Kishan, Bhui help Indian U-19 to massive win

Savar (Bangladesh), Jan 23 (IANS) Captain Ishan Kishan and Ricky Bhui struck centuries as India thrashed minnows Canada by 372 runs in a warm-up match ahead of the International Cricket Council (ICC) U-19 World Cup here on Saturday.

Kishan smashed 138 off 86 balls with 16 boundaries and seven sixes while Bhui struck 115 off 71 balls. Sarfaraz Khan hit a 36-ball 48 as three-time champions India piled on a mammoth 483/5 after electing to bat first. All three retired to give the other Indian batsmen some valuable match practice ahead of the main tournament which starts on January 27.

Canada folded up for just 113 runs in 31.1 overs as leg-spinner Mahipal Lomror claimed figures of 3/19.

In other warm-up matches on Saturday, 1998 winners England and two-time champions Pakistan also flexed their batting firepower to defeat their respective opponents. There were also wins for Afghanistan and hosts 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 returned figures of 5/10 in eight overs to steer his side to a comfortable 155-run win over Namibia at the M.A. Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.

England made 307/7 after being asked to 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 291/7 against Nepal with opener Zeeshan Malik making 83 and Umair Masood chipping in with a 36-ball 59. Nepal replied with 181/9 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 win over New Zealand, whose 204/8 after being sent in to bat revolved around captain Josh Finnie’s 54. Sri Lanka surpassed the target in 36.1 overs.

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