In a thumping win against Bangladesh in the ICC U19 World Cup Super League quarter-final, India made a move forward towards the final. With a 131run win over the opponents, India reached into the semi-final of the tournament where it will lock horns with Pakistan.
In the game, India batting first gave a target of 265 runs to Bangladesh to defend, that did not bode well as opponents were knocked all out for 134 runs in 42.1 overs. Star performance of the game was Kamlesh Nagarkoti who took 3 wickets leaking only 18 runs. After its win, India will take on Pakistan at Christchurch on 30th January.
Pakistan reached the semi-finals after beating South Africa in the quarters game. Afghanistan and Australia will be contenting in one of the other semi-final game.
Indian skipper Prithvi Shaw, took up batting after winning the toss even when the pitch at the oval, was new to battle as India have played all their games in the Mount Maunganui and here their performance was tested. But the decision came out to be helpful for the team as Indian middle-order batsmen performed well to help set up a considerable score to defend. Vice-captain Shubham Gill repeated his power-packed performance and scored 3rd consecutive fifty at the same time contributing 86 off 94 deliveries.
Gill’s aggressive play drove India to 71 in the first overs even when Bangladesh bowlers were maintaining a disciplined line. Shaw was knocked by medium-pacer Qazi Onik. Harvik Desai added 48 off 34. India reached a good stat at 176 for2, but Bangladesh was able to get back on track and slumped India to 239 for 7. Mahidul Islam and Hasan Mahmud were the main restrictors for the team.
Bangladesh had a bitter start against the Indian pacers as both the openers Pinak Ghosh and Mohammad Naim fell only at 23 in 8.4 overs. Shivam Mavi was the one to chip the first wicket, that of Naim. After that opponent was not able to put together any stable partnerships and wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Best performance came from Ghosh, who scored 75 off 43 balls. Left-arm spinner Anukul Roy was the one to send his back to the pavilion.
Bangladesh was an easy win for India, but the real test of the men in blue will be against Pakistan where a mouth-watering battle is expected. It will be a treat for the viewers for sure.