U19 Cricket World Cup 2024

While the score of 251 runs for 7 wickets did not look that big, but two Indian spinners stopped the run-flow, and ‘Tiger Cubs’ were all out for 167 runs in 45.5 overs.

The defending champions defeated Bangladesh by 84 runs in their opening match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bloemfontein on Saturday, riding on impressive Indian performances from Musheer Khan and left-arm spinner Soumya Kumar Pandey.

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U19 Cricket World Cup 2024

Indian captain Uday Saharan (64 off 94 balls) and opener Adarsh Singh (76 off 96 balls) scored half-centuries after Bangladesh invited the holders to strike first.

Omey (4/24) was economical and bowled a terrific arm ball with a skiddy action, while all-rounder Musheer (2/35) tossed it up and was getting enough drift to put the pressure on the Bangladeshi batsmen.

Musheer, younger brother of Mumbai’s domestic legend Sarfaraz Khan, was a livewire on the field. He also did a great run out.

What was impressive to watch was no overt celebration on the part of Soumi or Musheer, who went about their job like very fine elite professionals.


By Raj

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