Bangladesh underline their credentials
The second round of warm-up matches in the Under-19 World Cup showed how open the competition with victories for two of yesterday's losers - Uganda and Sri Lanka - and defeats for two of the winners - Pakistan and Ireland
England shocked tournament favourites India by pulling off a 28-run win in a low-scoring thriller on the second day of warm-up matches (click here for a full match report).
The United States of America were given a tough introduction to the tournament as they were hammered by ten wickets by a Bangladesh side who showed why they are regarded as one of the favourites for the tournament. The USA lost the wicket of Sumon Bari to the first ball of the match and things scarcely improved after that as they crawled to 143 all out with Bangladesh using nine bowlers. Nabil Chowdhury was the only one to deliver his full allocation of 10 overs and finished with 1 for 12 while Rezaul Islam took 3 for 12. No USA batsman reached 30 and respectability was only achieved thanks to fighting innings from wicketkeeper Akeem Dodson (29), Dunae Nathaniel (27) and Nisarg Patel (23). That respectability was, however, short-lived as Tamim Iqbal thrashed an unbeaten 104 from only 64 balls to make a mockery of the target as Bangladesh won with 32.4 overs to spare.
Sri Lanka bounced back from the mauling they received at the hands of the West Indies to record a morale-boosting 78-run win over the defending champions Pakistan, themselves winners over Australia yesterday. Such a convincing win looked unlikely when the the Sri Lankans collapsed from 116 for 1 to 228, with Dimuth Karunaratne top-scoring with 50. For the second day in a row they were on the receiving end of a hat-trick, Jamshaid Ahmed picking up the last three wickets to finish with 4 for 45. Pakistan would have expected to score those runs for victory, especially against a Sri Lanka side without captain Angelo Mathews, who missed the match with a throat infection, but they collapsed from 53 for 2 to 85 for 7 and although the lower order rallied, it was nothing more than a face-saving operation as they were eventually dismissed for 150 with 16.1 overs left unused.
South Africa appeared set for defeat when they slipped to 58 for 4 chasing New Zealand's 187 but a high-class unbeaten 90 from Richard Levi, who added 128 for the fifth wicket with Supersub Grant Makoena (34) eased their worries and they won by five wickets with 9.5 overs in hand. Earlier every New Zealand player from three to nine in the order reached double figures but their top score was only 35 from captain Marc Ellison as South Africa's bowlers shared the wickets around.
Uganda made amends for their heavy defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe on Wednesday by enjoying a 41-run victory over Ireland. With Jimmy Okello scoring 66, Uganda reached 218 for 9 in their 50 overs while Ireland used eight bowlers with Greg Thompson the most successful with 3 for 33. It was a target that should have been within Ireland's range but despite 59 from Andrew Poynter they fell well short. Emmanuel Nakaana, the 14 year-old spinner who is the tournament's youngest player, took 3 for 43 while Davis Arinaitwe collected 3 for 22.