In the U19 Men's CWC, the top three teams from each of the first four groups advance to the Super Six, the next round of action. This is a breakdown of every important information you need to know about the exciting round of matches.
So far this event has been quite exciting. There have been exciting low-scoring games and high-scoring matches, fearless batting efforts and explosive bowling spells.
India emerged victorious from Group A after winning three easy matches in Bloemfontein. Bangladesh bounced back from the loss to India with back-to-back wins and Ireland comfortably defeated the United States in their opening match to secure their third place finish in the tournament.
Group B saw excellent individual and team efforts during several close games where the top three teams finished with the same number of points. Hosts South Africa, along with England and the West Indies, who were ahead of fourth-placed Scotland, each won two and lost one.
Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Australia advanced to the Super Six in Group C. Australia defeated Namibia and Sri Lanka in their group stage matches, remaining undefeated overall. Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka finished second and third respectively.
Two of the most exciting finales of the tournament came in two Group D matches. Pakistan finished first in the league, but New Zealand and Nepal had to win by one wicket each against Afghanistan to secure their place in the Super Six.
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Pakistan's Ubaid Shah and Shahzeb Khan have performed remarkably in the runs and wickets categories respectively.
With 223 runs to his name, Shahzeb leads all run scorers in the Super Six stage. He has been the cornerstone of Pakistan's batting order so far. West Indies' Jewel Andrew (196 runs) and India's Musheer Khan (194 runs) are behind him.
Shahzeb, at the top, has started his innings calm and composed before launching a wide range of attacking strikes. Due to his match-winning heroics against Afghanistan (106 from 126 balls) and New Zealand (80 from 86 balls), he has now been named Player of the Match twice.
The phenomenon of Pakistan's new ball is getting worse. With nine wickets, he is ahead of all other scorers in the tournament, including Afghanistan's Khalil Ahmed, Nepal's Akash Chand, India's Soumya Pandey and Naman Tiwary, who has eight wickets each. In his team's opening win, the Pakistani spinner has performed amazingly. In terms of movement with the ball, he took four wickets for 26 runs against Afghanistan and three wickets for 30 runs against New Zealand.
Khan Musheer (India)
Musheer Khan has been the key player for India's batting so far in the competition, hitting shots all over the wicket. He scored a brilliant century against Ireland, scoring 118 runs in 106 balls and then scored 73 runs in 76 balls against America. Musheer has been the engine in the Indian lineup with a plethora of anchors, and he has performed admirably.
So far in the tournament, Musheer is the third highest run-scorer with 194 runs in three innings at an average of 64.66. Interestingly, in three matches he has also scored runs at a strike rate of more than 100.
After becoming familiar with the pitch at Bloemfontein's Mangaung Oval, Musheer turned his attention to Nepal and New Zealand during the Super Six stages. Musheer doesn't need to look anywhere else for inspiration. In the U19 Men's CWC, his brother Sarfaraz Khan holds the record for most scores of fifty or more (7). Musheer have now registered two wins from three matches, which is a more than respectable start to the competition.
Important matches: New Zealand vs India, Bloemfontein, January 30
India are one of the favorites to progress to the next round after securing two wins by margins of over 200 runs while defending champions. They took all four points in the Super Six. But New Zealand have already proven they are resilient, and they could spring a surprise in Bloemfontein.
The young Blackcaps have plenty of skill, especially in the area of pace. India's top order, which has taken time to settle down so far, may face trouble with Matt Rowe and Mason Clarke, who have already attracted attention.
Nevertheless, India's stronghold in the competition so far has been Bloemfontein. Their bowling lineup has been very successful on the field; Soumya Pandey, Raj Limbani and Naman Tiwari are all capable of being very dangerous again.