Kishan, Bhui guide India to easy win in U-19 World Cup warm-up

Captain Ishan Kishan and Ricky Bhui smashed unbeaten centuries as three-time champions India crushed Canada by 372 runs in their warm-up match of the U-19 World Cup here on Saturday.

Coached by batting great Rahul Dravid, the colts thrashed Canada’s hapless bowlers to score a mammoth 483 for five, riding on captain Ishan Kishan's innings of 138 from 86 balls with 16 fours and seven sixes.   -  PTI

Captain Ishan Kishan and Ricky Bhui smashed unbeaten centuries as three-time champions India crushed Canada by 372 runs in their warm-up match of the U-19 World Cup here on Saturday.

India, coached by batting great Rahul Dravid, thrashed Canada’s hapless bowlers to score a mammoth 483 for five.

Captain Ishan Kishan smashed 138 off 86 balls with 16 fours and seven sixes, while Ricky Bhui struck 115 off 71 balls.

Both players retired to allow others gain some batting practice in the middle ahead of the tournament beginning January 27.

Canada, in reply, folded up for just 113 in 31.1 overs as leg-spinner Mahipal Lomror claimed three wickets for 19 runs.

In other matches, 1998 winner England and two-time champions Pakistan flexed their batting firepower to win their warm-up matches.

There were also wins for Afghanistan and host Bangladesh, while Sri Lanka registered an impressive four-wicket win over New Zealand in a battle of equals.

England’s left-arm seamer Sam Curran grabbed five wickets for 10 runs in eight overs to steer his side to a comfortable 155-run win over Namibia at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.

England made 307 for seven after being sent into bat with openers Dan Lawrence (85) and Max Holden (81) sharing a first-wicket stand of 151 runs by the 28th over. Namibia was bowled out for 152 runs in reply, despite Lohan Louwrens making 44 and Charl Brits 57.

Pakistan scored 291 for seven against Nepal with opener Zeeshan Malik making 83 and Umair Masood chipping in with a 36-ball 59. Nepal replied with 181 for nine to lose by 110 runs. Sameen Gul, Shadab Khan and Arsal Sheikh took two wickets apiece.

Shammu Ashan hit 66 off 69 balls to steer Sri Lanka to a four-wicket win over New Zealand, whose 204 for eight after being sent in to bat revolved around captain Josh Finnie’s 54.

Sri Lanka surpassed the target in 36.1 overs.

Bangladesh piled up 284 for nine against Zimbabwe and restricted the rivals to 221 for seven to secure a 63-run win.

The home team’s Nazmul Hossain (102) and Zimbabwe’s Ryan Murray (123 not out) were the principal scorers. William Mashinge took five wickets in Bangladesh’s innings.

The 11th edition of the biennial 16-ation tournament features nine Test-laying nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members — Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland.