Half of the warm-up matches of this year’s U19 Cricket World Cup are done and dusted with. While the senior Indian Test team was beaten by South Africa, the U19 team thrashed the Proteas by 189 runs at Christchurch after winning the toss and opting to bat first.
Last tournament’s runners-up weren’t off to the best of starts as they were 61/3 after the dismissals of skipper Prithvi Shaw, Manoj Kalra and Shubmam Gill for 16, 31 and 0 respectively. However, Aryan Juyal and Himanshu Rana stitched a partnership of 138 to put India in a strong position. Rana scored 69 before being dismissed by Jade de Klerk.
Juyal went on to score 86 before De Klerk caught him off Kenan Smith’s bowling. Cameos from the middle and lower order batsmen took India U19 to 332/8 from their 50 overs. The Proteas bowlers conceded a total of 22 extras and Akhona Mnyaka was the pick of bowlers with 3 wickets for 40 runs.
In reply, South Africa U19 were never in the chase as 19-year old Bengal player Ishan Porel completely outplayed them. Barring Jean du Plessis’s 50, the other South African batsmen could not contribute and they were cleaned up for 143. Porel received great assistance from his fellow bowlers. Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Abhishek Sharma picked up two wickets each while Shiva Singh and Anukul Roy took a wicket each.
India U19 will face Kenya U19 next at Christchurch on Thursday in another warm-up match.
Afghanistan U19 206/10 in 48.2 overs (Azmatullah 81, Baheer Shah 44; Hasan Mahmud 4/46) beat Bangladesh U19 150/10 in 41.4 overs (Pinak Ghosh 54, Saif Hasan 43; Naveen ul-Haq 4/42, Qais Ahmed 3/26).
Pakistan U19 297/10 in 49.5 overs (Muhammad Mohsin Khan 102, Mohammed Taha 56, Ali Zaryab 51; Jan Izak de Villiers 3/52) beat Namibia U19 107/10 in 30.3 overs (Matt Hay 34; Shaheen Afridi 3/18, Mohammed Taha 3/12).
New Zealand U19 220/10 in 49.4 overs (Kaylum Boshier 66, Todd Watson 53; Milton Shumba 3/29, Kieran Robinson 3/32) beat Zimbabwe U19 168/10 in 44.5 overs (Milton Shumba 45, Robert Chimhinya 38; Kaylum Boshier 3/17).
Papua New Guinea U19 105/10 in 41.1 overs (Igo Mahuru 22; Jeavor Royal 2/4, Ashmead Nedd 2/10) lost to West Indies U19 106/3 in 22.3 overs (Bhaskar Yadram 37; James Tau 1/17).
England U19 372/8 in 50 overs (Harry Brook 100, Will Jacks 100; Joshua Little 3/50) beat Ireland U19 247/10 in 49.4 overs (Harry Tom Tector 104, Joshua Little 55; Tom Scriven 3/24).
Kenya U19 164/10 in 49.1 overs (Aveet Desai 40; Rishi Ragav Joshi 2/14, Faisal Jamkhandi 2/30) lost to Canada 168/2 in 32.1 overs (Randhir Sandhu 78; Abhishek Chidambaran 1/27, Maxwel Ager 1/30).
Australia U19 251/7 in 50 overs (Jonathan Merlo 78; Praveen Jayawickrama 2/18, Nipun Malinga 2/41, Thisaru Rashmika 2/59) beat Sri Lanka U19 198/10 in 42.5 overs (Hasitha Boyagoda 69, Ashen Bandara 51; Will Sutherland 3/25, Jason Ralston 3/36).