- India beat Ireland by 174 runs
- Harnoor, who played a blistering innings of 88 runs in this match, was awarded the Man of the Match award.
- India had given Ireland a target of 308 runs, in front of which their entire team was bundled out for 133 runs.
India beat Ireland by 174 runs in the 15th match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2022. With this win, Team India has confirmed its place in the Super League quarter-finals. Batting first, Team India had set a target of 308 runs in front of Ireland. For India, Harnoor scored 88 and Raghuvanshi scored 79 runs. Chasing the target given by India, the entire team of Ireland was reduced to 133 runs. Kaushal Tambe, Anivesh Gautam and Garv Sangwan took 2 wickets each for India.
Chasing the target, Ireland started very poorly. On the last ball of the fourth over, Ravi Kumar gave India the first breakthrough by dismissing Liam Doherty for a personal score of 7. In the very next over, Rajvardhan Hangargekar dismissed Jack Dixon LBW for 0. Ireland were yet to recover from these setbacks that opener David Vincent was run out in an attempt to steal a run. In this way Ireland had lost their three wickets for just 17 runs in 7 overs.
After the initial blows, captain Tim Tector (15), Joshua Cox (28) and Scott Macbeth (32) tried to handle Ireland’s innings but they did not last long in front of the Indian batsmen. India bundled out the entire Ireland team with 66 balls to spare.
Earlier, opting to bat after losing the toss, Team India had scored 307 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Raghuvanshi (79) and Harnoor (88) put on 164 runs for the first wicket to give India a modest start. After the dismissal of both the openers, captain Nishant (36) and Raj Bawa (42) took over the team with a half-century partnership. In the end, Rajvardhan Hangargekar’s unbeaten innings of 39 runs off 17 balls with the help of 1 four and 5 high-rise sixes helped the team to cross 300.
Before the match against Ireland, Indian team captain Yash Dhul and vice-captain Sheikh Rashid, besides four other players were found to be Kovid-19 positive. Thankfully the team could land in the playing XI. Nishant Sindhu captained the team as Dhul was out.
India’s next match is Uganda on January 22, it is expected that these players who have been hit by Kovid will not be able to take part in this match as well.
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