Nigeria Under-19s beat Zambia Under-19s by 128 runs ? Cricket news
In the ongoing ICC Africa Under-19s World Cup Qualifiers, Nigeria Under-19s won the 5th place play-off after beating Zambia Under-19s by 128 runs in the match that was played at Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Kampala.
Bimbo Adu?s majestic 57 was enough to help his side pile a decent score of 221 on the board which his side handsomely defended by restricting the opposition on a meagre 93 in 50 overs.
After winning the toss, Nigeria chose to bat first, but received an early blow when they lost opener Afeez Obisesan for two, with only four runs on the board. This was a major blow for the batting side, however, the second-wicket partnership between Daniel Ajeku and Daniel Gim halted the bowlers long enough to take the score to 38, before the former became the next batsman to find his way off the field after he was dismissed by Azhar Haveliwala with 17 runs to his name.
The partnership between Gim and Adu was impressive as the two batsmen led the side towards 51, before the former lost his wicket after scoring 11 runs.
Adu was then joined by Joseph Adedeji and the two batsmen continued the batting onslaught by hammering the bowlers all around the park. This batting pair played a key role in breaking the back of Zambia?s bowling attack.
After taking the score to 114, this partnership met its end on the wicket of Adedeji, who fell with 29 runs to his name.
Isaac Okpe was then the next man in, and together with Adu he forged a potent partnership. The two batsmen hammered their side towards 187 runs before Okpe finally lost his wicket after hitting an important half century.
Adu was then joined by Mojeed Adiamo and this pair steered the side towards 204 before Adu was dismissed after playing a very important knock. Later, for the loss of nine wickets, Nigeria managed to end the innings with enough runs on the board to give their opponents a run for their money.
Zambia Under-19s made a decent start with their openers crafting a stand of 37 runs, before Nigeria struck for the first time when Olakunle Awosanmi grabbed the wicket of Naeem Patel.
The partnership between Azhar Haveliwala and skipper Chetan Reddy was productive as it took the score to 44, before the captain lost his wicket on six. The side then kept losing wickets regularly, bringing a staggering decline in their scoring rate. With most batsmen falling without reaching in double figures, the side fell short of the required target by a huge margin.
Adu was named as the Player of the Match for his brilliant work with the bat.