ICC U19 CWC round-up, Aug 11
Mumbai, Aug 11: Australia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Bangladesh emerged winners on the first day of the ongoing Under 19 Cricket World Cup in Australia.
Australia defeated England by six wickets in a low scoring match. Opting to field first at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, the hosts wrapped-up the England innings for 143 and then reached the target with 89 balls to spare.
Australian bowlers Gurinder Sandhu and Ashton Turner claimed three wickets apiece while the opening pair of Joel Paris and Mark Steketee picked two each. Craig Overton was the top-scorer for England with 35 while skipper and lower-order batsman Adam Ball remained unbeaten on 20 as their team were skittled out in 38.3 overs. Chasing the paltry total, the home team were two wickets down with just nine runs on the board. With Reece Topley and Jamie Overton striking again, Australia were tottering at four for 54 but skipper William Bosisto (35*) and Travis Head (57*) took the team across the line safely with a 93-run unbroken partnership.
Zimbabwe comprehensively beat Papua New Guinea by 104 runs at the Endeavour Park in Townsville.
Asked to bat first, Zimbabwe piled on 249 runs with an opening stand of 109 runs. Opener Kevin Kasuza was the first to depart for 47 while Luke Masasire fell short of a well deserved century by just three runs. PNG leg-spinner, Christopher Kent did much of the damage claiming a five-for while Raymond Hoada took three.
Defending their above par score, all the Zimbabwe bowlers contributed in bundling out PNG for 145 in 38.1 overs. Matthew Bentley, Peacemore Zimwa and Luke Jongwe claimed two wickets apiece while Malcom Blake, Kyle Bowie and Curthbert Musoko picked one each. With 34 off 34 balls, Sese Bau was the highest scorer for PNG.
Afghanistan lost to Pakistan by 109 runs in the third match of the opening day.
Put in to bat the Pakistan youngsters amassed 253 for the loss of six wickets in their stipulated 50 overs with skipper Babar Azam leading the way with 75 off 103. No. 4 batsman Umar Waheed remained not out on 43 while in a late onslaught lower-order batsman Mohammed Nawaz smashed 66 off 50 with seven boundaries and a six to his credit. For Afghanistan Sayed Shirzad and Yamin Ahmadzai got two wickets each.
Opening the bowling for Pakistan, left-armer Zia-ul-Haq picked four for 34 to clinch the win. Chasing the challenging target Hashmatullah Shaidi put up a fight with a 77-ball half-century while the next best score was 30 by Mohibullah Paak. Zafar Gohar picked two scalps while Umar Waheed, Nawaz and Usman Qadir took one wicket each.
Bangladesh won their opening encounter of the U 19 CWC against Sri Lanka by 25 runs at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to field first in the Group D match. Bangladesh captain Anamul Haque 101) scored the first century of the ongoing tournament helping his team post 249 for the loss of seven wickets. He was ably supported by Asif Ahmed (84) as the duo added 141 for the third wicket until Haque was trapped lbw by Tharindu Kaushal. Sanitha de Mel who claimed the openers also added Ahmed to his scalps to finish with three wickets.
Chasing 250, the Sri Lanka colts were all out with eight deliveries to spare. Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar who was earlier out without opening his account claimed three wickets in 1.4 overs including that of Angelo Jayasinghe (83) in the 47th over. Taskin Ahmed dealt the first blow with the wicket of Sebestian Perera (25). Lahiru Madhushanka, the second highest scorer for SL was run out for 48 while the rest of the batsmen failed to build partnerships and fell at regular intervals. Dewan Sabbir, Nasum Ahmed and Naeem Islam Jnr also picked one wicket apiece as Bangladesh started their campaign on a winning note.