Zimbabwe stuns Australia, while Sri Lanka gets past India as first round of warm-up fixtures gets underway for the ICC Under-19 World Cup
The finalists of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012 opened with defeats in the first round of warm-up matches for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014, with both India U19 and Australia U19 suffering losses on Monday (February 10). Among other teams, England U19 and Bangladesh U19 posted comprehensive wins, as did Pakistan U19 and South Africa U19.
At the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, India U19, the defending champion, suffered a five-wicket loss in the hands of Sri Lanka U19. Opting to bat first, Ankush Bains and Akhil Herwadkar, the openers, got the team off to a brisk start and added 53. However, wickets tumbled after that and it took a ninth-wicket stand of 51 between Deepak Hooda and Aamir Gani for India to put up 209 in 45.5 overs, with Binura Fernando taking 4 for 42 in 7.5 overs.
Chasing a modest total, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Hashan Dumindu added 125 runs for the first wicket, before Priyamal Perera scored an unbeaten 50 to take Sri Lanka home with seven balls remaining. Samarawickrama made 82.
At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, in Abu Dhabi, Zimbabwe pulled off the biggest upset of the day, beating Australia, by three wickets. Using as many as ten bowlers, Zimbabwe came up with a spirited effort to bowl Australia out for 195 in 46.1 overs. Deven Bell, the legspinner, stood out with 3 for 38 in eight overs.
Zimbabwe was reduced to 58 for 4 in its chase, before Ryan Burl (60) led the recovery with a 69-run stand with Patrick Mambo (24). Burl almost saw his team through, before he was caught behind with the score on 179 for 7. However, Zimbabwe held its nerve to reach home with nine balls remaining.
At the ICC Academy in Dubai, England posted 281 for 4 in 50 overs after electing to bat, helped by Ben Duckett’s 68-ball 92. A collective effort from the bowlers then saw Scotland U19 shot out for 128 in 39.4 overs, as England registered a comprehensive 153-run win.
At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh, after electing to bat first against Papua New Guinea, put up a good total of 281 for 9 in 50 overs. Yasir Ali top-scored for Bangladesh with 64, while Riley Hekure took three important wickets for PNG.
PNG’s chase never got going, with eight batsmen failing to get into double figures. In the end, it folded for 116 in 40.3 overs, as Bangladesh completed an emphatic 165-run win.
At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 2 in Abu Dhabi, Namibia U19 could only manage 204 for 8 in its 50 overs after opting to bat first, mainly due to the efforts of Malan Kruger (58) and Jano Coetzee (48), who stitched together an 86-run stand in 19.2 overs.
Defending a small total, Namibia’s bowlers failed to make inroads. Each of South Africa’s batsmen made a contribution, with Aiden Markram, the captain, top-scoring with 53 before retiring out, as South Africa chased the target with five wickets in hand and 15 balls remaining.
At the Sevens Stadium Pitch 2 in Dubai, UAE U19 suffered a ten-wicket defeat at the hands of Pakistan U19. Zia-ul-Haq and Irfanullah Shah starred with the ball for Pakistan, as UAE was bundled out for 101 in 31.3 overs. Haq returned figures of 3 for 15 off seven overs, while Irfanullah took 3 for 27, also in seven overs.
In reply, Sami Aslam (43 not out), the captain, and Imam-ul-Haq (42 not out) took Pakistan home unscathed, in just 17 overs.
At the ICC Academy Ground No.2, in Dubai, West Indies U19, with the help of a collective effort from its bowlers, skittled Afghanistan U19 out for 84 in 39.4 overs, before knocking off the runs in 18.4 overs, to register a comfortable nine-wicket win. Jerome Jones and Ray Jordan, who opened the bowling, and Ramaal Lewis, the off-spinner, all took three wickets each for West Indies.
West Indies lost Tagenarine Chaderpaul (19) in the tenth over, after he had added 50 for the opening wicket with Shimron Hetmyer. But, Jeremy Solozano (13 not out) joined Hetmyer (46 not out) to ensure West Indies reached home in a canter, with 188 balls to spare.
At the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, New Zealand U19 cruised to a five-wicket win over Canada U19. Jeremy Benton’s spell of 2 for 21 in ten overs stood out, as New Zealand bundled Canada out for 119, before scoring 120 for 5 in just 35.5 overs.
New Zealand’s chase was anchored by Ken McClure (59*), who held one end up, and up and along with Luke Williamson (26 not out), stayed till the end, to ensure victory.