India breezed into the ICC U-19 World Cup quarter-finals after hammering minnows Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets in a low-scoring group B clash at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday. Skipper Prithvi Shaw slammed a strokeful half-century (57*) while left-arm spinner Anukul Roy (5/14) claimed a maiden five-wicket haul.
Roy emerged as the wrecker-in-chief for India as he run through the opposition after skipper Shaw won the toss and elected to field first under overcast conditions. Ovia Sam (15) and opener Simon Atai (13) were the top-scorers as Papua New Guinea folded for a paltry 64 in 21.5 overs, the tournament’s lowest score so far.
India overhauled the target in just eight overs, riding on Shaw’s 39-ball 57 which was studded with 12 boundaries. It was Shaw’s second half-century of the tournament, while Roy picked his maiden five-wicket haul in youth ODIs. In conditions that aided swing and bounce, India fast bowler Shivam Mavi picked up two wickets, while Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Arshdeep Singh snapped one wicket each. India will take on Zimbabwe next on January 19.
Papua New Guinea 64 in 21.5 overs (Ovia Sam 15; Anukul Roy 5/14, Shivam Mavi 2/16) lost to India 67/0 in 8 overs (Prithvi Shaw 57).