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ICC U-19 World Cup: India Subdue Namibia; Take a Giant Step into the Semis!

Sharada Iyer - 06-02-2016 - View: 338

Cricket - Rishabh Pant's heroics meanwhile netted him a good price in the IPL Player Auction

ICC U-19 World Cup: India Subdue Namibia; Take a Giant Step into the Semis!

The Indian U-19 team comprehensively defeated its Namibian counterpart to reach the semi-final of the ICC U-19 World Cup.

The Indians batted first after winning the toss, and had no problems whatsoever in going for the assault right from the get-go. Rishabh Pant laid the platform of the dominant Indian total. Pant scored 111 runs off 96 balls that included 14 fours and two sixes. He was given company first by Anmolpreet Singh, who scored 41 runs and then by Sarfaraz Khan, who hit 76 runs. After the loss of Pant’s wicket, Arman Jaffer and Khan kept the scoreboard moving along for India. Following the loss of Khan’s wicket, it was Jaffer and Mahipal Lomror, who brought up the 300 for India. While Jaffer lost his wicket for 64 runs, Lomror remained unbeaten as India finished with a total of 349 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

Fritz Coetzee picked three wickets, while Francois Rautenbach, Niko Davin and SJ Loftie-Eaton picked a wicket apiece among themselves.

The Namibian chase started on a well-heeled pace, with openers Loftie-Eaton and Davin adding 59 runs for the first wicket. But their game started unravelling soon thereafter as the Indian bowlers up the ante. The entirety of the Namibian batting order was wound up in the 39th over with only 152 runs on the scoreboard that gave India a 197-run win. Niko Davin was the top-scorer for Namibia with 33 runs.

Of the Indian bowlers, Mayank Dagar and Anmolpreet Singh picked three wickets each, while Washington Sundar picked two. Lastly, Khaleel Ahmed and Rahul Batham picked one wicket between themselves.

Rishabh Pant, who was the player of the match for the day, received another boost in the IPL auction held in India. He was purchased for INR 1.9 billion by the IPL team Delhi Daredevils.

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