28 January 2016
ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup Day 3 Preview
Day 3 Preview: Full preview of all matches at U19 CWC Day 3 as West Indies U19 play England U19, Fiji look to bounce back against Zimbabwe U19 and Cox’s Bazar makes its debut hosting Namibia U19 v Scotland U19
West Indies, which will be quietly confident after good performances in its warm-up matches, can pose a stiff challenge to England.
A confident West Indies side will begin its ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 campaign against an equally in-form England side at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Friday (January 29).
England came into the tournament with mixed results, defeating Namibia before losing to host Bangladesh in the warm-up games. It, however, got off to the perfect start in the tournament proper, making light work of Fiji on Wednesday. Opting to bat, England stacked up a massive 371 for 3 before bowling out Fiji for just 72 to win by a mammoth 299 runs. The top order had a good outing, with opener Dan Lawrence (174 from 150) and No. 3 batsman Jack Burnham (148 from 137) slamming tons before the bowlers took over.
Saqib Mahmood and Sam Curran, the English pace duo which shared the new ball, did the bulk of the damage by picking three wickets each to deliver the convincing win. Ben Green, the other pacer, also chipped in with two wickets.
But England can expect a much stiffer challenge against West Indies, which will be quietly confident after good performances in its warm-up matches. It routed Scotland in its first game before playing out a tie against defending champion South Africa in the next. Its batting has been in reasonable form, with opener Telvin Imlach and captain Shimron Hetmyer slamming tons against Scotland.
The batsmen slipped a touch against South Africa in a match that was reduced to 35 overs a side due to fog. West Indies managed just 153 for 9 but the bowlers stepped up, restricting the opponent to the same score despite picking up just four wickets. The big knocks by Imlach and Hetmyer against Scotland, and the curtailed match against South Africa, mean the West Indies middle-order hasn't had much of time in the middle.
West Indies used as many as nine and seven bowlers respectively in its two warm-up games, and will have to identify its right combination as it enters the main draw.
England - Brad Taylor (capt.), George Bartlett, Jack Burnham, Mason Crane, Sam Curran, Ryan Davies, Aneurin Donald, George Garton, Ben Green, Max Holden, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Tom Moores, Callum Taylor, Jared Warner.
West Indies – Shimron Hetmyer (capt.), Shahid Crooks, Keacy Carty, Michael Frew, Jyd Goolie, Tevin Imlach, Alzarri Joseph, Ryan John, Kirstan Kallicharan, Obed McCoy, Gidron Pope, Keemo Paul, Odean Smith, Shamar Springer, Emmanuel Stewart.
Fiji U19 v Zimbabwe U19, Group C- MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Across at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong, Fiji will look to bounce back when it takes on Zimbabwe. If Fiji is to do that, it has to first improve its batting. It was shot out for 49 and 171 by South Africa and Scotland respectively in the warm-up matches before England bowled it out for 72 in the tournament opener.
It will be Zimbabwe's first match of the tournament. It started with a loss to Bangladesh in the first warm-up encounter before pulling off a convincing win over Namibia in the next.
Zimbabwe – Brandon Mavuta (capt.), Trevvor Chibvongodze, Jeremy Ives, Adam Keefe, Kundai Matigimu, William Mashinge, Wessly Madhevere, Rugare Magarira, Sydney Murombo, Ryan Murray, Richard Ngarava, Akshay Patel, Brendan Sly, Shaun Snyder, Milton Shumba.
Fiji – Saimoni Tuitoga (capt.), Josaia Baleicikoibia, Malakai Cokovaki, Petero Cabebula, Jack Charters, Jordan Dunham, Vaibhav Kapadia, Delaimatuku Maraiwai, Ledua Qionivoka, Samuel Saunokonoko, Cakacaka Tikoisuva, Peni Vuniwaqa, Sosiceni Weleilakeba, Tuwai Yabaki.
Scotland U19 v Namibia U19, Group A - Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium, Cox's Bazar
Meanwhile in Group A, Scotland and Namibia will kick-start their campaign when they clash at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar. Scotland is in relatively better form, having won one of its two warm-up matches, against Fiji, while Namibia lost both its games to England and Zimbabwe.
Scotland lost to West Indies by 148 runs in its first warm-up encounter but did well to bounce back against Fiji with a 21-run win. The middle order seems in fine form with Owais Shah, Ben Wilkinson and Rory Johnston making one half-century each in the warm-ups, while Haris Aslam and Mitchell Rao were impressive with the ball against Fiji.
Namibia, on the other hand, will want its batsmen to improve from their show in the warm-ups. It was bowled out for 152 by England and 120 by Zimbabwe, failing to bat out its quota in both the games. Only one batsman - Charl Brits - managed a half-century.
Scotland - Neil Flack (capt.), Haris Aslam, Ryan Brown, Scott Cameron, Harris Carnegie, Mohammad Azeem Dar, Mohammad Ghaffar, Rory Johnston, Ihtisham Malik, Finlay McCreath, Mitchell Rao, Owais Shah, Simon Whait, Jack Waller, Ben Wilkinson.
Namibia – Zane Green (capt.), Petrus Burger, Charl Brits, Fritz Coetzee, Niko Davin, Sj Loftie-Eaton, Mushi Honga, Burton Jacobs, Lohan Louwrens, Jurgen Linde, Michael Van Lingen, Chrischen Oliver, Francios Rautenbach, Warren Van Wyk, Eben Van Wyk.
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