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Allen century guides New Zealand to win over holders WI

Press Trust of India  |  Tauranga 

cantered to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over defending champions West after Finn slammed the tournament's first century on the opening day of the U-19 here.

The hosts rode on the back of a 163-run stand between and Jakob Bhula, who made 83. 83.

In an upset, pulled off a five-wicket win over

Number three batsman Allen, a second-timer at the U19 World Cup, was the star for the hosts with an unbeaten 115 while Darwish Rasool's 76 anchored Afghanistan's victory in Whangarei after a fine effort by the Cup champions.

On a day which saw four matches being played across three cities, and also notched wins, though their matches in Christchurch were reduced to 20 overs per side owing to rain.

defeated by 87 runs and beat by 10 wickets.

The Windies had taken the early initiative after being put in to bat in the opening Group A match as Keagan Simmons compiled an unbeaten 92 and put on 123 runs with opening partner (78).

However, they were restricted by some tight later on and could only manage 233 for eight.

In what was the first of 20 matches in this tournament being broadcast live by TV, pace bowler grabbed three for 61 and left-arm spinners Rachin Ravindra (three for 30) and (two for 37) kept the Windies side on a tight leash.

coasted home with more than 10 overs to spare with Bhula also knocking up 83, leaving Windies disappointed.

For Afghanistan, Naveen-ul-Haq struck with the new ball to reduce to 23 for two after the two-time champions elected to bat in the Group D match.

An 88-run third-wicket partnership between opener Rohail Nazir (81 off 105 balls) and (30 off 58 balls) steadied the ship but the 2004 and 2006 champions could not consolidate on the stand.

Medium-pace bowler and spinner Qais Ahmad grabbed three wickets each as showed that they are capable of upsetting leading sides and the team to watch from Group D, which also has and

praised the team, which has now beaten them three consecutive times after having also got the better of them two times in the Cup in November, including in the final.

"They bowled and batted really well. They outclassed us in every department, especially in the first innings. The pitch was pretty good to bat on but the way they bowled was tough for us," Hassan said.

Naveen-ul-Haq did not lend much importance to their third win over Pakistan.

"We have prepared well. We aren't thinking of anything like we have beaten them thrice. It was just another game of We restricted them to under 200, so it was a good total for us to chase down."

started with a comprehensive win in their bid to better their third-place finish as hosts last time, defeating by 87 runs in a Group C match reduced to 20 overs per side owing to rain.

Captain smashed 84 off 48 balls with three fours and five sixes to help post a huge 190 for four. also chipped in with 60 and the opposition were buried under the pressure of a huge target even though all- rounder Eben van Wyk got a half-century.

scored a 10-wicket win over in another match that was reduced to 20 overs a side.

They restricted to 95 in the opening Group B match and then got to the target with six overs to spare.

Wesseley Madevere grabbed three for 19 with his off-spin and then made a brisk 53 not out to be named of the match. His opening partner remained not out on 48.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 18:00 IST