Bloemfontein (South Africa): top order batsman Musheer Khan Left-arm spinner Saumya Pandey scored his second century in the competition and claimed 4-19 as former champions India defeated New Zealand 214-0 in their opening match of the Super Six stage of the U19 Men's Cricket World Cup 2024 being played in South Africa. Defeated by runs. on Tuesday.
Musheer, who had scored 118 against Ireland in the group stage and then 73 against USA in India's next match, came out to bat after India lost early wickets and then hit 13 fours and three sixes in 126 balls. . After a late comeback by New Zealand U19, India scored 131 runs in 50 overs to reach 295/8.
New Zealand's chase was derailed by spinner Soumya Pandey as they were bowled out for 81 in 28.1 overs, with only three Kiwi batsmen managing to reach double figures, giving India U19 a huge win and reaching the semi-finals. That their chances increased.
The early loss of the previous game's centurion Arshin Kulkarni had little impact on India's approach in the first powerplay after New Zealand won the toss and elected to field. Adarsh Singh (52) and Musheer Khan went for their shots on a wicket where the ball was coming easily to the bat and the outfield was fast.
India's scoring rate was close to six at the beginning of the second powerplay. Both batsmen kept their foot on the pedal as India crossed the 100-run mark in the 17th over. Adarsh was out after completing his half-century off 57 balls (6×4), failing to edge Jack Cumming across cover.
Captain Uday Saharan also joined Musheer and both of them handled the innings. In the 25th over, Musheer completed his third consecutive half-century in the tournament.
His composure was interrupted when Saharan (34) tried to sweep Oliver Tewatia but ended up going straight to Cummings. New Zealand managed to restrict India's scoring rate to around five in the middle overs, with the Boys in Blue scoring 145 runs in 11 overs each.
Musheer's fighting spirit took India's score to 300. The 18-year-old batsman brought up his second consecutive century in the tournament in the 43rd over off 109 balls (10×4,1×6) and then increased his scoring rate. After completing his century, Musheer added 31 runs in just 17 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.
Late strikes from Mason Clarke (4/62) meant India fell just short of the 300-run mark. Chasing New Zealand's target of 296, medium-pace bowler Raj Limbani was right on target with the very first ball and turned one to uproot Tom Jones's stumps. He didn't have to wait long for his second, as another corker had Snehith Reddy out LBW for a duck.
Left arm spinner Soumya Pandey started the innings with the new ball and also troubled the young Kiwi team. He defeated Lachlan Stackpole in the sixth over and bowled out the southpaw for five runs. Then in his very next over, he trapped James Nelson in front of the wicket due to which New Zealand lost four wickets.
The young Kiwi team slipped further in overs 11-20. Naman Tiwary clean bowled Tewatia in the 12th over when the batsman tried to block a good length delivery and missed the line completely. Oscar Jackson and Zac Cumming tried to stop the slide, but Cumming fell to Mushir's extraordinary yorker. Jackson tried to block the ball down the leg side but was bowled in the process.
When Cumming fell while attempting an ambitious reverse sweep against Soumi Pandey, the writing was on the wall for New Zealand as they slipped to 69/7. They were eventually bowled out for 81 in the 29th over, with Pandey leading the Indian bowling effort with 4-19.
India U19 scored 295/8 in 50 overs (Mushir Khan 131, Adarsh Singh 52, Uday Saharan 45; Mason Clarke 4-62) and defeated New Zealand 81 runs in 28.1 overs (Oscar Jackson 19; Soumya Pandey 4-19, Raj Limbani 2-17, Musheer Khan 2-10 by 214 runs.