Canada Under-19s – 186 for 8 in 50 overs (Amish Taploo 37, Abraash Khan 32; Jeremy Ives 3/30)
Zimbabwe Under-19s – 190 for 4 in 31.4 overs (Shaun Snyder 56, Jeremy Ives 43*; Bhavindu Adhihetty 2/23, Shlok Patel 2/62)
Zimbabwe Under-19s won by six wickets (with 110 balls remaining).
Zimbabwe recovered from their hard-to-digest loss to West Indies to romp to a six-wicket win over Canada in an ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup plate championship quarter-final played today at Sheik Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground in Bangladesh’s port town of Cox’s Bazar.
Jeremy Ives starred with both bat and ball, claiming three wickets before his unbeaten knock of 43 helped take Stephen Mangongo’s charges – chasing 187 for victory – over the line in 31.4 overs.
Canada, who won the toss and chose to bat first, suffered an early blow when Bhavindu Adhihetty was dismissed for a duck only three balls into the match after he clipped Kundai Matigimu into the safe hands of Wesley Madhevere.
By the fourth over, their innings was already wobbling at 21 for two after Richard Ngarava trapped Thursaanth Anantharajah (11) leg before wicket.
The duo of Amish Taploo and Abraash Khan tried to steady the ship with a 56-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Taploo, who top-scored for Canada with 37, perished when he edged Zimbabwe captain Brandon Mavuta’s delivery to wicketkeeper Ryan Murray.
Sixteen balls later, Abraash Khan fell too when he was caught by Milton Shumba off the bowling of Ives to leave the innings tally at 128 for five wickets.
Ives piled more misery on Canada by claiming the wickets of Miraj Patel (five) and Arslan Khan (31).
Kurt Ramdath tried to make the total respectable with a contribution of 17 runs, while Abdul Haseeb and Sarbot Sivia finished unbeaten on 13 and two runs respectively.
In reply, Zimbabwe got their chase off at a canter, racing to 50 runs in seven overs without losing a wicket.
Opener Shaun Snyder scored his second consecutive half-century, knocking a steady 52 that provided a perfect platform for Zimbabwe to make short work of Canada.
His opening partner Madhevere was also going strong with the bat but was a little unlucky when he edged Adhihetty’s delivery to wicketkeeper Sivia, having mustered 31 runs off 32 balls.
Shlok Patel claimed the wickets of Murray (19) and Adam Keefe (eight) to put a dent on the innings, but Ives went on to boss the crease with an unbeaten 43 that together with William Mashinge’s unbeaten 24 comfortably took Zimbabwe over the line with 110 balls to spare.
The ninth place play-off battle continues with Zimbabwe facing South Africa in the plate semi-finals on Monday.
Afghanistan A – 175 all out in 46.1 overs (Younas Ahmadzai 50, Shahidullah 42; Tapiwa Mufudza 4/37, Tawanda Mupariwa 2/3, Godwill Mamhiyo 2/51)
Zimbabwe A – 179 for 3 in 25.3 overs (Vusumuzi Sibanda 71, Regis Chakabva 46; Yousuf Zazai 1/29)
Zimbabwe A won by 7 wickets with 147 balls remaining.
Zimbabwe A won the third and final one-day match against Afghanistan A, at the latter’s adopted home venue of the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground outside the India capital New Delhi.
The three-match one-day series ended 2-1, after Afghanistan A had won the first two matches on Saturday and Monday.
On Wednesday, Zimbabwe A won the toss and chose to field, dismissed Afghanistan A for 175 runs in 46.1 overs and then successfully chased that in 25.3 overs, winning the match by seven wickets with 147 balls remaining.
The Afghanistan A top order fell for single digits, with openers Zia-ul-Haq and captain Javed Ahmadi out for six and one respectively. Number three Shabir Noori then went for four, to leave Afghanistan A three wickets down for 12 runs in 5.4 overs.
Younas Ahmadzai top-scored with 50 runs made from 70 balls, six of which were fours and one six. Shahidullah chipped in with 42 off 62 balls and there were double figure contributions too from Noor-ul-Haq (21) and Afsar Zazai (20).
Offspinner Tapiwa Mufudza was the pick of the Zimbabwe A bowlers, with four wickets for 37 runs in in 8.1 overs. Tawanda Mupariwa claimed two wickets for three runs in seven overs and Godwill Mamhiyo two for 51 in nine. Victor Nyauchi and captain Tinotenda Mutombodzi claimed one wicket each.
The Zimbabwe A chase was led by Vusumuzi Sibanda, who posted an almost a –run-ball 71 which included seven fours and one six before he was caught by Zia-ul-Haq off the bowling of Noor-ul-Haq.
Sibanda got support from Regis Chakabva who made 46 and Timycen Maruma 40.
