Similar to how Lionel Messi walked with the World Cup trophy between De Maria and Alvarez at the Lucille Stadium a year ago, Mahfuzur Rahman Rabbi accepted the trophy from the hands of ACC President Jai Shah at the Dubai Stadium on December 17 and presented it to his teammates in a similar fashion. These two events occurred in the same manner. When it comes to celebrating the first prize of the Youth Asia Cup, it is essential to infuse the occasion with fun and excitement! The euphoria began with the death of Emirates’ final wicket. As soon as Shihab caught the last batsman of the host team, Omid Rehman, two Bangladeshi cricketers emerged from the dugout carrying the flag and proceeded onto the pitch. An extraordinary celebration is about to commence. Shibli-rabbis took the stump to create a memorial. A team member picked up Maruf Mridha, who has a pacemaker. Afterwards, I will go to the front of the gallery to take selfies and greet individuals from different countries.
In the final match, the Bangladesh youth squad performed exceptionally well, scoring 282 runs and taking eight wickets. One of the game’s standout moments was Ashikur Rahman Shibli’s impressive century. Consequently, the bowlers also grew more enthusiastic. In the tenth edition of the Youth Asia Cup, the United Arab Emirates suffered a defeat by a margin of only 87 runs in 24.5 overs. This loss resulted in the opposing team claiming the title. The Junior Tigers’ victory by 195 runs boosted their confidence and prepared them for the upcoming Youth World Cup in South Africa, scheduled for the following month. In 2020, Akbar-Shariful emerged as the winner of the Youth World Cup, which took place in South Africa. The Bangladesh cricket festival, which lasted for two days, came to a satisfying conclusion with the victory of the young players yesterday. On December 16, in South Africa, the Bangladesh women’s team kicked off their season with an impressive victory, setting a new record. They won the youth championship yesterday. There were occasions when the national team faced defeat in the one-day international match played in New Zealand.
Scoring 282 runs in youth cricket on any wicket is impressive. Emirates had to display exceptional batting skills to chase down this run. However, the batters from the host team could not withstand the formidable pace attack of Bangladesh’s three pacers. As a result, they could have posed even the slightest challenge to Bangladesh. The combined efforts of pacers Maruf Mridha, Iqbal Hossain, and Rohanat Daula led to the collapse of the Emirates. Aryansh Sharma was dismissed in the fifth over, which Maruf Mridha opened. He also protected the stumps of the other opener, Akshat Roy. After that, Barshan took three consecutive wickets. After Iqbal took two wickets, Emirates lost seven wickets for a total of 61 runs. Jeevan, the offspinner, also managed to take two wickets.
The Bangladeshi batters encountered numerous challenges in the first hour after losing the toss. The two hosts bowled brilliantly, making the most of the favourable morning conditions in Dubai. Pacer Rehman allowed the hosts to celebrate when he dismissed opener Zeeshan Alam. However, the dynamics of the match shifted after Shibli and Rizwan successfully navigated through the first hour. They both contributed 125 runs for the second wicket, effectively gaining control of the game.
Rizwan got out for 60 runs but Shibley batted with great power. After that he made a partnership of 86 runs with Ariful Islam. Shibley brought the team a big collection with his second century of the tournament. Shibley, who scored a century and two half-centuries in the previous four matches, seemed to have saved his best for the final. He got out in the last over after scoring 129 runs off 149 balls. He also became the best of the tournament by scoring 378 runs.