Published: February 7, 2020 1:45:57 am
In Bangladesh’s home youth circuit, Mahmudul Hasan Joy is famend for pulling off the large video games. For, he might go nameless in these video games his crew is comfortably successful, however the slightest trace of a disaster, Joy emphatically pronounces his presence. Like he did in opposition to New Zealand within the U-19 World Cup semifinal, the place his 100 off 127 balls guided Bangladesh to their maiden closing look in any ICC event.
Typically, he was enduring a lean patch within the event. In 5 innings earlier than the semifinal, he tallied solely 76 runs, together with two geese. But coach Naweed Nawad knew his ward fairly nicely. So within the pre-match press convention, he defended him: “He’s a class player. We need to back him. I’m sure he will get the runs when it matters the most for us.”
His conviction was primarily based on sturdy proof. Last yr, he scored a second-innings hundred on a carrying fourth-day floor in opposition to England U19 to trend a series-sealing win. Bangladesh have been chasing 333 and stored shedding wickets in a heap, however Joy stored his cool as Bangladesh sneaked in by three wickets. A couple of months earlier than that, Krira Shikkha Protishtan (the equal of National Cricket Academy) product racked up 126 in a deciding youth ODI in opposition to New Zealand U19s.
The context, this time round, was larger. Bangladesh had by no means gone past the semifinals of the Youth World Cup. Besides, all Bangladesh sides travelled the world with their blinking-in-big-moments status. Time and time once more, they’ve misplaced high-pressure video games as a result of they couldn’t deal with the accompanying strain, not for need of expertise. His senior counterparts Mushfiqur Rahim himself would testify. But Joy ensured that the enormity of the state of affairs didn’t overwhelm him. He went concerning the chase, as if he’s taking part in a membership recreation in Dhaka. It appeared historical past repeating when Bangladesh misplaced two fast wickets of their chase of 212. But Joy soaked the strain. He stored his aggressive streak on maintain and staved off the new-ball menace.
He meticulously left something exterior the off-stump, and waited for the total balls. An instinctive cutter off the ball, he didn’t try the stroke till he progressed into his 30s. A agency straight-driven 4 and a flurry of singles stored him going initially. Only when New Zealand resorted to leg-spinner Aditya Ashok that he began looking for the boundaries. Even then, he was trying to execute risk-free pictures, just like the sweeps, flicks and glides, completely positioned with a number of energy and precision.
The mixture of energy and precision was the standout function of his recreation. It’s a uncommon combine for Bangladesh batsmen, who’re both power-players or contact gamers. Seldom each.
Joy blended each the worlds. He would unfurl silken drives—there was a stunning cover-drive off medium-pacer David Hankock later within the innings—in addition to the highly effective cuts, a bit like Mushfiqur in his penchant minimize in entrance of sq..
Like most Bangladesh batsmen, he was ruthless on spinners. Ashok and Jesse Tashkoff absolutely bore on the brunt (they conceded 102 off their 20 overs). Whenever they erred on the shorter or fuller aspect, he would latch onto it. But at level he appeared in a tearing hurry—usually Bangladesh batsmen convey the impression that they wish to wrap up the innings as early as potential. He would calmly journey the storm, pile on the dot balls (he didn’t rating off 63 deliveries) with out feeling the strain, and when a unfastened ball beckoned, he knew the hole and which stroke to play. Invariably, he accomplished his hundred with a thunderous sweep off Tashkoff.
Around his assurance blossomed stroke-makers Towhid Hriday (40 off 47) and Shahadat Hossain (40 off 51), who stored the run-rate inside their grasp. “The way they (Joy and Hridoy) batted was exceptional. They work really hard, and it’s commendable. But it was our three spinners who put us in that situation,” noticed captain Akbar Ali.
Their left-arm spin pair of Rakibul Hasan and Hasan Murad conceded solely 69 runs for 3 wickets in 20 overs. Both, unsurprisingly, have leaked 3.10 and 3.15 runs an over on this marketing campaign. New Zealand batsmen merely didn’t have the talent to manoeuvre them, and the strain simply stored mounting on them. Throw off-spinner Shamim Hossain (who is relatively costlier at 3.75) into the combination, and Bangladesh have maybe the thriftiest bowling unit within the World Cup. On them would hinge their desires of touchdown the first-ever U-19 World Cup within the frenzied streets of Dhaka.
For that, although, they should beat India, simply the strongest aspect within the event. But Ali asserts his crew just isn’t frazzled by the state of affairs. “We will play it as a normal game. We can’t take the pressure of thinking that this is our first final. India is a very good side, and we have to play our ‘A’ game. We have to do the best in all three departments,” he says.
And a fair larger stage awaits Hasan Joy.
Brief scores: New Zealand Under-19: 211 for 8 (Wheeler-Greenall 75, Lidstone 44, Islam 3-45, Shamim 2-31) misplaced to Bangladesh Under-19: 215 for 4 (Joy 100, Shahadat 40*) by six wickets
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