In­dia lose to Bangladesh

Knocked Out of U-19 Asia Cup

The Hitavada - - SPORTS -

ENG­LAND cap­tain Joe Root on Tues­day told Aus­tralia to “bring it on”, vow­ing to fight fire with fire as his team ex­pect a hos­tile re­cep­tion at next week’s first Ashes Test in Bris­bane.

Root said he was un­fazed by talk that Aus­tralia would tar­get him as he pre­pared for the first of five Ashes Tests at the Gabba and said his side will be hit­ting back hard.

“From our point of view, we’ll be tar­get­ing ev­ery sin­gle one of them (the Australians),” the 26year-old told re­porters ahead of a sec­ond four-day warm-up match against the Cricket Aus­tralia XI in Townsville.

“Bring it on. It’s what it’s about. You want that com­pet­i­tive el­e­ment to it and there are lit­tle in­house ri­val­ries if you like.

“It should be a great se­ries and they’ve got some great play­ers within their squad and some good char­ac­ters as well... They’ve got a lot of qual­ity in their at­tack but we’ve got a lot of qual­ity in our team as well.”

Root said he ex­pected a “hos­tile... Very loud and rowdy at­mos­phere” in Bris­bane, but said Eng­land were work­ing hard to be “ab­so­lutely ready” for the first game.

One key con­cern is a lack of big runs for Eng­land’s top or­der in the warm-up games so far, with no bats­man go­ing on to score a cen­tury de­spite most get­ting good starts, and a lack of runs for for­mer cap­tain Alas­tair Cook.

“I still think that this game, that’s one of the things we re­ally want to get out of it, is guys go­ing on and mak­ing big hun­dreds,” Root said. DE­FEND­ING cham­pi­ons In­dia were knocked out of the U-19 Asia Cup after suf­fer­ing a shock­ing eight-wicket de­feat at the hands of Bangladesh here on Tues­day.

This was In­dia’s sec­ond loss in three days, hav­ing be­ing stunned by Nepal in the first match.

Bangladesh emerged vic­to­ri­ous after they chased down the tar­get of 188 with eight wick­ets and four overs to spare.

The de­feat meant Bangladesh and Nepal, from Group A, will join Pak­istan and Afghanistan re­spec­tively in the semi-fi­nals.

Rainy con­di­tions had re­duced the match at the Royal Se­lan­gor Club, In­dia’s third venue in three games, to 32 overs a side.

Bangladesh, who elected to field, picked up wick­ets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals and re­duced In­dia to 85 for four at the half­way mark.

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