn’t disappointed.

Nafees Iqbal and Naeem Islam got Bangladesh off to a dream start, putting on 124 for the first wicket before Iqbal was caught and bowled by Stephen O’Keefe for 59. Islam continued to 66 before he was bowled by Aussie skipper Tim Paine with the score on 152.

Aftab Ahmed ensured Bangladesh remained on course with a well-paced 57 so that with 10 overs to go they were 204 for 2 and looking at a total towards 280.

Australia fought back in the closing overs, restricting Bangladesh to 257 for 9 at the close with five different bowlers picking up wickets.

No side in this tournament has successfully chased over 250 and at 108 for 5 in the 27th over Australia looked unlikely to challenge this fact.

But then Ahillen Beadle and Stephen O’Keefe rallied for Australia as Bangladesh’s bowlers began to show signs of nerves. They both passed fifty to tilt the balance in Australia’s favour but then three run-outs in four balls changed the match.

It plunged Australia from 233 for 5 to 235 for 8 and 23 runs were required from 15 balls.

Haque held his nerve in the final over to take two wickets and wrap up a sensational victory for the home side with Australia all out for 249.

Bangladesh coach Richard McInnes was pleased with the victory but warned that his side still need to improve.

"Once we realized we weren’t going to make it to the Super League we wanted to make sure we won the Plate Championship," said McInnes.

Total Report (http://www.iccu19cricketworldcup.com/news/reporters/rep074.html)

Edited on, January 28, 2005, 6:43 PM GMT, by crickethorizon.

Sam
January 28, 2005, 01:51 PM
I hope and pray that those players, who are in BD team now, will continue performing in excellence and become match winners in future.

Mahir
January 28, 2005, 02:42 PM
Those youngsters will surely bring glory to Bangladesh one day... fully confident!

Well, is anyone following the on-going Test series between the U-19 squads of India and England ? The English boys are really getting a taste of subcontinental cricket of the future! Dreaming that it will our U-19 Tigers dominating their oppositions in such fashion some day...

Edited on, January 28, 2005, 7:42 PM GMT, by MasterBlaster.

pagol-chagol
January 28, 2005, 02:43 PM
As far as I remember, Enamul Jr. had the highest wicket in that tournament. (probably 31). But, he played a lot of weak teams in the plate to inflate that number.

Bangla Mostan
January 28, 2005, 02:45 PM
lets hope that team spirit and confidence can be transposed in tot he senior stage for some of those players.

Mahir
January 30, 2005, 02:48 AM
speaking of U-19s, India U-19 beat English U-19 boys by Innings' difference in both the first two Tests... might well be a 3-0 dabbing of England, that too by Innings' difference in all occasions...