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Bangladesh U19 suffered a crushing 10-wicket defeat on the final day of the solitary four-day match against Pakistan at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Wednesday.
Chasing a modest 22-run target to win, opening batters Shahzaib Khan (19*) and Azan Awais (4*) achieved the target in the seventh over.
Earlier, resuming at 166 for three in 70 overs, Bangladesh U19 lost night-watchman Akanto Sheikh (10) with Mohammad Ismail uprooting the stumps.
Skipper Sharear Sakib who returned undefeated on 47 the previous day, was joined by Zakaria Islam and the pair added 60 runs for the fifth wicket before Zakaria (23) was clean bowled by left-arm spinner Ali Asfand in the 99th over.
The Bangladesh skipper had just completed his century before rain interrupted play. When the game resumed, Sharear was dismissed leg-before wicket by Ali for an impressive score of 106 runs off 235 deliveries, featuring 14 boundaries. At this point, Bangladesh still trailed by nine runs with only four wickets remaining.
The Pakistan spinners Ali and Arafat Minhas capitalized on Sharear's dismissal, stifling Bangladesh's scoring opportunities. Despite their efforts, Bangladesh were eventually all out for 292 only managing a lead of 21.
Arafat claimed the final two wickets, finishing with three for 49. Meanwhile, Ali took four wickets for 66 runs, ending with match figures of six for 103 runs.
Shahzaib Khan, who had scored a century in the first innings, was named player of the match for his magnificent knock of 174 off 323 deliveries, which included 25 fours and four sixes.