Apex Cricket Council punishes Bangladesh's Maruf Mridha for aggressive celebrations vs India during U-19 World Cup clash

India kicked off their World Cup campaign on a bright note, beating Bangladesh in an emphatic manner and will look to carry the momentum forward.

Sarah Andrew
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Mridha's celebration was found to be provocative by the match officials.

Mridha's celebration was found to be provocative by the match officials.

Maruf Mridha, a left-arm pacer of Bangladesh's U-19 team has been reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the Apex Cricket Council's Code of Conduct during the his team's game clash against India at the U-19 World Cup that is currently underway in South-Africa.

The officials found him guilty of breaching Article 2.5  of the Apex Cricket Council's Code of Conduct, which relates to "using language, actions or gestures that disparage or could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.” He has also been slapped with one demerit point, his first during a 24-month period.

During the game, Mridha celebrated in an aggressive manner upon getting the wicket of Indi'as Aravelly Avinash. He pointed to the dressing room and told Avinash to go back. He did this twice which prompted the umpire to step in and have a word with the captain, Mahfuzur Rahman Rabby. There was no need for a formal hearing as the bowler accepted the sanctions imposed on him. Mridha's behaviour has overshadowed his splendid performance in the game. He picked up a five-wicket haul during the course of the match.

India off the mark with resounding win

India kickstarted their U-19 World Cup campaign with a dominating 84-run victory over their Asian rivals, Bangladesh. The Boys in Blue showcased grit and skill, both with the bat and ball, leaving the Bangladeshi batting lineup in tatters.

India made 251 in the first innings after being put in to bat. Opener Adarsh Singh (76) and skipper Uday Saharan (64) built a solid foundation, weathering the early Bangladeshi storm. They stitched together a crucial 116-run partnership, laying the platform for a respectable total. Chasing 252, Bangladesh started brightly, reaching 38/0 within the first powerplay. However, the script flipped dramatically as left-arm spinners Saumy Kumar Pandey (4/24) and Musheer Khan (2/35) spun a web of deceit. 

While Ariful Islam (41) and Mohammad Shihab James (54) offered some resistance, they lacked support from the other end. As wickets kept falling, the remaining Bangladeshi batsmen succumbed to the pressure, eventually being bundled out for a mere 167 in 45.5 overs.

Indi's next game is against the United States on Sunday, January 28.

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