U19 Men's Cricket World Cup: As teams advance to the Super Six – top performers, key clashes and more

Top three teams from each of the original four groups ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup Have reached the next stage of the competition – the Super Six.

This year, the World Cup is following a new format – 12 sides remain in the competition for the ultimate prize after the preliminary stage, unlike eight in the previous edition. The top teams of Groups A and D and Groups B and C will be placed together in the Super Six stage.

They will carry forward their points scored and net run-rate against fellow Super Six qualifying teams from their respective groups.

Here, each side will play two matches. These will take place against teams from the respective groups that finished in different group stage positions. The top two teams from these groups will then qualify for the knockout stage,

Here are all the key details from what promises to be an exciting round of fixtures:

tournament recap

It has been an entertaining tournament so far. There have been high-scoring contests as well as exciting low-scoring contests, with aggressive batting performances as well as aggressive bowling.

Group A ended with India reaching the summit after three convincing wins in Bloemfontein. Bangladesh overcame the defeat to India with two consecutive wins, while Ireland comfortably defeated the United States in the tournament opener to qualify as the third team.

Group D produced the most exciting final of the tournament, with two very exciting matches. Pakistan emerged as table-toppers, but New Zealand and Nepal fought back to beat Afghanistan by one wicket each to book their places in the Super Six.

Super Six, Group 1

Team mat won lost
India U19 2 2 0
Pakistan U19 2 2 0
New Zealand U19 2 1 1
Bangladesh U19 2 1 1
Nepal U19 2 0 2
Ireland U19 2 0 2

Group B saw brilliant individual and team performances in a number of unexpected fixtures, with the top three teams finishing on the same points. Hosts South Africa won two and lost one, with England and the West Indies also moving ahead of fourth-placed Scotland.

Australia, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe enter the Super Six in Group C. Despite tough matches against Namibia and Sri Lanka, Australia remained undefeated in the group stage. Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe finished second and third respectively.

Super Six, Group 2

Team mat won lost
Australia U19 2 2 0
West Indies U19 2 1 1
South Africa U19 2 1 1
Sri Lanka U19 2 1 1
England U19 2 1 1
Zimbabwe U19 2 0 2

top performers

Shahzeb Khan and Ubaid Shah of Pakistan Stand out in the runs and wickets columns respectively.

Shahzeb Khan has been the linchpin of Pakistan's batting line-up so far, and enters the Super Six stage as the leading run-scorer so far (223 runs). He is followed by West Indies' Jewel Andrew (196 runs) and India's Musheer Khan (194 runs).

An anchor at the top, Shahzeb Khan looked solid and composed in the early part of his innings before launching a wide range of aggressive strokes. He has already won the Player of the Match award twice for his match-winning efforts against Afghanistan (106 from 126 balls) and New Zealand (80 from 86 balls).

Shah has been the player of Pakistan's new ball. He is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with nine wickets, ahead of India's Soumya Pandey and Naman Tiwary, Nepal's Akash Chand and Afghanistan's Khalil Ahmed, who all have eight wickets each.

The Pakistan bowler produced an impressive amount of movement with the ball in his team's opening wins, taking four for 26 against Afghanistan and three for 30 against New Zealand.

Leading run-scorer of all time

player Matchbox Inn Run average sr 4s 6s
1 Shahzeb Khan 3 3 223 111.50 79.08 23 7
2 jewel andrew 3 3 196 98.00 118.07 22 3
3 Musheer Khan 3 3 194 64.67 102.65 15 5
4 jamie dunk 3 3 187 62.33 67.27 20 ,
5 Dewan Marais 3 3 187 93.50 147.24 17 8

Bowler taking most wickets so far

player Matchbox over balls wickets average Run 4-turn 5-turn
1 Ubaid Shah 3 24.0 144 9 11.56 104 1 ,
2 Saumya Pandey 3 28.5 173 8 7.25 58 1 ,
3 Vishwa Lahiru 3 22.5 137 8 7.12 57 , ,
4 Khalil Ahmed 3 24.0 144 8 12.25 98 1 ,
5 Naman Tiwari 3 24.0 144 8 13.00 104 2 ,

Will keep an eye on players

Jewel Andrew (West Indies)

17 year old wicketkeeper-batsman Andrew Has stood in for the West Indies in South Africa. He almost single-handedly kept them alive in the opening match of the tournament against the hosts. Struggling at 73/5 chasing a target of 286, Andrew put West Indies on the brink of an improbable victory with a blistering 130 off 96, hitting 14 fours and three sixes in his first innings .

