India’s left-arm tweaker duo of Saumy Kumar Pandey and Musheer Khan bowled with fire in their bellies to completely bamboozle Bangladesh in the opening match of the ICC U-19 World Cup. Their sensational spin bowling performance helped India notch up an emphatic 84-run win.
The Winning Spell
Defending 243, the Indian bowlers came all guns blazing at the Bangla Tigers. Pandey was the wrecker-in-chief, spinning a web around the Bangladesh willow wielders with magical figures of 5/19. He was ably assisted by Khan’s 4/31 as Bangladesh found themselves caught in the coils and succumbed to India’s spin chokehold to get bowled out for 159 in the 44th over.
Earlier, half-centuries by captain Yash Dhull (50) and middle-order bastion Kaushal Tambe (60*) powered India to post 243/8.
The Dominant Display
It was a near flawless all-round display by the four-time champions India, underscoring their absolute dominance at the U-19 level. If India’s talented teens keep playing with such authority, the trophy looks headed only in one direction.
|Saumy Kumar Pandey 5/19 in 7.1 overs
|Musheer Khan 4/31 in 10 overs
- Defending champions India thrash Bangladesh by 84 runs
- Sensational spin bowling by Saumy Pandey (5/19) and Musheer Khan (4/31) demolishes Bangladesh
- All-round dominance by India establishes their credentials as title favorites
The comprehensive win over Bangladesh has sounded a warning bell for the other teams. India have started their title defense on the front foot and look hungry to retain the crown.