Raj Bawa scored 162 vs Uganda and remained unbeaten.© Twitter
Centuries by Raj Bawa and Angkrish Raghuvanshi were backed up by a dominant bowling performance as India thrashed Uganda by 326 runs in their final Group B game of the ongoing ICC Men’s U19 World Cup at the Brian Lara Stadium. With this win, India topped Group B and the side will now play in their quarterfinal clash on January 29. Chasing 405, Uganda kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and in the end, the side was bowled out for 79 inside 20 overs. For India, stand-in skipper Nishant Sindhu returned with four wickets.
Earlier, Raj Bawa and Angkrish Raghuvanshi played knocks of 162 and 144 respectively as India posted 405/5 in the allotted fifty overs. Both batters shared a 206-run stand for the third wicket to pile on the misery on Uganda bowlers.
In the end, Dinesh Bana and Aneeshwar Gautam also played cameos of 22 and 12 to help India post a score of more than the 400-run mark.
Bawa now holds the record of the highest individual score by an Indian batter in the U-19 World Cup. Earlier, the record was held by Shikhar Dhawan who scored 155 runs in the 2004 edition of the tournament against Kenya.
Bawa was well supported by Angkrish Raghuvanshi who returned after adding 144 runs to his name. The duo added 206 runs for the third wicket against Uganda. This is also the second time that the Indian team scored more than 400 runs in an innings. India’s 405-run total is the highest by any team at this edition of the U-19 World Cup.
The highest score by Indian side in the Under 19 World Cup is 425 that came in the very same match in 2004 where Dhawan scored 155.
India have already booked their spot in the quarterfinals and after winning this clash, they finish the group stage as the table-toppers.
Brief Scores: India 405/5 (Raj Bawa 162, Angkrish Raghuvanshi 144; Pascal Murungi 3-72); Uganda 79 all out (Pascal Murungi 34, Ronald Opio 11; Nishant Sindhu 4-19).
(With ANI inputs)
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