Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

India hammer Zimbabwe by 10 wickets

India hammer Zimbabwe by 10 wickets

India comfortably reached the target in 21.4 overs with 10 wickets in hand.

In other Group B match, Australia annihilated Papua New Guinea to seal quarterfinal berth.

Anukul Roy was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up four wickets while Abhishek Sharma and Arshdeep Singh grabbed two wickets each.

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. 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.

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On a sunny day, Zimbabwe captain Liam Roche had no second thoughts in batting first after winning the toss but the Zimbabweans found it tough to get going against a quality Indian bowling line-up, led by the fast bowling duo Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti. Australia rode on a scintillating century by Nathan McSweeney (156, 111b, 18×4, 4×6) to score a huge 370 for eight. "It was a team decision to bat first but sadly we didn't do as well as we would have liked".

A confidence-boosting win against past champions Australia and demolition of Papua New Guinea has put India in a comfortable position and they can experiment a bit before the knockout stage.

England are two from two following victories over Namibia and Bangladesh and will top the group and set up a meeting with Group B runners-up Australia if they beat Canada in Queenstown on Saturday. Sri Lanka meanwhile were bowled out for 188 and Pakistan completed the chase losing seven wickets.

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