ICC U19 CWC round-up, Aug 16
Mumbai, Aug 16: The last day of the league phase of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup saw Pakistan, New Zealand, India, West Indies, England and Bangladesh qualify for the knock-out round of the tournament.
Pakistan beat New Zealand by five wickets at the John Blanck Oval in Buderim.
Opting to bat first, New Zealand posted 152 for the loss of eight wickets. Zia-ul-Haq, Ehsan Adil and Mohammad Nawaz claimed two wickets apiece as Pakistan restricted the Kiwis to a paltry total. Henry Walsh was the top-scorer for the Black Caps with 33 runs.
Chasing 153, Pakistan reached the target in 31.2 overs for the loss of five wickets. Although they lost skipper Babar Azam in the second over, the top-order ensured a comfortable victory for their team. With 40 off 71, Imam-ul-Haq led the run chase and found an able ally in Saad Ali (32). At 115 for five Nawaz (23*) and Salman Afridi (18*) came together to finish the match for Pakistan with an unbroken 38-run partnership.
Nawaz was declared the Man-of-the-Match for his all round performance.
India beat Papua New Guinea by 107 runs to seal their place in the knock-out round. The Indian innings was wrapped-up in 45.1 overs after Unmukt Chand chose to bat at Endeavour Park. Prashant Chopra’s 58 and Vijay Zol’s 95-ball 72 followed by a valuable 30-run innings from Smit Patel helped India set PNG a modest target.
Defending 204, the Indian bowlers skittled out PNG for 97 in 31.5 overs. Kamal Passi struck early to send back opener Lega Saika and a while later Vikas Mishra followed-up with the wicket of Christopher Kent. Ravi Kant Singh then dealt three quick blows to leave the opposition reeling at 54 for 5. With the top-order back in the hut, the pacer returned to claim two more. As the Indian bowlers sliced through the PNG line-up, Passi and Baba Aparajith picked two wickets apiece while Mishra claimed one.
Ravi Kant Singh received the Man-of-the-Match for his five-wicket haul.
West Indies beat Zimbabwe by six wickets to finish at the top of the Group C table. Opting to field, WI restricted Zimbabwe for 148 and then reached the target with 89 balls to spare. Zimbabwe’s centurion in the previous match, Malcolm Lake was the highest run-getter for his team with 31 runs.
Jerome Jones, Justin Greaves and Akeal Hosein picked two scalps each while Ronsford Beaton and Kyle Mayers claimed one wicket each for West Indies.
The Windies were two down with six runs on the board after losing Sunil Ambris and John Campbell off consecutive deliveries in the third over. But opener Kraigg Brathwaite ensured a comfortable win for the Caribbean lads. The WI skipper remained unbeaten on 70 to win the Man-of-the-Match award.
England beat Nepal by 126 runs to become the second team from Group A to enter the knock-out phase of the CWC. After posting 274 for seven, England wrapped-up the Nepal innings for 148. England’s Daniel Bell-Drummond was the first to depart for 23 after a 60-run opening stand. Rahul Vishvakarma who dismissed the opener then followed-up with the wicket of Alex Davies (45) in the 21st over. Craig Overton was the next to return to the pavilion for 15, followed by Aneesh Kapil who was run-out for 13. Ben Foakes who anchored the innings missed out on his century by just eight runs. The No. 3 batsman was dismissed for 92 by Vishvakarma in the 43rd over. A late onslaught from Ben Duckett (55 off 33) and Sam Wood (20 off 15) helped England post a mammoth total.
Chasing 275, Nepal were tottering on four for nine in 4.1 overs. Although opener Subash Khakurel held-up one end with 55, Nepal lost quick wickets at the other end. He found support from Hasim Ansari (36 off 74) lower down the order and the duo stitched a 67-run stand until Khakurel was trapped lbw by Overton. With the departure of the opener, wickets again fell at regular intervals leading to Nepal being bowled out in 46 overs. Reece Topley finished with figures of 7-4-10-3 while Shozair Ali picked a four-for as England ran through the Nepal batting line-up.
Foakes was awarded the Man-of-the-Match for his knock.
Bangladesh beat Namibia by seven wickets to reach the knock-out phase of the tournament. In the Group D encounter, Namibia was restricted to 151 after electing to bat. Naeem Islam Jr set the ball rolling with the wickets of the Namibian openers. Taskin Ahmed and Abu Jayed then followed -up with two and three wickets respectively while Al-Amin and Noor Hossain picked one wicket apiece to help bowl out Namibia in 49.4 overs. Stephan Baard top-scored for Namibia with 40 runs.
Bangladesh then reached the target in 37 overs for the loss of three wickets. Opener Liton Das led the run chase with an unbeaten 70 and received the Man-of-the-Match award for his effort.