TOWNSVILLE – India’s openers performed far better against Zimbabwe than they did against West Indies, setting up a platform for a match-winning score despite a middle-order slowdown in the latest International Cricket Council’s Under-19 World Cup encounter at Tony Ireland Stadium last night.
In a match they had to win to stay in the tournament, Unmukt Chand (78) and Prashant Chopra (57) delivered a 139-run partnership, and a last-over thrash from medium-pacer Kamal Passi converted an average total into a competitive one.
Passi carried the momentum from his five-ball 24 through the lunch break and into his bowling, taking the first four wickets to fall during a six-over spell that severely set back the Zimbabwe chase.
At 30 for 4 in the 12th over, there was too much lost ground to recover, and although all-rounder Malcolm Lake scored a century (118) that gave India a scare, he had no support and Zimbabwe were dismissed 63 runs short.
Passi returned to take two important wickets during the final ten overs, finishing with 6 for 23.
India made two changes to their XI from after the loss to West Indies. Left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh was unwell and medium-pacer Rush Kalaria was left out. Their spots went to Passi and Ravikant Singh, the third seam bowler
In other matches New Zealand (198) defeated Afghanistan (190) by eight runs; Australia (133 for 4 in 40.3 overs) defeated Ireland (129 all out) by six wickets; and South Africa (359 for 6) defeated Nambia (150) by 209 runs. West Indies take on Zimbabwe on Thursday.