U19 World Cup 2018, Day 6- Round-up

U19 World Cup 2018, Day 6- Round-up

While Namibia and Canada fought it out at Lincoln, Bangladesh and England locked horns at Queenstown.

Harry Brook U19 World Cup 2018
Harry Brook of England. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Day six of the U19 World Cup 2018 in New Zealand witnessed a couple of games played at Queenstown and Lincoln. While Namibia and Canada fought it out at Lincoln, Bangladesh and England locked horns at Queenstown. Namibia, with a couple of defeats, are out of contention for a berth in the quarter-finals.

Canada v Namibia, Group C, Lincoln

However, Canada were in with a chance of keeping their hopes alive and had everything to play for. Namibia won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a steady start with a half-century partnership of 53 runs from 80 balls between skipper Lohan Louwrens and Jurgen Linde. They lost wickets in quick succession, but another 50-run stand between Eben van Wyk and Erich van Mollendroff garnered momentum back.

Nevertheless, from 151/3, they slumped to 193 all out in a space of 12 overs. Right-arm medium-pace bowler Akash Gill was the pick of Canada’s bowlers with four wickets in eight overs. Canada found themselves in a spot of bother as both their openers- Pranav Sharma and Randhir Sandhu- succumbed to the leg-breaks of Petrus Burger.

However, half-centuries from skipper Arslan Khan, Akash Gill and Kevin Singh guided them to the threshold of victory. The Canadians stumbled at the finishing line and lost three quick wickets, however, they got over the finishing line. They now have to beat England in their last group-game and also ensure a superior net-run rate over Bangladesh in order to progress to the next stage.

Brief Scores

Namibia 193 all out in 46 overs; Lohan Louwrens 38, Eben van Wyk 32; Akash Gill 4/43, Rommel Shahzad 2/27

Canada 197/6 in 42 overs; Arslan Khan 72, Akash Gill 52; Petrus Burger 2/29, Shaun Fouche 2/34.

Canada beat Namibia by four wickets

Man of the Match: Akash Gill

England v Bangladesh, Group C, Queenstown Events Centre

In the day’s second game between Bangladesh and England, the stakes were high as both teams looked to book a berth in the quarter-finals. However, England comprehensively brushed aside the sub-continent nation and registered their second consecutive victory. Bangladesh won the toss and Pinak Ghosh had no hesitation whatsoever to bat first.

However, Ethan Bamber jolted them with three wickets and reduced Bangladesh to 8/3 in the opening four overs. Nevertheless, a partnership of 94 runs in 137 balls between Afif Hossain and Aminul Islam dragged Bangladesh out of the pits. Afif, eventually top-scored with a maturely-compiled knock of 63 runs off 85 balls.

Off-break bowler Euan Woods nipped both batsmen out and snatched the ascendancy back for England. Bangladesh could never recover thereafter as they huffed and puffed to 175 all out. England were jittery during the run-chase and lost three wickets at the score of 49. Nonetheless, skipper Harry Brook decimated the Bangladesh bowlers and notched an inning of 102 runs off 84 balls.

He along with Euan Brooks stitched together a stand of 128 runs off 117 balls, which guided England past the target. Meanwhile, the massive triumph enhanced their net run rate which has more or less ensured their qualification for the quarter-finals. Bangladesh will now have to look up to the result of Canada’s match against England on the 20th of January.

Brief Scores

Bangladesh 175 all out in 49.2 overs (Afif Hossain 63, Aminul Islam 31; Ethan Bamber 3/19, Euan Woods 3/26)

England 177/3 in 29.3 overs (Harry Brook 102*, Euan Woods 48; Qazi Onik 1/19, Hasan Mahmud 1/27)

England beat Bangladesh by seven wickets

Man of the Match: Harry Brook