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30 January 201618:43

ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Day 5 Preview

Full preview of all matches at U19 CWC Day 5 as host Bangladesh U19 meets Scotland U19, South Africa U19 takes on Namibia U19, England U19 clashes with Zimbabwe U19 and West Indies U19 and Fiji U19 look for their first wins of the tournament

ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Day 5 Preview - Cricket News

Bangladesh U19 will hope that the batting and bowling will once again fire as one unit in the match against Scotland U19.

Bangladesh U19 v Scotland U19, Group A
Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium, Cox's Bazar

Bangladesh Under-19 has been in tremendous form and will hope that translates into its second win of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 when it faces Scotland Under-19 on Sunday (January 30).

Bangladesh won both its warm-up matches – against Zimbabwe Under-19 by 63 runs and against England Under-19 by 97 runs – and then made a bright start to the tournament proper, defeating a strong South Africa Under-19 side by 43 runs. The good form, coupled with the familiarity of the conditions, should give Bangladesh the edge in the contest.

The core of Bangladesh's batting made useful scores in the match against the defending champion and the bowlers hunted in a pack. Bangladesh will hope that the batting and bowling fires as one unit again.

Bangladesh's bowling has been its main strength – it bowled England out for 149, while South Africa was shot out for 197. Bangladesh has the spinners who can exploit the conditions well, while the medium pacers have also been consistent.

Scotland hasn't exactly had a memorable campaign so far. It started off with a 148-run defeat in a warm-up match against West Indies Under-19 before pulling itself together and winning its next warm-up match against Fiji Under-19 by 21 runs. But it then opened its campaign in the main tournament with a nine-wicket defeat to Namibia Under-19.

Scotland has several issues to sort with bat and ball. The batting has been about one or two individuals and it has struggled to put together meaningful partnerships. Owais Shah has been reasonably consistent and Scotland will hope for a big score from him.

Except in the match against Fiji, Scotland's bowlers have also copped a fair but of punishment and allowed the opposition to make big scores.

Teams (from)
Bangladesh U19:
Mehedi Hasan Miraz (capt), Abdul Halim, Ariful Islam, Jaker Ali, Joyraz Sheik, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Pinak Ghosh, Saeed Sarkar, Saif Hassan, Saleh Ahmed Shawon, Sanjit Saha, Shafiul Hayet, Zakir Hasan (wk).

Scotland U19: Neil Flack (capt), Haris Aslam, Azeem Dar, Ryan Brown, Scott Cameron, Harris Carnegie, Ihtisham Malik, Rory Johnston, Finlay McCreath, Mohammad Ghaffar, Owais Shah, Mitchell Rao, Jack Waller, Simon Whait (wk), Ben Wilkinson.

South Africa U19 v Namibia U19, Group A
Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground, Cox’s Bazar

South Africa will face Namibia in its second league encounter with an eye on getting its campaign back on track after a loss in its opening match to Bangladesh. For that, the South African middle order will have to contribute a great deal more than it did in their first match. Apart from Liam Smith, the opener, who scored a century, only two other batsmen in the top seven reached double figures then.

Wiaan Mulder stood out with the ball in the first game, picking up three wickets, and he was ably supported by Sean Whitehead, Lutho Sipamla and Tony de Zorzi, the captain, who took a wicket each.

Namibia, on the other hand, got off to a winning start in the tournament, beating Scotland by nine wickets in its opening match. Chasing 160, the Namibian openers, SJ Loftie-Eaton and Niko Davin, put together a rapid 95-run partnership. Both scored half-centuries, while Zane Green, the captain, scored an unbeaten 39 at No. 3.

Teams (from)
South Africa U19:
Tony de Zorzi (capt), Ziyaad Abrahams, Dean Foxcroft, Dayyaan Galiem, Willie Ludick, Wandile Makwethu, Conner McKerr, Rivaldo Moonsamy, Wiaan Mulder, Luke Philander, Farhaan Sayanvala, Lutho Sipamla, Liam Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Sean Whitehead.

Namibia U19: 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.

