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Bangladesh U-19 beat South Africa by three wickets in the fifth ODI match to clinch the bilateral series 3-2 at Shahid Kamruzzaman Stadium, Rajshahi.
Bangladesh chased down the target of 211 runs in 47.1 overs with fifties from opener Ariful Islam and the top-scoring knock of Adil Bin Siddik.
Bangladesh made a strong start with a 40-run partnership by the openers Chowdhury Md. Rizwan and Ariful. However, Liam Alder gave the breakthrough by removing Rizwan for 13 and Rizan Hossain (3) in consecutive overs.
Adil then paired with Ariful to register an 87-run partnership for the third wicket, before Adil getting dismissed for 58 off 70, hitting seven 4's and a solitary six.
Ariful continued his form with the bat and completed his half-century, on the other end Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Shihab James and unbeaten Mahfuzur Rabby played brief innings of 15 and 17 runs respectively.
Ariful was the last wicket being axed on 71 off 85 balls which featured five boundaries and a six.
Alder finished with four and Juan James scalped three for South Africa.
Earlier, South Africa managed to post 210-10 in 49.4 overs after losing the toss, all thanks to Mahfuzur who picked up three wickets for the Tigers.
David Teeger scored the highest 63 runs off 89 balls and three boundaries skipper Juan scored second highest 32.
With this win, Bangladesh emerged as the winner of the five-match ODI series.