U-19 World Cup: Covid-hit India teens storm into quarters
A depleted India, without six players who are in Covid isolation, crushed Ireland by 174 runs in a league game here to cruise into the Super League quarter finals of the Under-19 World Cup.
The win on Wednesday by such a huge margin is significant as the team fielded only the available 11 players.
Put into bat at the picturesque Brian Lara Stadium, India first rode on Harnoor Singh’s brisk 88, which was well complemented by a run-a-ball 79 by his opening partner Angkrish Raghuvanshi, to post a challenging 307 for five.
The Hrishikesh Kanitkar-coached side then bundled out the opposition for meagre 133 in 39 overs to register a comfortable win. Skipper Yash Dhull and his deputy Sheikh Rasheed were among those isolated after testing positive as Nishant Sindhu led the side.
Chasing 308, Ireland was teetering at 17 for three inside the first seven overs. Ireland never recovered from the early blows as right-arm medium pacer Garv Sangwan (2/23) sent back skipper Tim Tector (15) in the 15th over, to leave the side reeling at 36 for four.
Brief scores: India 307/5 (Harnoor Singh 88, Angkrish Raghuvanshi 79; Muzamil Sherzad 3/79, Jamie Forbes 1/38). Ireland 133 (Scott MacBeth 32, Joshua Cox 28; Kaushal Tambe 2/8, Aneeshwar Gautam 2/11). India won by 174 runs.