There were no upsets on day two of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand as Australia, Bangladesh, England and New Zealand all overcame teams that they would have been expected to beat.
Australia thumped the United States of America by 108 runs, USA bowled out for 154 in reply to Australia's 262 all out in 49.3 overs. Tom Beaton scored 73 to top score for the Australiansafter Alister McDermott picked up four wickets.
"It was obviously good to get a win first up. Wins are habits so we're going to go into next game with some good confidence," Australian captain Mitchell Marsh said after the game.
"I think we've still got a bit of work to do if we want to beat the better sides but to start with a good win today was great."
"We can make a bit of improvement in our middle overs with both bat and ball; I think we've got a few areas we can improve but we'll be right for next game."
England proved to be far too strong for Hong Kong, cruising to victory by nine wickets. After David Payne's haul of three for 24 helped bowl Hong Kong out for 185, Joe Root hit an unbeaten 70 and James Vince 76 not out in 61 balls to seal the crushing win with 19 overs and five balls to spare.
It was a similar story for the hosts New Zealand, who sent Canada packing by nine wickets with 30 overs and five balls remaining. The Canadians were unable to follow up their fine ten-run win over Zimbabwe on the opening day and were bowled out for 128 and New Zealand had few problems reaching their modest victory target.
Papua New Guinea gave a good account of themselves making their tournament debut but in-form Bangladesh were good enough to take a five-wicket Duckworth/Lewis win. In 46 overs, PNG reached a creditable 191 for nine despite Abul Hasan taking four for 22 and in reply, Shabbir Rahman was unbeaten on 54 as Bangladesh won the game by making 190 for five in 27.2 overs.
The opening day saw wins for Canada, India, Pakistan and South Africa.
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