Bowlers and Wyllie hand Australia a comprehensive win over West Indies in U-19 World Cup opener

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In the other game, Sakuna Liyanage’s 85 and Dunith Wellalage’s five-for helped Sri Lanka beat Scotland

Australia 170 for 4 (Wyllie 86*, Radhakrishnan 31, Layne 1-19) beaten West Indies 169 (Augustus 57, Clarke 37, Connolly 3-17, Whitney 3-20, Radhakrishnan 3-48) by six wickets

Australia began their U-19 World Cup campaign with a comprehensive six-wicket win over hosts West Indies in the competition’s opener, chasing 170 with over five overs to spare in Group D.

Right-arm tailor Whitney did the damage with the new ball, striking in the game’s first over to dismiss Matthew Nandu for a first-ball duck. He then found the top edge of No. 3 Teddy Bishop. It quickly became 12 for 3 after fellow new ball bowler William Salzmann trapped fellow opener Shaqkere Parris lbw.

However, a 95 partnership for the fourth wicket brought the West Indies back, albeit briefly. Wicketkeeper Rivaldo Clarke hit a 37-42 with four-four in a busy inning, but it was captain Ackeem Auguste who was more adventurous with his eight-four to score 57. Their position carried West Indies past beyond 100 in the 21st, but the two soon succumbed to the rotation.

It was ambidextrous spinner Radhakrishnan, the only right-arm bowler that day, who got the breakthrough when Clarke hit him mid-stroke. Giovonte Depeiza then fell in love with Connolly’s left-arm spin as he looked to play across the line. Augustus then chose aggression over looking to rebuild with his new partner and Connolly had him caught in the middle of the wicket when he mistimed a slog sweep.

At 112 to 6, the West Indies were once again in trouble with the end in sight. Radhakrishnan shook the stumps twice, No. 10 hitter Shiva Sankar recovered a catch at Connolly and Whitney finished the innings at 169 forcing No. 9 McKenny Clarke (29) to mistime an aggressive mid-range shot .

Like the West Indies, Australia also lost their first game for a duck. Corey Miller clipped a quick delivery from Johann Layne to his stumps, and Sankar had No. 3 Isaac Higgins caught behind a lower edge.

But Connolly, playing in his second U-19 World Cup, with Wyllie, put up a 53-run stand for the third wicket, which eased the pressure on Australia. After Connolly was fired for 23 to big right-arm offspinner Onaje Amory, Wyllie put up another 75-point stand with No.5 Radhakrishan (31) although progress was slow due to a slow outfield caused by rain overnight.

Wyllie stood out in his player of the game performance hitting eight fours in his 129-ball innings to end the game. After Radhakrishnan was sent off, he took control along with Campbell Kellaway (10*) to seal the victory by clipping in a side shot. However, before the run could be completed, the referee reached for a front foot no-ball from Nandu, forcing an anti-climactic end to the match.

Sri Lanka 218 (Liyanage 85, Fischer-Keogh 3-56, Jarvis 2-27) defeated Scotland 178 (Jarvis 55, Wellalage 5-27, Daniel 2-16) by 40 points

Despite the clash at 99 for 6, Sri Lanka were bailed out by their batsman-wicketkeeper Liyanage who took the team to 218 even though he was knocked out 46th over.

Much of the damage in Sri Lanka was caused by Scottish right arm tailor Jack Jarvis (2 for 27) in the first ten overs and left arm spinner Oliver Davidson (2 for 50).
But Liyanage’s innings of three fours and four sixes kept the runs flowing despite wickets falling all around him. The three-for right-hand Sean Fischer-Keogh at the end of the innings meant Scotland needed 219 runs to win.

However, Scotland were rocked by left-arm spinner Wellalage in the chase with wickets through various spells. With Sri Lankan bowlers keeping things tight, without a substantial partnership, Scotland could not keep up the pace required.

Jarvis shone with a 55 from the middle order but with no other batter crossing 20 they were far from the chase despite lasting 48.4 overs.

Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @sreshthx

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