The 2020 edition of the U19 World Cup is set to begin in South Africa from January 17. The 16 teams taking part in the tournament have been split into four groups. While the top two teams advance to the Super League, the bottom two will play the Plate League.
Team India, led by Priyam Garg, will enter into the competition as the defending champions.
The 2nd match of the 2020 ICC Under-19s World Cup in Group C will be played between Bangladesh Under-19s and Zimbabwe Under-19s at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (1:30 PM IST) (8:00 AM GMT). This game can be viewed on Star Sports 3 in India. Live streaming available on Hotstar.
Bangladesh U19 and Zimbabwe U19 will get their campaign underway in the ongoing Under-19 World Cup which commenced on Friday. The Asian side is coming into the tournament with some good form in the recent matches. In the warm-up matches, they held Australia to a tie defending 250 but then lost to New Zealand in the second game. However, that isn’t likely to affect the morale of the team.
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, has been impressive as well. They fought well in the recent quadrangular series also involving India, South Africa, and New Zealand. Rather they also defeated the Kiwi colts in the third-place playoff game and had defeated the Proteas as well earlier in the tournament. In the warm-ups, they scored 272 runs against India chasing 296 and the game prior to it was washed out.
Both sides would be eager to start their World Cup campaign with a victory. As of now, Bangladesh look the favorites but Zimbabwe has the ability to stun their opponents.
Groups for the 2020 U19 World Cup
- Group A: India, Japan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka
- Group B: Australia, England, Nigeria, West Indies
- Group C: Bangladesh, Pakistan, Scotland, Zimbabwe
- Group D: Afghanistan, Canada, South Africa, United Arab Emirates
Fixtures for the 2020 U19 World Cup
Jan 17, Fri
South Africa U19 vs Afghanistan U19, 1st Match, Group D
Diamond Oval, Kimberley
It is expected to be cloudy throughout the day in Potchefstroom on Saturday. There are also chances of rain with thunderstorms at 12 PM and 4 PM local time and the game is likely to be interrupted. DLS method might come into play in that case and the teams will have to be careful of that aspect.
The Senwes Park in Potchefstroom is known to be a decent batting track. However, the overhead conditions will play a huge part early on in the game as well. If the conditions are cloudy, the teams are expected to bowl first and make early inroads.
Average first innings score: 265 (In three Youth ODIs since 2017)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 2; Lost – 1
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Tanzi Hasan, Parvez Hossain Emon, Mahmudul Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Shahadat Hossain, Akbar Ali (C & WK), Shamim Hossain, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Rakibul Hasan/Shahin Alam, Tanzim Hasan, Shoriful Islam.
Bench – Prantik Nawrose Nabil, Avishek Das, Rakibul Hasan/Shahin Alam, Hasan Murad
Wesley Madhevere, Emmanuel Bawa, Milton Shumba, Dion Myers (C), Tadiwanashe Mawumani, Taurasi Tugwete, Dane Schadendorf (WK), Nkosilathi Nungu, Dylan Grant, Tadiwanashe Nyangani, Privilege Chesa.
Bench – Gareth Chirawu, Ahmed Rameez Ebrahim, Luke Oldknow, Samuel Rawisi, Sakhumuzi Ndlela
Towhid Hridoy is always a treat to watch while batting. He bats at four mostly and can surprise the opponent with his bowling as well. He also scored 36 and 53 runs with the bat in the two warm-up games and is looking in good form. Even the Bangladesh U19 skipper Akbar Ali is a decent batsman while Parvez Hossain can be picked as well. With the ball, Mrittunjoy and Shoriful will be key and should be picked in the Dream11 Fantasy team.
For Zimbabwe, their skipper Dion Myers was their top run-getter in the quadrangular series with 179 in four innings at an average of 44.75 while Madhevere and Shumba also fared fine. Rather Shumba and Madhevere bowl well too apart from batting in the top four for their team. They picked 7 wickets each in the recent series and should be picked in Dream11 Fantasy side.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Towhid Hridoy, Dion Mayers, Tanzid Hasan
Vice-Captain – Milton Shumba, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Dane Schadendorf (WK)
Batters – Towhid Hridoy (C), Mahmudul Hasan Joy (VC), Tanzid Hasan, Milton Shumba
All-Rounders – Shamim Hossain, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Dion Mayers
Bowlers – Shahadat Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Tadiwanashe Nyangani