West Indies Under-19 entered the quarter-final of the World Cup in controversial and tense circumstances, as Keemo Paul effected a mankad to claim the last Zimbabwe Under-19 wicket – that of Richard Ngarava – with
three runs needed off the final over.
Paul ran through the bowling crease without entering his delivery stride and broke the stumps, catching the non-striker Ngarava with his bat on the line while he was standing a couple of steps out of his crease.
The two on-field umpires conferred before asking West Indies if they wanted to uphold the appeal, and once it was confirmed that they did, the third umpire was called in and found the batsman just on the line, ending Zimbabwe’s campaign in a game they had to win to make the quarter-final. The dismissal was within the rules of the game.
A visibly upset Zimbabwe captain Brandon Mavuta refused to comment on the mankad after the game “We got so close, no comment about it. I don’t have anything to say right now,” Mavuta said. “No comment.”
The West Indies captain Shimron Hetmyer said he was comfortable with the decision to appeal for the wicket. “I would say yes, cricket is a game of uncertainties, we’ve seen it happen in cricket before, it’s not a big deal for us.”
“Probably not,” said Hetmyer, when he was asked if he thought if it was in the spirit of the game.
The Zimbabwe manager Admire Marodza said the team was unhappy but there was little they
could do but console the players because the dismissal was within the rules.
“It is too early to comment but we are trying to get emotions under control in the dressing-room. Everyone is disappointed at the loss,” Marodza said. “Rules are rules. We can’t change them and we can’t change what happened. A run-out is a run-out. I don’t think it is anything to protest about. We are not happy about losing the game from such a good position. The way our boys competed, it is an achievement. We are happy how we played in this tournament.” The Zimbabwe coach Stephen Mangongo said he was “disappointed with the way the game ended.”
“I have debriefed the boys in the dressing room and they were all crying,” Mangongo said. “We have explained that technically the run-out is legal. We left it to the last man and we should not have done that. It was a hard lesson and they have learnt it the hard way.
“I am proud of my boys. Restricting the West Indies for 226 on a batting-friendly wicket was a good performance and we were up for the chase. And like any other games, we lost quick wickets under pressure.
West Indies coach Graeme West said he felt sorry for Zimbabwe after the game. “I can imagine what they must be going through now. I feel sorry for them because they got themselves into winning positions and then we pulled it back. I share their disappointment.”
Huge win for Bangladesh
Bangladesh Under-19′ spin trio of Saleh Ahmed Shawon (2 for 10), Mehedi Hasan Miraz (2 for 12) and Ariful Islam (2 for 9) helped dismiss Namibia U-19 for a paltry 65, after which Joyraz Sheik (34*) took the hosts home to seal an easy eight-wicket win in Cox’s Bazar.
Put in to bat, Namibia’s innings never gained momentum as they lost half their side for 51 by the 21st over. Niko Davin (19) and Lohan Louwrens (17) were the only Namibia batsmen to make double-digit scores, as none of the other batsmen managed more than five runs.
After dismissing Namibia in 32.5 overs, Bangladesh faltered early in their chase, losing both openers by the fifth over for 13 runs. Joyraz then came in and took charge of the innings with a patient knock. Joyraz and Nazmul Hossain Shanto, ensured no other Bangladesh wickets fell, finishing the chase in 16 overs. The victory put Bangladesh on top of Group A, having won all three games, while Namibia also qualified for the quarter-finals after beating South Africa and Scotland.
Scotland Under-19 were handed a ten-wicket drubbing by South Africa Under-19 in an inconsequential bottom-of-the-table Group A clash at Cox’s Bazar. Choosing to field, South Africa started well by not allowing any of Scotland’s top five to score more than 15.
Finlay McCreath then played out 61 balls for 24 runs, but fell in the 27th over as Scotland slumped to 67 for 6. Harris Carnegie lifted Scotland to 127 before they were dismissed with an unbeaten 48-ball 29 that included four fours. For South Africa, Dayyaan Galiem, Wiaan Mulder and Sean Whitehead ended with returns of 2 for 16. Tony de Zorzi claimed 2 for 20.
South Africa eased to the total in 29 overs, as both openers Liam Smith and Kyle Verrynne smacked 64 off 87. Both batsmen hit the same number of fours as well – seven. Smith though, hit two sixes while Verrynne managed none. (ESPNcricinfo)
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