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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Rishabh Pant and Anmolpreet Singh steer impressive India into semi-finals - #U19CWC


Rishabh Pant and Anmolpreet Singh steer impressive India into semi-finals

·       Pant hits 14 fours and two sixes in a 96-ball 111, Singh scores 41 and takes three for 27

·       Rahul Dravid: "At some stages, I still feel we have not played a perfect game, but this was our best all-round performance"

·       "Before the game started, we spoke about the dangers of being complacent and we wanted to get a win," says former India captain

·       England takes on Sri Lanka on Sunday in Mirpur, Pakistan faces West Indies in Fatullah on Monday



Wicketkeeper/batsman Rishabh Pant hit 111 off 96 balls as power-packed India demolished Namibia by 197 runs in Fatullah on Saturday to cruise into the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

All-rounder Anmolpreet Singh scored 41 and took three for 27 in his first appearance in the tournament as India piled up 349 for six after electing to bat, and then bowled the African side out for 152 in 39 overs. The match was produced by ICC TV and aired around the world by 15 broadcasters.

Three-time champion India, coached by batting great Rahul Dravid, will take on the winner of Sunday's quarter-final between strong contenders England and Sri Lanka in the first semi-final in Mirpur on 9 February.

The second semi-final between host Bangladesh and the winner between Pakistan and the West Indies on Monday will be played in Mirpur on 11 February.

Dravid said his team had started to play almost perfect cricket. "I think we have played some good cricket right through the tournament. At some stages, I still feel we have not played a perfect game, but this was our best all-round performance.

"We had a few hiccups earlier on in the batting but it is nice to see that we have recovered and we are playing well. We're playing good cricket, focusing on the processes and not worrying too much about the results and things are going well."

Dravid said he had reminded his boys not to be over-confident or complacent. "When you come into knock-out stage, you can't take any team for granted. Namibia put in some very good performances to get here. Before the game started, we spoke about the dangers of being complacent and we wanted to get a win.

"The focus was to win and not about anything else. I am glad that we were able to put on a commanding performance and qualify for the semi-finals."


Pant, the left-handed opener who had scored the fastest 50 in under-19 internationals off 18 balls against Nepal, smashed 14 boundaries and two sixes during his whirlwind 111.

Pant added 103 for the second wicket with Anmolpreet after captain Ishan Kishan had been caught and bowled by Fritz Coetzee for six in the third over.

That set the stage for an Indian assault with former school-mates Sarfaraz Khan and Armaan Jaffar scoring aggressive half-centuries.

Sarfaraz hit a run-a-ball 76 and Armaan made 64 off 55 balls before a late blitz by Mahipal Lomror lifted India to the mammoth total.

Left-handed Lomror took 24 runs in the final over bowled by Coetzee, which included three sixes, as he returned unbeaten on 41 off 21 balls.

Namibia made an impressive start with openers SJ Loftie-Eaton (22) and Niko Davin (33) putting on 59 for the first wicket by the 10th over.

Skipper Zane Green made 27 to lift Namibia to 80 for one, but the rest of the batting caved in as left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar supported his off-break partner Anmolpreet with three wickets for 25 runs.

"We set a good target with Pant leading the way and then fielded and bowled well today," said India captain Kishan.

"It was nice to move into the semi-finals with such a good win. Namibia had a good start, but we needed to stay patient and once the first wicket fell, we applied pressure on their batsmen."

Asked whether India would prefer to face England or the West Indies in the semi-final, Kishan said: "We can fare well against either team. We just need to play to our strengths and do the basics right."

Namibia coach Rangarirai Manyande, whose side upset defending champion South Africa in the league, rued the inability to grab the opportunities that came their way.

"The Indians batted quite nicely," said Manyande. "They batted very aggressively and did not give us a chance. Unfortunately, we could not grab our opportunity once we were 80 for one and that put us on the backfoot.

"We need to improve a lot. We were a little bit tired in the field and when the Indian spinners came on, we were unable to capitalize on the good start we got.

"But the boys are hungry for one more win which can help us finish in the top six."

