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Allen century gets New Zealand off to winning start in ICC U19 World Cup

Jakob Bhula scored 83 runs for New Zealand U19 opening the batting
Jakob Bhula scored 83 runs for New Zealand U19 opening the batting
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New Zealand U19 234-2 (Allen 115no) beat
West Indies U19 233-8 (Simmons 92no) by eight wickets
4th game, Group A, ICC U19 World Cup

An unbeaten 115-run knock from Finn Allen and 83 runs from Jakob Bhula helped New Zealand U19 to a winning start in the ICC U19 World Cup as they chased down 234 against West Indies U19 with eight wickets in hand at Bay Oval.

Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first. Keagan Simmons (92 not out) and Kimani Melius (78) gave a terrific opening stand of 123 runs that came off just 164 deliveries to lay a solid platform.

Melius reached his fifty off 66 deliveries and the 100-run stand came in the 24th over but that is after New Zealand missed a simple catch and a run out for Melius.

Rachin Ravindra (3-30) finally provided the breakthrough when he had Melius caught when he attempted a slog sweep and from there on the innings was about Simmons as the rest of the batting capitulated and from being 123 for naught, West Indies were kept down to 233 for eight in the 50 overs.

Simmons remained unbeaten on 92 while Alick Athanaze (26) provided brief support. Matthew Fisher (3-61) and Ravindra picked three wickets apiece for New Zealand.

In the chase, Ravindra (16) fell in the final delivery of the powerplay after adding 46 runs with Jakob Bhula (83). But it was the second wicket stand of 163 runs with Allen (115 not out) was the stand out player with his unbeaten 100-ball knock.

Bhula fell when 35 runs were needed for a victory but Allen saw the team through the chase which they completed in 39.3 overs with eight wickets in hand. Allen won the player of the match.

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