Figy John's unbeaten century and skipper Aryan Lakra's all-round show helped UAE get off to a thumping start as they comprehensively beat Canada by eight wickets in Bloemfontein. Opting to field first, UAE restricted Canada to just 231 for 8 from their allotted overs. Opener Mihir Patel led the charge for Canada, scoring a brisk 90 even as batsmen fell around him. Muhammad Kamal (31) and skipper Ashtan Deosammy's (23) late resistence pushed the total past 200 but that didn't prove enough in front of UAE's top-four. John, the one-drop batsman, put on 149-run second wicket stand with the skipper to put the chase back on track after an early setback. Lakra fell on 66, after claiming two wickets earlier in the day, but John completed his century in the company of Ansh Tondon as the duo put on 49-run partnership in quick time to poish off the target inside 39 overs.
Brief scores: Canada U19 231/8 (Mihir Patel 90; Sanchit Sharma 3-42) lost to UAE 232/2 in 38.4 overs (Figy John 102*, Aryan Lakra 66; Ashtan Deosammy 1-42) by 8 wickets.
Australia U19 vs West Indies U19, Kimberley
West Indies registered their first win in eight attempts over Australia in U19 World Cups. In a low-scoring rain-affected match that was reduced to 49 overs per side, West Indies tracked down the modest 180-run target with four overs to spare en route to a three-wicket win, with Nyeem Young's 61 off 69 balls being the standout.
Australia, earlier, got off to a rocky start themselves, losing two in the powerplay and four inside 13.1 overs but Jake Fraser-McGurk's 84 helped put on a 91-run stand for the fifth wicket with Patrick Rowe (40). All that counted for little though when the side lost their last six wickets for 21 runs, getting bowled out for 179 in 35.5 ov ers. Matthew Forde collected figures of 3/34 and Jayden Seales 4/49.
Chasing, West Indies struggled for momentum in the small run-chase, losing wickets at crucial times. Tanveer Sangha picked 4/30 and had West Indies reel at 92/5 but a mature hand from Young stabilized the innings. A 78-run stand for the sixth wicket with Matthew Forde helped set up the win. Cricket Prediction
Brief Scores: Australia 179 in 35.5 overs (Jake Fraser-McGurk 84; Jayden Seales 4/49) lost to West Indies 180/7 in 46 overs (Nyeem Young 61; Tanveer Sangha 4-30) by 3 wickets.
Bangladesh U19 vs Zimbabwe U19, Potchefstroom
In another rain-affected game, Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in a roaring start to their campaign. Zimbabwe's innings, which was punctuated by regular strikes and had a top-score of 31 by Tadiwanashe Marumani, was capped at 137/6 in 28.1 overs following a lengthy delay. The target for Bangladesh was revised to 130 in 22 overs, which the Asian nation chased down with relative ease with 10.4 overs to spare.
In a belligerent start to the run-chase, Bangladesh were 41/0 after two overs, thanks to Tanzid Hasan's 10-ball 32. His opening partner, Parvez Hossain Emon, remained not out on 58 off 33 and saw the chase through. In a supporting role was Mahmudul Hasan Joy, who made a mature 38 off 26 balls.
Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 137/6 in 28.1 overs (Tadiwanashe Marumani 31; Rakibul Hasan 1-19) lost to Bangladesh 132/1 in 11.2 overs (Parvez Hossain Emon 58*; Dion Myers 1-26) by 9 wickets (DLS).
New Zealand vs Japan, Potchefstroom
New Zealand and Japan shared a point each after persistent rain in Potchefstroom washed off their tournament opener on Saturday. Put into the bat first, New Zealand were cruising towards a strong total courtesy the century stand put on by openers Rhys Mariu (51) and Ollie White (80) who both hit brisk fifties. However, rain stopped play into the 29th over when New Zealand were on 195/2 and the game could not be resumed thereafter.