Records tumbled as New Zealand dismantled Kenya by on Wednesday (January 17) at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch. The hosts piled up a staggering 436 for four before restricting the African country for just 193 for 4 to win the game by 243 runs.
While words will not do justice to a stunning display from the New Zealand Colts, the stats would do. Opening batsman Jakob Bhula’s 180 was the highest individual score in ICC Under-19 World Cup while New Zealand’s mammoth 436 the second highest team total. It was a batting display of highest quality from the hosts as they proved their title-credentials with a performance that is set to remain etched in the memory of every fan for a long time.
Rachin Ravindra and Jacob Bhula started the proceedings in a manner that did not give even the remotest of ideas about what was to follow. The scoreboard was reading only ten after the fifth over and 50 following the first powerplay. However, what followed after that was total carnage as big hits, slog sweeps, reverse sweeps, scoops, and reverse scoops lit up the Hagley Oval.
Bhula was the first to reach his century, taking 104 balls to surpass the three-digit mark before Ravindra also followed suit off 94 balls. The stunning stand was broken in the 36th over with the scoreboard was reading a formidable 245 when Sukhdeep Singh ended Ravindra’s 117-run knock. The dismissal, however, did not bring any respite for a sorry Kenyan bowling lineup as Finn Allen, fresh off his unbeaten century in the last game, took the opposition to the cleaners.
Allen reached his fifty off just 19 balls and was looking primed to score the fastest ton in the history of the tournament before being dismissed for a stunning knock of 90. The knock came off just 40 balls and was studded with 8 fours and 6 sixes. Before Allen’s dismissal, Bhula also missed the chance of scoring a monumental double century after being run out for 180 off 144 balls. The hosts eventually piled up 436 for 4 in the allotted 50 overs.
The writing was very much on the wall as Kenya never looked in contention to get even close to the score let alone chasing it down. They could only manage to score 193 for 4 in the allotted 50 overs with opening batsman Aman Gandhi top-scoring for them by scoring 63. Ravindra was the pick of the bowler, taking 2 for 33.
New Zealand 436 for 4 (Bhula 180, Ravindra 117, Kundi 1-82) beat Kenya 193 for 4 ( Gandhi 63, Ravindra 2-33) by runs.
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