ICC U19 CWC round-up, Aug 20
Mumbai, Aug 20: India and New Zealand entered the semi-finals of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2012. The two teams will now play against each other to claim a spot in the final.
U19s CWC Quarter-Finals
New Zealand beat West Indies by three wickets in a last-ball finish in the second quarter-final.
Asked to bat at the Endeavour Park Stadium, West Indies posted 237 runs in their fifty overs. Kraigg Brathwaite’s 53 at the top of the order and Akeal Hosein’s 54 lower down the batting order helped WI set NZ a competitive target.
Chasing 238, Ish Sodhi’s (22 off 10) last ball boundary saw the young Black Caps advance to the next round. The batsman scored 17 of the 18 runs that came in Justin Greaves’ last over. Ben Horne (59), Robert O’Donnell (42) and Cam Fletcher (49) were the other main contributors in the Kiwis’ run chase with the rest of the batsmen chipping in with valuable runs.
Sodhi was declared the Man-of-the-match for his blitzkrieg.
India beat Pakistan by one wicket in a nerve-wrecking finish to seal a semi-final berth in the CWC. Read the full-report here.
9th Place Play-off Quarter-Final
Sri Lanka beat Nepal by eight wickets at the Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane to enter the next round. Nepal were bundled out for a paltry 79 after opting to bat first. The Sri Lankan bowlers ran through the Nepal batting line-up with Sanitha de Mel, Ranitha Liyanarachchi and Amila Aponso claiming two wickets apiece while Tharindu Kaushal took three and Lahiru Madushanka got one.
Led by Shehan Fernando’s 48, the Lankans achieved their target in 20.4 overs for the loss of two wickets.
Fernando was given the Man-of-the-match for his batting effort.
Ireland beat Namibia by four wickets to advance to the next round of the ICC U19 CWC 2012. Electing to bat first, Namibia posted 128 for nine. Graeme McCarter finished with a four-for as Ireland restricted the opposition to a small total. Coming in at No. 9, Christopher Coombe was the top-scorer for Namibia with 28.
Ireland successfully chased down the total in 24.3 overs. Ryan Hunter led the chase with 42 off 37 with two sixes and three boundaries with useful contributions from the middle-order.
McCarter was awarded the Man-of-the-match for his four-wicket haul.