ICC U19 CWC round-up, Aug 13
Mumbai, Aug 13: Day three of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup saw four lop-sided games with Pakistan, West Indies, Australia and Sri Lanka posting wins.
Pakistan beat Scotland by nine wickets at Kev Hackney Oval in Buderim in the Group B match of the ongoing World Cup.
Opting to bat first, Scotland posted 200 in 49.5 overs with Ross McClean top-scoring for the Scots with 59 before being run out. Middle-order batsman Freddie Coleman contributed 39 before being castled by Mohammad Nawaz. The left-arm spinner picked three more to finish with a four-wicket haul.
With an unbeaten 106, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam led the chase as they reached the modest target in 36.2 overs. His opening partner Sami Aslam made 79 in the opening stand of 163 until he was sent back by Kyle Smith.
West Indies beat Papua New Guinea to post their second consecutive victory in the tournament.
The Karigg Brathwaite-led team ran through the PNG batting line-up and restricted them to 116 in 41 overs. Jerome Jones who bagged three scalps for 15 runs set the ball rolling with the wickets of the PNG openers. While Kyle Mayers, finished with 4-0-12-3. PNG’s Christopher Kent made 39 while Nigel Boge and Chad Soper added 21 and 23 runs lower down the order.
Chasing a below par total WI reached their target effortlessly. Sunil Ambris smashed a quick-fire 43-ball 91 with nine boundaries and seven sixes to reach the target in 11.4 overs. Skipper Brathwaite (17*) with John Campbell (6*) finished off the game in just 11.4 overs to record a nine-wicket win for the Windies.
Nepal lost to Australia by 212 runs at the Tony Ireland Stadium.
Asked to bat first, Australia posted a challenging 294 for the loss of seven wickets. Opener Cameron Bancroft scored 125 while Kurtis Patterson hit 86. Although the rest of the batting line-up made no substantial contributions the onslaught by Bancroft and Kurtis; worth 160 runs cost the opposition dear.
The hosts then bundled out Nepal for 82 in 23.5 overs. Ashton Turner claimed four for 28 while Harry Conway dismissed three Nepal batsmen for just 15 runs. Alex Gregory also chipped in with two wickets. Centurion Bancroft was awarded the Man-of-the-match for his excellent performance with the willow.
Sri Lanka beat Namibia by 195 runs in yet another one-sided encounter today.
After skipper Sanitha de Mel chose to bat at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane, SL reached 298 for nine in their 50 overs. Opener Sebastain Perera was the leading run-getter with 69 off 84. Batsman Sandun Weerakkody made a 45-ball half-century before his run in the middle was ended by Zhivago Groenewald; who finished with three wickets. Lahiru Madushanka also chipped in with a 35-ball 45 which included a boundary and a six.
The Sri Lankan bowlers then skittled out the opposition for 103 in 35 overs. Madushanka claimed four wickets while conceding 15 runs in his six overs. Anuk Fernando gave the Lankans their first breakthrough with the wicket of Pelham Myburgh in the eight over, while Tharindu Kaushal followed-up with the wicket of Justin Baard. Kaushal and Amila Aponso took two wickets each as they wrapped-up the Namibian innings in 35 overs.