India hammered minnows Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets in their second match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand to breeze through to the quarter final stage of the tournament. India also recorded a comprehensive win in their curtain raiser match against Australia, beating them by a comfortable margin of 100 runs.
Having won the toss against Papua New Guinea (PNG), captain Prithvi Shaw asked the minnows to bat first in overcast conditions. His decision was well backed up his bowlers as they bowled PNG out for a paltry total of 64 runs inside 22 overs, also the tournament’s lowest score so far.
Left-arm spinner Anukul Sudhakar Roy was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 5 wickets to dismantle the opposition. India made extremely short work of the run chase and reached their target in a mere 8 overs with skipper Prithvi Shaw smashing a 39-ball 57 to take his team home and into the quarter finals of the global event.
It was Shaw’s second consecutive half-century of the tournament, while Anukul Roy recorded his maiden five-wicket haul in youth ODIs. India will now face Zimbabwe in their next group game on Friday (January 19).
It must be kept in mind that India came into the tournament as heavy favourites and they have displayed just the kind of cricket that will make them even more fearsome going forward in the World Cup. With Rahul Dravid as their coach and a young prodigy who is already drawing comparisons with the great Sachin Tendulkar as their captain, India have all bases covered and it will something exceptional from the opposition to beat them.