With the bat, India’s Harnoor Singh and Angkrish Raghuvanshi put on an exhibition that was backed up by an outstanding bowling performance, as India defeated Ireland by 174 runs on Wednesday at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago, in Group B of the ongoing ICC U19 World Cup.
With this victory, India has now won both of their opening matches in the Super League and has qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition. On Saturday, the colts will square off against Uganda in their final group stage match.
Six players had tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the match, so India was forced to field a depleted starting lineup. However, this proved to be no hindrance for the team, which went on to record a convincing victory.
Ireland got off to the worst possible start in their pursuit of 308 runs when Liam Doherty (7) and Jack Dickson (0) both lost their wickets. Doherty was fired by Ravi Kumar, and Dickson was defeated by Rajvardhan Hangargekar in the other match. A run-out in the seventh over of Ireland’s innings reduced them to 17/3, and the situation became even worse when David Vincent (8) was sent back to the pavilion.
Ireland continued to lose wickets at a regular rate, and in the end, India cruised to a convincing 174-run victory. Nathan McGuire and Scott MacBeth put on a brave performance for Ireland, putting on 39 runs for the seventh wicket in the process, but it was not enough to win the match in the end.
India had posted in the allotted fifty overs earlier in the day, thanks to the efforts of Harnoor Singh and Angkrish Raghuvanshi, who both scored 88 and 79 runs respectively. The colts got off to a flying start with the bat after being put into bat. Openers Harnoor Singh and Angkrish Raghuvanshi put on a stand of 164 runs for the first wicket, with both batters passing the fifty-run mark. Raghuvanshi was dismissed by Jamie Forbes in the 26th over, giving Ireland their first breakthrough in the match (79).
Matthew Humphreys dismissed Harnoor Singh (88) in the 35th over, denying him the opportunity to reach a century. India was reduced to 195/2 after the dismissal of Harnoor Singh. Stand-in skipper Nishant Sindhu (36), Rajvardhan Hangargekar (39*), and Raj Bawa (42) all contributed with important knocks to help India post a total that exceeded the 300-run mark.