Two matches took place on the third day of the ICC U19 World Cup. Group C has been a witness to a couple of one-sided affairs thus far. In the first game, Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe in a canter. Now on Sunday, Pakistan got the better of Scotland by seven wickets at the North-West University No. 1 Ground in Potchefstroom. The Scott’s decision to bat first backfired miserably on them.
Scotland, led by Angus Gus, were shot out for 75 and they couldn’t even play out half their quota of 50 overs. Tomas Mackintosh and Syed Shah got into the double digits, but bothy couldn’t carry on. Left-arm pacer Tahir Hussain started the carnage, picking the openers, Guy and Ben Davidson, and Mackintosh. From there, right-arm fast bowler Mohammad Abbas Jr came to the party.
The pacer picked up a five-wicket haul and ran through the Scott’s batting. In the run-chase, Pakistan lost the early wickets of Haider Ali and Mohammad Shehzad to Liam Naylor and Charlie Pee respectively. But skipper Rohail Nazir and Irfan Khan put on 47 runs for the third wicket to take their team close to victory. In the end, it only took 11.4 overs for Pakistan to get over the line.
India completes comprehensive victory
In Group A, India and Sri Lanka locked horns at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley. After the Lankans opted to bowl first, the Indians put forth a collective effort and racked up 297 for four on the board in their 50 overs. Yashasvi Jaiswal, skipper Priyam Garg and Dhruv Jurel scored half-centuries to keep the scoreboard ticking. Tilak Varma and Siddhesh Veer also chipped in with scores in the 40s.
Sri Lanka started well with an 87-run stand between Kamil Mishara and Navod Paranavithana. Once they got out, the innings fell away and India kept turning the screws. Captain Nipun Dananjaya scored 50, but he didn’t get much support from the others in the middle over. India won by 90 runs to register their first win. Akash Singh, Siddhesh Veer and Ravi Bishnoi picked two wickets each.
Match 6, Group C
Scotland U19: 75 all out in 23.5 overs (Syed Shah 20, Tomas Mackintosh 17; Mohammad Wasim Jr 5/12)
Pakistan U19: 77/3 in 11.4 overs (Irfan Khan 38*, Rohail Nazir 27; Liam Naylor 1/12)
Pakistan U19 win by seven wickets.
Match 7, Group A
India U19: 297/4 in 50 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 59, Priyam Garg 56; Ashian Daniel 1/39)
Sri Lanka U19: 207 all out in 45.2 overs (Nipun Dananjaya 50, Ravindu Rasantha 49; Akash Singh 2/29)
India U19 win by 90 runs.
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