In a dazzling display of skill and determination, Musheer Khan’s magnificent 131 powered India to an imposing total of 295. The defending champions then dismantled New Zealand for a mere 81 runs, securing a resounding 214-run victory in the under-19 World Cup Super Sixes clash at Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Musheer’s remarkable innings, featuring 13 fours and three sixes, marked his second century in three matches. Alongside opener Adarsh Singh, he orchestrated a crucial 77-run partnership. Musheer’s resurgence after a challenging start to the tournament, with scores of 118 and 73 in the previous matches, showcased his stellar form.
Acknowledging the team’s collective effort, Musheer emphasized the importance of sustaining their momentum in upcoming matches. The slow pitch and the bowlers’ excellent form contributed to India’s success, with a total of 295/8 setting a challenging target for New Zealand.
Raj Limbani’s early breakthroughs and Saumy Pandey’s disciplined left-arm spin further crippled New Zealand’s pursuit. Pandey’s impressive figures of 4/19, including three bowled or LBW dismissals, highlighted his exceptional performance throughout the tournament.
As New Zealand faltered, captain Uday Saharan praised Limbani’s impactful bowling and expressed familiarity with the challenges posed by spinners, having faced a similar scenario against Ireland earlier. With eyes set on the next match against Nepal, India is poised to continue their stellar run in the under-19 World Cup.