England U19 v Zimbabwe U19, Group C
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

England came into the tournament with mixed results, defeating Namibia before losing to Bangladesh in the warm-up games. However, it set the ball rolling in the group stage of the main tournament, making light work of Fiji before humbling West Indies by 61 runs on Friday.

England’s strength has been its largely cohesive unit that includes Brad Taylor at the helm, Dan Lawrence, Jack Burnham, Saqib Mahmood, Sam Curran and Ben Green, among others. The form of Lawrence, the opener, and Mahmood, the right-arm pacer, has been a huge boost for the side.

Lawrence (174 from 150 balls) and Burnham (148 from 137 balls) slammed tons and associated in a record 303-run second-wicket stand against Fiji. In its second match, England relied on a collective batting effort to post 282, Lawrence again scoring a half-century and Burnham 44.

England’s bowling unit also wears a settled look with Mahmood and Curran, both pacers, spearheading their attack. The two did the bulk of the damage, picking up three wickets each, against Fiji to deliver a 229-run win. They starred again in the next game – Curran and Mahmood took two and four wickets respectively – to beat West Indies. Ben Green, the other pacer, and Lawrence have been chipping in effectively too.

England has all but secured its place in the Super League quarter-finals, but it could face a stiff challenge from Zimbabwe’s bowlers, who starred in an emphatic seven-wicket win (with more than 31 overs to spare) against Fiji.

Zimbabwe started with a loss to Bangladesh in the first warm-up encounter before pulling off a convincing win over Namibia in the next. In its first group match, Wesley Madhevere, the off-spinner, starred with a five-wicket haul that bundled out Fiji for 81. However, Zimbabwe will need to quickly iron out chinks that have hindered its batting performance. It possesses a good unit with Shaun Snyder and Brendan Sly at the top, and Ryan Murray, Jeremy Ives and William Mashinge in the middle order. But the entire unit needs to fire in unison to stack up big totals like England has done so far.

Teams (from)
England U19:
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 (wk), Callum Taylor, Jared Warner.

Zimbabwe U19: Brandon Mavuta (capt), Trevor Chibvongodze, Jeremy Ives, Adam Keefe, Kundai Matigimu, William Mashinge, Wesley Madhevere, Rugare Magarira, Sydney Murombo, Ryan Murray (wk), Richard Ngarava, Akshay Patel, Brendan Sly, Shaun Snyder, Milton Shumba.

West Indies U19 v Fiji U19, Group C
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong

West Indies will start as favorites when it takes on Fiji, a World Cup debutant, in its second match, having lost its first against England.

West Indies would have gone into its first match high on confidence after having performed admirably in the warm-up matches where it routed Scotland, and then went on to tie the match against South Africa. The West Indies top-order of Telvin Imlach and Shimron Heytmer, the captain, showed good form in these matches, scoring centuries against Scotland, but this meant the middle order did not get too much exposure.

In its encounter against England, that’s what hurt West Indies most. With two of its top three sent back by Curran in the first over, the West Indian middle-order wasn’t able to cope with the pressure.

Although there were some useful contributions from Gidron Pope (60), the opener, and Keemo Paul (65) at No. 7, West Indies was unable to find any solidity in the middle order to challenge England.

Fiji, which has lost both its matches so far, will be hoping to redeem itself with both bat and ball. While it was blown away by 299 runs by England, in its second match against Zimbabwe, Fiji was beaten by eight wickets after being dismissed for a paltry 81. In two matches, only five of its batsmen have reached double figures, with a highest score of 36.

West Indies has made one change to its original squad, with Chemar Holder replacing Obed McCoy, who will undergo surgery after suffering a split webbing.

Teams (from)
West Indies U19:
Shimron Hetmyer (capt), Shahid Crooks, Keacy Carty, Michael Frew, Jyd Goolie, Tevin Imlach, Alzarri Joseph, Ryan John, Kirstan Kallicharan, Chemar Holder, Gidron Pope, Keemo Paul, Odean Smith, Shamar Springer, Emmanuel Stewart.

Fiji U19: 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.