Pakistan, India, England And Australia Win On Day Three
Day three of the Under 19 World Cup saw low scoring games all round: England continued their sensational form with another ten-wicket victory over Bermuda, Australia had no problems with Nepal as they eased to victory, with sub-continent sides Pakistan and India beating New Zealand and South Africa respectively.
All of these sides move to the top of their groups and have collected all four points possible from their opening two games.
Pakistan beat New Zealand by 27 runs
In a low scoring game, Pakistan where first of all rolled out for just 156 in 47 overs by New Zealand. Tim Southee, who played in the recent Twenty 20 series for the Kiwis against England, backed up his impressive five wicket hall in the game before to take an economical two for 29 off his ten overs.
Pakistan found themselves in huge trouble when reduced to 28 for four, but Usman Salah-ud-Din and Umar Amin added 64 before Amin departed for 23. In came wicket-keeper Ali Asad, who blasted a quick fire 42 that included two sixes. The Pakistanis running between the wicket was poor throughout as they lost three players to run outs as they were dismissed for an under par score.
New Zealand should really have chased down this target, but lost too many wickets at regular intervals. Harry Boam top scored for the Kiwis with a slow 38 off 94 balls. The next top score was 16 by Auckland player Greg Morgan, before he was dismissed by the impressive 16 year old leg spinner Ahmad Shahzad. He took 3-35 as New Zealand crashed to a 27 run defeat as they were bowled out for 129.
India beat South Africa by six wickets
India strode to a comfortable six wicket victory over closest group rivals South Africa. With this victory, India look set to continue to march on as one of the favourites for the World Cup title.
South Africa got off to an awful start and never really recovered throughout the whole match. Pieter Malan was dismissed for a duck, in only the second ball of the match by opening bowler Pradeep Sangwan. Sangwan made his first-class debut for Delhi against Rajasthan in November 2007 where he took five wickets in the match.
Like against Rajasthan, he took five wickets here as he raced through the South African top order. He claimed the first five wickets in only his sixth over as the Africans were reduced to 45-5. But Jonathan Vandiar and skipper Wayne Parnell put up some resistance by adding 64 in just seven overs. Vandiar top scored with 53 off 45 balls and Parnell hit 31 off only 25 balls. South Africa were bowled out for 149 in only 30 overs with left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja backing up Sangwan with 3-23.
Opener Taruwar Kohli put the game away from South Africa’s reach with a composed 54. Young Talented batsman, Tanmay Srivastava continued to impress by scoring a cameo 47. Wayne Parnell picked up two wickets but India were always in control of the game and eased home with six wickets in hand to go top of the group.
Australia beat Nepal by 94 runs
At the end of the first 50 overs, Australia would have not been feeling as confident as you would expect as they had just been bowled out by Nepal for just 206. Young Australian prodigy, Phil Hughes, scored a composed 46 at the top of the order. He has been scoring many runs at state side New South Wales and looks destined to be one for the future.
Opening partner Kirk Pascoe hit a quick fire 37 as no one else pushed on from their starts to give Australia a comfortable target to defend. Nepal opening bowler Paras Khadka took 4-32 during his impressive spell to restrict the Aussies run flow.
In reply, the Australians got to work and showed that they had nothing to worry about really as they have the true class to come through and beat these sides after slight blips. Nepal were scuttled out for 110 with James Pattinson, Clive Rose and Steven Smith all taking three wickets apiece to move top of the group after back to back victories.
England beat Bermuda by ten wickets
England would have struggled to improve on their first performance against Ireland, but they have continued to march on and successfully won by ten wickets for the second game running against Bermuda.
Middlesex’s man of the match against Ireland, Steven Finn again bowled beautifully taking a sensational 2-8 off seven overs. He was backed up by left arm spinner Liam Dawson who took 3-15 and James Harris who took 2-22.
Bermuda opening batsman Christopher Douglas top scored with 21 as no other batsman made double figures during the innings. Bermuda were embarrassed by a supreme England as they were bowled out for just 55.
It took England just 10.4 overs to knock off the total as they continued to show that they are definite contenders to take the trophy this year with a strong set of players who have some experience out first class level. James Taylor, of Leicestershire, again provided some fireworks at the top of the order with a whirlwind unbeaten 43.
England are now top of the group and face title contenders Bangladesh on Friday the 22nd of February in a top of the table clash that would provide the winning side with the easier route in the next round.
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