Solid bowling was not enough to carry Indonesia past Fiji on the opening day of the ICC East Asia-Pacific U-19 Trophy.
A flying start to its innings went for naught as Indonesia lost to Fiji by four wickets at Colts Ground in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. In the other match on Sunday, the host nation needed only 9.3 overs to beat Japan’s score of 55.
Indonesia won the toss and chose to bat. The decision looked a good one as it roared out of the blocks, reaching 50 without loss, but a middle-order collapse saw it stagger to 5 for 57.
Opener I Gede Suda Arsa (10) fell for the first wicket on 50, with Muhaddis (22), I Kadek Putra Dharmawan (0), Ishan Daniel Anil (2) and Rizky Tri Rubbi (4) departing soon after.
Fiji’s bowlers kept up the pressure after that, with none of Indonesia’s batsmen making better than six as they were dismissed for 91.
Indonesia claimed Herbert Christopher for a duck, but Tupou and Inoke Cama formed a 46-run partnership to steady Fiji.
Gede stepped to the fore for Indonesia and claimed two quick wickets, bowling Sefenaia Takelo for a duck after Joseph Jacob caught Cama (18).
Jacob accounted for Villiame Yabaki (11) to leave Fiji at 46-4, but Noa Cawei, who top-scored with 24, helped his team hold on for the victory.
Papua New Guinea kept Japan well under wraps in the other match at Amini Park.
Yuya Dei and Koji Fukunaga led Japan with nine as it was bowled out for 55 in 29.2 overs.
Indonesia returns to action today as it takes on Papua New Guinea at Colts Ground, with Fiji and Vanuatu meeting at Amini Park.
The top two teams advance to the ICC U-19 World Cup qualifiers in September.