The youngsters from the United Arab Emirates were given a lesson on the harsh realities of playing against the world’s elite, even if we are talking about the Under-19 level.
UAE went in to their World Cup Group D opener against England having beaten them in one of the three games they played in a friendly series in the Emirates in December. However, England proved they were the more professional side when it comes to serious business by handing the hosts a 213-run thrashing at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday (February 14).
England batted first and put up 315 for 8, and the game was never on after the UAE lost Chirag Suri for a duck off the first ball of Matthew Fisher’s second over and then Shorye Chopra (6) off the first delivery of Fisher’s fourth over to leave the UAE 14 for 2.
Shivank Vijaykumar (26) and Rohit Singh (38) were the only batsmen to reach double figures as UAE were shot out for 102 in 33 overs.
England, asked to bat first, were given a sound start by openers Harry Finch (49) and Jonathan Tattersall (29), who put on 71 in 11 overs.
Ed Barnard (93) and Ben Duckett (83) then shared a superb 151-run partnership for the fourth wicket while Joe Clarke smashed 19 off 11 balls, highlighted by two successive hits over the long-on fence, to get England to their highest total against UAE in four games.
“Obviously very pleased to start the tournament with a win and do well individually,” said Barnard, who was named the Man of the Match, adding that the experience of playing in the UAE against Pakistan and the hosts in December last year had helped. “It was a big advantage to play a few games here and get accustomed to the playing surface. We played against the UAE and that was useful too.”
Meanwhile, Aaqib Javed, the UAE coach, didn’t want to blame his wards for losing to a much superior side. “We must remember we are playing against England and they are a full member nation,” he said. “Yes, we could have done better on a good batting strip and should have scored some 200-plus runs. The batting was my concern because the batters need to spend more time in the crease.
“We also need to keep in mind that we are the UAE and not to expect good results against Test-playing nations. Of course, it is not an excuse for a poor performance but that’s the reality.”
In a Group C match played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Zimbabwe beat Canada by six wickets.
Batting first, Canada managed 192 for 9 in their 50 overs, with Nikhil Dutta, the No. 4 batsman, scoring a 97-ball 56. Zimbabwe rode on solid contributions from each of their top four batsmen – Joylord Gumbie (49), Tarisai Musakanda (33), Tinashe Kamunhukamwe (24) and Charles Kunje (42*) to overhaul the target in 43.5 overs.
And in another Group D game, played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka got the better of New Zealand by a solid 49-run margin.
A 107-ball 91 from Kusal Mendis, the captain, and an 81-ball 67 from Sadeera Samarawickrama took Sri Lanka to 275 for in their 50 overs, and they then stopped New Zealand short despite a solid all-round performance from Kyle Jamieson, who first returned 4 for 49 and then struck an unbeaten 30-ball 29.
England Under-19 315/8 in 50 overs (Jonathan Tattersall 29, Harry Finch 49, Ben Duckett 83, Ed Barnard 93; Pankaj Prakash 3-72) beat UAE Under-19 102 in 33 overs (Shivank Vijayakumar 26, Rohit Singh 38; Matthew Fisher 2-14, Josh Shaw 2-19, Will Rhodes 3-14) by 213 runs.
Canada Under-19 192/9 in 50 overs (Nitish Kumar 36, Nikhil Dutta 56, Armaan Kapoor 28; Herbert Chikomba 2-21, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 3-17) lost to Zimbabwe Under-19 195/4 in 43.5 overs (Joylord Gumbie 49, Tarisai Musakanda 33, Charles Kunje 42 n.o.) by 6 wickets.
Sri Lanka Under-19 275/9 in 50 overs (Sadeera Samarawickrama 67, Kusal Mendis 91, Priyamal Perera 37; Kyle Jamieson 4-49) beat New Zealand Under-19 226/8 in 50 overs (Raki Weerasundara 33, Tim Seifert 29, Robert O-Donnell 43, Luke Williamson 30, K Jamieson 29 n.o.; Binura Fernando 2-42, Anuk Fernando 2-65, Lakshan Jayasinghe 2-32) by 49 runs.