Dubai: A fine all-round show from Kyle Mayers helped West Indies record a stunning four-wicket win over two-time champions India on the second day of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup at Tony Ireland Stadium in Queensland, Australia.
Mayers, who hogged the limelight at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in April last year through a splendid unbeaten knock of 98 to ensure a series win for West Indies Under-19 team over Australia Under-19 team, made 43 runs and took two wickets.
India were restricted to 166 for 8 and West Indies reached the target in 47.1 overs, losing six wickets.
It should be noted that West Indies had arrived in Australia much before the Under-19 World Cup and won four warm-up games with their strong batting line-up and effective pace attack.
Against India, they bowled tightly despite wicketkeeper-batsman Smit Patel’s fighting knock of 51 runs off 99 balls with five boundaries. Paceman Ronsford Beaton was the most successful West Indies bowler with figures of 10-1-33-3.
India fast bowler Sandeep Sharma took the early wickets of West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Sunil Ambris, but John Campbell (36) and Anthony Alleyne (52) put the West Indies back on the road to victory with a 58-run third-wicket partnership.
For the fifth wicket, Alleyne and Kyle Mayers (43) put on another 58 runs after the West Indies had slipped from 71 for two to 75 for four.
In other matches, Bangladesh, who had got off to a winning start beating Sri Lanka on the first day, crashed to 133-run defeat to South Africa.
Meanwhile, New Zealand got the better of qualifiers Scotland by 39 runs, and England bounced back from their opening day defeat to Australia to beat Ireland by seven wickets .
England bt Ireland by 7 wkts. Ireland 109 in 42.2 overs (Tyrone Kane 28, George Dockrell 26; Reece Topley 3 for 14) England 113 for 3 in 36.2 overs (Ben Foakes 32, Aneesh Kapil 31n.o, Craig Overturn 26n,o). Player of the match: Reece Topley.
New Zealand bt Scotland by 39 runs. New Zealand 247 for 9 in 50 overs (Will Young 115, Robert O’Donnell 50; Ruaidhri Smith 3 for 34, Aman Bailwal 2 for 53, Patrick Sadler 2 for 55)
Scotland 208 in 46.5 overs (Freddie Coleman 65, Ross McLean 36; Connor Neynens 3 for 24, Ish Sodhi 3 for 35, Henry Walsh 2 for 51) Player of the match: Will Young.
West Indies bt India by 4 wkts. India 166 for 8 in 50 overs (Smit Patel 51, Vijay Zol 26, Unmukt Chand 22; Ronsford Beaton 3 for 33, Jerome Jones 2 for 23, Kyle Mayers 2 for 35) West Indies 167 for 6 in 47.1 overs (Anthony Alleyne 52, Kyle Mayers 43, John Campbell 36; Harmeet Singh 3 for 35, Sandeep Sharma 2 for 27. Player of the match: Kyle Mayers.
South Africa btt Bangladesh by 133 runs. South Africa 294 for 8 in 50 overs (Quinton de Kock 95, Thenuis de Bruyn 63, Murray Coetzee 29, Shaylin Pillay 27; Noor Hossain 3 for 44, Nasum Ahmed 3 for 45) Bangladesh 161 in 34.3 overs (Anamul Haque 39, Al-Amin 33, Nurul Hasan 27; Vincent Moore 3 for 44, Shaylin Pillay 2 for 4, Corne Dry 2 for 34) Player of the match: Quinton de Kock.