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Windies suffer fourwicket defeat


GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Another batting collapse, again triggered by spin, put West Indies Under-19s on course for a four-wicket defeat in the fourth Youth One-day International against Bangladesh Under-19s today.

This time, the Windies Under- 19 batting was undermined by off-spinner Mehedy Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, as they were bowled out for 143 in 46.3 overs on a typically slow, low Everest pitch.

Ray Jordan and Ramaal Lewis, the home team captain, grabbed two wickets apiece to make a fight of it, but Nazmul Hossain Shanto anchored the visitors to victory with 62 deliveries remaining, hitting 60 from 96 balls that included five fours.

The result gave the visitors a 2-1 lead in the series.

Choosing to bat, West Indies Under-19s stumbled to 16 for two, losing openers Leroy Lugg for a duck and Shimron Hetmyer for eight, both to Rifat Pradhan.

Things continued to fall apart for the Windies Under-19s, when Mehedy ripped through the middle-order, leaving the hosts on 51 for seven.

But Gudakesh Motie and Marquino Mindley both scored 38 and brought some respectability to the total with a stand of 64 for the eighth wicket.

The last three Windies Under- 19 wickets fell for 28 however, as leg-spinner Jubair Hossain removed the two of them and brought the innings to a close when he had Motie caught in the deep.

Alert fielding from Lugg and wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran got the Caribbean side the early scalp of Shadman Islam run out for two.

Jordan removed Munim Shahriar and Jashimuddin cheaply to leave the Bangladesh Under-19s wobbling on 29 for three.

Although Lewis snared wickets at crucial stages, the West Indies Under-19s failed to make the kind of inroads into the visitors’ batting that was required, as Nazmul shared 42 for the fourth wicket with Mossadek Hossain and 69 for the fifth wicket with Mehedy to put their side firmly on track

for victory. (windiescricket)

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