England v Bangladesh at John Davies Oval, Queenstown
Ethan Bamber and Euan Woods bagged three wickets each to restrict Bangladesh to 175 in their Group C Under-19 World Cup match before the batsmen, led by an unbeaten ton from Harry Brook, the captain, took them over the line for a seven-wicket victory despite a few early hiccups along the way.
With the win, England climbed to the top of the group points table, followed by Bangladesh at No. 2.
After having opted to bat, Bangladesh suffered four quick losses – three of which were triggered by Bamber – before Afif Hossain, the captain, and Aminul Islam somewhat steadied the innings. Their 94-run association for the fifth wicket dragged Bangladesh to 121 for 4 but then Woods joined the party. He removed both the set batsmen in the same over, the 32nd of the innings, to derail Bangladesh again. Mahidul Islam (20) and Hasan Mahmud (23) resisted for a bit, but the England bowlers wrapped things up with four balls remaining.
In response, England lost three of their top four batsmen pretty quickly, but Brook (102 not out) and Woods (48 not out) batted well to take their side past the 100-run mark in the 22nd over. From there, the batsmen started to attack, reaching the target in only 29.3 overs. The unbeaten fourth-wicket stand between the duo was worth 128 runs.
Akash Gill’s all-round effort – four wickets and 52 runs in 67 balls – helped Canada first bowl Namibia out for 193 and then complete a four-wicket win against in their Group C match.
Namibia decided to bat first and though their top five all got starts, none could carry on. Gill, the medium pacer, picked up the wicket of Jurgen Linde to end a fruitful 53-run opening stand between him and Logan Louwrens, the captain. Louwrens top-scored with 38 off 52 before he fell to Rommel Shahzad, the offspinner.
A 51-run partnership between Eben van Wyk and Erich van Mollendorff helped Namibia rebuild, but both succumbed to spin within three overs of each other. Aran Pathmanathan, the left-arm spinner, accounted for van Wyk (32) while Shahzad nabbed van Mollendorff (30). Gill then returned to clean up the tail as Canada were all out in 46 overs.
Canada lost both of their openers inside the first six overs of the chase, but Arslan Khan and Gill put on a 110-run partnership to get the side back on course. Arslan, the captain, made 72 off 89 with eight fours and also combined with Kevin Singh for a 52-run stand. Arslan’s dismissal came with the side just 12 runs away from victory, but Shaun Fouché picked up two more wickets to give Canada a late scare.
Kevin, however, took the team home in 42 overs, hitting his ninth four off the final ball to remain unbeaten on 50 off 53 and take the side to 197 for 6.