The New Zealand Under 19s came up 73 runs short in the final one-dayer against Bangladesh, but coach Paul Wiseman said his squad will take plenty from the challenging five-game series.
The visiting batsmen once again showed their class with top series runs-scorer Tanzid Hasan (71 off 59) leading the way as Bangladesh posted a formidable 316 from their 50 overs.
Spin-bowling captain Jess Tashkoff (1-53) and seamer Tim Pringle 1-48) impressed with the ball through the middle as all six Kiwi bowlers picked up a wicket, including two late ones by Fergus Lellman.
The reply got off to a shaky start when left-hander Ollie White was dismissed on the first ball of the innings by stand-out seamer Shoriful Islam, who would finish with 5-43.
Lellman's impressive form continued as he righted the ship with 56 off 46 batting at number three, including seven fours and two sixes. He would finish the series as the second-highest runs scorer on 269.
Lelllman found support from Tashkoff (39) and Jock McKenzie (47), but Bangladesh was able to pick up wickets at key times and drive up the required run-rate.
Pringle and Kristian Clarke fought to the end with some late hitting, before the NZ U19 innings closed on 243 in the 44th over, to give Bangladesh a deserved 4-1 series victory.
The NZ U19s all out for 243 in 43.4 overs as they pursued 316 in game 5. Lellman (56), JJ McKenzie (47) & Tashkoff (39). Scorecard + Video = https://t.co/oOxjKfbSfy #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/qrPdheOxLH— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 13, 2019
The NZ U19 players will return to their regions to prepare for the NZC National Under 19 tournament in December, after which a 15 strong squad will be named for next year's ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.