U-19 WORLD CUP: India crush PNG in giant mismatch

SUMMARY: India Under-19 67-0 in 8 overs (Shaw 57*) beat Papua New Guinea Under-19 64 (Roy 5-14) by ten wickets.


The giant mismatch ended even before India warmed up in Mount Maunganui. The might of their bowlers proved too hot for Papua New Guinea, who slumped to 64 all out in 21.5 overs, the tournament’s lowest score so far.

And then India’s openers Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra raced home in just eight overs. A second consecutive win meant India were all but in the quarter-finals.

In conditions that aided swing and bounce, India chose to bowl under overcast skies. While all eyes were on the fast bowling pair of Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi, who had impressed against Australia, a quiet left-arm spinner Anukal Roy came to the fore by picking up his maiden five-for in youth ODIs.

Three of his five wickets were bowled, off deliveries that skidded. He took 5-14 in 6.5 overs. Mavi and Nagarkoti were lively and beat the bat repeatedly, with PNG’s batsmen forced to hop and jump early on.

Anukul Roy’s five-wicket haul floored PNG

Simon Atai, the opener, broke free by imperiously pulling Nagarkoti for successive boundaries. They were the only sparks in an otherwise forgettable batting performance.

In reply, Shaw came out to blast his second half-century of the tournament, slapping and pulling the length balls to the square boundaries on either side. He finished the game with successive boundaries to remain unbeaten on 57. Kalra had the best seat in the house, watching his captain do all the hitting as India walked off with one of their easier wins.

Below are the summarised scores from the other three games.

Shaheen Shah Afridi took 6-15 against Ireland

Pakistan Under-19 scored their first win of the World Cup, a nine-wicket thumping of Ireland Under-19 in 37.4 overs in Whangarei. Fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, who has best innings figures of 8 for 39 in first-class cricket, razed them for 97 by taking 6 for 15 in 8.5 overs.

Pakistan’s top order made short work of the target. Opener Muhammad Zaid Alam smashed 43 off 19 balls, while Hasan Khan made 27 off 21 deliveries at No. 3. SUMMARY: Pakistan Under-19 98-1 in 8.5 overs (Zaid Alam 43*) beat Ireland Under-19 97 (Afridi 6-15, Hasan 3-16) by nine wickets.


Captain Harry Brook made a fifty for England

A ferocious partnership between Will Jacks (73 off 44) and his captain Harry Brook (59 off 48 balls) took England to an eight-wicket win in their Under-19 World Cup match in Queenstown.

SUMMARY: England Under-19s 198-2 (Jacks 73*, Brook 59, Lottering 2-33) beat Namibia Under-19s 196-9 (Fouche 44, Hollman 3-41) by eight wickets.


Afif Hussain starred with bat and ball for Bangladesh

There were performances aplenty in Lincoln, but perhaps the most decisive one came from Afif Hossain. The 18-year old, who has already had a taste of top-flight cricket playing in the Bangladesh Premier League, and at the Under-19 World Cup he made a bigger name for himself by striking a half-century when his team was flagging and then picking up a five-for to seal the game.

SUMMARY: Bangladesh Under-19s 264-8 (Hridoy 122, Jamkhandi 5-48) beat Canada Under-19s 198 (Arslan 63, Afif 5-43) by 66 runs.

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