Scores in brief:

Super League quarter-final: India beat Namibia by 197 runs in Fatullah
India 349-6, 50 overs (Rishabh Pant 111, Sarfaraz Khan 76, Armaan Jaffer 64, Anmolpreet Singh 41, Mahipal Lomror 41 not out; Fritz Coetzee 3-78)
Namibia 152 all out, 39 overs (Niko Davin 33, Zane Green 27, SJ Lofie-Eaton 22; Mayank Dagar 3-25, Anmolpreet Singh 3-27)


Forthcoming Super League quarter-finals:

7 Feb - England v Sri Lanka, Mirpur
8 Feb – Pakistan v West Indies, Fatullah

Semi-final line-up:
9 Feb – India v England/Sri Lanka, Mirpur
11 Feb – Bangladesh v Pakistan/West Indies, Mirpur

Plate Championship (play/offs):
7 Feb - Ireland v Canada, Cox's Bazar
8 Feb - South Africa v Zimbabwe, Cox's Bazar; Scotland v Fiji, Cox's Bazar
9 Feb - New Zealand v Afghanistan, Cox's Bazar

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Namibia stuns defending champion South Africa to make quarter-finals


  
·       Qualifier wins tense chase by two wickets after restricting South Africa to 136 for nine; joins host Bangladesh in Super League from Group A

·       England routs Zimbabwe by 129 runs to top Group C after third successive victory

·       West Indies beats Fiji by 262 runs, West Indies-Zimbabwe winner to take last spot from Group C

Nambia celebrations


Qualifier Namibia upset defending champion South Africa by two wickets in a thrilling chase to join host Bangladesh in the quarterfinals from Group A of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup on Sunday.

Bangladesh beat Scotland by 114 runs in Cox's Bazar for its second win and now clashes with Namibia in the last league match on Tuesday to decide Group A winner. The winner of Bangladesh-Namibia match will feature in the first quarter-final against Group D runner-up (India or Nepal) in Mirpur on Friday, 5 February, while the side that finishes second in Group A will take on winner of Group D in Fatullah on 6 February.

England brushed aside Zimbabwe by 129 runs in Chittagong to top Group C with a third successive win. This match was produced by ICC TV and aired around the world by 15 broadcasters. England will now wait the second-placed team from Group B in the quarter-final on 7 February in Mirpur.

The West Indies romped to a 262-run win over Fiji in another Group C match in Chittagong. It now faces Zimbabwe on Tuesday to determine the second qualifier from the group with the winner meeting Group B champion (Pakistan or Sri Lanka) in Fatullah on Monday, 8 February.

Namibia's unheralded cricketers, who had beaten Scotland in their first match, kept their cool amid mounting tension to knock South Africa out in Cox's Bazar.

South Africa, batting first, was reduced to 60 for eight by the half-way stage following a four-wicket haul by Michael van Lingen. But Willem Ludick hit 42 in a ninth-wicket stand of 55 runs with Lutho Sipamla as the young Proteas added a further 76 runs.

Defending a modest 136 for nine in 50 overs, South Africa claimed a wicket off the first ball and continued to dismiss batsmen regularly, but Lohan Louwrens stood in the way as he steered Namibia home with an unbeaten 58.

The memorable win meant that Namibia, which finished 14th in the United Arab Emirates two years ago, will improve upon its best finish of 11th in Malaysia in 2008.

Namibia's captain Zane Green said he was delighted with the win and said he was not surprised that his team had made the knockout rounds.

"We were positive from the start of the tournament because we knew we had the team to go far," said Green. "Our aim was to take it one game at a time and that is what we will continue to do.

"We want to take the positive energy from this game into our next match against Bangladesh. And then take it from there."

Namibian coach Norbert Manyande said he was proud of the way his boys responded to the challenge.

"It is unbelievable and a great feeling," he said. "I always believed in the guys and I am proud that they delivered today.

"We did not expect that we will restrict South Africa to 136, but I think we struck to our disciplines and that was the key.

"I always knew that our bowling was very solid and we had shown that in the qualifiers as well. Today was just a beautiful day."

South African captain Tony de Zorzi said his side had let the nation down, but vowed to do well in the Plate Championships.

"Our top-order failed badly," he said. "If the boys are honest with themselves, they will realize they played some loose shots. We should have got more than 136 for sure.

"We have let our country down by not qualifying for the quarter-finals, but we will definitely try to finish ninth .... that's the best we can do."

Jack Burnham

England, which had scored 371 for three against Fiji in the first match, once again showed its batting prowess to pile up 288 for four after electing to bat against Zimbabwe.

Durham's Jack Burnham hit an unbeaten 106, his second hundred in three matches, opener Dan Lawrence made 59 and Max Holden hit 51.

Zimbabwe was dismissed for 159 despite a heroic 91 from Jeremy Ives as Saqib Mahmood claimed four wickets for 39 runs and Callum Taylor took three for 14.

"We can only go up from here, hopefully there are more wins to come," said Burnham, whose 104-ball knock contained six sixes and five boundaries.

Nazmul Hossain

Nazmul Hossain delighted home fans with an unbeaten 113 and skipper Mehidy Miraz hit 51 as Bangladesh scored 256 for six and then bowled Scotland out for 142.

