Under-19 World Cup Group matches 1st round

No surprises in tournament openers

ESPNcricinfo staff

Group A
Bangladesh beat New Zealand by three wickets
Bangladesh began their World Cup campaign in confident fashion, sweeping past New Zealand by three wickets in their opening encounter at Colombo. New Zealand were bowled out for 175, with Suhrawadi Shuvo (3 for 36) and Mehrab Hossain (4 for 29) doing the damage with their left-arm spin. In conditions suiting the bowlers, Bangladesh also suffered a wobble in their reply, stumbling to 5 for 2 and 123 for 6 before Mehrab Hossain's unbeaten 38 saw them home by three wickets.

Group B
Australia beat South Africa by 175 runs

Group C
Sri Lanka beat Scotland by four wickets

Group D
Zimbabwe beat Ireland by 118 runs
Zimbabwe humbled Ireland in Group D's opening match to win the crushing margin of 118 runs. Ireland inserted Zimbabwe who responded with a confident opening stand of 55 between Donald `Kuda' Samudera (61) and Friday Kasteni (21), while others made brief but useful contributions at the other end. Zimbabwe's eventual 215 for 7 proved far too many for Ireland, especially when their openers - Gareth McKee and Fintan McAllister fell for single figures. Keagan Meth was the pick of Zimbabwe's seamers, grabbing three economical wickets to help dismiss Ireland for 97.