Musheer Khan scored his second century U19 Men's Cricket World Cup 2024 As India continued to excel batting first in the tournament. New Zealand won the toss and elected to field and got early success as Mason Clarke took the wicket of Arshin Kulkarni in the fifth over.
After a bright start, the young Blackcaps became more subdued as Musheer came in alongside opener Adarsh Singh. Both scored runs at a fast pace, forcing New Zealand to make regular bowling changes in the hope of success.
Adarsh completed his second half-century of the tournament, but soon afterwards was caught by Jack Cumming at backward point for 52.
Captain Uday Saharan and Musheer took over from there on, forming another good partnership as Musheer's stature grew in the company of the strong captain. Together they added 87 runs, before Oliver Tewatia sent Saharan back for 34.
Musheer's innings was characterized by innovative and controlled strokeplay and he brought up his century in the 43rd over, raising his bat after 109 balls. The milestone allowed him to free his arms and he reached 131 before being dismissed by Mason Clarke in the 48th over. India could not score much runs from the lower order and finished on 295 runs, with 89 runs coming in the last 10 overs.
Despite being expensive, Clarke was impressive and took four wickets for 62 runs in his eight overs.
Raj Limbani made a explosive start to the second innings and sent back Tom Jones with a brilliant inswinger on the very first ball. Ajay Limbani added the second in the same over when he trapped Snehith Reddy with another full delivery that swung sharply.
Saumya Pandey reduced the score to 13 for three in the sixth over when he bowled Lachlan Stackpole around the wicket, which went past the left-handed batsman's outside edge and hit the stumps. Shortly afterwards the spinner struck again and dismissed James Nelson for 10, as New Zealand ended up losing four wickets in the powerplay.
Captain Oscar Jackson once again led New Zealand's fight, but his stay at the crease was short-lived and he fell victim to Mushir's accurate spin bowling soon after Naman Tiwary dismissed Tewatia.
The lower order added a few runs, but Pandey led India again with the ball as the Blackcaps were bowled out for 81 and lost by 214 runs.
Indian captain Uday Saharan was happy with his team's performance with three consecutive 200-plus run wins in the tournament.
“I thought we executed our plans very well. Musheer was exceptional as always and Raj [Limbani] Bowled very well ahead. I don't think I need to motivate people, we are all in a good mental state.”