Bangladesh U-19 continued their winning ways with a dominant seven-wicket victory against Scotland U-19 in their second Group Stage match on Tuesday at Potchefstroom.
The main hero was Rakibul Hasan with the ball as he took a hat-trick and ended with figures of 4-20 in 5.3 overs as he cleaned up the Scotland tail.
Scotland won the toss and then decided to bat first but found themselves in dire straits at 21-4.
Opening bowlers for Bangladesh Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Shoriful Islam did the early damage taking two wickets each.
From there, Daniel Cairns and Uzzair Shah tried to steady things for Scotland before Cairns was out for seven with the score at 52.
Shah held his end up but kept losing partners – Kess Sajjad (7), Lyle Robertson (0) and Charlie Peet (0) – with the score at 67 as Rakibul completed his hattrick.
The damage had already been done by Rakibul in the 24th over and that ensured that Scotland would be unable to post anything close to a competitive total.
The next wicket to fall was Shah for 28 after lasting for 48 deliveries in an innings that had three boundaries.
Number ten batsman Jamie Cairns played a few shots at the very end for the last wicket but he too was gone after scoring 17 as Rakibul ensured Scotland were all-out for less than a hundred at 89.
In reply, Bangladesh lost opener Tanzid Hasan for a golden duck in the very first ball of the innings.
Fast bowler Sean Fisher-Keogh then took two more wickets – that of Parvez Hossain Emon (25) and Shamim Hossain (10) – and had Bangladesh at 35-3.
A close contest seemed on but that chances of that were thwarted by Towhid Hridoy and Mahmudul Hasan Joy, as they scored 17 and 35 respectively and took Bangladesh to victory with 200 balls to spare.
Bangladesh now top the table with four points from two games with Pakistan below them with one win from one game and two points.
Scotland and Zimbawe remain winless and their chances of making the next round seems bleak.