Queenstown: A collapse of epic proportions from England’s middle and lower order undid the good work of Liam Banks and Harry Brook, both of whom hit half-centuries in a 126-run stand for the second wicket.
Banks scored an 82-ball 74 and Brook a run-a-ball 66, but only two other players reached double digits as Bangladesh bowled England out for 216 in 47.2 overs.
That collapse cost them dear as Bangladesh eased to a five-wicket victory, guided by Afif Hossain’s all-round display. He first returned 3/18 before scoring a level-headed 86-ball 71 to guide the chase, along with Bangladesh captain Saif Hassan (59), who scored a fine half-century himself at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown on Sunday (28 January).
There was to be no repeat of England’s Group C victory over the same opponents, and the result meant that Bangladesh would go on to face South Africa in the fifth-place play-off in the 2018 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, while England and New Zealand battle it out to finish seventh.
England were put in by Saif, and the decision was justified when Tom Banton was sent back by Robiul Haque (6) in as early as the sixth over.
England didn’t let that trouble them though, with Banks and Brook taking the attack to the bowlers.
Brook found the fence twice off Robiul in the next over, and for a while, Bangladesh were reduced to chasing leather.