Three-time champions, the Indian under 19 team demolished minnows Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets to storm into the ICC U-19 World Cup quarterfinals. The group B clash saw the Indian colts dominate Papua New Guinea (PNG) in every department, be it bowling, fielding and batting.
Indian under 19 team – Captain Prithvi Shaw and Ankur Roy shine
Skipper Prithvi Shaw slammed yet another stroke-full half-century. Spinner Anukul Roy claimed a maiden five-wicket haul to emerge as the architects of India’s dominating victory.
Anukul was the wrecker-in-chief for the Indian under 19 team. He ran through the opposition batters, with impressive figures of 6.5-2-14-5. Earlier captain Prithvi Shaw won the toss and elected to field first under overcast conditions.
Papua New Guinea last appeared at the ICC Under 19 World Cup in 2014 in the United Arab Emirates. They looked clueless against India’s bowling unit and were all out for 64 in 21.5 over. This is the tournament’s lowest score so far.
Notable contributors for Papua New Guinea were, Ovia Sam (15), opener Simon Atai (13) and Sinaka Arua (12). PNG had earlier qualified for their eighth under 19 World Cup after remaining unbeaten in the East Asia Pacific Qualifier in Samoa.
Indian under 19 team – As the match happened…
India, in their opening group B encounter, had inflicted a 100-run defeat on former champions Australia. In the second match, which in reality wasn’t a match for the ‘Boys in Blue’, the Indian under 19 team reached the target of 67 without losing a wicket. The boys reached the target in 8 overs. Skipper Shaw once again starred with the bat scoring 57 out of the 67 required. This is his second half-century in a row.
The match was played at the picturesque Mount Maunganui stadium. The conditions aided swing and bounce. The Indian under 19 team fast bowler Shivam Mavi picked up two early wickets, while his pace partner Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Arshdeep Singh snapped a scalp each.
Put into bat, Papua New Guinea found the going tough against a quality bowling unit and lost their first wicket when Shivam trapped Igo Mahuru in the third over.
The Indian pace battery next cleaned up one down Heagi Toua for a duck and Nagarkoti then ran out opener Atai in the next ball. PNG were then reduced to 26-3 in 7 overs. PNG captain Vagi Karaho was then caught behind by Aryan Juyal off Arshdeep’s bowling. Next batsman Arua too returned to the hut after being bowled by Roy, as PNG lost half their side with 61 runs on the board in 15.2 overs.
Another batsman by the name of Sam then became the next victim of Roy. Leke Morea survived for three balls before being sent packing by Nagarkoti in the next over as they slumped to 62 for 7.
Anukul Roy then cleaned up the tail, getting rid of James Tau (0), Kevau Tau (2) and Semo Kamea (0) to bring an end to PNG’s innings and misery.
Chasing the target, skipper Shaw and Manjot Kalra hardly broke a sweat with the captain toying with the opposition bowlers.
Prithvi Shaw was so dominating that he scored 48 runs of his unbeaten 57 in boundaries. He hit 12 fours in total. None of the Papua New Guinea bowlers could trouble Prithvi, as he slapped and pulled the length balls to the square boundaries on either side. He brought up the winning runs with successive boundaries.
The Indian under 19 team will take on Zimbabwe next on 19th January in their last preliminary clash. More or less, the Indian colts have booked their quarter final berth, next match would provide a good practice session.