|Under 19 World Cup: New Zealand, January 2010|
The Full members stay in charge
It was another tough day for the qualifiers on Monday, as the sides from the Full member countries once again underlined their superiority with convincing victories.
The slightly odd fixture list in Group C meant that Canada, who began so well by beating Zimbabwe on the tournament’s opening day, completed their first phase programme by taking on the impressive Sri Lankans in Lincoln. Skipper Rustam Bhatti took the bull by the horns on winning the toss, but his decision to field first didn’t come off as his bowlers were able to have little impact on a solid batting display.
All the Sri Lankan batsmen got a start, and with opener Udara Jayasundera making 43 and Banuka Rajapaksa contributing 68, they created a platform for a challenging target. Slow left-armer Hiral Patel was the most effective of the Canadian attack with three for 45, but with Akshu Fernando weighing in with a 25-ball not-out 43 in the batting powerplay, Sri Lanka finished on 276 for six.
Patel proved his allround value when Canada replied, but he had to watch as Chatura Peiris again did the damage at the other end, claiming three wickets and leaving the Canadians on 44 for three. Two run outs made it 54 for five, and the match was effectively over.
But Patel was still there, reaching a dogged half-century, and in partnership with Zain Mahmood he took the total up to 142 for seven by the end of the 39th over. The stumping of Zain off Rushan Jaleel was the beginning of the end, however: Peiris finally removed Patel for 69, caught in the deep two deliveries later, and then trapped Manny Aulakh in front with his next to finish the match. His five for 25 made him Man of the Match.
Papua New Guinea captain Jason Kila adopted the opposite strategy in Palmerston North, electing to bat against Pakistan. But this made little difference, as the islanders found scoring difficult and were shot out for a measly 99. Leg-spinner Usman Qadir demonstrated that he has much of his father Abdul’s skill with four for 35, later named Man of the Match, while Tony Ura again top-scored for Papua New Guinea with 23.
The Pakistanis received a shock when Raymond Haoda and Timothy Mou removed both openers in the space of seven balls before a run had been scored, but a counter-attacking 40 from Azeem Ghumman, supported by Mohammad Babar, restored some sanity to proceedings.
John Reva eventually removed Azeem, and Haoda claimed a second wicket two overs later, but that was to be Papua New Guinea’s last success, and with Babar finishing on 40 not out Pakistan rapdily completed their six-wicket victory, off the first ball of the 19th over.
Put in by England at Queen Elizabeth II Park in Christchurch, Afghanistan also struggled against a lively and persistent attack. Quick man Nathan Buck struck three times in his first four overs, and the Afghans were off to a nightmare start on 10 for three.
Opener Anwar Anwari and Hashmat Shaidi got the total up to 51 before Anwar departed, but Hashmat, the most confident of the Afghan batsmen, reached 41 before he was caught in front by Azeem Rafiq. Khushal Rasooli showed dogged resistance in making 29, but with slow left-armer Danny Briggs picking up three for 15 from his ten overs the innings closed on 126.
Chris Dent and Joe Root again got their side off to a good start with an opening stand of 52, and Ayub Khan’s dismissal of the latter for 25 was to prove Afghanistan’s sole success. Dent and James Vince knocked off the rest of the runs in a partnership of 76 in 13 overs, Dent finishing with 53 and Vince with 47, made off 48 deliveries with six boundaries. Briggs edged out his team-mates to take the title of Man of the Match.
The USA managed to set a somewhat more demanding target against South Africa in Queenstown, reaching 163 thanks in large part to an innings of 41 by Greg Sewdial and some spirited resistance from the tail. Another slow left-armer, Dale Deeb, collected three for 23 for the South Africans, while seamer Graham Hume took two wickets with successive deliveries to finish off the innings and end with three for 29.
The South African innings started a little shakily, Naseer Jamali and Salman Ahmad claiming a wicket apiece to reduce them to 38 for two, but Dom Hendricks and Colin Ackermann ensured that the victory with an unbeaten partnership of 128. Hendricks’ not-out 75 won him the Man of the Match award as well, while Ackermann finished on 64.