ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020: Match Day 3 – Defending Champions India U19 Start With Comfortable Victory
On day three (19th January) of ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020, three Asian Full Members and one European Associate Member started their journey in this tournament. While Pakistan U19 thrashed Scotland U19 by seven wickets, India U19 secured a comfortable 90-run victory against Sri Lanka U19.
The Indian team was in control during the entire game
After winning the toss, the Sri Lankan captain Nipun Dananjaya decided to field first. The defending champions Indian youths got a good start with the 66 runs opening partnership between Yashasvi Jaiswal and Divyaansh Saxena. While the second wicket partnership was for 46 runs (Yashasvi Jaiswal and Tilak Verma), all the next three partnerships crossed the 50-run mark (partnerships were for 59, 63 and 63*).
While the opener Saxena scored 23 runs, another opener Jaiswal scored 59 runs and Tilak Verma scored 46 runs. Also, the middle-order batsmen, captain Priyam Garg (56 runs) and the wicketkeeper-batsman Dhruv Jurel (52 not out) both hit half-centuries. Siddesh Veer (44 not out off 27 balls) also played a crucial knock in the end as India U19 managed the first innings total of 297/4 (50 overs).
In reply, opener Kamil Mishara, no.3 batsman Ravindu Rasantha and captain Nipun Dananjaya managed to cross the 20-run mark. While Mishara scored 39 runs and Rasantha scored 49 runs, Sri Lankan youth skipper (50) played a half-century knock.
Apart from the 87 runs partnership for the second wicket between Mishara and Rasantha, Sri Lanka U19 lost their wickets in regular intervals as they were bowled out on 207 runs (45.2 overs).
Among the Indian bowlers, Akash Singh (2/29), Siddesh Veer (2/34) and Ravi Bishnoi (2/44) bagged two wickets each. Siddesh Veer won the Player of the Match award for his all-round performances.
Pakistan bundled out Scotland youths for just 75 runs
On the other hand, Pakistan U19 clinched a dominating victory against Scotland U19. After the Scottish team won the toss, they were bundled out for just 75 runs (23.5 overs). Apart from wicketkeeper-batsman Tomas Mackintosh (17) and middle-order batsman Uzzair Shah (20), all other Scottish batsmen failed to reach the double-digit scores.
The right-arm pacer Mohammad Wasim (5/12) took five wickets while left-arm pacer Tahir Hussain (3/23) and right-arm pacer Abbas Afridi (2/32) picked up three and two wickets respectively.
Chasing down that short target, Pakistan openers lost their wickets cheaply (Haider Ali 4 and Muhammad Shehzad 0). However, captain Rohail Nazir and Irfan Khan handled that situation well and guided to the comfortable victory. Though Nazir was dismissed on 27 runs, Irfan (38 not out) remained intact in the crease. Pakistan youth chased down that target in 11.4 overs after losing three wickets.
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