Four matches took centrestage on Saturday in the ICC U19 World Cup. After Farhan Zakhil’s Afghanistan defeated hosts South Africa, it was United Arab Emirates’ turn to garner their first points in Group D. The team, led by Aryan Lakra thumped Canada by eight wickets at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein. Canada’s batting huffed and puffed and could only manage 231 in 50 overs.
Mihir Patel’s 90 was the only reason behind them putting up a respectable total. Chasing the score, Figy John scored a 101-ball 102 and helped the UAE win with 68 balls to spare. UAE’s skipper Lakra put forth an all-round show, scoring 66 while opening the batting and picking up a couple of crucial wickets in the middle overs. UAE are now placed second on the table with a net run rate of +1.380.
In Group A, Japan and New Zealand shared points after rain played spoilsport at the North-West University No 1 Ground in Potchefstroom. The Kiwis were going great guns with Ollie White’s 80 being their top score. Rhys Mariu also chipped in with a fifty, but then the heavens opened up.
In Group B, Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. Rai stopped play with Zimbabwe’s score at 137 for six in 28.1 overs. The Junior Tigers were set a target of 130 in 22 overs. Tanzid Hasan’s 32 and Parvez Hasan Emon’s 58 finished the chase in 11.2 overs.
Australia starts with a defeat
The match between Australia and the West Indies at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley was a closely-fought affair. Opener Jake Frazer-McGurk and Patrick Rowe showed some fight, but the Aussies crawled to 179. Matthew Forde and Jayden Seales picked up three and four wickets respectively.
In the run-chase, the Caribbean team lost half their side with the score at 92. However, Nyeem Young and Matthew Forde stitched together a 78-run stand and took their team to safety. Nyeem got 61 off 69. For Australia, leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha was the pick of the bowlers with four scalps.
Match 2, Group C
Zimbabwe U19: 137/6 in 28.1 overs (Tadiwanashe Marumani 31, Milton Shumba 28; Shoriful Islam 1/25)
Bangladesh U19: 132/1 in 11.2 overs (Parvez Hossain Emon 58*, Mahmudul Hasan Joy 38; Dion Myers 1/26)
Bangladesh U19 win by nine wickets (DLS Method)
Match 3, Group A
New Zealand U19: 195/2 in 28.5 overs (Ollie White 80, Rhys Mariu 51; Neel Date 1/20)
Match 4, Group D
Canada U19: 231/8 in 50 overs (Mihir Patel 90, Randhir Sandhu 35; Sanchit Sharma 3/42)
UAE U19: 232/2 in 38.4 overs (Figy John 102*, Aryan Lakra 66; Muhammad Kamal 1/27)
UAE U19 win by eight wickets
Match 5, Group B
Australia U19: 179 all out in 35.4 overs (Jake Fraser-McGurk 84, Patrick Rowe 40; Jayden Seales 4/49)
West Indies U19: 180/7 in 46 overs (Nyeem Young 61, Matthew Forde 23; Tanveer Sangha 4/30)
West Indies U19 win by seven wickets
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