ICC U19 CWC round-up, Aug 19
Mumbai, Aug 19: The first day of the knock-out rounds of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2012 saw Australia, South Africa, Afghanistan and Scotland reach the next round.
India will take on Pakistan on Monday, August 20 in a quarter-final clash.
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Australia claimed a semi-final berth in the U19 CWC by beating Bangladesh in the first quarter-final. The home team won by five wickets in a low-scoring match at Endeavour Park in Townsville.
Opting to field first, Australia bowled Bangladesh out for 171 in 43 overs. Although they got off to a good start with a 64-run opening stand, the visitors were let down by the middle-order. After Liton Das was run out for 22, the rest of the line-up folded for 107 runs. Travis Head claimed three wickets while Ashton Turner and Joel Paris picked two apiece as the bowlers ran through the Bangladesh batting order. Mark Steketee and Gurinder Sandhu chipped in with one wicket each. With 73 off 80 (6x4, 3x6) opener Soumaya Sarkar put up a lone fight that helped Bangladesh reach the three-figure mark.
Defending a small total, Bangladesh put the home-team on the back-foot with three quick blows early in the innings that left Australia reeling on 11 for three. However, leading from the front, skipper William Bosisto played a match-winning knock that ensured a place for his team in the next round. He was ably supported by Head who missed out on a well-deserved half-century by six runs.
Bosisto’s unbeaten 71 off 134 deliveries fetched him the Man-of-the-Match award.
South Africa registered a 103-run victory over England in the fourth quarter-final to qualify for the semi-finals. The Proteas bundled out the English for 141 after posting 244 in 50 overs.
Asked to bat, contributions from, opener and skipper Chad Bowes (46) along with middle-order bats, Theunis de Bruyn (54) and Murray Coetzee (67) helped SA post a challenging total. However, the failure of the lower-order with the bat did not cost them much as their bowlers skittled out England in 40.3 overs.
Apart from opener Alex Davis (54) and No. 3 batsman, Ben Foakes (54), the rest of the England line-up was back in the dressing-room with single-digit scores. Prenelan Subrayen was the leading wicket-taker for SA with a four-wicket haul while Lizaad Williams picked two. Opening the bowling for SA, Williams gave his team their first breakthrough with the wicket of the England opener in the third over. Hundred runs later, Subrayen broke the Davis-Foakes partnership with the wicket of the latter. From there on it was downhill for England as the South Africans picked wickets at regular intervals to wrap-up the England innings.
Subrayen was declared the Man-of-the-Match for his four for 24 in ten overs.
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Afghanistan beat Papua New Guinea by four wickets at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
An unbeaten century by skipper Christopher Kent (105) and a 55* by Nigel Boge helped PNG score 239 for five after choosing to bat first. However, their bowlers were not able to defend the modest total as Afghanistan reached the target with an over to spare. There were no centurions in their batting reply and the only half-century was struck by Mohibullah Paak (58*) lower down the order. That combined with valuable contributions from the rest of the top and middle-order helped Afghanistan advance to the next round.
Christopher Kent received the Man-of-the-Match award.
Scotland beat Zimbabwe by 41 runs at Brisbane to enter the next round of knock-outs.
Put in to bat, Scotland set Zimbabwe a 242-run target. After being three down for 65 in the 17th over, Nicholas Farrar (58) and Peter Ross (43) added 101 for the fourth wicket before the latter was sent back by Luke Jongwe. Useful contributions from the lower-middle-order helped Scotland post 241 for seven in their 50 overs. Jongwe and Kyle Bowie picked two wickets apiece for Zimbabwe.
Chasing the competitive total, Zimbabwe lost wickets at regular intervals and were unable to build partnerships. Never letting their foot off the pedal, the Scotland bowlers struck at regular intervals to keep themselves in the match. Ruaidhri Smith, Gavin Main and Kyle Smith claimed two wickets each, while Patrick Sadler and Aman Bailwal took one apiece. Ryan Burl (52) scored the only half-century in the Zimbabwe innings.
Scotland’s Farrar was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match.