U19 World Cup: Rishabh Pant helps India beat Namibia by 197 runs, enter semis

India posted a huge total of 349/6 after Rishbah Pant and then the bowlers restricted Namibia to hand India a 197-run win.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: February 9, 2016 2:31 am
India reach U-19 World Cup semi-final. (Source: ICC)

The India U-19 team secured their semi-final spot in the U-19 World Cup by beating Namibia U-19 by 197 runs in Bangladesh on Saturday. Riding on Rishabh Pant’s 111 and quickfire fifties from Sarfaraz Khan and Armaan Jaffer helped India post 349/6. Later, Namibia stuttered against India’s spinners Anmolpreet and Dagar and were bowled for 152. India will play the winner of England U-19 vs Sri Lanka U-19 in the semi-final

As it happened:

1500 hrs IST: India win! Storm into semi-final after the 197-run win over Namibia

1420 hrs IST: Namibia in all sorts of trouble. They are heading towards a big defeat and India are inching closer to the semi-final spot

1400 hrs IST: India have sent half of the Namibia team back into the hut

1336 hrs IST: WICKET! Another drag on! India take second wicket

1314 hrs IST: WICKET! Davin drags on and India have a breakthrough

1255 hrs IST: Namibia begin their chase of 350

1210 hrs IST: A 21-ball 41 from Mahipal Lomror powers India to 349/6

1159 hrs IST: WICKET! Washington Sundar out 

1152 hrs IST: WICKET! Armaan Jaffer is out for 64

1150 hrs IST: Armaan Jaffer has taken over after Sarfaraz’s wicket

1138 hrs IST: WICKET! Sarfaraz Khan is out after a run-a-ball 76

1134 hrs IST: Armaan Jaffer inching closer to his fifty

1130 hrs IST: Sarfaraz Khan past his fifty and is looking good for a hundred

1050 hrs IST: Sarafaraz Khan is keeping the run-rate with Armaan Jaffer

1035 hrs IST: Rishabh Pant is out after making 111! India still going strong

1015 hrs IST: HUNDRED FOR RISHABH PANT! What an innings so far. Off just 82 balls

1010 hrs IST: Sarfaraz Khan and Rishabh Pant making it look easy

0953 hrs IST: Anmolpreet Singh is out! 

0933 hrs IST: Rishabh Pant scores his fifty!

0915 hrs IST: Pant and Anmolpreet Singh have steadied the Indian team. The match is coming into the flow

0846 hrs IST: Pant looking good here. Scoring at a strike-rate of close to 150

0841 hrs IST: WICKET! India lose their skipper Ishan Kishan! A simple caught and bowled dismissal

0835 hrs IST: Good first over for India. Nine runs coming of it

0830 hrs IST: India openers Rishabh Pant and skipper Ishan Kisan out in the middle

0825 hrs IST: India have won the toss and decided to bat first against Namibia

So far…

From outpost to centrestage, Chhattisgarh boy living a dream

Amandeep Khare is the first player from Chhattisgarh to make the U-19 team.

In the fancy 15th floor restaurant of Le Meridien hotel, Amandeep Khare surveys the lavish buffet, fills his plate with rice, sets aside the knife and fork and digs in with his hand. It’s a heartening sight to see the 18-year-old nonchalantly hogging mouthfuls in this fashion in a dining room full of Dhaka’s elite displaying impeccable table manners.

At Under-19 World Cup, life-long bonds are forged, rivalries begin

India Under-19 new-ball bowlers Avesh Khan and Khaleel Ahmed.

On Avesh Khan’s Instagram profile, Khaleel Ahmed pops up in almost every second or third picture with an appropriate caption: #BestBrothers, #BrothersForever or #SomeVariationOfthePreviousTwoHastags. The two India Under-19 pacers share not only the new ball and a hotel room, they also share an excellent rapport on and off the field.