India cruised to a 120-run victory over New Zealand in their group D encounter in Dhaka at the Under-19 World Cup. India were sent in to bat first and lost two early wickets and looked in real trouble. An 89-run partnership between Rishabh Pant and Sarfaraz Kahn helped them lay a good platform for the innings.
Kahn batted particularly well and was eventually out for a well played 74. Lower order contributions from Armaan Jaffer (46) and Mahipal Lomror (45) helped guide the Indians to a very competitive 258/8 in their 50 overs. New Zealand’s reply got off to a bad start as the lost four early wickets and were 16/4 after 10 overs.
The young Kiwis’ middle order tried to battle but with no platform upfront they had too much to do. Christian Leopard offered some resistance with his 40 runs off 40 balls but it was not enough as the young Indian bowling attack ripped through the middle order just as they had done to the top order leaving the New Zealanders in massive trouble on 88/8 after 24 overs. The Kiwi lower order did not give up with Aniket Parikh scoring 26 and Talor Scott notching 29.
It was not enough though as India eventually bowled New Zealand out for 138 in just 31.1 overs. The chief destroyer for India was spinner ? Lomror who picked up five wickets in 7.3 overs. India go through to the quarter-finals while New Zealand will be packing their bags to go home.
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