Azeem Dar top-scored for Scotland with 50 as Mohammad Saifuddin and Saleh Ahmed grabbed three wickets each.

Bangladesh's head coach Mizanur Rahman said his team was improving with each game.

"The start was disappointing, but I was happy with the way we finished both in batting and bowling," he said. "We accelerated towards the end and that is something we missed in the last game.

"These are the kind of wickets where you have to dig in and try to play as long as possible. Nazmul Hossain showed us how it is done. It was a splendid knock under pressure."

Shamar Springer became the third century-maker of the day, scoring 106 to lift the West Indies to 340 for seven against first-timer Fiji, which was dismissed for 78 in reply.

Gidron Pope (76) and Jyd Goolie (66) were the other principal scorers for the West Indies.  Pope then grabbed four wickets for 24 runs with his off-spin to complete a fine all-round display.

Scores in brief:

Group C: West Indies beat Fiji by 262 runs in Chittagong
West Indies 340-7, 50 overs (Shamar Springer 106, Gidron Pope 76, Jyd Goolie 66; Cakacaka Tikoisuva 6-59)
Fiji 78 all out, 27.3 overs (Gidron Pope 4-24)

Group C: England beat Zimbabwe by 129 runs in Chittagong
England 288-4, 50 overs (Jack Burnham 106 not out, Dan Lawrence 59, Max Holden 51; Rugare Magarira 2-36)
Zimbabwe 159 all out, 43.4 overs (Jeremy Ives 91; Saqib Mahmood 4-39, Callum Taylor 3-14)

Group A: Bangladesh beat Scotland by 114 runs in Cox's Bazar
Bangladesh 256-6, 50 overs (Nazmul Hossain 113 not out, Saif Hassan 49, Mehidy Miraz 51; Mohammad Ghaffar 4-60)
Scotland 142 all out, 47.2 overs (Azeem Dar 50; Mohammad Saifuddin 3-17, Saleh Ahmed 3-27)

Group A: Namibia beat South Africa by two wickets in Cox's Bazar
South Africa 136-9, 50 overs (Willem Ludick 42, Lutho Sipamla 17 not out; Michael van Lingen 4-24, Fritz Coetzee 3-16)
Namibia 137-8, 39.4 overs (Lohan Louwrens 58 not out; Ziyaad Abrahams 2-18, Sean Whitehead 2-27)

Monday's matches:

Group B: Afghanistan v Canada, Sylhet
Group D: India v Nepal, Mirpur
Group D: Ireland v New Zealand, Fatullah

Points table

Group A

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
Namibia
2
2
0
+1.60
4

Bangladesh
2
2
0
+1.57
4

South Africa
2
0
2
-0.87
0

Scotland
2
0
2
-2.49
0


Group B

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
Sri Lanka
2
2
0
+2.29
4
Pakistan
2
2
0
+1.23
4
Afghanistan
2
0
2
-1.07
0
Canada
2
0
2
-2.48
0

Group C

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
England
3
3
0
+3.26
6
West Indies
2
1
1
+2.01
2
Zimbabwe
2
1
1
-0.16
2
Fiji
3
0
3
-5.15
0

Group D

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
India
2
2
0
+1.99
4
Nepal
2
2
0
+1.53
4
New Zealand
2
0
2
-1.52
0
Ireland
2
0
2
-2.09
0

      Top two sides from each group will progress to the Super League stage while the bottom two sides will feature in the Plate Championship


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bangladesh rely on home advantage and experience to topple South Africa - #U19CWC





Group A preview
Bangladesh rely on home advantage and experience to topple South Africa

·       Scotland aims to finish in the top eight; Namibia targets best-ever finish

·       Mehidy: "South Africa is first up and it is crucial that we make a positive start"

·       De Zorzi:  "Defending the title will not be an easy task, but knowing my group of players and their abilities, anything is possible"

·       Flacks: "The lads are in great form coming into the World Cup. We are full of confidence and have a belief that we can go far in this tournament"

·       Green: "For a small nation, it is a very big honour to compete in the biggest age-group tournament"

·       ICC U19 Cricket World Cup app launched; Event website is now live; ICC to distribute media releases in the lead up to and during the tournament; ICC to provide photographs from warm-up and tournament matches (details below)



Bangladesh hopes to use home advantage and an experienced squad to make a flying start in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Bangladesh 2017 by beating defending champion South Africa in the tournament opener in Chittagong on 27 January.


The Group A fixture in the 16-nation tournament, which features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland – sets the stage for what promises to be an exciting and competitive event.


According to the event format, the top two sides from each of the four groups will progress to the Super League Stage and the bottom two will feature in the Plate Championship.

