New Zealand and South Africa progressed to the Super League

Vastavam web: A scintillating double-century stand between New Zealand openers Jakob Bhula and Rachin Ravindra lit up the Hagley Oval as several records were broken during the Group A match against Kenya which the hosts won by 243 runs in the ICC U-19 World Cup.Bhula’s astounding innings of 180 was the highest individual innings in the history of U19 ODIs, while his 245- run first wicket partnership with Ravindra (117) was the best-ever opening stand in the tournament.In another Group A match in fr ont of broadcast cameras, Wandile Makwetu scored a run-a-ball 99 not out and fast bowler Hermann Rolfes took four wickets to help 2014 champions South Africa defeat defending champion the Windies by 76 runs.

The result means New Zealand and South Africa have progressed to the Super League after two successive wins, while the Windies and Kenya, following back-to-back defeats, will now feature in the Plate Championship.On Friday, Australia will take on Papua New Guinea and India will meet Zimbabwe, and if both Australia and India win their matches, they will qualify for the Super League.New Zealand openers Bhula and left-hander Ravindra made Kenya captain Sachin Bhudia repent his decision to field first as the pair added 245 runs in less than 36 overs, providing Allen the launching pad as the home side finished at 436 for four in their 50 overs.

Ravindra matched Bhula stroke-by-stroke as he clubbed eight fours and three sixes in an entertaining 101-ball 117.Their partnership was the second best for any wicket in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.Later, Allen’s 40-ball 90 (8×4, 6×6) further inflated the total, which is second only to Australia’s record score of 480 for six, which also came against Kenya in 2002.Opener Aman Gandhi scored 63 off 106 deliveries while Thomas Ochieng made an unbeaten 39 off 47. Ravindra followed up his century with two for 33 bowling his left-arm spin.Bhula, who was later named player of the match, said: “It’s a really big win for us and we really wanted to come here today and make our mark.