Saturday, 20 October, 2018

India decimate Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to storm into quarterfinals

India decimate Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to storm into quarterfinals India decimate Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to storm into quarterfinals
Kristopher Love | 20 January, 2018, 03:51

Three-time champions India completed their rout of Group B in the ICC Under-19 World Cup by registering a comprehensive 10-wicket win over Zimbabwe on Friday.

India comfortably reached the target in 21.4 overs with 10 wickets in hand.

Zimbabwe batsmen seemed clueless against left-arm spinners Anukul Roy (4/20) and Abhishek Sharma (2/22) and folded up for 154 in 48.1 overs.

Gill made 90 runs from 59 balls which included 14 boundaries and a six while Desai scored 56 runs from 73 balls with the help of eight fours and a maximum. Indian fast bowlers Kamlesh Nagrakoti and Shivam Mavi have impressed with their testing pace so far and it remains to be seen if legendary coach Rahul Dravid fields them again or keeps them fresh for the quarterfinals. Desai, who was one of the two changes in the team alongside Riyag Parag, made the opportunity count with a solid half-century.

England are two from two following victories over Namibia and Bangladesh and will top the group and set up a meeting with Group B runners-up Australia if they beat Canada in Queenstown on Saturday.

Earlier, Roy ran through the Zimbabwe middler-order, also removing the innings top-scorer Milton Shumba (36 off 59). It was totally one-sided affair as Australia registered a mammoth score of 370 runs in stipulated 50 overs.

Pakistan, meanwhile, ensured they joined Afghanistan in progressing from Group D - Muhammad Musa's back-to-back sixes sealing a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka, who are now eliminated. "It was a team decision to bat first but sadly we didn't do as well as we would have liked".