U19 Asia Cup 2018: Day 1- Round-up
Four one-sided matches were played on the opening day.
Updated - Sep 29, 2018 8:40 pm
The U19 Asia Cup in Bangladesh got underway today with as many as four encounters taking place today in Savar and Chittagong. Nevertheless, none of the matches could turn out to be closely-fought ones. While India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan romped to comfortable victories, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bangladesh and Nepal couldn’t quite hit their straps.
India U19 vs Nepal U19 (Group A)
The encounter between India and Nepal in Savar turned out to be a one-sided affair as Pawan Shah’s men thumped their opponents by 171 runs to register their maiden victory. Nepal won the toss and elected to bowl first. India, on the backs of Yashavi Jaiswal’s century and Simran Singh’s breezy knock of 82 from 61 balls racked up a score of 304/9 in 50 overs.
During their run chase, Aasif Sheikh and Co lost wickets at regular intervals and were never in contention to challenge India’s score. Their top five batsmen entered the double figures, but none of them could go and score big. Nepal eventually were bowled out for 133 runs in the 37th over. Spinners Siddarth Desai and Harsh Tyagi picked up three wickets each.
India U19: 304/9 in 50 overs; (Yashavi Jaiswal 104, Simran Singh 82; Bhim Sharki 4/42, Rashid Khan 2/45)
Nepal U19: 133 all out in 36.5 overs: (Aasif Sheikh 25, Rohit Paudel 24; Siddarth Desai 3/19, Harsh Tyagi 3/21)
India U19 win by 171 runs.
Bangladesh U19 vs Sri Lanka U19 (Group B)
The contest between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Chittagong turned out to be a drab affair as the Lankans won by a comprehensive six wickets with 73 balls to spare. Nipun Perera’s men won the toss and elected to field first and the decision worked wonders for them as Towhid Hridoy’s men were bowled out for 141 runs. The skipper scored 35 runs off 63 balls.
The run-chase didn’t start on a great note for the Islanders as Shoriful Islam removed Navod Parnavithana and the captain in the first over itself. Nishan Madhushka couldn’t survive long either. However, Nuwanidu Fernando and Pasindu Sooriyabandara’s 90-run stand took the sting out the Bangladesh bowlers. Fernando top scored with 64 from 94 balls.
Bangladesh U19: 141 all out in 46.4 overs; (Towhid Hridoy 35, Tanzid Hasan 24; Shashika Dulshan 2/11, Dulith Wellalage 2/21)
Sri Lanka U19: 144/4 in 37.5 overs; (Nuwanidu Fernando 64*, Pasindu Sooriyabandara 36; Shoriful Islam 2/29, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury 1/21)
Sri Lanka U19 win by six wickets.
Pakistan U19 vs Hong Kong U19 (Group B)
In another one-sided affair in Chittagong, Pakistan humbled Hong Kong by nine wickets. The Men in Green won the toss and elected to field first and the decision didn’t backfire for the reason that Hong Kong were bowled out for 77 runs in 33 overs. Only Haroon Arshed with a score of 36 from 50 balls impressed. Apart from that, none of the batsmen could get into double figures.
The run chase wasn’t expected to trouble the power-packed Pakistani lineup by any means and they scored the runs with 212 balls remaining. Pacer Nasrullah Rana pinned opening batsman Saim Ayub, but that was Hong Kong’s only moment of joy as Muhammad Mohsin Khan and Rohail Nazar didn’t have to drop much sweat in order to track down the modest target.
Hong Kong U19: 77 all out in 33 overs; (Haroon Arshed 36, Harpreet Singh 8; Naseem Shah 5/13, Junaid 3/23)
Pakistan U19: 78/1 in 14.4 overs; (Muhammad Mohsin Khan 32*, Rohail Nazar 24*, Nasrulla Rana 1/21, Mohammad Hasan 0/11)
Pakistan win by nine wickets.
Afghanistan U19 vs United Arab Emirates (UAE) U19 (Group A)
Afghanistan and UAE locked horns in Savar and Rahmatullah Gurbaz’s team didn’t have any difficulty whatsoever in rolling their opponents and won by five wickets. After Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field Qais Ahmed’s four-wicket bowled helped the Afghans bowl Fahad Nawaz’s men out for 140 in the 44th overs. Brandon Adam top scored 25 runs.
The Afghans were once reduced to 85/5 in 17.5 overs. However, Azmatullah Omarzai notched 50 runs from 40 balls with the help of two boundaries and three sixes to guide his team. His 59-run stand with Baseer Khan sealed the deal for them. Palaniappan Meiyappan was UAE’s most successful bowler with two crucial wickets of Mohammad Ishaq and Arif Khan.
United Arab Emirates U19: 140 all out in 43.5 overs; (Brandon Adam 25, Ali Mirza 24; Qais Ahmad 4/40, Riaz Hussain 1/4)
Afghanistan U19: 144/5 in 27 overs; (Azmatullah Omarzai 50*, Baseer Khan 22*; Palaniappan Meiyappan 2/39, Fahad Nawaz 1/28)
Afghanistan U19 win by five wickets.