U19 World Cup Ireland vs USA highlights: Ryan Hunter’s half-century, Ireland U19 won by 7 wickets


U19 World Cup Ireland vs USA highlights: Ryan Hunter’ half century, Reuben Wilson and Oliver Riley crucial wickets in the early over, Ireland U19 team beat the host USA U19 team by 7 wickets in the inaugural match of ICC Under 19 World Cup 2024 at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein.

Match – 1st Match, Group A, USAU19 vs IREU19, ICC Under 19 World Cup 2024

Venue – Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein

Date – 19 January 2024, Friday

Time – 1:30 PM

Toss – Ireland U19 have won the toss and have opted to field first at Bloemfontein


Ireland U19 (Playing XI):

Jordan Neill, Ryan Hunter(w), Gavin Roulston, Kian Hilton, Philippus le Roux(c), Scott MacBeth, John McNally, Harry Dyer, Carson McCullough, Oliver Riley, Reuben Wilson

United States U19 (Playing XI):

Rishi Ramesh(c), Utkarsh Srivastava, Ateendra Subramanian, Parth Patel, Khush Bhalala, Siddarth Kappa, Arya Garg, Prannav Chettipalayam(w), Amogh Arepally, Rayaan Bhagani, Aryaman Suri

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U19 World Cup Ireland vs USA highlights

United States U19 Innings

In the opening match of the ICC Under 19 World Cup 2024, the host country’s United States U19 team lost the toss and opted to bat. Prannav Chettipalayam and Aryaman Suri opened the innings for the USA team, but within the first over, Aryaman Suri was dismissed by Reuben Wilson, and shortly after, Prannav Chettipalayam fell victim to Oliver Riley. Both openers were removed within the sixth over.

Siddarth Kappa, scoring 3 runs, also fell to Oliver Riley, and captain Rishi Ramesh, contributing 9 runs, was dismissed by John McNally. Oliver Riley sent Utkarsh Srivastava back to the pavilion without scoring. By the 10th over, the USA U19 team had only managed to score 31 runs with the loss of 4 wickets.

Amogh Arepally added 11 runs, Parth Patel contributed 13 runs, Rayaan Bhagani scored 9, and Ateendra Subramanian made 8 runs. Khush Bhalala remained unbeaten with 22 runs, emerging as the highest run-scorer for the USA U19 team. USA U19 team scored a total of 105/10 within 40.2 overs.

Reuben Wilson and Oliver Riley each secured three wickets, while John McNally claimed two wickets. Carson McCullough and Scott MacBeth each managed to take one wicket apiece.

United States U19 Scorecard

U19 World Cup Ireland vs USA highlights

Ireland U19 Innings

Ireland’s captain, Philippus le Roux, chose to bat first after winning the toss. In response, the USA U19 team, losing all wickets, could only manage to score 105 runs, with Khush Bhalala emerging as the top scorer.

Ireland’s opening pair, Jordan Neill and Ryan Hunter initiated the second innings, beginning the pursuit of the 106-run target. However, in the first over, Arya Garg dismissed Jordan Neill, similar to how Aryaman Suri was removed by the Ireland team. Neill managed only a boundary. In the third over, Arya Garg struck again, sending Gavin Roulston to a golden duck. Wickets continued to fall in quick succession, while wicket-keeper Ryan Hunter stood firm on the other end.

Hunter displayed an outstanding batting performance, effectively countering Arya Garg and implementing a consistent wicket-preserving strategy. The USA encountered difficulties in bowling, as bowlers, excluding Arya Garg and Khush Bhalala, struggled to take wickets and failed to deliver their best performance.

In a partnership with Kian Hilton, Ryan Hunter played a significant innings, contributing 23 runs before being dismissed by Khush Bhalala. Captain Philippus le Roux then joined forces with Ryan Hunter, adding 23 runs to the scoreboard. In the inaugural match of the ICC U19 World Cup, Ryan Hunter secured his first half-century. Ireland reached a total of 109/3 and achieved victory within 22.5 overs.

From the USA side, Arya Garg took two wickets, while Khush Bhalala secured one. Ireland became the first team to win a match in the ICC U19 World Cup 2024.

U19 World Cup Ireland vs USA highlights
U19 World Cup Ireland vs USA highlights: Ryan Hunter and Philippus le Roux

Ireland U19 Scorecard


Ireland U19 Squad:

Jordan Neill, Ryan Hunter, Gavin Roulston, Kian Hilton(w), Philippus le Roux(c), Macdara Cosgrave, John McNally, Harry Dyer, Carson McCullough, Oliver Riley, Reuben Wilson, Scott MacBeth, Finn Lutton, Matthew Weldon, Daniel Forkin

United States U19 Squad:

Prannav Chettipalayam, Aryaman Suri, Utkarsh Srivastava, Rishi Ramesh(c), Manav Nayak, Amogh Arepally(w), Parth Patel, Bhavya Mehta, Siddarth Kappa, Rayaan Bhagani, Khush Bhalala, Ateendra Subramanian, Aaryan Batra, Arya Garg, Aarin Nadkarni

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