India dismiss Zimbabwe for 154

Ross Houston
January 20, 2018

India, which had already sealed a quarterfinal spot with back-to-back wins against Australia and Papua New Guinea in Group B, produced another professional performance to end the league stage unbeaten.

The top two teams from the group go through to the quarter-final stages, with Zimbabwe now third in the group behind India and Australia.

Anukul Roy was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up four wickets while Abhishek Sharma and Arshdeep Singh grabbed two wickets each. Zimbabwe were 110/3 at one stage but lost their last seven wickets for 44 runs. The three-time U-19 World Cup champions made some changes in their batting line up too, with newcomer Harvik Desai asked to open with Shubham Gill in place of the mercurial Prithvi Shaw. The attitude and intensity on the field really matters for India.

Steve Mangongo charges need to beat India in their final game to ensure a safe package to the tournament's quarter-finals and worry not about what happens in the other encounter between Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Australia thumped PNG by 311 runs while former champions Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets in a Group D match.

Robert Chiminya top scored with 27 runs batting at number eight on a day runs were hard to come by while other scores of double figures came from opener Jayden Schadendorf (16), top order batsman Milton Shumba (16), tailender Tinashe Nenhunzi (16), skipper Roche (13) and star of the first match Wesley Madhevere with 11 runs. Pakistan will now wait for the outcome of the Afghanistan versus Ireland match on Saturday in Whangarei to find out if they will top the group or finish runners-up.

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