The West Indies Under-19 cricketers will be trying for a crucial victory in their second Group C match when they face Zimbabwe today in the ICC Youth World Cup in Dubai.
The Caribbean youths will have to significantly improve their batting against the Zimbabweans to stay in contention in the group after they capitulated for 104 against South Africa, chasing 199 for victory in their opening match on Friday.
Captain Ramaal Lewis topscored with 37, with only Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai (19), Preston McSween (15) and wicketkeeper and vice-captain Nicholas Pooran (12) getting into double figures besides him.
Zimbabwe on the other hand were six-wicket winners over the other side in the Group, Canada on Friday. For the Zimbabweans, opener Joylord Gumbie set up the win with 49, while Charles Kunje remained unbeaten on 42. In the other group match yesterday, South Africa face the Canadians.
Yesterday, Sarfaraz Khan and Sanju Samson hit excellent half-centuries and Deepak Hooda took five wickets as defending champion India defeated two-time former winners and traditional rivals Pakistan by 40 runs in Group A.
Khan scored an invaluable 74 and Samson chipped in with a priceless 68 as the two batsmen put on 119 runs for the fifth wicket to lift India from 94 for four to 262 for seven in 50 overs. Openers Sami Aslam (64) and Imam-ul-Haq (39) then provided Pakistan a flying start of 109 runs, but the green shirts failed to maintain the momentum against some disciplined bowling, led by Deepak Hooda (five for 41), and athletic fielding to be bowled out for 222.
This was India’s third victory in eight matches over Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.
In the other matches yesterday, opener Shadman Islam became the first batsman of the 2014 tournament to hit a century as Bangladesh gave Afghanistan a cricket lesson when they won by ten wickets at Abu Dhabi Oval 2; three-time former winners Australia thumped Namibia by 101 runs at Zayed Cricket Stadium and Scotland made short work of Papua New Guinea (PNG) by six wickets at ICC Academy 1.
Shadman Islam slapped 14 fours and a six in an unbeaten 126 that came off 142 deliveries, while Joyraz Sheik’s 81 not out from 114 balls included 11 fours as Bangladesh achieved the 213 runs target with more than seven overs to spare.
Earlier, Mosaddek Hossain took three for 19 and Rahatul Ferdous bagged two for 38 as Afghanistan collected 212 with Mohammad Mujtaba top scoring with 47.
Opener Matthew Short missed a century by four runs as Australia, winner in 1988, 2002 and 2010, had an easy sailing at Zayed Cricket Stadium where it overpowered Namibia by 101 runs.
Short hit nine fours in a 138-ball 96 and featured in an 80-run second wicket stand with Jaron Morgan (33), which was followed by a 100-run third wicket stand with Ben McDermott (45) as Australia scored 242 for seven after electing to bat first. In turn, Namibia was bowled out for 141 as Matthew Fotia and James Bazley equally shared six wickets between them conceding 23 and 25 runs, respectively.
The only positive for Namibia from an otherwise disappointing day was an all-round performance by Bredell Wessells. With his medium-fast bowling, Wessells returned figures of four for 40 and then contributed 43 runs with the bat that included five fours and a six.
Group A, India beat Pakistan by 40 runs
India 262-7, 50 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 74, Sanju Samson 68, Akhil Herwadkar 41, Ankush Bains 24, Deepak Hooda 22 not out; Irfanullah Shah 2-32, Karamat Ali 2-37) vs Pakistan 222 all out, 48.4 overs (Sami Aslam 64, Imam-ul-Haq 39, Saud Shakeel 32, Zia-ul-Haq 21; Deepak Hooda 5-41)
Man of the match – Sarfaraz Khan (India)
In Group A, Scotland beat Papua New Guinea (PNG) by six wickets
PNG 108 all out, 36.3 overs (Ross McLean 3-15, Chayank Gosain 3-17, Mark Watt 2-23)
Scotland 110-4, 29.4 overs (Zander Muir 39 not out, Nick Farrar 26; Alei Nao 2-28, Kabua Morea 2-30)
Man of the match – Zander Muir (Scotland)
In Group B, Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 10 wickets
Afghanistan 212 all out, 50 overs (Mohammad Mujtaba 47, Hashmatullah Shaidi 43, Nasir Ahmadzai 41; Mosaddek Hossain 3-19, Rahatul Ferdous 2-38)
Bangladesh 216-0, 42.3 overs (Shadman Islam 126 not out; Joyraz Sheik 81 not out)
Man of the match – Shadman Islam (Bangladesh)
In Group B, Australia beat Namibia by 101 runs
Australia 242-7, 50 overs (Matthew Short 96, Ben McDermott 45, Jaron Morgan 33, Alex Gregory 25, Jake Doran 20; Bredell Wessells 4-50, JJ Smit 3-55)
Namibia 141 all out, 44.2 overs (Bredell Wessells 43, Jaen Kotze 23, Gerhard Erasmus 21, Matthew Fotia 3-23, James Bazley 3-25)
Man of the match – Matthew Short (Australia)
Today’s fixtures (first round):
West Indies v Zimbabwe, Zayed Cricket Stadium
South Africa v Canada, Abu Dhabi Oval 1
New Zealand v UAE, Sharjah Cricket Stadium
England v Sri Lanka, Dubai International Cricket Stadium