Zimbabwe A bowler Mufudza was adjudged player of the match for his four-for effort with the ball.
West Indies Under-19s – 226 for 9 in 50 overs (Shamar Springer 61, Tevin Imlach 31; Rugare Magarira 3/28; Wesley Madhevere 2/48)
Zimbabwe Under-19s – 224 in 49 overs (Shaun Snyder 52, Adam Keefe 43; Alzarri Joseph 4/30, Shamar Springer 2/6)
West Indies Under-19s won by two runs.
Zimbabwe’s bid for a quarterfinal berth at the 2016 International Cricket Council Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh was dashed in the most cruel manner when they lost their last wicket through a run-out that gave West Indies a two-run win and a place in the next round.
Needing three runs off the final over to win this Group C decider played yesterday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city of Chittagong, Zimbabwe were instead left shattered after Keemo Paul effected a “mankad” to dismiss non-striker Richard Ngarava, who had his bat on the line, and literally steal the match for the Caribbean youngsters.
While it is viewed as not in the spirit of the game, a mankad however remains a legal dismissal where a bowler runs out a non-striker who has strayed outside his crease after the bowler has started his run-up but before entering his delivery stride.
Thanks to the controversy, the remarkable manner in which Stephen Mangongo’s charges fought for a victory will now be relegated to a footnote.
Chasing 227 runs to win, opener Shaun Snyder led from the front with a 52 that steadied the innings after the early loss of Brendan Sly and Ryan Murray who both had their furniture rearranged for five and four respectively by fierce paceman Alzarri Joseph.
Zimbabwe continued with their composed fightback, with Jeremy Ives (37) and William Mashinge (23) making significant contributions with the bat, but a close decision marked the turning point of the match.
Needing 17 runs off 32 balls and with four wickets in hand, they were dealt a massive blow when Adam Keefe, on 43 and in charge, was given out leg before wicket when it appeared the ball would have easily missed the leg stump.
After Wesley Madhevere was dismissed for 21 to leave the innings at 217 for eight wickets and the match on a knife-edge, there was still hope Zimbabwe’s tail would take the side over the line and into the quarterfinals.
And they almost did it, but a wily Paul would not allow the last two batters standing to get three runs off the final over and seal what would have been an upset result: he effected the now infamous mankad that claimed Zimbabwe’s last wicket and in a second shattered a dream and bewildered and riled a sizeable number of the global cricket community.
Earlier, Rugare Magarira had starred with the ball, claiming three wickets for 28 to help restrict West Indies to 226 for nine in their 50 overs.
That brilliance, unfortunately, now has to be relegated to footnotes with the mankad run out grabbing all the headlines.
Zimbabwe A – 214 all out in 46 overs (Tinotenda Mutombodzi 67, Timycen Maruma 48; Abdullah Adil 4/25, Javed Ahmadi 3/41)
Afghanistan A – 218 for 5 in 43.1 overs (Najeeb Tarakai 126*, Imran Janat 43; Tapiwa Mufudza 2/54)
Afghanistan A won by 5 wickets with 41 balls remaining.
Afghanistan A have won their three-match one-day series against Zimbabwe A, after winning the second match to take a two-nil lead.
As they did in the second one-day match at the same venue, the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground outside the India capital New Delhi, on Saturday, Afghanistan A won the toss and chose to field.
This time they restricted Zimbabwe A to 214 runs in 46 overs, then successfully chased it to win by the same margin as the first time, five wickets. They made 217 runs for five wickets in 43.1 overs.
Sent in to bat, Zimbabwe A lost opener Brian Chari for 12 runs, number three Vusumuzi Sibanda for five and then the other opener, Regis Chakabva, for 12, to leave them 26 runs for three wickets in 8.1 overs.
Timycen Maruma and Tinotenda Mutombodzi then set about to rebuild the innings. The former went for a 59-ball 48 runs which included three fours and two sixes while the captain top-scored with 67 runs off 90 balls, which included five fours and one six, before he was caught by Sharafuddin Ashraf off the bowling of Javed Ahmadi, who finished with three wickets for 41 runs in 10 overs.
But it was Abdullah Adil who was the pick of the Afghanistan A bowlers. He claimed four wickets for 25 runs in seven overs.
The Afghanistan A chase was anchored by Jajeeb Tarakai with his player of the match award-winning 126 runs not out, which was crafted from 118 balls, 11 of them fours and five sixes.
Imran Janat chipped in with a 44-ball 43 runs before he fell to Tapiwa Mufudza, who also accounted for Afghanistan A’s third-best scorer Afsar Zazai (18), to finish with two wickets for 54 runs in 10 overs.
Donald Tiripano, Mutombodzi and John Nyumbu claimed one wicket each.
The third and final one-dayer between Afghanistan A and Zimbabwe A is on Wednesday, at the same venue in Greater Noida.