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PHOTOS U-19 World Cup: India hammer Zimbabwe to top Group B

Last updated on: January 19, 2018 14:14 IST

IMAGE: India's players celebrate winning the match against Zimbabwe during the ICC Under-19 World Cup. Photograph: ICC/Getty Images

Three-time champions India completed their Group B domination with a comprehensive 10-wicket win against Zimbabwe in the ICC Under-19 World Cup, in Mount Maunganui, on Friday.

India, who had already sealed a quarter-final spot with back-to-back wins against Australia and Papua New Guinea in Group B, produced another professional performance to end the league stage unbeaten.

 

Such was their run in the group stage that they recorded two 10-wicket victories besides a 100-run rout of three-time champions Australia.

Shubman Gill

IMAGE: Shubman Gill hits out. Photograph: ICC/Getty Images

The England team of 2008 is the other side which has recorded successive 10-wicket wins in the tournament. India are likely to face Bangladesh in the quarter-final.

Zimbabwe batsmen seemed clueless against left-arm spinners Anukul Roy (4/20) and Abhishek Sharma (2/22) and folded up for 154 in 48.1 overs.

They were 110 for three at one stage but lost their last seven wickets for 44 runs.

Shubman Gill

IMAGE: Man of the match Shubman Gill. Photograph: Cricket World Cup/Twitter

The Rahul Dravid-coached Indian side 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.

"The bowlers again did a really good job, batsmen as well. The attitude and intensity on the field really matters for India. We want to continue this process going on," said India captain Prithvi Shaw at the post-match presentation.

"We are really looking forward to the quarters. We have got six days break before that, we will practice well and ensure we bring our 'A' game," he added.

Shaw did not open, letting the other batsmen spend more time in the middle before the quarters.

Harvik Desai

IMAGE: Harvik Desai bats. Photograph: ICC/Getty Images

Desai, who was one of the two changes in the team alongside Riyag Parag, made the opportunity count with a solid half-century.

Gill, who has a first-class hundred to his name representing Punjab, was in devastating form smashing 14 fours and a six en route his second successive half-century.

Gill fittingly hit the winning boundary, a straight drive for four.

"It was a pretty good wicket to bat on. We just capitalised on the start we got and I just tried to play straight. He (Rahul Dravid) just told to go out and play your game and be impressive," said Gill, who was equally impressive with his front foot and back foot play.

Shubman Gill

IMAGE: Shubman Gill celebrates after completing his half-century. Photograph: ICC/Getty Images

Earlier, Roy ran through the Zimbabwe middler-order, also removing the innings top-scorer Milton Shumba (36 off 59).

He reaped the benefits of  maintaining a wicket-to-wicket line, taking his tournament tally to 10 wickets in three games.

Liam Nicholas Roche, who scored 31 off 45, defended his decision to bat first.

"It was a team decision to bat first but sadly we didn't do as  well as we would have liked. Well done to India, their openers batted very well, it was a learning experience," said Roche.

Australia, Pakistan join India in quarters

Australia and Pakistan secured their spots in the quarter-finals with wins over Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka respectively.

Australia thumped Papua New Guinea by 311 runs as the former champions progressed to the Super League quarter-finals from Group B, alongside toppers India.

Also joining them were former champions Pakistan who defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets in a Group D match.

Pakistan will now wait for the outcome of the Afghanistan versus Ireland match on Saturday in Whangarei to find out if they will top the group or finish runners-up.

The three sides have now joined Afghanistan, England, New Zealand and South Africa, while the England and Canada match on Saturday will decide if Bangladesh also goes through to the Super League quarter-finals, which will start on Monday.

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