Uninspiring start for West Indies at ICC U-19 World Cup

WI cricketer Matthew Nandu
West Indies cricketer Matthew Nandu

West Indies got off to an uninspiring start at the ICC Under-19 World Cup as they did not look the part in their first warm-up match against India on January 9 at the Guyana National Stadium.

India piled up 278 for six off their 50 overs behind half-centuries from Nishant Sindhu (78 not out) and captain Yash Dhull (52) a tally proved too much for the host team.

West Indies in reply

West Indies in reply could only muster 170 off 43 overs to go down by 108 runs despite a half century from opener Matthew Nandu 52 off 101 deliveries.

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Nandu, who counted five fours, put on 30 for the first wicket with Shaqkere Parris (8) and another 30 for the third wicket with Jordan Johnson (10) before West Indies Under-19s collapsed from 65 for two in the 18th over – losing their next seven wickets for 74 runs in a dramatic slide.

Number 10 Johann Layne, better known for his fast bowling, then counter-attacked, however, smashing three fours and two sixes in 33 off 25 balls, which inspired a 31-run last wicket stand with Mckenny Clarke (five not out).

Off-spinners Manav Parakh (3-34) and Kaushal Tambe (3-30) both snatched three wickets apiece while fast bowler Garv Anil Sangwan (2-18) and left-arm spinner Aneeshwar Gautam (2-37) ended with two wickets each.

India at the crease

India had earlier recovered from a poor start when they slumped to 18 for two in the seventh over, to rebuild through Dhull, who punched half-dozen fours and two sixes from 67 balls and Nishant, who faced 76 deliveries and hit seven fours and three sixes.

Aradhya Yadav produced a cameo at number five, smashing four and five sixes off 40 balls.

West Indies Under-19s will face South Africa Under-19s in their final warm-up on January 12.