Any moment from now, the result of today’s match of the ICC Under 19 World Cup 2020 between Australia Under-19 and Nigeria at the Country Club B Field in Kimberley will be known.
Australia lost their first match of the tournament against West Indies by three wickets. The team were looking good at one point at 67-2 in the 12th over, with Jake Fraser-McGurk batting well. A collapse followed.
Apart from a 40 from wicketkeeper Patrick Rowe, there were not enough substantial contributions as the team was bowled out for just 179.
In return, Tanveer Sangha picked up four wickets while being miserly to make a match out of it. But the total was far too less for that to happen.
Earlier, Australia tied their first warm-up match against Bangladesh while registering a dominating 9-wicket victory against Canada in the next one.
Nigeria started off their under 19 World Cup campaign with a 9-wicket loss against Pakistan in their first warm-up match. They suffered another big 8-wicket defeat against South Africa in their next practice game.
The Nigerian batting is quite brittle and inexperienced but one man is expected to stand apart from the rest – Elijah Olayeye.
In the bowling department, off spinner Sylvester Okpe and seam bowling all-rounder Peete Aho will be the ones to look out for. Both have already featured for the senior Nigerian team.
Let’s have a look at the squads of both teams:
Australia: Cooper Connolly, Sam Fanning, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Oliver Davies, Mackenzie Harvey, Corey Kelly, Liam Marshall, Lachlan Hearne, Todd Murphy, Patrick Rowe, Tanveer Sangha, Liam Scott, Bradley Simpson, Connor Sully, Matthew Willans.
Nigeria: Sylvester Okpe (Captain), Rasheed Abolarin, Peter Aho,Mohameed Taiwo, Shehu Audu, Oche Boniface Isaac Danladi, Miracle Akhigbe, Miracle Ikaige, Akhere Isesele, Abdulrahman Jimoh, Samuel Mba, Olayinka Olaleye, Sulaimon Runsewe, Ifeanyichukwu Uboh.