India hammer Zimbabwe to top Group B

Wesely Madevere

Wesely Madevere

Three-time champions India completed their Group B domination with a comprehensive 10-wicket win over an ill-equipped Zimbabwe in the ICC U-19 World Cup here on Friday.

Match starts at 06:30am IST. They have reached the quarter-final stage of the tournament and will look to top their group when they face Zimbabwe in their final group game on Friday.

India chased down the small target with ridiculous ease as Harvik Desai (56 not out off 73) and Shubman Gill (90 not out off 59) took the team home in just 21.4 overs.

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Electing to bart first on winning the toss, Zimbabwe ran into trouble right at the start when their opener Gregory Dollar was bowled by Indian fast bowler Shivam Mavi in the third over.

He dominated a 250-run stand for the second wicket with captain Jason Sangha (88, 102b, 5x4, 2x6) against the hapless East Asia Pacific qualifiers and then Param Uppal produced a brisk 42-ball 61 to inflate the total further.

Australia opener Nathan McSweeney, who was later declared player of the match, said: "There was a little bit of scare in the tournament when we did not play to our best against India in the first game and lost quite convincingly but it has been very good for us in the next couple of games and the boys have regained confidence".

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Shumba was the highest scorer for Zimbabwe with 36 runs off 59 deliveries. Anukul Roy, fresh from his performance in last two matches, again came good and took four wickets for 20 runs.

1 overs at a paltry score of 151 runs. 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.

Zimbabwe opted to bat first and were bundled for a mere 154 runs in 48.1 overs as India's bowling attack continued their fierce form.

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