|Hello and welcome to Sportstar‘s LIVE coverage of the U-19 World Cup clash between India and New Zealand, played in Bloemfontein.|
An interruption in play due to rain. Groundsmen cover the ground at the Mangaung Oval.
India 103 for 0 after 21 overs: Tashkoff drifts down leg and his delivery is hammered by Jaiswal for a six to midwicket. That brings up the half-century for Jaiswal, who continues to good run in this tournament.
The hit also brings up the team’s hundred.
India 97 for 0 after 20 overs: Tashkoff, the captain, gives away 11 runs in his second over. Yashasvi Jaiswal plays a fierce drive through extra-cover to collect his fourth four and then tucks the left-arm spinner to fine-leg to run three. Earlier in the over, Saxena had flayed a delivery through the off-side to get three.
Spin from both ends as Adithya Ashok, a leg-spinner, comes into the attack. He bowls an accurate first over and gives away just one run.
India 70 for 0 after 15 overs: Jaiswal tucks into off-spinner Beckham Wheeler-Greenall, hitting a four and a six off him. The six was hit in the 11th over, via a slogsweep to midwicket. No trouble for the openers. Jaiswal has moved to 34 and Saxena 32.
India 45 for 0 after 10 overs: Now that the batsmen are set, runs are flowing more freely. Saxena signalled the shifting of gears when he played a sweet square drive off the back-foot off Rourke, who has now given away 28 off his four overs.
India 13 for 0 after five overs: It’s been a sedate start from the openers, both of whom have hit one boundary in their short stay at the crease so far. Hancock, the right-arm seamer, has given away just six runs in his first three overs.
TOSS: NZ wins toss and opts to field.
India (Playing XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Divyansh Saxena, Tilak Varma, Priyam Garg, Dhruv Jurel, Siddhesh Veer, Atharva Ankolekar, Ravi Bishnoi, Sushant Mishra, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Rhys Mariu, Ollie White, Fergus Lellman, Nicholas Lidstone, Jesse Tashkoff (c), Beckham Wheeler-Greenall, Ben Pomare (wk), Hayden Dickson, Adithya Ashok, David Hancock, William O’Rourke.
The two teams have already booked their berths in the quarterfinals. India has had a good tournament so far; it’s registered two comprehensive wins. New Zealand, on the other hand, managed a narrow win over Sri Lanka in its previous contest to make it to the last-eight, after a washed out contest against Japan.
This is the final Group A contest in the U-19 World Cup.