Under-19 World Cup: India romp over Zimbabwe with 10-wicket victory, qualify for quarter-finals

Once again, India dominated their opponents for the third time in the tournament in a row

Team India have been clinical in their approach in the ongoing Under-19 World Cup. They have qualified for the quarter-finals with 3 wins from 3 games in the group stages. India beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets with 170 balls to spare. They chased down the target without breaking a sweat. Skipper Prithvi Shaw sent Harvik Desai and Shubham Gill to open the innings ahead of him and Manjot Kalra. The decision paid off as Desai scored 56 runs from 73 balls and Gill scored 90 runs from 59 balls.

Gill finished the match in style by coming down the track to Dion Myers and hitting the ball over his head for a boundary. Earlier, Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first. They could not get off to a good start and lost wickets at regular intervals. The middle-order batsman played themselves in but could not convert it into big innings.

Indian bowlers forced a batting collapse as Zimbabwe lost seven wickets in a span of 34 runs. They got bundled out for a total of 154 in the first innings. Once again left-arm spinner Anukul Sudhakar Roy took the most number of wickets. He took four wickets and gave just 20 runs. Abhishek Sharma and Arshdeep Singh picked up two wickets each whereas Riyan Parag and Shivam Mavi picked one wicket each.

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The ploy to send Desai and Gill worked for India as they got some practice before the quarter-finals on a wicket that was good for batting. On being asked what the head coach Rahul Dravid said to him, Gill said in the post-match presentation that he just told me to enjoy my game. Gill scored at a staggering strike rate of 152.54  including 13 fours and 1 six.

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Till now, India have managed to dominate every opposition they have gone up against. In the first match, they were able to beat Australia by a margin of 100 runs, and against Papua New Guinea, they registered their biggest ever win in youth ODIs and Under-19 World Cup.