India U19 secured their quarter-final spot in the 2016 ICC U19 World Cup after continuing their winning streak. India U19 beat New Zealand U19 by 120 runs in the Group D encounter at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (Mirpur).

After winning the toss, New Zealand colts decided to bowl first. New Zealand started well as they took two early wickets. From 19/2, opener Rishabh Pant and Sarfaraz Khan made a crucial partnership of 89 runs for the third wicket and took India U19 on the right track. Pant was dismissed at 57 runs while Sarfaraz Khan carried on that innings. Sarfaraz Khan was departed at 74 runs. At the end, Armaan Jaffer (46 runs off 49 balls) and Mahipal Lomror (45 runs off 42 balls) played good knocks to reach the total of 258 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 50 overs.

In reply, Avesh Khan bowled a furious spell with the new ball. He picked up top four wickets and left New Zealand U19 at 16/4. After that, the Kiwi colts tried hard to make a comeback into the match but didn’t success and failed well short. Another Indian bowler Lomror took 5 wickets at later in that innings. New Zealand U19 collapsed very cheaply at just 138 runs in 31.3 overs. Christian Leopard made 40 runs knock which was the highest individual score for the New Zealand U19 in that innings.   

Right-arm pacer Avesh Khan received the man of the match award for his outstanding performance with the new ball as he finished 10-2-32-4. India U19 will play their next and final group match against Nepal U19 on 1st February at the same ground. India U19 secured their quarter-final spot and currently is on top in the points table with the same point (4 points each) of Nepal U19 but ahead in the net run-rate.

Brief Scores:

India U19-258/8 in 50 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 74, Rishabh Pant 57, Zack Gibson 3/50)

New Zealand U19-138/10 in 31.3 overs (Christian Leopard 40, Talor Scott 29, Mahipal Lomror 5/47)

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