Hyderabad: After an emphatic victory over Srilanka in their opening game of the U-19 World Cup by 90 runs, India beat Japan in their second league game of the World Cup by 10 wickets at Bloemfontein on Tuesday.
It was the Indian Skipper Priyam Garg who won the toss and elected to bowl first against Japan who were playing their first World Cup game. India clearly looked to make a quick work of Japan’s inexperienced batting line-up in order to chase a small total.
The Japanese Batsmen had no clue of the proceedings whatsoever as threw away their wickets in a spree. None of the Japanese Batsmen crossed the 10-run mark as Leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi absolutely made a mockery of the Japanese Batsmen. He first struck two wickets in two balls and ended up with the figures of 8-3-5-4 ( 8 overs, 3 maidens, 5 runs for 4 wickets).
Shu Noguchi and Kento ota Dobell top-scored for Japan with 7 runs each as Japan were bowled out for 41 in 22.5 overs.
India had a mere target of 42 to chase in their 50 overs as openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Kumar Kushagra wasted no time in scoring the 42 runs.
They wrapped up the innings within 5 overs to win a one-sided game by 10 wickets and go on top of the points table with 4 points. They now have an excellent net run rate of 3.7. Leggie Ravi Bishnoi was adjudged the Man of the Match for his wonderful bowling figures of 4-5 in 8 overs.
Speaking of Japan, this World cup will be a great learning experience for them as they qualified to the World cup by winning the regional qualifiers.
The final of the regional qualifier did not take place as ten players of Papua New Guinea, their opponents in the final, faced an extended ban after being caught shoplifting in Japan