U-19 World Cup: Zimbabwe beat Papua New Guinea by 104 runs

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Townsville: In the battle of minnows in the Under-19 World Cup Zimbabwe thrashed Papua New Guinea by 104 runs at Endeavour Park, Townsville in the Group C fixture.

After put into bat by PNG captain Christopher Kent, Zimbabwe started off slow and steady racking up 109 runs in 24.3 overs. Opener Kevin Kasuza scored 97 runs and Luke Masasire scored 47 runs but an inspirational spell of spin bowling by Captain Kent (5/45) kept Zimbabwe to 249 runs.

Chasing 250 runs to win, PNG did not start well losing their openers cheaply. Captain Christopher Kent contributed with the bat as well scoring 24 and stitched together a handy partnership with Sese Bau (34). But the score was too much for the PNG batters as they were bowled out for 145 runs in 38.1 overs.

Papua New Guinea will play West Indies on the 13th of August and Zimbabwe will play against West Indies (16th August) next.

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