Bloemfontein. After the half-centuries of the openers, India U-19 topped Group A in the ICC U-19 World Cup after beating New Zealand by 44 runs in the rain-affected match by Duckworth Lewis method in the rain-affected match here. While entering the quarter-finals,
India also defeated Sri Lanka and Japan in their group. When the Indian team got an invitation to bat first, it rained when they scored 103 runs without loss in 21 overs. After this, when the game started, the match was reduced to 23–23 overs. India scored 115 without loss from the brilliant innings of Yashaswi Jaiswal (57 not out) and Divyansh (52 not out).
The New Zealand team thus set a target of 192 runs to win over Duckworth Lewis. He started with a bang and at one time his score was 99 runs for two wickets but in an effort to score fast runs, his wickets were uprooted later and finally the entire Kiwi team was dismissed for 147 runs in 21 overs. Four batsmen from New Zealand reached double digits.
Among them, opener Rias Marieu scored 42 runs, while Fergus Lallman contributed 31 runs. For India, leg-spinner Bishnoi took four for 30 and left-arm spinner Ankolekar took three wickets for 28 runs. In this way, the Indian team won all their three matches in Group A and topped the quarterfinals. The New Zealand team managed to secure a place in the quarter-finals despite the defeat.