Abu Dhabi: West Indies put their opening match debacle behind them to clinch their first win in the group C match of the U-19 World Cup, beating Zimbabwe by 167 runs at the Shaikh Zayed Cricket Stadium here on Sunday.
The Windies witnessed a batting collapse in their opener against South Africa, which they lost by 94 runs, where Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s son Tagenarine was back in the dugout without facing a ball after being run out.
However, the southpaw was on a mission on Sunday and carried his bat all through their innings to post an unbeaten 83 off 135 deliveries.
Opener Shimron Hetmyer also improvised well from the start and scored an impressive 49 off 74 deliveries. No 4 batsman Jonathan Drakes also contributed with a 51-ball 50 as the Windies posted 275 for 6 after taking the first share of the crease.
“The wicket was okay but it took a while to get in. Later I scored a bit first,” said Chanderpaul Jr, adding, “The first match, I got run out and just tried to get some runs here. This knock will hopefully give me some confidence for the remaining part of the series.”
Chanderpaul feels he need not look further than his father for inspiration. “Yes, my father is my role model. I look up to him and try to model my game around him.”
Jerome Jones and Ray Jordan rocked Zimbabwe early with quick wickets and they just couldn’t recover after that.
Their scorecard wore a sorry picture with only two batsmen reaching the double figures. Kieran Geyle top scored with 45. Jordan and left-armer Preston McSween finished with three wickets apiece while Jones had two scalps against his name.
In another match played at the Oval 1, an unbeaten century (102 off 92 deliveries) and a four-wicket haul by Yaseen Valli allowed South Africa to beat a spirited Canada by 45 runs. This was South Africa’s second win in the tournament and they meet Zimbabwe in their last group match on Tuesday.
Kirwin Christoffels and Bradley Dial also came up with useful knocks of 57 and 47 runs, respectively as South Africa set Canada a daunting total of 293 to chase losing six wickets.
Canada’s top-order batsmen kept them in the game after openers Sudeepta Aurka (69) and Yug Rao (23) provided them with a good start. Aurka was also involved in a 101-run partnership for the second wicket with Nitish Kumar (53).
However, every time a partnership started to blossom, Valli would step up and get the breakthrough. Canada were still in the game after 41 overs with the scores reading 204 for 4. They then lost a couple of wickets and eventually could only manage 248 for 8 in 50 overs.
West Indies Under-19: 275 for 6 in 50 overs (Tagenarine Chanderpaul 84 n.o, Jonathan Drakes 50, Shimron Hetmyer 49, Nicolas Pooran 27, Malcolm Lake 2-43) beat Zimbabwe Under-19: 108 all out in 39.4 overs (Kieran Geyle 45 n.o, Preston McSween 3-14, Ray Jordan 3-32, Jerome Jones 2-13) by 167 runs.
Man of the Match: Tagenaraine Chanderpaul (West Indies).
South Africa Under-19: 293 for 6 in 50 overs (Yaseen Valli 102 n.o, Kirwin Christoffels 57, Bradley Dial 47, Aiden Markram 31, Nikhil Dutta 3-54) beat Canada Under-19: 248 for 8 in 50 overs (Sudeepta Aurka 69, Nitish Kumar 53, Nikhil Dutta 35, Yaseen Valli 4-43, Sibonelo Makhanya 3-42) by 45 runs.
Man of the Match: Yaseen Valli (South Africa).