Shamim Hossain was also part of Bangladesh 2020 Under-19 World Cup-winning squad © Sri Lanka Cricket

Bangladesh Emerging Team 264 for 8 (Joy 66, Shamim 53*, White 2-45) beat Ireland Wolves 263 for 7 (Pretorius 90, Rakibul 2-39, Sumon 2-51) by two wickets

Shamim Hossain played a match-winning hand in the Bangladesh Emerging Team’s four-wicket win over Ireland Wolves in Chattogram. Shamim, who was part of Bangladesh’s title-winning team at the 2020 Under-19 World Cup, struck an unbeaten 53 off 39 balls, with three fours and two sixes, to seal the 264-run chase with two balls remaining.

Shamim arrived at the crease in the 36th over, at the fall of Mahmudul Hasan Joy, who top-scored with 66, and added 42 runs for the fifth wicket with Towhid Hridoy. Akbar Ali, the World Cup-winning captain, was run out for a duck with 44 left to win off 28 balls. Shamim and Sumon Khan took them home, the latter scoring a nine-ball 11.

Earlier, Ruhan Pretorius was Ireland Wolves’ top-scorer with 90 as they made 263 for 7 in 50 overs. Pretorius struck nine fours and a six off 125 balls as he anchored the innings. He added 88 runs for the first wicket with James McCollum, who made a 62-ball 41.

Pretorius tested negative for Covid-19 yesterday after returning a positive test ahead of the first match, resulting in the game being abandoned.

For the home side, Rakibul Hasan and Sumon took two wickets each.

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