England comprehensively beat Zimbabwe by 129 runs in their Group C encounter at the Under-19 Cricket World Cup played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium on Sunday. The English went into the game in impressive form and they continued where they left off in the last game. A 91-run opening stand between Daniel Lawrence and Max Holden was the perfect platform for the young Three Lions.
Lawrence was eventually out for 59 off 67 balls and that brought Jack Branhamu (pictured) to the crease. Branhamu was in magnificent form as he smashed the young Zimbabwean bowlers all over the park, making 106 off 104 balls. England lost three more wickets with each of those playing little cameos combining with Branhamu’s ton to lead England to an impressive 288/4 in their 50 overs.
Rugare Magarira was the pick of the bowlers for Zimbabwe as he finished with figures of 2/36 in his 10 overs. Zimbabwe’s reply got off to a poor start as they lost three early wickets and were sitting on 14/3 after six overs with Saqib Mahmood picking up two wickets and Samuel Curran taking up the other wicket. Jeremy Ives was the only batsmen who showed some resistance with a brilliant knock of 91 off 131.
The other Zimbabwean batsmen offered no real support for Ives as Callum Taylor ripped through the middle order with three wickets in just four overs. Mahmood wrapped up the innings ending with figures of 4/39 in 9.4 overs. Zimbabwe was 159 all out.
England progress to the quarter-finals while Zimbabwe will have to beat the West Indies in their next game to stay in the competition.
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