Indian colts have made it through to their fourth semi-final of the ICC U19 World Cup 2022 after they beat Bangladesh in the quarter-finals.
It was an up and down ride for India as they always didn’t have a fully fit playing XI available for them as many players got infected with Covid.
Let’s take a look at India’s journey from start to semi-finals.
Firstly, in the pool stage, India were grouped up with South Africa, Ireland, and Uganda.
Game 1: Outshined the Proteas by 45 runs
In their very first game of the tournament, India were up against the formidable South Africa at Providence Stadium, Guyana on the 15th of January.
After being put in to bat first, India got a rude shock as Aphiwe Mnyanda sent both openers back to the dugout under six overs.
That’s when captain Dhull and Rasheed slammed the South African bowlers as they put up a brilliant 71-run stand between them. After them, it was Kaushal Tambe who hit 35 runs.
Yash Dhull became the highest scorer in the match with 82 off 100 balls as India made 232 all out.
In the second innings, it was Rajvardhan Hangargekar who made in-roads into the South African lineup. But, Dewald Brevis scored a fifty before Vicky Ostwal (5/28) and Raj Bawa (4/47) decimated the Proteas side for 187 in 45.4 overs.
Covid wrecks havoc in the Indian camp
After this match, India came into the fearful grip of Covid as skipper Yash Dhull and four other Indian players tested positive. Because of this, BCCI had to make necessary arrangements.
Game 2: Edged past Ireland by 174 runs
A depleted Indian side were next up against Ireland and were being led by replacement skipper Nishant Sindhu.
The match was played at the Brian Lara Stadium, Trinidad.
The openers put up a clinical performance with Harnoor Singh (88) and Angkrish Raghuvanshi (79) as well as the middle-order giving useful runs towards the end and powered India to 307/5.
Ireland could not get anywhere near India’s score and got bundled up at 133 in just 39 overs.
Game 3: Registered highest ever win against Uganda
Raghuwanshi also joined the party and smashed 144 runs off 120 balls as India gave Uganda a humongous total of 405/5 to chase.
From Uganda, Pascal Murungi (34) was the only one who scored in double figures while the rest of the batters tumbled and they were wrapped up for just 79 runs.
Sindhu started with the ball taking 4/19.
Thus, India made it to the quarter-final of the tournament.
Yash Dhull and other players gain full recovery
It was a sigh of relief for India to get back their original skipper into action along with the four players. But unfortunately, Nishant Sindhu got caught in the Covid trap and was ruled out. Also, Vasu Vats had to be sidelined from the entire tournament due to a hamstring injury.
Quarter-final game: India trounce Bangladesh
India gave a solid performance with the ball as Ravi Kumar and Kaushal Tambe dismantled the Bangladesh batters.
But some quick scoring was done by SM Meherob (30) and Ashiqur Zaman (16) who took their score past 100. But the Bangladesh team couldn’t capitalize further and was all out on 111 in 37.1 overs.
Although the chase seemed like an easy one for India, they still had many hurdles to cross.
They lost Harnoor Singh quickly but Raghuvanshi and Rasheed put up a 70-run partnership. Bangladesh’s Ripon Mondal took four wickets to put his team back in the game but Dhull and Tambe gave India a comfortable five-wicket win.
India will now face Australia in the semi-finals.
The Aussies have beaten Pakistan in the quarter-finals.
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