India sets the pace in Super Six

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Musheer Khan showed his batting prowess against New Zealand, scoring 131 off 126 balls. PHOTO: ICC

The Bloemfontein crowd witnessed a dominant display as India to the Super Six stage of the 2024 ICC u19 Cricket World Cup in spectacular fashion, smashing their way to 295/8 in their allotted overs before dismantling the New Zealand batting attack for a meagre 81.

Despite the best efforts of Kiwi bowler Mason Clarke, the relentless Indian batters battered the rest of the New Zealand side. Clarke’s four wickets in eight overs were accompanied by 62 conceded runs. For the reigning champions, the runs kept coming, as opener Adarsh Singh was accompanied at the crease by Musheer Khan after the wicket of his opening partner, Arshin Kulkarni.

The deadly combination of Singh and Khan turned out to be just what India needed, as the pair steered the team to slightly shy of 300 runs. Singh managed a half-century, scoring 52 off 58 balls, before Khan flexed his muscles for a staggering 131 off 126.

New Zealand has already scored more than 300 runs in an innings, their 302 coming against Nepal in the group stages of the competition, which would have given them hope of reaching the total once more. Unfortunately for the junior Kiwis, their chase got off to the worst possible start, as Raj Limbadi dismissed Thomas Jones with the first ball of the innings.

The poor batting display continued, as Musheer Khan returned from his batting brilliance, to clean up the New Zealand chase, bagging himself two wickets on top of his century with the bat. India is still unbeaten and looks close to invincible going forward.

 

Warren Hawkins

warren@mahareng.co.za