It was an all-round performance by Indian U19 cricket team on Friday (January26) as they beat Bangladesh by 131 runs in the quarterfinal of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup to race ahead in the semi-finals. They meet arch-rivals Pakistan in the semis.
India won the toss in the morning and opted to bat first. It was not the usual start for them as Manjot Kalra, who has been in superb form thus far went back scoring 9 off 13. Prithvi Shaw carried his good form and with his deputy Shubman Gill formed a partnership of 86 runs. While Shaw had to return back after scoring 40 off 54, Gill hit a brilliant fifty.
Hardik Desai (34 off 48) and Riyan Parag (15 off 22) got off to good starts but could not convert them into big ones. Abhishek Sharma then came and changed the momentum of the innings, playing some fancy strokes. He managed to get a fifty registered against his name as well. The star of the Indian showing was undoubtedly Abhishek Sharma though, as he scored a half-century as well as picked up two wickets with the ball.
Bangladesh’s reply was disappointing to say the least. They were going good at 76 for 2 in under 23 overs. Some lackluster running and irresponsible batting from thereon meant they were soon 106 for 6. It was always going to be too much to ask for, for Bangladesh as they were playing the catching up game from thereon.
Indian pacers Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti took 5 wickets between them. Spinner Anukool Roy and Abhishek Sharma took 2 and 1 wickets respectively.
India are through to the semifinals now and they will be facing the arch-rivals Pakistan in that match. Pakistan too are in good form at the moment. The match will be played on January 20 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.