ICC U-19 World Cup 2022: Australia and Sri Lanka kick off their campaign on a winning note

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Source: PTI | Updated: Jan 15, 2022, 11:30 a.m. IST

Australia and Sri Lanka scored their first U-19 World Cup points after registering comfortable victories over West Indies and Scotland, respectively, on Matchday 1 in Guyana.

As Australia secured a six-wicket win over West Indies, Sri Lanka beat Scotland by 40 runs in two Group D matches on Friday.

A disciplined Australian bowling unit first knocked out hosts West Indies for a paltry 169 then came back to revise the target, scoring 170 for four from 44.5 overs with Teague Wyllie hitting an 86-129, studded eight hits at the fence.

For WI, skipper Ackeem Auguste had the best score with a 57 from 67 balls.

In the other game, Sri Lanka, opting to bat, were all out for 218 in 45.2 overs but their bowling unit led by Dunith Wellalage (5/27) seized the opportunity to group Scotland together for 178 with 8 balls to spare.

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Going to bat after winning the toss, West Indies got off to a disastrous start as they found themselves shocked 12-for-three in the sixth at Providence Stadium, with pacer Tom Whitney and leg spinner William Salzmann doing the damage.

Auguste joined wicketkeeper Rivaldo Clarke (37 from 42 balls) in the middle and the two assembled a 95-run partnership for the fourth wicket, stabilizing innings in the process.

However, the home side suffered another collapse following Clarke’s dismissal by Indian-born spinner Nivethan Radhakrishnan (3/48) in the 22nd.

Radhakrishnan hit two more shots, dismissing Anderson Mahase and Johann Layne in quick succession to leave the West Indies at 131 for eight in just 32nd.

Cooper Connolly, who leads the Australian side in the age group tournament, also took three wickets, including Augustus’, after which the hosts struggled to recover.

Opening Australian bowling, Whitney also returned impressive figures of 3/20 in 8.1 overs.

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Batting at number nine, McKenny Clarke hit 29 of 35, with help from three sixes and two fours to stretch the innings and add some valuable runs to the West Indies total.

In response, Australia lost Corey Miller for nothing but opening partner Wyllie anchored the chase with an unbeaten fifty in charge.

Wyllie forged a 53-point partnership with skipper Cooper Connolly (23) after first down Isaac Higgins (9) was also sent off at 8th.

After Connolly was cleared by Onaje Amory in the 18th, Wyllie added a further 75 points with Nivethan Radhakrishnan (31) to keep Australia in the chase.

Matthew Nandu got rid of Radhakrishnan in the 39th but by then it was too late as Wyllie along with Campbell Kellaway (10) brought them home.

In the day’s other match at the Everest Cricket Club Ground in Georgetown, Scotland beat Sri Lanka for 218 from 45.2 overs.

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With an 84 run-a-ball, Sakuna Nidarshana Liyanage became Sri Lanka’s top scorer, while Chamindu Wickramasinghe (28) and Sadisha Rajapaksa (24) made starts but couldn’t take advantage.

In order, Raveen de Silva contributed 30 out of 50 balls.

For Scotland, Sean Fischer Keogh was the most successful bowler with figures of 3/56 while there were two wickets each for Jack Jarvis and Oliver Davidson.

Chasing the aggregate, the Scottish batters made starts but were unable to capitalize on them with Wellalage emerging as the chief demolisher with his five-wicket haul.

Skipper Wellalage broke five for 27, while Shevon Daniel (2/16) and Wanuja Sahan (1/33) and Matheesha Pathirana (1/28) were the other wicket takers.

Jack Jarvis kept Scotland in the running with his 61 ball 55 but they lacked partnerships.

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