ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup Bangladesh 2004 |
Warming up in style
It was time to get the limbs moving as participating countries took the field for practice games around the country yesterday before the business got serious with the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup matches starting on Sunday.
While there was a countrywide day-long strike called by the main opposition party Awami League in progress, the practice games passed off without any untoward incident under heavy security cover.
Top favourites Australia and their possible challengers to the throne India, South Africa, England and the West Indies all had comfortable wins over their locally assembled opponents. However, the young trainees of the country's premier sports institute Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) stunned New Zealand, who many believe are one of the contenders for the championship.
Hosts Bangladesh also made short work of their opposition a Narayanganj District Sports Association (NDSA) selection.
DHAKA ZONE WARM-UPS
The four Group C teams were all in action.
India, boasting a number of Ranji Tophy regulars, showed their batting depth by overhauling Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) Green by four wickets at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).
Shahriar Nafis, a member of the Bangladesh under 19 side that played in the four-nation Asian youth tourney late last year, cracked 101 in CCDM Green's 217. But the charges of ex-Indian star Robin Singh had little trouble chasing as they reached their target of 218 with 12.3 overs of the stipulated 50 to spare losing just six wickets along the way. Number four Suresh Raina hammered a 45-ball 55 while skipper Dinesh Kartik made a run-a-ball 48.
At the Fatullah Stadium, Bangladesh U-19s blazed past NDSA by 155 runs.
Opener Nafees Iqbal (72 off 81 deliveries) and Abul Bashar (72 off 73) laid the foundation while all-rounder Nadif Chowdhury blasted 59 from 54 deliveries with three sixes as the junior Tigers reached 272 for nine.
The NDSA were never in contention and were dismissed for 117 in 40.4 overs with left-arm spinner Enamul Haque Jr. and Naeem Islam equally sharing six wickets.
New Zealand were rattled by the BKSP side at the institute's ground.
After skittling the New Zealanders for 179 in 45.3 overs, the BKSP skipper Ashraful Islam led from the front with an unbeaten 76 as his side toppled the score in 34.5 overs.
Scotland took on CCDM Red at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium and were all out for 129 in 35.5 overs. The Red side got there in 28.1 overs for the loss of six wickets.
CHITTAGONG ZONE WARM-UPS
England skipper Alastair Cook and his opening partner Ravinder Bopara saw their team to a massive 10-wicket win against the Chittagong Divisional Team 'B' in at the MA Aziz Stadium.
Cook scored 69 while and Bopara 34 as they promptly knocked over the 134 for victory.
South Africa, overcame Chittagong Divisional Team 'A' by 28 runs at the port city's new venue Chittagong Divisional Stadium.
South Africa made 218 on winning the toss with captain Divan Van Wyk’s 77 being the top score. The local side gave it their best shot before losing their last wicket for 190 in the 48th over.
Nepal outplayed Chittagong District Team 'A' by six wickets at the Dampara Police Lines ground after surpassing their opponents’ 178 in 47.4 over. Munik Shrestha scored the highest 86.
RAJSHAHI ZONE WARM-UPS
Australia thumped Rajshahi District U-19 side by 131 runs. The tournament favourites amassed 306 for six with Theo Doropoulos hammering 106 with 12 fours and three sixes. The home team were dismissed for 175 in 42.3 overs at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium.
At the Rajshahi Stadium, Canada were handed a seven wicket defeat by the Rajshahi Mayor's U-19 selection. Canada were all out for 100 in 32.2 overs which the Mayor's XI easily sailed past in 18.2 overs.
KHULNA ZONE WARM-UPS
The West Indies recorded the day's biggest win. After making 333, the men from the Caribbeans shot out Khulna Divisional Sports Association for 149 at the newly renamed Bir Shrestha Matiur Rahman Stadium.
Minnows Papua New Guinea lost by the barest of margins against Khulna District Sports Association XI who overtook the 128 required for victory losing nine wickets at the Khulna Stadium