The ICC U-19 World Cup 2022 has been a dream come true for India’s U-19 team. It played Uganda U-19 in its final group-stage encounter on Saturday at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago. The Indians were ruthless against the Ugandans, remaining unbeaten on the group stage.
India’s victory on Saturday was the country’s biggest in the tournament’s history.
After thrashing South Africa U19 (by 45 runs) and Ireland U19, the Hrishikesh Kanitkar-coached side finished the league stage with three wins in a row (by 174 runs).
- Excellent performance by India U19
When sent into bat at the scenic Brian Lara stadium, the India colts posted a magnificent 405/5, the highest total in this edition, thanks to hundreds from Bawa (162 not out off 108 balls) and an opener Raghuvanshi (144 off 120 balls).
They then bowled the opponents out for 79 in 19.4 overs to win by a comfortable margin in a lopsided match.
India’s COVID-19-infected players, including skipper Yash Dhull, will face Bangladesh in the quarterfinals on January 29, giving them adequate time to recover.
To take the game away from Uganda, Raghuvanshi and Bawa put on 206 runs for the third wicket.
Raghuvanshi smashed 22 fours and four sixes, while Bawa, who batted at number four, had 14 fours and eight smashes over the fence in his innings.
Bawa continued his attacking mentality after Raghuvanshi’s retirement in the 38th over, clobbering Uganda bowlers all over the ground.
The Uganda bowlers had no answers for the Indian onslaught or the East African side, therefore it was a one-way traffic situation. Even while the rest of the team was severely attacked, skipper Pascal Murungi took three wickets for 72 runs.
India achieved their second-highest score in the U-19 World Cup’s history because of their hitting.
India’s greatest score in the sport is 425 for three against Scotland in 2004, while Australia holds the world record with 480 for six against Kenya in 2002.
Bawa’s unbroken 162 has eclipsed flamboyant opener Shikhar Dhawan’s undefeated 155 against Scotland in 2004 as the highest individual score by an Indian in the U19 World Cup.
Uganda were 17/3 as one-down wicket-keeper Cyrus Kakuru (0), Brian Asaba (5), and Ronald Lutayaa (5) all fell cheaply within the first four overs after opener Issac Ategeka (0) was retired out.
Right-arm medium pacer Vasu Vats (1/18) removed Lutayaa, who was caught by Nishant Sindhu, while in-form bowler Rajvadhan Hangargekar (2/8) took Kakuru and Asaba’s wickets.
As Uganda lost their fourth wicket for 46 runs, stand-in-skipper Sindhu (4/19), a left-arm spinner, castled Ronald Opio (11), his first wicket.
Murungi, Uganda’s rival captain (34 off 45 balls; 7×4) just postponed the inevitable, as the writing was on the wall for Uganda, who had always faced an uphill battle.
With qualification shootouts, magnificent centuries, and a five-wicket haul, the ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 group stages came to a close.
Pakistan beat Papua New Guinea by nine wickets to book a Super League match against Australia.
Afghanistan won the Super League in Group C in a straight shootout, defeating Zimbabwe 109–runs to advance.
In a rain-interrupted Group A match, Bangladesh beat the UAE by nine wickets (D/L method) in another winner-takes-all contest.