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Nigeria U19 cricket team, one match away from World Cup

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A win tomorrow for  Nigeria against Sierra Leone will seal the ‘Junior Yellow Greens’ of Nigeria’s place at the 2020 World Cup.

After returning unscathed for the fourth straight time against Tanzania yesterday with a whooping 151 runs, the sole World Cup ticket is theirs to lose.

Riding on the spectacular form at the qualifier, the team has dispatched host Namibia, top-rated sides, Kenya and Uganda, before dismissing Tanzania at the Wanderers Cricket ground yesterday in Windhoek.

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Tanzania won the toss and elected to field first, thereby sending Nigeria to bat first for the fourth consecutive time in this tournament. Elijah Olaleye and Runsewe Suleimon opened the bating with a comfortable display of 97 runs partnership in 30.1 overs before Suleimon fell for 43 runs off 89 balls. Danladi Isaac scored 31 runs of 40 balls as well.

Elijah Olaleye, yet again produced a sublime display of bating prowess to hit 110 runs off 153 balls unbeaten in 50 overs.

Nigeria recorded their highest batting total in the tournament thus far with 211 runs for the loss of three wickets in 50 overs.

In the second innings, the bowling attack of the Junior Yellow Greens was too strong for the Tanzanian team to contain with wickets falling at intervals.


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