Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

In­dia thrash PNG by 10 wick­ets af­ter Roy’s fifer

- Press Trust of In­dia sportsdesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MOUNT MAUN­GANUI: Three-time cham­pi­ons In­dia stormed into the ICC U-19 World Cup quar­ter­fi­nals af­ter in­flict­ing a hu­mil­i­at­ing 10-wicket loss on min­nows Pa­pua New Guinea in a low-scor­ing group B clash here to­day.

Skip­per Prithvi Shaw slammed a stroke­ful fifty while spin­ner Anukul Roy claimed a maiden five-wicket haul to emerge as the ar­chi­tects of In­dia’s dom­i­nat­ing vic­tory.

Roy was the wrecker-in-chief as he ran through the op­po­si­tion, re­turn­ing with im­pres­sive fig­ures of 6.5-2-14-5 af­ter skip­per Shaw won the toss and elected to field first un­der over­cast con­di­tions.

PNG, who last ap­peared in the World Cup in 2014 in the United Arab Emi­rates, looked clue­less against In­dia’s bowl­ing unit and folded for 64 in 21.5 over, the tour­na­ment’s low­est score so far.

Ovia Sam (15), opener Si­mon Atai (13) and Si­naka Arua (12) were the no­table con­trib­u­tors for Pa­pua New Guinea, who had qual­i­fied for their eighth World Cup af­ter re­main­ing un­beaten in the East Asia Pa­cific Qual­i­fier in Samoa.

In­dia, who had in­flicted a 100run de­feat on for­mer cham­pi­ons Aus­tralian in their first match, then over­hauled the tar­get, reach­ing 67 for no loss in 8 overs, rid­ing on Shaw’s un­con­quered 39-ball 57.

Roy, who idolises In­dia spin­ner Ravindra Jadeja, said: “I thought there would not be much help in the pitch for bowlers so I de­cided to con­cen­trate on line and length.

“I got the de­sired re­sults and am thank­ful to the sup­port and guid­ance I re­ceived from the team man­age­ment.”

Ear­lier, in con­di­tions that aided swing and bounce, In­dian fast bowler Shivam Mavi picked up two wick­ets, while pace col­leagues Kam­lesh Na­garkoti and Ar­shdeep Singh snapped a scalp each.

In­dia will take on Zim­babwe next on Jan­uary 19 in their last pre­lim­i­nary clash.

Put into bat, Pa­pua New Guinea found the go­ing tough against a qual­ity bowl­ing unit and lost their first wicket when Shivam trapped Igo Mahuru in the third over.

The In­dian pacer then cleaned up first down Heagi Toua for a naught and Na­garkoti then ran out opener Atai in the next ball as PNG were re­duced to 26-3 in 7 overs.

Skip­per Vagi Karaho was then caught be­hind by Juyal off Ar­shdeep’s bowl­ing, while Arua too re­turned to the hut af­ter be­ing bowled by Roy as PNG lost half their side with 61 runs on the board in 15.2 overs.

Sam then be­came the next vic­tim of Roy, while Leke Morea sur­vived for three balls be­fore be­ing sent pack­ing by Na­garkoti in the next over as they slumped to 62 for 7.

Roy then moped up the tail, get­ting rid of James Tau (0), Ke­vau Tau (2) and Semo Kamea (0) to bring an end to PNG’s in­nings and mis­ery.

Chas­ing the tar­get, Shaw and Man­jot Kalra (9) hardly broke a sweat with the skip­per toy­ing with the op­po­si­tion bowlers.

Such was Shaw’s dom­i­nance that he scored 48 runs of his un­beaten 57 in bound­aries -- 12 fours in total. It was Shaw’s sec­ond half-cen­tury of the tour­na­ment.

None of the bowlers could trou­ble Shaw as he slapped and pulled the length balls to the square bound­aries on ei­ther side and brought up the win­ning runs with suc­ces­sive bound­aries. Brief scores Pa­pua New Guinea (64 all out in 21.5 overs: Sam 15, Atai 13; Roy 5/14) lost to In­dia (65/0 in 8 overs: Shaw 57*) by 10 wick­ets.

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GETTY IM­AGES In­dia U­19 spin­ner Anukul Roy.
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