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Mushfiqur Rahim

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim is the leader in the man of the tournament standings after the first seven days of action in the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka.

The wicketkeeper-batsman is just one point clear of his Australian counterpart Moises Henriques and the Indian opening batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Gaurav Dhiman.

The top contenders in the list are as follows (with team in brackets):

Name MOM Points
Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh) 7
Moises Henriques (Australia) 6
Cheteshwar Pujara (India) 6
Gaurav Dhiman (India) 6
Donald 'Kuda' Samunderu (Zimbabwe) 5
Sachithra Serasinghe (Sri Lanka) 5
Tom Cooper (Australia) 5
Moeen Ali (England) 4
Kasaim Farid (Scotland) 4
Dawid Botha (Namibia) 4
Mehrab Hossain (Bangladesh) 4


The reserve umpire at each match awards points on a 3-2-1 basis with his choice as the man of the match getting three points, his second choice getting two points and his third pick receiving one point.

Those points are then added up to produce the man of the tournament.

All matches, including the Super League final, are included in the voting process and the player that tops the list at the end of the tournament will receive a crystal trophy.

Mushfiqur has been Bangladesh's leading run-scorer in the tournament so far with 163 runs and he has also effected six dismissals behind the wicket with four catches and two stumpings.

And although his side lost their Super League quarter-final to England on Saturday, they still have a maximum of two more matches left in the tournament in the Super League lower-place play-offs, starting with a clash against the West Indies at the Sinhalese Sports Club on Wednesday.

Henriques is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament so far with 13 victims, including 4-22 in the Super League quarter-final win over hosts Sri Lanka on Saturday and he has also scored 147 runs, including a whirlwind unbeaten 84, also on Saturday.

Dhiman and Pujara are India's leading run-getters in the tournament and have also shared the only two century opening stands in the 28 matches to have taken place so far, adding 147 against Namibia and 110 against the West Indies.

ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup statistics (correct to February 13)

Leading run-scorers (with team in brackets)

Name Runs HS 50 100
Cheteshwar Pujara (India) 220 97 2 -
Tom Cooper (Australia) 205 104 1 1
Jason Mohammed (West Indies) 186 57 1 -
Ghaurav Dhiman (India) 174 90 2 -
William Perkins (West Indies) 164 133 - 1
Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh) 163 64 1 -
Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka) 153 52 1 -
Kanishka Chaugai (Nepal) 152 78 1 -
Sachithra Serasinghe (Sri Lanka) 152 64 1 -
Moises Henriques (Australia) 147 84* 1 -


Leading Wicket takers (with team in brackets)

Name Wickets Best
Moises Henriques (Australia) 13 4-22
Jamshaid Ahmed (Pakistan) 10 3-14
Anwer Ali Khan (Pakistan) 10 5-34
Mehrab Hossain (Bangladesh) 10 4-29
Javon Searles (West Indies) 10 6-68
Steven Mullaney (England) 9 3-26
Niall McDarby (Ireland) 9 6-50
Craig Alexander (South Africa) 8 4-47
Simon Keen (Australia) 8 3-10


Most Dismissals

Name Ct St Total
William Perkins (West Indies) 10 5 15
Safaraz Ahmed (Pakistan) 11 1 12
Pinal Shah (India) 7 3 10
Sameera de Zoysa (Sri Lanka) 4 3 7
Ewald Steenkamp (Namibia) 6 - 6
Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh) 4 2 6
Tarisai Mahlunge (Zimbabwe) 4 2 6


Curiously in a tournament expected to produce high scores there have been just two individual hundreds so far, Tom Cooper's 104 for Australia against South Africa and the 133 made by William Perkins for the West Indies against the United States of America.

The matches where those hundreds were scored have also produced the highest team totals of the tournament with Australia making 316-9 against South Africa and the West Indies totaling 302-7 against the USA. They are the only two totals above 300.

Another curiosity from the first seven days of matches is that 762 wides have been conceded in 28 matches as all teams struggled to control the swinging white ball.

The West Indies have been by far the worst culprits in that regard, conceding 106 runs in wides in four matches while Zimbabwe (30) and Nepal (22) have given away fewest extra runs in that context.

The tournament resumes on Tuesday after a two day break with the four Plate Championship quarter-finals (all matches start at 10am):

QF 1 - New Zealand v Ireland at R.Premadasa Stadium
QF 2 - Namibia v USA at Sinhalese Sports Club
QF 3 - Nepal v Uganda at P.Saravanamuttu Stadium
QF 4 - South Africa v Scotland at Nondescripts Cricket Club

The Super League semi-finals take place on Wednesday (England v India) and Friday (Australia v Pakistan) with the final on Sunday 19 February. All three of those matches are day-night games at the R.Premadasa Stadium starting at 2.30pm.

All the latest news from the tournament, including live ball-by-ball coverage of selected matches, can be found at the official tournament website:

http://www.iccu19cricketworldcup.com

Courtesy: Brian Murgatroyd, ICC Media Manager

Filed February 15 2006