India continue winning march while New Zealand, Afghanistan register first wins

Rishabh Pant (right) scored a 24-ball 78 for India against Ireland.
Rishabh Pant (right) scored a 24-ball 78 for India against Ireland.

India secured the top position in Group D of the ICC Under-19 World Cup after demolishing Nepal on the back of a strong batting performance while New Zealand and Afghanistan won their respective encounters to register their first win in the tournament.

India 175-3 (Pant 78) beat
Nepal 169-8 (Khan 3-34) by seven wickets
19th match, Group D, ICC U-19 World Cup

The game was reduced to 48 overs per side due to excessive fog.

After winning the toss and electing to field first, Avesh Khan (3-34) struck in the first over to remove Sunil Dhamala (0).

The combination of Mayank Dagar (2-32) and Khan struck at regular intervals as Nepal lost half their side having scored just 93 runs.

The 37-run stand for the eighth wicket between Rajbir Singh (35) and Prem Tamang (29 not out) was the highest in the innings as Nepal got folded out for 169 for eight in the allotted 48 overs.

Chasing 170 for a victory, Rishabh Pant (70) and Ishan Kishan (52) gave India a perfect start with their 124-run opening stand which came in just 9.1 overs.

Even though India lost three wickets they had no difficulty in achieving the target of 170 in 18.1 overs with seven wickets in hand to secure the top spot in the group.

Pant scored his 78 off just 24 deliveries which included nine fours and five sixes and was awarded with the man of the match award.

New Zealand 213-6 (Allen 97) beat
Ireland 212 (Tector 56) by four wickets
20th match, Group D, ICC U-19 World Cup

After forced to bat first, Ireland reached 100 for one in the 22nd over riding on a 85-run stand for the second wicket between skipper Jack Tector (56) and Adam Dennison (46).

However, once they fell, apart from Gary McClintock (34), the rest of the innings fell apart as they were dismissed for 212 in 47.5 overs.

Josh Finnie (3-30) and Rachin Ravindra (3-36) shared six wickets between them.

Chasing a moderate total of 213, New Zealand were jolted early by Rory Anders (4-32) leaving them tottering at 45 for four.

However, Finn Allen (98) and Dale Phillips (58) joined together, sharing a 141-run stand for the fifth wicket to take the team through with four wickets in hand. Allen bagged the man of the match award.

Afghanistan 149-6 (Stanikzai 56) beat
Canada 147 (Arslan 38) by four wickets
18th match, Group B, ICC U-19 World Cup

Canada were reduced to 31 for four after deciding to bat first with three of their top four batsmen dismissed for a naught.

A 62-run stand for the fifth wicket between Abraash Khan (33) and Arslan Khan (38) was the only respite in the innings as they took Afghanistan close to the 100-run mark.

Kurt Ramdath's (20) 38-ball knock ensured Afghanistan reached 147 before being bowled out. Muslim Musa (3-31) and Shamsurrahman (3-21) both picked three wickets each.

Chasing 148 for a win, the top order of Afghanistan came good with Karim Janat (29), Ihsanullah (31) and Tariq Stanikzai (56) being among the runs.

Even though Miraj Patel (3-17) troubled the Afghanistan middle order, Ikram Faizi (7 not out) held his nerve to ensure a four-wicket victory for Afghanistan.

Stanikzai won the man of the match for his fifty in a low-scoring chase.

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