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2010 ICC U-19 World Warm-up matches – Day two round-up
As USA, WI, Zimbabwe And Hong Kong Secure Wins

Jan. 12th, 2010
Two of the hot favourites in the U19 Cricket World Cup met in a warm-up match today – with seventh seed Sri Lanka prevailing over defending champions India in a close-fought tussle. All today’s games in Christchurch were shortened after rain overnight.

Openers Henry Wardley (top) and Steven Taylor (below) both struck half centuries against Papau New Guinea. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

Another favoured team, Australia, lost to Bangladesh – who now have two good practice wins under their belt signalling they will be a strong contender in the competition proper starting on Friday.

Hosts New Zealand bounced back from the previous day’s loss to shut out England in a solid five-wicket victory – chasing down a modest total with time and wickets in hand.

Elsewhere USA beat Papua New Guinea by 116 runs, Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan by four wickets, West Indies beat Ireland by five runs, Hong Kong beat Canada by four wickets, and South Africa beat Pakistan by 10 runs.

USA v Papua New Guinea
This match-up between two associate teams saw USA account for Papua New Guinea in ruthless fashion. The USA went hard from the outset with Steven Taylor and Henry Wardley finding the boundary at will and scoring half-centuries on the way to an opening stand of 112. Azurdeen Mohammed (57) and Gregory Sewdial (35) kept the momentum before the side was dismissed for 286 in their final over.

A top order collapse saw PNG struggling at 15 for three, and the side never recovered sufficiently to get in the hunt. Good knocks from Lega Tau (45) and skipper Jason Kila weren’t enough to counter some tight bowling, especially from offbreak bowler Asad Ghous who finished with four for 36.

Score summary:

USA: 286 in 40.5 overs (Steven Taylor 57, Azurdeen Mohammed 57, Henry Wardley 54, Gregory Sewdial 35; Charles Amini 4-68)
Papua New Guinea: 170 in 38.3 overs (Lega Tau (45, Jason Kila 35; Asad Ghous 4-36, Naseer Jamali 2-17)
USA won by 116 runs

Canada v Hong Kong
Canada’s captain Rustam Bhatti led from the front – he won the toss and elected to bat, then went on to top score for with 64 off 87 balls. He was joined in a 100-run fourth wicket partnership by 15-year old Nitish Kumar, who scored 52, helping the side through to 189 for eight in their 40 overs.

Hong Kong set about the 190 in confident style and cruised to victory in the 38th over. The side also had its own 15-year old in good batting form, with Mark Chapman putting together his second successive excellent innings for an unbeaten 43, the same score as team-mate Ashish Gadhia.

Score Summary:

Canada: 189-8 in 40 overs (Rustam Bhatti 64, Nitish Kumar 52; Alex Smith 3-21, Asif Khan 2-29)
Hong Kong: 190-6 in 37.2 overs (Mark Chapman 43 n.o., Ashish Gadhia 43; Manny Aulakh 2/28)
Hong Kong won by four wickets.

India v Sri Lanka

Tight Sri Lanka bowling was the key to the side’s victory over India, who fell seven runs short of their target, pursuing Sri Lanka’s 163. India made a good start to the chase with openers Rahul Kannaur and Mayank Agarwal putting on 57, but Sri Lanka’s slow bowlers later took charge of the game with Maduka Liyanapathiranage and Rushan Jaleel bowling tight spells, and forcing India behind the run rate.

Earlier Sri Lanka had batted solidly with Rumesh Buddika and Kithuruwan Vithanage putting on 62 for the third wicket, and Danishka Gunathilleke making a handy 35 off 30 balls, including a four and a six. The match was shortened to 26 overs a side.

Score Summary:
Sri Lanka: 163-9 in 26 overs (Rumesh Buddika 37,Danishka Gunathilleke 35, Kithruwan Vithanage 31; Jaydev Unadkat 3-29, Saurav Netrawalkar 2-24)
India: 156/6 in 26 overs (Mayank Agarwal 45, Mandeep Singh 27)
Sri Lanka won by seven runs

New Zealand v England

In a rain-shortened match of 43 overs per side, New Zealand bowled superbly to restrict England to 156 for seven before knocking off the runs in just 30.2 overs, thanks largely to a belligerent half-century from opener Jimmy Neesham. The left-hander struck eight fours in his innings of 52 from 51 balls and shared in a third wicket stand of 51 with Corey Anderson (22).

