The Indian cricket team performed commandingly at the ICC U19 World Cup 2024 in Bloemfontein, achieving a resounding 214-run triumph over New Zealand in their initial Super Six stage encounter on Tuesday, January 30.
The standout performer of the match was undoubtedly Musheer Khan, whose exceptional skills in both batting and all-round play left an enduring impact on the game. Musheer displayed his batting excellence by achieving yet another impressive century, leading India to a formidable total of 295. His expert innings established a daunting task for the young New Zealand players.
His stellar bowling performance saw the Kiwi side bundled out for a mere 81 runs, highlighting Musheer's crucial role in dismantling the opposition.
The comprehensive 214-run triumph underscores India's dominance on the global U19 stage and serves as a testament to Musheer Khan's exceptional skills, which played a pivotal role in this convincing victory.
Captain Uday Saharan once again lost the toss, forcing India to bat for the fourth consecutive game. Despite the early dismissal of Arshin Kulkarni, who had scored a century in the previous match, opener Adarsh Singh and the in-form Musheer Khan displayed great resilience and formed a crucial partnership of 77 runs for the second wicket.
Adarsh Singh, who had previously scored fifty runs in the tournament, reached a commendable 52 off 58 balls before being dismissed by Mason Clarke. However, Musheer Khan continued his impressive performance, playing an outstanding innings of 131 runs off 126 balls and leading India to a formidable total. Captain Saharan also made a valuable contribution by adding 87 runs with Musheer for the third wicket, further strengthening India's position.
Despite encountering difficulties in the last ten overs in converting their strong start into a remarkable total, India successfully scored 295 for eight. New Zealand's Mason Clarke, although achieving a four-wicket haul, conceded 7.75 runs per over.
In pursuit of the target of 295, the 18-year-old right-arm pacer Raj Limbani made an early impact by dismissing Tom Jones on the first ball and further intensifying the situation by removing the in-form Snehith Reddy in the same over. The left-arm spinner Saumy Pandey continued his outstanding performance by taking four crucial wickets, while Musheer Khan demonstrated his versatility by capturing two late wickets.
With a comprehensive bowling display, New Zealand collapsed to 81 all out in 28.1 overs, securing a resounding victory for India and emphasizing their dominance in the U19 World Cup.
India U19 Playing XI: Adarsh Singh, Arshin Kulkarni, Musheer Khan, Uday Saharan (c), Priyanshu Moliya, Sachin Dhas, Aravelly Avanish (wk), Murugan Abhishek, Naman Tiwari, Raj Limbani, Saumy Pandey
New Zealand U19 Playing XI: James Nelson, Tom Jones, Snehith Reddy, Lachlan Stackpole, Oscar Jackson (c), Oliver Tewatiya, Zac Cumming, Alex Thompson (wk), Ewald Schreuder, Ryan Tsourgas, Mason Clarke
Edited by: Kaiyah Ellison
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