Hosts Bangladesh gave the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 a momentous start with a 43-run victory over defending champion South Africa in today’s opening Group A match.
In a Group C fixture at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong, Dan Lawrence and Jack Burnham hit centuries as title contenders England brushed aside Fiji by 299 runs.
Bangladesh, which elected to bat on a slow pitch at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, lost wickets just when the batsmen appeared to have settled down and were restricted to 240 for seven in their 50 overs.
Nazmul Hossain hit 73 off 82 balls to boost the total after useful contributions from Pinak Ghosh (43) and Joyraz Sheik (46).
The target proved too tough for South Africa, who were bowled out for 197 in the penultimate over despite a defiant 100 from opener Liam Smith.
Smith batted until the 45th over before being the seventh batsman out, caught superbly in the covers by Bangladesh captain Mehidy Hasan.
Mehidy, leading his nation in the second successive ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, picked up three for 37 with his off-spin. Seamer Mohammad Saifuddin took three for 30.
It was Bangladesh’s first win over South Africa in the ICC U19 World Cup following four previous defeats, but today’s victory was their 12th in 15 matches against the same opponents over the past two years.
With Scotland and Namibia the other sides in the group home team’s victory makes it the favourite to secure top place from Group A and avoid a possible quarter-final clash against Rahul Dravid-coached India.
Nazmul Hossain was named Man of the Match.
Meanwhile, England piled up 371 for three in their 50 overs against Fiji, with Essex’s Lawrence smashing 174 off 150 balls with 25 boundaries and a six, and Burnham of Durham making 148 off 137 balls with 19 fours and four sixes.
The pair put on 303 for the second wicket after opener Max Holden had been dismissed in the third over.
England, whose squad includes nine players with experience of senior county cricket back home, bowled Fiji out for 72 in only 27.3 overs.
Peni Vuniwaqa was the lone batsman to offer any resistance with 36 as four batsmen failed to score and five others did not reach double figures.
Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood grabbed three wickets for two runs in his five overs and his new-ball partner Sam Curran of Surrey took three for 22.
England next play the West Indies on Friday
Group A –– Bangladesh 240-7, 50 overs (Nazmul Hossin 73, Joyraz Sheik 46, Pinak Ghosh 43; Wiaan Mulder 3-42)
South Africa 197 all out, 48.4 overs (Liam Smith 100; Mohammad Saifuddin 3-30, Mehidy Hasan 3-37) Bangladesh beat South Africa by 43 runs in Chittagong.
Group C –– England 371-3, 50 overs (Dan Lawrence 174, Jack Burnham 148)
Fiji 72 all out, 27.3 overs (Peni Vuniwaqa 36; Saqib Mahmood 3-2, Sam Curran 3-22) England beat Fiji by 299 runs in Chittagong.