Indians win second warm-up game
With an impressive win against Aussies, the Indian juniors have geared up for the ICC U-19 World Cup.india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 13:09 IST
India were back to their winning ways beating Australia in their second and the last warm-up match ahead of the ICC U-19 World Cup, which starts here on Sunday.
The win was built on an impressive bowling display by the Indians as they bundled out the Australians for just 174 in 44.3 overs.
The incisive bowling from Ravinder Jadeja, who captured 4-17, broke the back of Australian batting line-up and at one stage they were reeling at 108 for eight.
Captain Moises Henriques offered prolonged resistance among the top-order as he made 44, but failed to get support from other batsmen as Indians came up with a reassuring display after Thursday's loss to England.
Aussies were given some degree of respectability by Simon Keen (30) and Adam Ritchard (22), but the total proved wholly inadequate as India cruised home with 11.2 overs in hand. Opener Cheteshwar Pujara top-scored with 60.
There were wins for England, Namibia and Nepal too as the players went through their final preparations ahead of the start of the tournament.
Meanwhile, New Zealand, alongwith Australia, were inflicted with a second defeat from two matches as they ran into a West Indies side that flexed its batting muscles for the second game running to secure a crushing 130-run win.
Bangladesh were given a scare by Zimbabwe, but they survivedto win a thrilling match by just three runs.
England made it two wins out of two matches with a 16-run victory over South Africa.
Namibia secured a hard-fought three-wicket win over a US side that showed admirable courage to come back from the ten-wicket thrashing they received at the hands of Bangladesh on Thursday.
With the warm-up matches now complete it is almost time for the action to start. The official opening of the tournament will take place this evening and the first group matches will be played on Sunday.