Wednesday 19 February, 2020

West Indies beat Australia in tense finish at Under-19 World Cup

West Indies allrounder Nyeem Young in action at the ICC Under-19  World Cup in South Africa.

West Indies allrounder Nyeem Young in action at the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa.

West Indies beat Australia by three wickets to secure a win in the first Group B game of the 2020 ICC Under 19 World Cup on Saturday at Kimberley in South Africa.

Opting to bowl, West Indies dismissed Australia for a paltry 179 in 35.4 overs in a match reduced to a 49-overs-a-side affair and then chased down the target with three wickets in hand, in the 46th over.

Right-arm fast bowlers Jayden Seales (4-49) and Matthew Forde (3-24) shared seven wickets between them to put the Australians under pressure.

Jake Fraser-McGurk top-scored for Australia with 84, while wicket-keeper Patrick Rowe made 40.

Needing 180 to win, West Indies seemed to be in plenty of trouble at 92-5 until allrounder Nyeem Young stabilized the innings with a 69-ball 61.   He combined in a 78-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Forde to put the chase back on track

Legspinner Tanveer Sangha was the best bowler for Australia. He took four top-order wickets to finish with 4-30 from 10 overs.

 

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