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05 February 201616:08 By Manoj Narayan, Cox's Bazar

Snyder, all-round Ives take Zimbabwe to six-wicket win

Canada's 186 for 8 overhauled in 32nd over as African side makes it to Plate Championship semifinal

Snyder, all-round Ives take Zimbabwe to six-wicket win  - Cricket News
Zimbabwe Under-19 put behind its recent Mankading-related woes to get its Plate Championship campaign off to a flier, against Canada Under-19, completing a tricky chase of 187 to seal a six-wicket win on Friday (February 5).

On a chilly morning at the Sheik Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground in Cox’s Bazar, with Yo Yo Honey Singh’s Lungi Dance blaring through a distant speaker, Canada chose to bat and fought its way to 186 for 8. It was a display of some application from the batsmen, punctuated by grit and fight. At the heart of the innings was a 56-run association between Abraash Khan, the captain, and Amish Taploo, and the total was the highest, so far, of the side's ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign.

However, it proved no match for Zimbabwe as Shaun Snyder’s 42-ball 56 gave it the perfect foundation. Jeremy Ives, who picked up 3 for 30 with the ball, stitched together mini partnerships while scoring an unbeaten 55-ball 43 to help his side to 190 for 4 in 31.4 overs.

Zimbabwe will now meet South Africa in the semifinal for the ninth place on Monday.

Canada did have its moments. It lost two early wickets: Bhavindu Adhihetty flicked one to square for nought in the first over and, two overs later, Thursaanth Anantharajah (11) was trapped in front. There was every danger that Canada would encounter a slide here, but it didn’t. Harsh Thaker and Taploo dug in deep, chipping away at the runs when they could. They put away the boundaries when Richard Ngarava or Kundai Matigimu sent in something exceptionally loose, but they were mostly assiduous.

The two were together for nearly ten overs, putting on 35 in the process, and it needed an excellent bit of fielding for the stand to be broken. Taploo played one into space at square leg, but Brandon Mavuta, the captain, was on it in a flash to effect a direct hit. Thaker was dismissed for a 38-ball 25, but again, Canada recovered.

Abraash joined Taploo, and the two just continued the good work. Perhaps Abraash was more circumspect than Thaker, but that suited Canada just fine. The spinners didn’t prove any more effective than the pacemen for Zimbabwe, and for a while there, it seemed as though the foundation was being laid for a late assault.

But for that to work, the two needed to bat through the innings, and that wasn’t to be. Mavuta, with his legspin, had Taploo (37 off 71) stepping out and finding air as Ryan Murray, behind the stumps, whipped off the bails. When Abraash was dismissed two overs later by Ives, the left-arm spinner, they were reduced to 128 for 5 and Canada’s spell of defiance was over.

Arslan Khan (31 off 39) struck three boundaries, and put on 24 with Kurt Ramdath for the sixth wicket. Ramdath (17 off 31) then added 24 with Abdul Haseeb for the eighth wicket, all of which were important contributions, but ultimately inadequate.

If Canada was cautious, Zimbabwe was a study in contrast. Snyder was menacing, treating the best of Canada’s bowlers with absolute disdain. The first over, off Abraash, yielded 13 runs, with Snyder cracking two absolute rippers through the covers.

As the innings progressed, he settled down and there were more big beauties. Thaker was driven straight down for four, and he took 17 runs off the next over from Haseeb, including an inside-out six over long off – there was no fence, and the ball ended up in no man’s land far away.

He repeated the feat two overs later, and waited patiently for the ball to be found. In eight overs, 64 runs were scored, and he brought up his half-century in just 37 balls.

Snyder eventually miscued one off Adhihetty, the leading edge falling safely with a fielder, but the damage had been done. Wesley Madhevere fell for a 32-ball 31 as well, and the run-rate slowed down a bit. But Ives then took charge to take the team through. He put on 34 with Murray for the third wicket, and an unbroken 46 for the fifth with William Mashinge (24) sealed the deal.

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