Batting collapse plunges WI to defeat in Cup opener
West Indies suffered a batting collapse and lost to Pakistan by 40 runs in their opening International Cricket Council Under-19 World Cup match today at Fitzherbert Park in New Zealand.
Sent to bat in the Group ‘D’ match, Pakistan’s Under-19 compiled 297 for seven off their 50 overs and West Indies Under-19 replied with 257 all out off 46.5 overs.
Chasing 298 for victory, the young West Indies staged a very promising start when Kraigg Brathwaite 92 not out and Trevon Griffith 84 posted an attractive opening partnership of 120.
Their separation though, triggered a steady decline and wicket-keeper/batsman Shane Dowrich, with 19 off 18 balls was the next highest scorer.
Leg-spinner Ahmad Shahzad led Pakistan’s bowling with three for 43 and received good support from Babar Azam two for 35, Raza Hassan two for 39 and Usman Qadir two for 41.
Earlier, the Pakistanis had build their near 300 total on the back of a century from Babar Azam. The opening batsman stroked 129 off 132 balls.
The in-form left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican was the chief wicket-taker for West Indies, claiming three for 63 off his 10 overs and the tall pacer Jason Holder bagged two for 50 off nine overs.
In other matches on the opening day, title-holder India strolled past Afghanistan by eight wickets; Canada beat Zimbabwe by 10 runs and South Africa posted a five-wicket victory over Ireland.
West Indies will next face Bangladesh on Sunday and face Papua New Guinea in their last group match next Tuesday.