U19 World Cup: Australia crush Zim teens

The Zimbabwe Under-19 World Cup team suffered a crushing 7 wicket defeat at the hands of Australia in Lincoln on Wednesday.

By portBrief Reporter

The Australia Under-19s cruised to victory in their second match at the 2018 ICC Under 19 World Cup as they defeated Zimbabwe by seven wickets in Lincoln.

The young Chevrons were handed their first defeat of the campaign by a visibly stronger Australia after having won their first match against Papua New Guinea three days ago.

At the same time, the Aussies claimed their first win of the competition as they had lost their opening match to India. The Australians bounced back to bowl out Zimbabwe for 134 then chase down the total in the 19th over.

The meagre total was actually a better score for the Zimbabweans, having been 87/8 at one point before a somewhat spirited performance between Robert Chimhinya, who top-scored with 27, and Tinashe Nenhunzi helped them to 134.

The Aussie bowlers were in scintillating form with Xavier Bartlett, who named player of the match for his 3-20 off seven overs, the pick of the bowlers.

Will Sutherland (2-21) and Lloyd Pope (2-31) also claimed a brace of wickets, while Jonathan Merlo and Hadley claimed one wicket each.

In reply to the chase score, Jack Edwards got Australia off to a flyer with 40 runs from 20 balls, following on from a standout individual performance against India.

Fellow opener Max Bryant also had an impact with 44 off 27 deliveries, while captain Jason Sangha contributed 30 off 47 balls as Australia reached 135/3 to win the match.

Australia will now take on Papua New Guinea in their third group match on Friday, again in Lincoln while Zimbabwe will take on India tomorrow, needing to win and hope that Australia lose to the group’s whipping boys Papua New Guinea to have a chance reaching the quarter finals of the competitions.

Only the top two teams from each group go through to the quarter-final stages, with Australia currently second in Group B.

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