It was an interesting day of play on the 2nd day of ICC Under 19 World Cup 2020. There were 3 matches played today with West Indies taking on Australia, United Arab Emirates facing Canada and New Zealand taking on Japan.
Out of these three matches, West Indies registered their first win over Australia in Under 19 World Cups since 1988. United Arab Emirates cruise towards a comfortable win over Canada. The match between Japan and New Zealand was washed out due to rain. Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe on a resounding note.
West Indies versus Australia (Diamond Oval, Kimberly)
West Indies defeated Australia in Group B match played at Diamond Oval, Kimberly. The match was reduced to 49 overs side due to rain. West Indies captain Kimani Melius won the toss and decided to field first. The decision paid off as Seales got the breakthrough dismissing Liam Scott cheaply. Fraser McGurk looked positive with stroke play and played with positive intent. Mackenzie Harvey was run out as the ball hit Seales foot and onto stumps. At the end of 10 overs, Australia were 52 for 2.
After the power play overs, Lalchan Hearne was also run out in an unfortunate manner. In the next ball, Oliver Davies was dismissed by Young. Fraser looked in great touch with attacking stroke and added important runs with Patrick Rowe. Fraser reached his half-century off 55 balls. After reaching his fifty, Fraser took on West Indies attack. As things looked dangerous for West Indies, Seales got the breakthrough dismissing Fraser. Fraser and Rowe added 91 runs for the 5th wicket. From 158 for 5, West Indies seamers did a brilliant job to bowl out Australia for 179 in 35.4 overs.
In reply to 180 runs to win, Leonardo Julien and captain Melius got West Indies off to flying start adding 36 runs in 5.4 overs. At the end of 10 overs, West Indies were 48 for 1.
After the power play overs, Melius was dismissed for 17 off 30 balls. Australia bowlers reduced West Indies to 92 for 5. Matthew Forde and Nyeem Young steadied the innings for West Indies with aggressive stroke play by Nayeem. Nayeem reached his fifty off 52 balls. Nayeem and Forde added 78 runs for the 6th wicket. Both batsmen were dismissed in quick succession. West Indies won the match eventually by 3 wickets with 18 balls to spare.
West Indies Under 19 180 for 7 in 46 overs (Nayeem Young 61, Tanveer Sangha 4/30) beat Australia Under 19 179 in 35.4 overs (Fraser McGurk 84, Patrick Rowe 40, Seales 4/49, Matthew Forde 3/24) by 3 wickets.
In other matches, United Arab Emirates started their campaign in Under 19 World Cups with a 8 wicket win over Canada in Group D match played at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein. UAE captain Aaryan Lakra won the toss and decided to field first.
Canada openers Randhir Sandhu and Mihir Patel provided a solid start adding 82 runs for the opening wicket. Despite Patel 90 off 105 balls and Muhammad Kamal quickfire 31 off 17 balls, UAE restricted Canada to 231 for 8 in 50 overs. SM Sharma was the pick of bowlers with 3 for 42.
Chasing 232 runs to win, Aryan Lakra and Figy John put on a brilliant 149 runs stand for the 2nd wicket. John remained not out on 102 to help UAE chase down the target with 68 balls to spare.
UAE 232 for 2 in 38.4 overs ( Figy John 102*, Aryan Lakra 66, Muhammad Kamal 1/27) beat Canada 231 for 8 in 50 overs ( Mihir Patel 90, SM Sharma 3/42) by 8 wickets.
The Group A match between Japan and New Zealand was abandoned due to rain played at North West University Oval Potchefstroom. Japan captain Marcus Thurgate won the toss and decided to field first. Rhys Mariu and Ollie White provided a flying start to Kiwis team as they added 119 runs in just 15.5 overs.
Mariu and White made half-centuries which laid a strong foundation of a big total. With the scorecard reading 195 for 2 in 28.5 overs, rain arrived, and the match was called off. Both teams were awarded 1 point each.
Bangladesh Under started their Under 19 campaign with a crushing 9 wickets over Zimbabwe via DLS method.
In tomorrow’s matches defending Champions India will take on Sri Lanka at Bloemfontein, Pakistan will face Scotland.