The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup has started down under in New Zealand and so far we have seen some scintillating cricket by the young colts, who are definitely the stars of future.
16 teams are playing in the World Cup group stage with each group consisting 4 teams. After the end of the group stages, top two teams of each group advance to the Knock out stages of the Tournament proper or the Elite league, while the bottom two countries relegate to the Plate league to fill up the 9th to 16th placed teams through a knock out system.
QF 1: Canada U19 vs Papua New Guinea U19, 22nd Jan
QF 2: Namibia U19 vs Zimbabwe U19, 22nd Jan
QF 3: Sri Lanka U19 vs Kenya U19, 23rd Jan
QF 4: Windies U19 vs Ireland U19, 23rd Jan
QF 1: England U19 vs Australia U19, 23rd Jan
QF 2: Pakistan U19 vs South Africa U19, 23rd Jan
QF 3: New Zealand U19 vs Afghanistan U19, 25th Jan
QF 4: India U19 vs Bangladesh U19, 26th Jan
* All matches start 03.00 am IST
India Road to Quarter Finals:
India have been one of the favorites in the tournament and the Rahul Dravid led teenagers have so far lived up to their expectations. India will face Bangladesh in the Quarter finals and they have won all their group matches to emerge as group champions.
India’s first encounter was against Australia where they put up a massive score of 328 and bundled out the Kangaroos to register a big win. In their next match against Papua New Guinea, Indian bowlers wrapped up the minnows only for a paltry 64 and chased it down without loosing a wicket. In their final group match, Indians were again ruthless and bundled Zimbabwe for 154, which they again chased down without loosing a wicket.
India are one of the tournament favorites
There has been some great prospects so far for the men in Blue, especially in the bowling department. Young Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Anukul Roy has impressed immensely with the ball. Indian captain Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill and Manjot Karla has been terrific with the bat.