Under-19 World Cup 2016 February 6, 2016

Pant ton fires India into semi-finals

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India Under-19s 349 for 6 (Pant 111, Sarfaraz 76, Jaafer 64) beat Namibia Under-19s 152 (Dagar 3-25, Anmolpreet 3-27) by 197 runs
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Rishabh Pant slammed 14 fours and two sixes for his century © ICC

Rishabh Pant continued his fine run of form in the Under-19 World Cup, slamming his third successive fifty-plus score to guide India into the semi-finals following a 197-run win against Namibia. Pant, who had blasted the fastest U-19 international half-century during the win against Nepal, scored 111 off 96 balls with 14 fours and two sixes, powering his team to a mammoth 349 for 6.

India, opting to bat, did not make the best of starts, though, as the captain Ishan Kishan was dismissed for 6 in the third over. However, Pant and Anmolpreet Singh led a recovery, put up 103 runs for the second wicket. Pant added a further 62 for the third wicket with Sarfaraz Khan before falling in the 29th over. Still, Namibia failed to dry up the runs, as Sarfaraz (76), Armaan Jaffer (64) and Mahipal Lomror (41*) all chipped in with handy knocks to lift the team past the 300-run mark. Fritz Coetzee was the pick of Namibia's bowlers, taking 3 for 78, but went at more than seven an over, as did four other players.

Namibia began their huge run-chase promisingly, as the openers SJ Loftie-Eaton and Niko Davin razed 59 inside 10 overs. However, the dismissal of Davin opened the floodgates, as the team went on to lose wickets at regular intervals, eventually getting bowled out for 152. Left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar shone with figures of 3 for 25, while Anmolpreet snared 3 for 27; Namibia were dismissed in 39 overs.

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  • Gopal on February 8, 2016, 4:41 GMT

    Three standout performance. Pant, Avesh Khan, Mahipal Lomror another outstanding finisher, they should be straight away packed to Australia/england for exposer.

  • Gopal on February 8, 2016, 4:34 GMT

    This rishabh pant is outstanding, bang from the beginning, loved his approach and confidence. I see a gilchrist/Jaysurya approach to batting. He seems not disturbed by circumstances, making of a good player Hope selectors catch him early.

  • Sudhir Shinde on February 7, 2016, 23:41 GMT

    Ishan kishan is been disappointed so far in this series

  • Pundit on February 7, 2016, 12:26 GMT

    This trouser guy is v good bat.

  • karthik on February 7, 2016, 5:23 GMT

    abhijeet kushe,Add ankush bains to that list.in my view bains is ahead of Samson.Bains has far better technique

  • ESPN on February 7, 2016, 5:12 GMT

    Well done ... There is a lot of hope that these young men will do great for India in the future

  • Subash on February 6, 2016, 23:47 GMT

    Rishon the next wicket keeper batsmen to play for the national side

  •   Abhijeet Kushe on February 6, 2016, 23:34 GMT

    Though Pant is the leading run scorer Ishan Kishan actually looks more classy and seems to have better technique both against the pacers and seamers.Pant's technique might be exposed against better bowling attacks.Both are left handers and wicket keepers it would be an interesting battle between them and Sanju Samson for the keeper's slot once Dhoni retires

  • Asker on February 6, 2016, 19:01 GMT

    To me it appears ishan kishan the captain would go Unmukt's way because very few captains of U19 have done big at the senior level. If Dravid keeps working with these guys i would say pant, sarfraz, washington sunder, avesh khan, khaleel, larmor, jafar, dagar could easily become the next core of senior india specially pant, sarfraz,avesh, khaleel, jaffer these five have that maturity and talent to be moved to next level over a period of 2-5 years and the rest will follow, as such sarfraz is already in the big league and with experience and more and more rubbing shoulders with seniors and international guys, he could become perfect and SRT of the future if not atleast come close. But time will tell who shines and who fails because some of the best talents have gone astray and some unknown and not so talented have stood the test of time by their sheer dedication, hardwork and discipline. God bless these kids and they are in very safe and good hands no better coach than RSD.

  • srinath on February 6, 2016, 16:47 GMT

    gr8 going mates, i see our indian kids winning the W.C. trophy...~~!! by far the most strongest team in the tournament..!!

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