Under-19 World Cup 2004 February 16, 2004

India hammer the Scots

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Group C India U19 425 for 3 (Dhawan 155, Uthappa 97) beat Scotland U19 155 for 8 (Coetzer 62) by 270 runs

India's Shikhar Dhawan on his way to 155 against Scotland

On paper it looked like a mismatch, but in reality it proved to be even worse than that. At the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, India's batsmen ran riot against Scotland's novice bowlers, rattling up a total of 425 for 3 in their 50 overs. It was their highest-ever total in the U19 World Cup, beating their previous-best of 356 for 5 against Canada in 2002, and the second-highest of all time. Only Australia, with 480 for 6 against Kenya, again in 2002, have managed more in the tournament.

After being put into bat, India's openers made a rapid start. Robin Uthappa and Shikhar Dhawan added 175 in 24.1 overs, before Uthappa was caught and bowled by Ian Young for 97. But Dhawan went on to make 155 from 138 balls, and unsurprisingly he was named Man of the Match. The most explosive innings, however, came from Suresh Raina, who thumped 90 from just 38 balls.

"I would say that it was my best innings as it was in a match for my country," said Dhawan. "There was a bit of moisture in the pitch at the beginning, so I was a bit cautious early on. But all of the guys are very good batsmen and we helped each other."

Scotland lost a wicket in the first over of their reply, but they nonetheless fought bravely, and batted out their full 50 overs to reach 155 for 8. Their captain Kyle Coetzer top-scored with 62.

Group D West Indies U19 265 for 8 (Thompson 5-49) beat Ireland U19 259 for 9 (O'Brien 95) by six runs

West Indies have a history of upsets against the Irish - remember that infamous 25 all out in 1969? Today, their Under-19 team came within six runs of a similar embarrassment, as Kevin O'Brien spearheaded a thrilling run-chase in Khulna.

After batting first, West Indies made 265 for 8 in their 50 overs, and must have fancied their chances of an easy victory. They began their innings in electric fashion and had 100 on the board by the 15th over. But Ireland clawed their way back into contention through the spinners Greg Thompson and Andrew Riddles, who claimed the impressive figures of 5 for 49 and 3 for 42 respectively.

O'Brien then took centre stage, walloping his way to a run-a-ball 95 with 13 fours and a six. He was ably supported by Ireland's opening batsman Gary Wilson, but when he was run out for 64, it was a sign of things to come. Two more late mix-ups sealed Ireland's fate.

"We didn't do ourselves any favours at the start or end of the match," admitted their disappointed coach Adrian Birrell. "We bowled and batted well in the middle of the match but we let them get away to too good a start."

"Full credit to the Irish," said the West Indian coach Clyde Butts. "We did not expect them to perform as well as that. They bowled well and had a real chance of beating us today."

Group A Australia U19 165 for 4 (Doropoulos 57) beat Canada U19 164 (Anjaria 50) by six wickets

Australia's Under-19s made light work of a respectable Canadian target, and won their Group A encounter by six wickets with a full 21 overs to spare.

Put in to bat in Rajshahi, Canada lost four early wickets to slump to 21 for 4 in the fifth over, and there were shades of the senior team's 36 all out at last year's World Cup. But Gavin Bastiampillai and Soham Anjaria rallied the Canadians, putting on 92 for the fifth wicket. Bastiampillai eventually became Scott Coyte's third victim, caught by Ahilan Beadle for 37, while Anjaria went on to reach his half-century before being stumped.

Australia's reply was brisk with four of the top five batsmen all making starts. The top scorer was Theo Doropoulos, who was later named Man of the Match for his 57 from 55 balls.

Group B South Africa U19 126 for 2 (Birch 56) beat Uganda U19 125 (September 4-14) by eight wickets

Uganda's tournament debut ended in disappointment, as they slumped to a comprehensive eight-wicket defeat against South Africa in Chittagong.

Uganda's innings never really got going, as South Africa restricted them to 125 from 48.4 overs. Waylain September was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 for 14 in 10 overs. Only Hamza Saleh offered significant resistance with 26 from 72 balls in the middle order.

South Africa wasted little time in overhauling Uganda's total. Clint Bowyer and Andrew Birch added 95 for the first wicket before Bowyer was run out on 43. But Birch remained unbeaten on 56 and claimed the Man of the Match award as South Africa won with 22 overs to spare.