ICC UNDER 19 WORLD CUP, 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Saif Hassan, who scored a 48-ball 80 in the previous game, will be eager to make his presence felt again © Getty
After a brilliant tournament opener in which Bangladesh picked up an 87-run win in a rain-hit match over Namibia, they would be seeking to extend their run against Canada in Lincoln when the two sides take on each other in one of the two Group C clashes of the ICC Under-19 World Cup on Monday (January 15).
A brilliant half-century from Mohammad Naim (60 off 43 balls) and an even better one from skipper Saif Hassan, a 48-ball 80, propelled Bangladesh to 190 for 4 in a match that was reduced to 20 overs a side due to rain. The bowlers then hunted in pairs as Namibia were restricted to 103 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs. But Bangladesh would be up against a Canadian side that is riding on a wave of confidence, having beaten Kenya in their warm-up clash comfortably by eight wickets.
The batting came together rather well with contributions from their top four in a chase of 165. Opener Randhir Sandhu notched a handy half-century while the top order chipped in as Canada cruised to victory in 32.1 overs.
Canada will aim to get off to a good start against Bangladesh’s pace duo of Qazi Onik and Hasan Mahmud up front, who have the knack of picking wickets, with the pair picking up two apiece against Namibia. Canada, however, were deprived of additional match-time as the second warm-up was abandoned due to rain. But what they might have to address though, is containing the extras. In the warm-up against Kenya, they conceded as many as 16 extras, with 11 wides bowled.
While Bangladesh lost the only warm-up to Afghanistan, they have made a strong start in the tournament. Sustenance of that though, is key.
Bangladesh: Saif Hassan(c), Pinak Ghosh, Mohammad Naim, Afif Hossain, Towhid Hridoy, Aminul Islam, Mohammad Rakib, Mahidul Islam Ankan, Shakil Hossain, Robiul Hoque, Nayeem Hasan, Qazi Anik, Roni Hossen, Hasan Mahmud, Tipu Sultan
Canada: Arslan Khan(c), Akash Gill, Ashtan Deosammy, Arshdeep Dhaliwal, Faisal Jamkhandi, Rishiv Ragav Joshi, Emanuel David Khokhar, Kavian Naress, Aran Pathmanathan, Pieter Christiaan Pretorius, Krishen Denarkshn Samuel, Randhir Sandhu, Pranav Sharma, Rommel Shahzad, Kevin Singh
England vs Namibia, Queenstown
England have the chance to kick-start their U19 campaign on a positive note against a Namibian side that hasn’t registered a win in the two games they’ve been a part of so far on tour. In their warm-up fixture against Pakistan, they were handed a heavy 190-run beating in Christchurch before their second warm-up was washed out. Come the main tournament, they faced defeat at the hands of Bangladesh.
England, on the other hand, made a good start to their tour by beating Ireland by 124 runs in the only warm-up they were a part of. Skipper Harry Brook and Will Jacks amassed centuries while Finlay Trenouth got a 41-ball 73 as England ended up with as many as 372 runs on the board. Tom Scriven, along with Dillon Pennington and Luke Hollman were among the wickets, but England conceded 14 extras, with eight wides and two no-balls bowled.
Namibia succumbed to a 87-run loss in their opener, but Eben van Wyk’s half-century shone through in an innings that didn’t have much to boast of otherwise.
If England, who have won the Under-19 World Cup just once before, back in 1997-98, are to make their way to World Cup glory once again, their quest towards that will start tomorrow. Although, they go in to the clash as favourites, they might want be cautious against the underdog.
England: Harry Brook(c), Ethan Bamber, Liam Banks, Tom Banton, Jack Davies, Adam Finch, Luke Hollman, Will Jacks, Dillon Pennington, Savin Perera, Prem Sisodiya, Tom Scriven, Finlay Trenouth, Roman Walker, Euan Woods
Namibia: Lohandre Louwrens(c), Henry Brink, Petrus Burger, Jan de Villiers, Shaun Fouche, Jurgen Linde, Loftie-Eaton, Gerhard Lottering, Erich van Mollendorf, Dewald Nell, Mauritius Ngupita, Henry Olivier, Ben Shikongo, Floris Steenkamp, Ramon Wilmot, Eben van Wyk, Donovan Zealand.