West Indies may have failed to win that match, but Andrew kept striving for better results. His unbeaten 64 against Scotland pulled the team out of trouble once again and helped them to a five-wicket win in Potchefstroom. The bowlers of Australia and Sri Lanka will have to work hard against them.

Ubaid Shah (Pakistan)

Shah's control and movement has helped Pakistan wreak havoc with the ball. Shah has been one of the best bowling units in performance so far in the tournament. He is already the leading wicket-taker in the competition, and will be a key figure if Pakistan are to make it to the knockouts.

The bowler has contributed in each of his three matches. He started with four wickets for 26 runs against Afghanistan and then performed brilliantly against Nepal with two wickets for 48 runs on a slow wicket. Then, in overcast conditions, they moved the ball around and dismantled New Zealand's top order in their final group game.

Kwena Mafaka (South Africa)

South Africa's left-handed sensation Kwena Mafaka has made quite an impact, taking seven wickets in three group matches. Mafaka attracted attention with his accurate and fast yorkers, taking five wickets in the opening game of the tournament.

Mafaka has been more subdued since then, but remains a potent threat at the Super Six stage. With raw pace and sharp yorkers, Mafaka can be a major threat to the Zimbabwe and Sri Lankan batsmen.

Musheer Khan (India)

With shots all around the wicket, Musheer Khan has been the mainstay of India's batting in the tournament so far. He scored a brilliant century against Ireland by scoring 118 runs in 106 balls and followed it up with 73 runs in 76 balls against USA. In an Indian line-up that is teeming with anchors, Khan has been the accelerator and has done a fantastic job.

With 194 runs in three innings at an average of 64.66, Khan is the third-highest run-scorer in the tournament so far. Notably, he has also scored at a strike-rate of over 100 in three matches.

Having familiarized himself with the wicket at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein, Musheer has set his sights on New Zealand and Nepal in the Super Six stages. If Khan needs some inspiration, he doesn't have to look far. His brother Sarfaraz Khan holds the record for most fifty-plus scores in the U19 men's CWC (seven). With two games out of three already, Musheer has made a good start to the tournament.

super six fixtures

Super Six fixtures | Credit: ICC Business Corporation FZ LLC 2020 via Online Media Zone

major conflict

india vs new zealand, Bloemfontein, 30 January

Defending champions India have already won two by a margin of more than 200 runs and are among the favorites to reach the next round with full four points in the Super Six. However, New Zealand have already shown their courage, and may be able to spring a surprise in Bloemfontein.

The young Blackcaps are full of talent, especially in their fast bowling department. Matt Rowe and Mason Clarke have already caught the eye and have the potential to trouble India's top order, which has taken its time to settle in so far.

Bloemfontein, however, has been India's stronghold in the tournament so far. Their bowling line-up has had a lot of success at the venue, with Soumya Pandey, Raj Limbani and Naman Tiwary all impressing and it is likely that they could once again achieve some degree of success.

This clash on the opening day of the Super Six phase is likely to be exciting.

Australia vs England, Kimberly, January 31

This fight promises to be another entertaining showdown between two familiar foes.

Australia U19 recently toured England in August-September 2023 and the teams played some attractive cricket, featuring excellent players like Harry Dixon, Hamza Sheikh, Callum Vidler and captain Hugh Wiebgen.

Having played their group fixtures in Kimberley, Australia are more familiar with the conditions and have a bowling unit that has bowled out their opponents in every game. However, this dynamic England team has played positive cricket throughout the tournament, and they will be confident that they have the skills to be able to overcome Australia's pace.

pakistan vs bangladesh, Benoni, 3 February

Pakistan came into the Super Six stage with three wins from three matches, while Bangladesh's only defeat came against India at the start of the tournament.

The records between these two teams in the U19 Men's CWC are identical: both have won two matches each and one match ended in a no-result. When these teams faced each other in the Caribbean in 2022, Pakistan won easily by six wickets.

This time Bangladesh offers a different proposal. Heading into the Super Six stage on the back of two consecutive wins and recent Asia Cup success, Bangladesh will not be lacking in confidence, and may hold the key to disrupting Pakistan's early momentum in the competition.

Content Courtesy: ICC Business Corporation FZ LLC 2020 via Online Media Zone.

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