A fighting unbeaten 41 from David Briggs had earlier lifted England to a respectable total after the innings had stuttered to 71 for six. Briggs added 38 for the seventh wicket with captain Aamez Rafiq (16), before he was brilliantly run out by Michael Bracewell. For New Zealand, new ball pair Ben Wheeler and Ben Small rocked England who slumped to 18 for three.

Score Summary:

156-7 in 43 overs (Danny Briggs 41 n.o., James Vince 37; Ben Wheeler 2-20)
New Zealand: 158-5 in 30.2 overs (Jimmy Neesham 52, Craig Cachopa 31)
New Zealand won by five wickets

Australia v Bangaldesh

Bangladesh recorded their second win in two days, beating Australia by 20 runs in a match reduced to 39 overs a side. Bangladesh posted 230 for seven batting first, captain Mahmudul Hasan and Saikat Ali putting on 84 for the second wicket, before Anamul Haque blasted 58 and Mahmudul Hasan carried his bat to finish 75 not out.

In relpy, Australia lost wickets regularly to be teetering at 78 for five. Jason Floros (46) and Tim Armstrong (41) batted their side back into the game, but Australia was always behind the asking rate and were dismissed for 210 in the final over.
Score summary:

Bangladesh: 230-7 in 39 overs (Mahmudul Hasan 75 n.o., Saikat Ali 61, Anamul Haque 58; Luke Doran 2-24, Kane Richardson 2-46)
Australia: 210 in 38.4 overs (Jason Floros 46, Tim Armstrong 41; Shabbir Rahman 4-34)
Bangladesh won by 20 runs

West Indies v Ireland
In an exciting match West Indies overcame a determined Ireland side who looked set for victory until a late collapse during their run chase. West Indies compiled 147 for nine in their 42 overs, with useful contributions from Trevon Griffiths, Shane Dowrich and Jermaine Blaackwood, who provided some late fireworks with 32 off just 22 balls.

Ireland got off to a shaky start losing both openers within the first two overs, but a stand of 87 for the fourth wicket between James Shannon and Ben Ackland put the side on track for victory. Shannon top scored with a well put together 83, as Ireland looked to be coasting home – but lost their last four wickets for just the addition of four runs.

Score Summary:

West Indies:
187-9 in 42 overs (Shane Dowrich 37, Trevon Griffith 34, Evin Lewis 32, Jermaine Blackwood 32; Paul Stirling 3-29, George Dockrell 2-21)
183 in 41.3 overs (James Shannon 83, Ben Ackland 32; Jomel Warrican 3-33, Nicholson Gordon 2-24)
West Indies won by five runs

South Africa v Pakistan
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat, a good decision that netted the side 190 for seven in their 33 overs. South Africa lost its first wicket at six, but scored steadily with Colin Ackermann hitting 40 and Cody Chetty top scoring with 52. David White blasted a quick 32 near the end, hitting 21 runs off one over including three sixes.

Pakistan set off after 191 and saw Ahmad Shahzad hit 38 off 37, but regular breakthroughs by the bowlers and outstanding ground fielding from South Africa stymied the run chase. Rameez Aziz put together a neat innings of 45 to set up a close finish but in the end the target was out of reach.

Score Summary:

South Africa:
190-7 in 33 overs (Cody Chetty 56, Colin Ackermann 40, David White 32 n.o.; Ahmad Shahzad 2-31, Raza Hassan 2-66)
Pakistan: 180-8 in 33 overs (Ahmad Shahzad 38, Rameez Aziz 45; Stephan Smith 2-14, Malcolm Nofal 2-20, Rabian Engelbrecht 2-36)
South Africa won by 10 runs

Zimbabwe v Afghanistan

Zimbabwe took out a comfortable victory over qualifiers Afghanistan, chasing down 175 in steady if unspectacular fashion to win by four wickets with overs in hand. After losing their first wicket on the third ball, Zimbabwe consolidated and enjoyed several solid partnerships, Peter Moor top scoring with 45 and Andrew Lindsay compiling 37.

Earlier Zimbabwe’s opening bowlers had taken five wickets between them to inflict severe damage on the Afghanistan innings. After also losing a wicket in the first over Afghanistan were never able to lift their run rate above the sedate. Hashmat Shaidi’s 50 was the best score of the innings.

175 in 44.2 overs (Hashmat Shaidi 50, Javed Ahmadi 30; Calum
Price 3-57, Tendai Chatara 2-25)
176-6 in 40.3 overs (Peter Moor 45, Andrew Lindsay 37, Dylon Higgins 30; Ayub Khan 2-28, Hamza Hotak 2-44)
Zimbabwe won by four wickets
Courtesy of ICC

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