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India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka win

Three-time champion India
overcame a shaky start against Ireland to open its campaign with a 79-run
victory in Mirpur in another Group D match.

India was reduced to 55 for four after being sent in to bat, before Sarfaraz
Khan and Washington Sundar pulled their side out of trouble with a 110-run
stand for the fifth wicket. Sarfaraz
smashed 74 off 70 balls which included seven boundaries, while left-handed
Sundar hit a polished 62.

Irish seamers Rory Anders and Joshua Little picked up three wickets each, but
tail-ender Zeeshan Ansari boosted India’s total with a run-a-ball 36 at the
end. Ireland was bowled out for 189 in reply as Rahul Batham took three for 15
and Avesh Khan finished with two for 24.

Sarfaraz said he was not satisfied despite winning the man of the match award. “I
should have scored more because I had settled in well,” he said. “Hopefully, I
will do better in the remaining matches. But it is good to start the tournament
with a win.”


India captain Ishan
Kishan was relieved that his side collected maximum points. “We lost early
wickets but runs were done by Sarfaraz and Washington who had an excellent
partnership. The fielding effort was great as we inflicted two run-outs at the
start and then, the bowlers hit the right areas,” the opener said.


Kishan continued: “I am not that
much happy with the batting as we lost early wickets but this was the first
match and I am sure we’ll learn from this match and do better in upcoming
matches. “India has won the event
thrice, so the expectation level is pretty high. We have to play professionally
and try to live up to the expectations.”

Ireland captain Jack Tector chose to look at the defeat positively. “We started
the game very well with the ball and then also had a few partnerships which
bodes well for the future.”

In Group B games played in Sylhet, Pakistan crushed Afghanistan by six wickets
and Sri Lanka overpowered Canada by 196 runs.

Pakistan’s leg-spinner Shadab
Khan grabbed four for nine in five overs and seamer Hasan Mohsin took three for
24 as Afghanistan was bundled out for 126 after being sent in to bat.

Tariq Stanikzai scored a fine 53, but eight batsmen failed to reach
double-figures against the sustained pressure applied by the Pakistanis.

Pakistan surpassed the modest
target in the 32nd over
with Zeeshan Malik making 29, Hasan Mohsin an unbeaten 28 and Mohammad Umar 25.

Shadab, playing his first U19 World Cup, admitted he was nervous at the start
but settled down to return with excellent figures.

“I tried to bowl as straight as
possible without trying too many things,” he said. “I am happy with my
performance but more importantly we achieved a convincing win. It has given us
tremendous confidence and lifted the entire side.”

Sri Lanka showed why it is one of the tournament favourites when it rattled up
315 for six after electing to bat against Canada.

Skipper Charith Asalanka led the
way with 76 off 69 balls, the in-form Shammu Ashan hit 74 off 61 balls, Kaveen
Bandara made 61 and wicketkeeper Vishad de Silva scored 51.

Canada was shot out for 119 in reply with Arslan Khan playing a lone hand with
an unbeaten 42. Lahiru Kumara, Thilan Nimesh and Damitha Silva claimed two
wickets each.

The 11th edition of
the biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven
Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal,
Ireland and Scotland.

Teams have been divided into four
groups with the top two in each advancing to the Super League quarter-finals
and the other two qualifying for the Plate championships.


Scores in brief:


Group B –
Pakistan beat Afghanistan by six wickets in Sylhet
Afghanistan 126 all out, 41.2 overs (Tariq Stanikzai 53; Shadab Khan 4-9, Hasan
Mohsin 3-24)
Pakistan 129-4, 31.3 overs (Zeeshan Malik 29, Hasan Mohsin 28 not out, Mohammad
Umar 25; Zia-ur-Rehman 2-31)

Group B – Sri Lanka beat Canada by 196 runs in Sylhet
Sri Lanka 315-6, 50 overs (Charith Asalanka 76, Shammu Ashan 74, Kaveen Bandara
61, Vishad de Silva 51; Abdul Haseeb 2-65)
Canada 119 all out, 39.2 overs (Arslan Khan 42 not out; Lahiru Kumara 2-22,
Thilan Nimesh 2-19, Damitha Silva 2-16)


Group D –
India beat Ireland by 79 runs in Mirpur
India 268-9, 50 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 74, Washington Sundar 62, Zeeshan Ansari
36; Rory Anders 3-35, Joshua Little 3-52)
Ireland 189 all out, 49.1 overs (Lorcan Tucker 57, William McClintock 58; Avesh
Khan 2-24, Rahul Batham 3-15)

Group D – Nepal beat New Zealand by 32 runs in Fatullah
Nepal 238-7, 50 overs (Raju Rijal 48, Sandeep Sunar 39, Aarif Sheikh 39, Kushal
Bhurtel 35 not out; Nathan Smith 3-58)
New Zealand 206 all out,
47.1 overs (Glenn Phillips 52, Josh Finnie 37, Dale Phillips 41; Dipendra Airee
3-24, Prem Tamang 2-38)

Friday’s fixtures:

 Group A – Namibia v Scotland, SKICS, Cox’s Bazar

Group C – England v West Indies, ZACS, Chittagong

Group C – Fiji v Zimbabwe, MA Aziz, Chittagong

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