Bloemfontein, Jan 21: Defending champions India bowled out Japan for paltry 41, joint second-lowest score in the history of the ICC U-19 World Cup, here on Tuesday. Canada and Bangladesh were the other teams to get bowled out for 41 in 2002 and 2008 editions of the tournament, respectively.
Scotland have the dubious record of getting dismissed for 22, the lowest total ever in U-19 history, against Australia during the 2004 ICC U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. Japan's 41-all out is also now joint third-lowest team total in U19 international cricket history. After being put in to bat by captain Priyam Garg, Indian bowlers ran through Japan's batting order and dismissed them for 41 in 22.5 overs.
As many as five Japenese batsmen failed to get off the mark, while Shu Noguchi (7) and Kento Dobell (7) were the joint highest run-scorer among the team. However, Japan managed to put 41 on board, after India gave away 19 extras (12 wide, 7 leg byes). Spinner Ravi Bishnoi was the pick among the Indian bowlers with 4/5, while Kartik Tyagi (3/10), Akash Singh (2/11) and Vidyadhar Patil (1/4) were the other wicket takers. Earlier, in their inaugural match of the tournament, Japan was lucky to get a point against New Zealand after the match was called-off due to rain. (UNI)