With Scotland and Namibia the other sides in Group A, a victory for Bangladesh over South Africa will go a long way in helping the host nation top the group and avoid a potential quarter-final clash against a power-packed India coached by batting great Rahul Dravid.


The Bangladesh squad boasts five players who also played in the 2014 event in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It includes Mehidy Hassan Miraz, who enjoys the rare distinction of being captain for the second time in a row. The off-spinner and right-hand batsman, who celebrated his 18th birthday in October, had not turned 16 when he lead the team in the UAE two years ago.

With experience on his side and a recent winning streak against South Africa, both at home and away, Mehidy was confident that Bangladesh, which finished ninth in 2014, will be a force to reckon with on home soil.


"South Africa is the defending champion but we have dominated it since its World Cup triumph," the skipper said, adding: "If we play to our potential, then we know we can beat it.


"South Africa is first up and it is crucial that we make a positive start because then we will have a very good chance of topping the group as we are stronger than both Scotland and Namibia. If we win the group, the pressure will ease a lot."


South Africa's captain Tony de Zorzi admitted the task ahead was not easy, but said his team will attempt to justify its status as the defending champion. Having lost two finals – to Australia in 2002 and to India in 2008 – South Africa proved third time lucky when it defeated Pakistan by six wickets in the UAE to bag the title.




"Defending the title will not be an easy task, knowing the amount of talent offered from around the world, but knowing my group of players and their abilities, anything is possible," de Zorzi said.


"The end-goal would obviously be to defend the World Cup, but as a team we also want to show that we are worthy custodians of this massive honour, and we will do our best to represent our country."

Scotland and Namibia, meanwhile, are determined to show they will not be pushovers as both aim to make the quarter-finals for the first time.


"The squad is thrilled to be part of such a huge event and we all can't wait to get there," said Scotland's captain Neil Flacks.


"Our aim for this World Cup is to finish in the top eight, which means getting out of our group. The lads are in great form coming into the World Cup after a busy summer together. We are full of confidence and have a belief that we can go far in this tournament. We are a closely a knit team which puts us in good stead to go further in the competition."


Namibia captain Zane Green, who along with team-mate SJ Loftie-Eaton will be taking part in his second World Cup, said the aim was to better his nation's best finish of 11th in Kuala Lumpur in 2008.

"For a small nation it is a very big honour to compete in the biggest age-group tournament," he said. "We are most definitely looking at moving past the group stages and the focus will be to win two of the three group stages. It will not be an easy task but we believe that we have the players to be competitive who can cause a few upsets."


Squads:
South Africa - Tony de Zorzi (capt.), Ziyaad Abrahams, Dean Foxcroft, Dayyaan Galiem, Willie Ludick, Wandile Makwethu, Conner McKerr, Rivaldo Moonsamy, Wiaan Mulder, Luke Philander, Farhaan Sayanvala, Lutho Sipamla, Liam Smith, Kyle Verreynne and Sean Whitehead.
Coach - Laurence Mahatlane

Bangladesh - Mehidy Hassan Miraz (capt.), Jaker Ali Anik,, Saleh Ahmed Shawon Gazi, Mohammed Saif Hassan, Zakir Hasan, Shafiul Hayet, Mehede Hasan, Mohammad Abdul Halim, Joyraj Sheik Imon, Ariful Islam Jony,   Sanjit Saha,  Najmul Hossain Shanto, Saeed Sarker,  Shaif Uddin.
Coach - Mohammad Mizanur Rahman

Scotland - Neil Flack (capt.), Haris Aslam, Ryan Brown, Scott Cameron, Harris Carnegie, Mohammad Azeem Dar, Mohammad Ghaffar, Rory Johnston, Ihtisham Malik, Finlay McCreath, Mitchell Rao, Owais Shah, Simon Whait, Jack Waller, Ben Wilkinson.
Coach - Gordon Drummond and Cedric English

Namibia - Zane Green (capt.), Petrus Burger, Charl Brits,  Fritz Coetzee, Niko Davin, Sj Loftie-Eaton, Mushi Honga,   Burton Jacobs, Lohan Louwrens, Jurgen Linde, Michael Van Lingen,  Chrischen Oliver, Francios Rautenbach, Warren Van Wyk, Eben Van Wyk,
Coach - Rangarirai Manyande

Group A schedule:

27 Jan: Bangladesh v South Africa, Chittagong
29 Jan: Scotland v Namibia, Cox's Bazar
31 Jan: Bangladesh v Scotland, Cox's Bazar; South Africa v Namibia, Cox's Bazar
2 Feb: Bangladesh v Namibia, Cox's Bazar; South Africa v Scotland, Cox's Bazar

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