India U-19 reach semis beating Namibia by 197 runs

New Age Online

Rishabh Pant’s century of 111 runs helped India to confirm the semifinal berth in the 11th ICC Under-19 World Cup with a big 197-run victory over Namibia in the quarterfinal at Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Saturday.
Chasing a mammoth winning target of 350 runs, ICC associate nation Namibia finished their innings at a meager 152 for all in 39 overs, United News of Bangladesh reports.
Niko Davin topscored 33 off 30 balls, including five boundaries and one six, while skipper Zane Green (27 off 38b; 2×4, 1×6), Jurgen Linde (25 off 33b; 2×4, 1×6) and opener SJ Loftie-Eaton (22 off 42b; 3×4) were the other double figure scorers for Namibia.
Mayank Dagar and Anmolpreet Singh captured three wickets each for 25 and 27 runs in 10 and seven overs. Washington Sundar took two wickets for 27runs in seven overs while Rahul Batham and Khaleel Ahmed took one wicket each.
Opening bat first after winning the toss, India score a formidable 349/6 in 50 overs spurred by R Pant’s century of 111 off 96 balls including 14 boundaries and two sixes.
Besides, Indian batters piled up two brilliant partnership score of 103 and 98 runs in the 2nd and 4th wicket.
Apart from his individual performance, R Pent pairing with Anmolpreet Singh contributed 103runs in 14.5 overs in the 2nd wicket.
The 2nd pair carried the team total to 121/2 in 17.5 overs from 18/1 in 3 overs, before Anmolpreet was caught by Francois Rautenbach off Niko Davin bowling.
R Pent who was adjudged man of the match, continued with Sarfaraz Khan to carry the team total at 183/3 in 28.3 overs. R Pent was caught by Michael van Lingen off a F Rautenbach delivery.
After R Pent, Armaan Jaffer stayed with Sarfaraz for another partnership score of 98 in 15.2 overs in the 4th wicket.
Sarfaraz hammered run-a-ball 76 including six boundaries and one six and was caught by Lohan Louwrens off Fritz Coetzee delivery ending up the 4th pair at 281/4 in 35.5 overs.
A Jaffer continued with Mahipal Lomror and carried the team score to a 318/5 in 47.4 overs, before Louwrens-Coetzee combination dismissed A Jaffer in the same way they departed Sarfaraz.
A Jaffer hit 64 off 55 balls including four boundaries and one six while M Lomror quick-fired an unbeaten 41 off 21 balls including one boundary and three six.
Number-3 batsman Anmolpreet Singh was out for 41 off 42 balls with five boundaries and one six to be another notable contributor for India.
Fritz Coetzee grabbed three wickets for 78 runs in 10 overs while SJ Loftie-Eaton, Niko Davin and Francois Rautenbach took one wicket each for Namibia.

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