Vol. 5 Num 549 Mon. December 12, 2005  

U-19 Cricket Meet
Hosts' winning streak snapped

Bangladesh's morale suffered a setback going into tomorrow's tri-nation under-19 cricket tournament final as Sri Lanka handed them a 14-run defeat in the last league match at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium.

The defeat also snapped Bangladesh's five-match winning streak in the competition as the hosts won all three matches against a hapless England and two against the islanders.

The final will be held at the BKSP in Savar.

Left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal continued his fiery form with a 45-ball 55 and Sakib Al Hasan contributed a strokeful 77 off just 76 balls, but it was not enough for the home side to topple their opponents' total of 240.

Bangladesh lost their last four wickets for only 39 runs to be bundled out for 226 in 46.5 overs. Pushpakumara caused the main damage claiming four wickets for 39.

Tamim smashed eight fours and a six while Sakib his seven boundaries. Sirajullah Khadem was the other notable scorer with 32 off 54 balls.

Earlier, Sri Lanka put up the challenging total for the loss of 8 wickets in 50 overs after being put into bat. Their innings was also in danger of falling under 200-run mark, but an unbroken 66-run ninth wicket partnership between Perara (38) and Pushpakumara (29) lifted them.

In-form Soyza made 48 and Serasinghe added 45.

Left-arm spinner Mehrab Hossain captured three wickets for 42 runs and Sakib took two for 49.

Bangladesh U-19 batsman Tamim Iqbal sweeps in their last group match against Sri Lanka at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium on Sunday.. PHOTO: STAR