U19 World Cup 2018, Day 17- Round-up
England defeated the hosts New Zealand in the 7th place playoff.
Updated - Jan 30, 2018 1:04 pm
A couple of games were staged on the seventeenth day of the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand at Christchurch and Queenstown respectively. In the day’s marquee clash, India and Pakistan locked horns in the second semi-final of the tournament. The teams fought tooth and nail and eventually it was Prithvi Shaw’s boys who managed to humble their neighboring country by a mammoth 203 runs.
Shubman Gill’s brilliant hundred helped India rack up a respectable score of 272 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Muhammad Musa emerged as Pakistan’s highest wicket-taker with four wickets in his quota. Pakistan struggled during the entire course of their run-chase and slumped to a hefty defeat. Ishan Porel nipped out four wickets, which triggered the collapse.
Thereafter the spinners took it upon themselves to dismiss the remaining batsmen. Gill has rightly been adjudged the Player of the Match.
England defeat New Zealand to finish 7th in the standings
In the day’s second contest, England and New Zealand clashed in a 7th place play-off game at Queenstown. England won the toss and elected to bat first. Tom Banton notched a stupendous ton following which England scored 261/7 in 50 overs.
Jack Davies also played beautifully for 63 runs off 76 balls. Luke Georgeson was New Zealand’s standout bowler with three wickets and 29 runs. During their chase, the Kiwis found themselves in some sort of trouble having lost three batsmen with 88 on the board. However, a stand of 113 runs between Finn Allen and Katene Clarke got them close to victory.
The partnership was broken when Will Jacks nipped out Allen’s wicket with New Zealand requiring a further 61 runs off 52 balls. To the dismay of the Kiwis, Clarke perished soon after and New Zealand stumbled at the finishing line. They were eventually bowled out for 229 runs and they fell short by 32 runs. Will Jacks and Euan Woods picked up three wickets each for England
India vs Pakistan, Semi-Final, Christchurch
India 272/9 in 50 overs; Shubman Gill 102*, Manjot Kalra 47; Muhammad Musa 4/67, Arshad Iqbal 3/51
Pakistan 69 all out in 29.3 overs; Rohail Nazar 18, Saad Khan 15; Ishan Porel 4/17; Riyan Parag 2/6
India beat Pakistan by 203 runs
Player of the Match: Shubman Gill
New Zealand vs England, 7th place Play-off, Queenstown
England 261/7 in 50 overs; Tom Banton 112, Jack Davies 63; Luke Georgeson 3/29, Rachin Ravindra 2/80
New Zealand 229 all out in 47.1 overs; Finn Allen 87, Katene Clarke 60; Will Jacks 3/41, Euan Woods 3/44
England beat New Zealand by 32 runs
Player of the Match: Tom Banton