The Under-19 World Cup is to begin in the West Indies this week. India has to play its first match against South Africa on 15 January. India has won the second consecutive practice match of the Under-19 World Cup. In the practice match, India defeated Australia by nine wickets, opening batsman Hanur Singh was the hero of India’s victory. Hanoor scored 100 not out and on the basis of his innings, India achieved the target of 269 runs by losing one wicket.

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After being invited to bat first, Australia scored 268 runs in 49.2 overs with the help of 117 runs from Captain Cooper Connolly. Connolly hit 14 fours and four sixes in his innings. Hanur scored 100 runs with the help of 16 fours. He got good support from Sheikh Rashid who played an innings of 72 runs. Both these players retired hurt and returned to the pavilion and then captain Yash Dhul (50 not out) took the team to the target with 15 balls to spare.

The tournament starts on Friday with India’s first match against South Africa on Saturday. Bangladesh, England, and Pakistan also registered impressive victories in other matches. Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 155 runs using the Duckworth-Lewis method. In another match, England registered a two-wicket win over UAE while Pakistan defeated Canada by eight wickets.

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