Under-19 World Cup 2004 February 17, 2004

England overwhelm Uganda

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Group C Bangladesh U19 96 for 1 (Nafis 39*, Naeem 49*) beat Scotland U19 95 (Enamul 4-21) by nine wickets

Bangladesh's Nafis Ibqal launches one over the top against Scotland U19s

Bangladesh picked up their first points of the Under-19 World Cup, and in emphatic style, as Scotland were crushed by nine wickets at the Fatullah District Stadium.

Over 5,000 fans turned up to watch the first-ever international match at the ground, and they were in good voice as Bangladesh romped past Scotland's total of 95 in only 12.2 overs. It was a fine allround performance from the Bangladeshis, who asked Scotland to bat first and made swift inroads.

The stars of Bangladesh's bowling performance were the spinners Enamul Haque jnr (4 for 21) and Shahadat Hossain (3 for 27). Only Scotland's captain, Kyle Coetzer, put up any resistance at all. He made 42 before being bowled by Haque for 42, to add to his 62 in the first match against India.

Scotland had made their runs in 30.2 overs, but Bangladesh needed less than half that number to race to victory. Nafis Iqbal and Naeem Islam did the damage with 39 and 49 not out respectively, and their coach Richard McInnes was pleased with his team's positive attitude.

"The speed with which we wrapped up the match should fill the players with a lot of confidence," said McInnes. "We prepared very well for this tournament and we are giving it our best shot. I still think the players can perform better."

Scotland's coach Willie Morton refused to be downcast in defeat. "The tournament goes on into next week and for us that is when the competition will really begin," he said. "In Scotland we would normally have four men and a dog watching us play, so it is a great experience for our boys to play in front of such crowds."

Group A Sri Lanka U19 84 for 1 (Vithana 52*) beat Canada U19 81 (Kulasekera 5-27) by nine wickets

Chamith Kulasekara claimed his second consecutive Man of the Match award, as Sri Lanka trounced Canada by nine wickets at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium. Kulasekara's figures of 5 for 27 snapped Canada's resistance as they tumbled to 81 all out in 31.1 overs - a far cry from the resolute performance they had put in a day earlier against Australia.

Sri Lanka's batsmen made light work of the target, and needed just 16 overs to wrap up the match. Harsha Vithana scored the bulk of the runs to finish on 52 not out. But Sri Lanka's coach DS de Silva refused to get carried away by another comfortable victory. "We are taking the tournament game by game," said de Silva. "If we can play like we did today and continue performing like this we have a chance of winning the trophy."

De Silva's opposite number, Franklyn Dennis, on the other hand, was understandably downcast. "It has nothing to do with the conditions here in Bangladesh which I think are good," said Dennis. "Our players got out by misjudging balls and I hope we can perform better in our next match."

Sri Lanka's victory means that tomorrow's Group A clash between Australia and Zimbabwe in Bogra is a make-or-break encounter. Zimbabwe have to win to stay in contention for the Super League.

Group B England U19 259 for 7 (Wright 70, Patel 55) beat Uganda U19 46 (Bresnan 4-7, Stiff 4-7) by 213 runs

England completed their second comfortable victory of the tournament, as Uganda were overwhelmed by 213 runs at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.

Uganda started brightly enough, however, and after winning the toss and electing to bowl, they succeeded in restricting England to 259 for 7 in their 50 overs. Their main man was Davis Arinaitwe, who took 3 for 53 in nine overs as only two England batsmen, Luke Wright and Samit Patel, managed to reach 50.

But that was as good as it got for Uganda. Their reply was strangled at birth as both Tim Bresnan and David Stiff returned the destructive figures of 4 for 7. Mark Lawson was made to look comparatively profligate as he swept up the other two wickets for 13 runs, as Uganda were bundled out for 46.

England's second win has virtually guaranteed them a place in the Super League, although their real Test of the first round will come when they take on South Africa on .

Tomorrow South Africa takes on Nepal at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium and a win for South Africa will ensure both Super League places are decided before the final round of matches.

Group D Pakistan U19 146 for 2 (Adnan 64*, Khalid 50) beat Ireland U19 142 (Mansoor 4-28) by eight wickets

Pakistan have all but secured their place in the Super League, after bringing the Irish back down to earth after their near-upset against West Indies on Monday.

West Indies had squeaked past Ireland by six runs, but Pakistan showed that they are a classy unit by cruising to an eight-wicket win, in front of a crowd of over 4000 at the Khulna Divisional Stadium. Ireland were asked to bat first, and lost regular wickets as they were bowled out for 142 in the 48th over.

A day after falling only six runs short of an upset against West Indies, Ireland were outplayed by an impressive Pakistan team in front of a crowd of over 4,000 that included ICC President Ehsan Mani.

Put into bat, Ireland struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking over as wickets fell at regular intervals. The European Champions had reached 142 when their tenth wicket fell in the 48th over. The legspinner Mansoor Amjed took 4 for 28, while Salman Qadir and Tariq Mehmood picked up two wickets each.

That was half the battle won, but Pakistan still had to hunt down a potentially tricky target. But they were given a flying start by their openers Adnan Zaheer and the captain Khalid Latif, who eventually fell for 50 from 45 balls. Adnan remained unbeaten on 64 as Pakistan won with almost 25 overs to spare.

"I don't think we did badly," said Ireland's coach Adrian Birrell. "We were simply beaten by a better team."