Arshin Kulkarni’s century and another excellent innings Musheer Khan That helped India post a big score against the USA before Naman Tiwary took four wickets to seal a 201-run win.
India continued its winning streak U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup On the strength of another impressive batting performance in Bloemfontein.
Opener Kulkarni, who had missed the first few matches, scored a brilliant century after USA won the toss and invited India to bat.
USA took the wicket of Adarsh Singh soon after the powerplay, but struggled to break the partnership between Kulkarni and the previous game’s centurion Mushir Khan.
Musheer and Kulkarni progressed quickly and India put America under pressure by making a century partnership. Both of them hit boundaries easily in the 155-run partnership which was broken in the 36th over when Rishi Ramesh dismissed Musheer for 73 runs.
Kulkarni completed his century in the 41st over and it took 110 balls to reach the milestone. Meanwhile, at the other end, Uday Saharan stepped up the scoring rate and scored 35 off 27 balls before hitting a slower ball from Arya Garg to point.
Kulkarni was out in the next over, but with some big hitting in the next few overs, India finished with a strong score of 326/5 in 50 overs.
The bowlers responded to India’s batting effort by taking two quick wickets. Pranav Chettipalayam was bowled by Raj Limbani for two runs in the first over and Bhavya Mehta was clean bowled by Naman Tiwari in the next over, leaving USA at 2 for 2.
Tiwary dismissed captain Ramesh for eight and USA were reduced to 12/3, a huge target in front of them. Utkarsha Srivastava and Amogh Arepalli showed some fight, but India continued to take wickets.
Tiwary took four wickets by dismissing Srivastava and Manav Nayak in two consecutive overs, while Soumya Pandey kept things incredibly tight for his side. The left-arm spinner took one wicket towards the end of the game, but the highlight of his spell was that he conceded just 13 runs in 10 overs.
The United States finished on 125 and India registered consecutive wins by margins of more than 200 runs and advanced to the Super Six on a high note.
India will now play New Zealand and Nepal in the Super Six stage on January 30 and February 2 respectively at the same venue, Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein.
Indian captain Uday Saharan said he was happy to see each of India’s top four batsmen making big scores in the tournament ahead of the Super Six stage.
He said, “Everyone is playing good cricket at the moment. We are in good form and getting used to the conditions here (Bloemfontein). Hopefully we will continue our good performance here (where India will play its two Super Six matches).
India 326/5 (50 overs) vs USA 125/8 (50 overs)
With input from ICC Business Corporation FZ LLC 2020 via Online Media Zone.