Under-19 World Cup 2014, UAE February 15, 2014

Spinners give Scotland easy win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Three wickets each from Chayank Gosain and Ross McLean helped Scotland Under-19s cruise to a six-wicket win against Papua New Guinea Under-19s in the opening Group A fixture at the ICC Academy in Dubai. Gosain, McLean, and two wickets from Mark Watt, made sure PNG were skittled for 108 and despite a stutter from the top order, Scotland completed the victory in the 30th over.

PNG, who opted to bat, lost wickets at regular intervals, their biggest partnership being 26 for the fourth between Dogodo Bau and Hiri Hiri. Left-arm spinner Gosain dismissed the openers to reduce PNG to 10 for 2 and later 32 for 3, before Bau and Hiri took them past 50. But they were hurt by a lower-order collapse and lost the final seven wickets for 50 runs.

Scotland suffered early woes too, slipping to 24 for 3, but Zander Muir and Nick Farrar put them on course. Farrar fell for a patient 26 before Muir, with an unbeaten 39, and Kyle Stirling took them home with a 33-run stand.

Shadman Islam and Joyraz Sheik put on an unbroken 216-run partnership to steer Bangladesh Under-19s to a 10-wicket win over Afghanistan Under-19s in Abu Dhabi. Chasing 213, Bangladesh got home with 45 balls remaining.

The left-handed Shadman was the dominant partner in the stand, finishing on an unbeaten 126 from 142 balls with 14 fours and a six. Joyraz, meanwhile, struck 11 fours in a 114-ball 81 not out. None of the six bowlers Afghanistan used was able to make a breakthrough.

Sent in to bat, Afghanistan made a decent start, with Usman Ghani and Mohammad Mujtaba putting on 69 for the first wicket in 15.5 overs. But they lost wickets regularly after Ghani was run out for 27. Mujtaba, Hashmatullah Shaidi and Nasir Ahmadzai scored 40s, but none of them went on to make a substantial score. The spinners did most of the damage for Bangladesh, with offspinner Mosaddek Hossain taking three wickets and left-armer Rahatul Ferdous taking two.

Matthew Short scored 96 to set up a 101-run win for Australia Under-19s over Namibia Under-19s at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Batting first, Australia lost Kelvin Smith early, but Short, his opening partner, put on 80 with Jaron Morgan and 100 with Ben McDermott to lay the platform for a solid total. When Short was bowled by Bredell Wessells for a 138-ball 96, Australia were 185 for 4 in 41.4 overs. Alex Gregory then struck a 21-ball 25 to help push their total to 242 for 7. Wessels finished with four wickets, and fellow medium-pacer JJ Smit took three.

Namibia lost wickets at regular intervals and were never in the game. At 69 for 7, they were in danger of falling short of 100, but Wessells and Smit ensured that wouldn't happen, with a 35-run eighth-wicket partnership. Wessells was eventually last man out for a 56-ball 43, having taken Namibia's score to 141 in the company of Nos. 10 and 11. For Australia, seamers James Bazley and Matthew Fotia took three wickets each.

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  • roket on February 18, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Bashing of an individual team is pointless, specially at the U-19 level, these are young kids playing for the love of the game, and not corrupted by the hunger for money, hopefully not yet. As a BD fan, we know very well what it is like to be called minnows, and even your wins questions when we do win. We should be supportive of teams like Afghanistan, and Ireland. What I don't get it when fans talk up IRE and AFG, they feel an urge to bash BD, and say their teams deserve test status more than BD. Why is this bashing necessary? Why are we falling prey to ICCs exclusive mentality? Why can't all three of these teams have test status, and even more countries? Test status should not be ICC property, only to be handed to however many countries they chose to give it out to. That century old elite club mentality needs to change, for the betterment of the sport. I wish the best to all up and coming teams, and congrats to AFG for winning against Australia.

  • Nasim on February 16, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    @ Hasibush Shaheed: Bro, as a fellow Bangladeshi fan, I'm clarifying my last comment...

    Yes, Afg cricket's only developing and Bangladesh is 13 years ahead of Afghanistan not only with infrastructures but also with team records. If Afg has developed any infrastructure, good for them, otherwise they risk ending up like Kenya. But the similarity I'm saying is in the CRICKETING DRIVE.

    Don't know about you but, sometimes, I feel - we don't get enough opportunity to play with teams like India, Australia, England or South Africa despite their acknowledgement of our test status. One win against these teams would boost our ranking way up than several wins against Zimbabwe. It's natural that some Afghan fan might feel the same, although they have to reach beyond 'THE CERTAIN LEVEL' I talked about - i.e. the test status. Bangladesh is doing its part opening rooms in its first class setting for players from associate nations. BD also played its role at ACC in the inclusion of Afg in Asia Cup.

  • Azooz on February 16, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Calm down BD lads, tomorrow we are going to thrash Aussies so it doesn't mean we are a better team then Australia. it happens sometimes in cricket.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    There is no similarity between Bangladesh and Afghanistan.Honestly If I would asked to select the 11th team that would be Ireland , not Afghanistan. Although I really like the enthusiasm of the Afghan supporters it does not make any sense to compare with their team with Bangladesh team. It's not always about the talents what a team has it is also the overall infra structure of cricket in that country and the international image to the rest of the world. Afghan people are still fighting with some big problems aside from sports. On the other hand Bangladesh has that good management and diplomatic ability to organize such a big event like World T20 and Bangladeshi people dont talk much about other country,They have such culture of respecting all teams of any level and it does not mean that we Bangladesh team fears any team and Afghanistan is still a growing cricket power what we also expect to see. Afghan supporters should have more patient to talk big,

  • Nasim on February 16, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Cricket in Bangladesh and Afghanistan are quite similar in the way that both are propelled mostly with sheer talents and fan-support (just compare the number of fans commenting here). For few other counties, it is all about logistics and pound investment (A school homework supervisor for Eng? my goodness!), while others have the media (A whole article on Ind-Pak and not even a live score for Ban-Afg).

    Whatever it is that fuel your team, the performance in the ground depends on the fitness, spirit and skills of the players. If you could tell it all from the ranking, then there is no point playing or watching a match - fortunately it is not so. Beyond a certain level, even the top ranked team can be brought down by the bottom ranked on a given day. Equal and cyclical encounters among all teams makes cricket more competitive and the ranking more meaningful... but in this era of 'revenues' this idea seems obsolete.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Afganistan is not a bad team , but how come the supporters are overwhelmed with such insignificant performance. It is not fair to compare with Bangladesh. I will request them not to make fussy and childish comments on Bangladesh. The way Afgan supporters talk big with no respect to other is not a good sign.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    As an Afghan I have to say that well played Bangladesh you guys deserve to win you guys were way better than Afghanistan in all departments bowling, Batting and fielding unfortunately I have to say this too that our Coach and Captain played the wrong players and didn't play the two wicket taker bowlers any way congrats you guys deserve it and hopefully we can meet each other soon so we can take revenge good luck for the next matches

  • Android on February 15, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    Relax, nabi was just joking

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    @ Rahgir Nabi - So Afhanistan is a better team than Bangladesh because we did not win by 100 delivery remaining and 10 wickets still standing counts for nothing?

    May be thats why Afghanistan is in such a disarray and confusion!

  • Android on February 15, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    By the way, don't judge what BD's done. Judge what you're team's done. Then make the comparison. That's how you'll find the better team.

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