The Indian Under 19 Cricket continued their winning form by beating New Zealand in their final Group A match played at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein on Friday.
New Zealand captain Jesse Tashkoff won the toss and decided to field first. The left-handed the Yashasvi Jaiswal looked not so confident at the start while Saxena made the batting look easy. At the end of 10 overs, Indian openers were 47 for 0.
After the power play overs, the Indian openers showed their class with aggressive cricket taking on New Zealand bowlers. Jaiswal took the charge with positive stroke play and reached his fifty-first off 73 balls. Saxena reached his fifty off 59 balls. With the scorecard reading 103 for 0 in 21 overs, rain arrived, and the match was stopped for quite some time.
After the rain break, the Indian openers played 2 overs and posted 115 for 0 in 23 overs. Divyaansh Saxena and Jaiswal played with lots of authority which made life tough for Kiwis bowlers.
Chasing the revised target of 192 in 23 overs, Rhys Mariu and Ollie White were cautious in the initial overs. Mariu took on the Indian bowlers with aggressive hitting. At the end of power play overs which were reduced to 5 overs, New Zealand were 51 for 0.
Ravi Bishnoi was bought into the attack after the power play over and got the wicket of Ollie White for 14. The New Zealand openers added 53 runs for opening wicket. Fergus Lellman took on left-arm spinner Atharva with big hits which put the Indian bowlers under some pressure. Anokolekar took the big wicket of Mariu which stem the run flow.
Lellman played with positive intent and put the Indian spinners under pressure. Atharva dismissed the dangerous Lellman for 31 off 19 balls. Bishnoi wreaked havoc among the New Zealand batsmen and picked wickets at regular intervals. It was an amazing display by Indian bowlers showed great fighting spirit. Despite drop catches and not top fielding, the Indian team bowled out New Zealand for 147. The Indian team won the match by 44 runs via the DLS method and topped Pool A.
India Under 19 115 for 0 in 23 overs (Jaiswal 57*, Saxena 52*) beat New Zealand 147 in 21 overs (Mariu 42, Lellman 31, Ravi Bishnoi 4/30, Atharva Anokolekar 3/28) by 44 runs via DLS method
For his match-winning performance of 4 for 30 in 5 overs, Ravi Bishnoi was named the man of the match. India will take on Australia in the quarterfinals to be played on 28th January at Potchefstroom.