THE PNG Garamuts exited the U19 Cricket World Cup yesterday after losing the Plate semi-final against a ruthless Bangladesh by a massive 168 runs.
It was the Bangladeshi batsmen who spoiled the show for the Garamuts from the beginning, with Noor Hossain (66), Saikat Ali (61), Tasamul Haque (43) and Muminul Shorav (27) all scoring freely.
Noor Hossain’s all-round performance was the highlight of a one-sided encounter in the ninth place play-off.
He made a brisk half century to push Bangladesh to 253 and later took four wickets to bundle out PNG for a paltry 85.
After opting to bat, Bangladesh were led by Saikat Ali’s 61 but were in trouble at 125 for 6.
Tasamul Haque and Noor began the lower-order revival with a stand of 80 for the seventh wicket.
Noor hit eight fours and a six in his brisk knock which came off 50 balls.
It was a cakewalk when Bangladesh took the field, bundling out PNG within 33 overs.
Only four batsmen managed double figures, Heni Siaka (10), Tony Ura (17), Charles Amini (13) and Jason Kila (17) while Noor cleaned up the tail to finish with 4-11.
Even though the Garamuts suffered a devastating loss, they still have a chance in the plate championship runner-up match for 11th and 12th placings when they play Canada tomorrow.
The Garamuts achieved their goal of bettering their world ranking of 13 and can finish 11th or 12th depending on tomorrow’s match.