India crush Kiwis to advance to U19 WC quarters

Dubai, Jan. 30 (ANI): India have claimed a comprehensive 120-run win over New Zealand to register their second consecutive win and in the process advanced to the Super League quarter-finals of the Under19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh on Saturday.

India and Nepal, which took the two top spots in Group D at the expense of New Zealand and Ireland, will clash on Monday in their last league match to decide the group winner.

India, sent in to bat by New Zealand in Mirpur in the match, piled up 258 for eight with Sarfaraz Khan top-scoring with 74 for the second time in the competition. Rishabh Pant made 57 and Armaan Jaffer scored 46.

But Mahipal Lomror stood out with a fine all-round display as he followed up his 45 with the bat with five for 47 which bundled New Zealand out for 138 in the 32nd over.

Seamer Avesh Kumar, who took three wickets in his first four overs to reduce the Kiwis to five for three, finished with four for 32.

The 11th edition of the biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland.

Teams have been divided into four groups with the top two in each advancing to the Super League quarter-finals and the other two qualifying for the Plate championships. (ANI)

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