ICC U19 CWC round-up, Aug 21
Mumbai, Aug 21: Home team Australia is in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2012 Final to be played on Sunday, August 26. They will take on the winner of the India vs New Zealand match that will be played tomorrow.
Australia beat South Africa by four wickets in the first semi-final in Townsville.
South Africa were rocked on the backfoot when they lost two wickets with just four runs on the board and were left struggling on 37 for three after Theunis de Bruyn was sent back by Gurinder Sandhu. Opener Chad Bowes then found an able ally in Murry Coetzee and the duo revived the SA innings by adding 88-runs for the fourth wicket. With useful runs from Calvin Savage and Prenelan Subrayen lower down the order and 26 extras, the Proteas posted a modest 191 for eight on the board. Mark Steketee picked three scalps while Sandhu picked two wickets for Australia.
Chasing 192 to win, the home-team reached the target with nine balls remaining at the Tony Ireland Stadium. With two wickets down and just three runs on the board, the hosts had a similar start as the South Africans. But Cameron Bancroft anchored the innings with his patient 66-run knock and was ably supported by Kurtis Patterson (49 off 71) in steadying the innings with a 95-run stand. Skipper William Bosisto (40 off 76) then brought Australia within sniffing distance of a victory before returning to the pavilion. It was then left to Ashton Turner (11) to take Australia to the finish line. With Alex Gregory at the other end, Turner hit a boundary off Corne Dry in the penultimate over to take Australia into the final.
Bancroft was given the Man-of-the-Match for his knock.
England beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the 5th place play-off semi-final at Endeavour Park No. 2 in Townsville. Asked to bat first, a century by opener Liton Das (102 off 134) and a half-century by skipper Anamul Haque (56 off 80) enabled Bangladesh to post 217 for the loss of seven wickets. Reece Topley’s five for 32 runs helped restrict Bangladesh to a modest total.
England then reached the target with 10 balls to spare. After losing the wicket of Daniel Bell-Drummond early in the innings, Sam Wood (46) and Ben Foakes built an 84-run partnership for the second wicket until the latter was dismissed for 47. Although they suffered a mini collapse in the middle, skipper Adam Ball (34) and Aneesh Kapil (33) ensured an England victory with an unbroken 60-run partnership.
Topley was awarded the Man-of-the-match for his five-wicket haul.
Afghanistan beat Scotland by a massive 126-run margin in the 9th place play-off semi-final at the Allan Border field in Brisbane. Opting to bat first, Afghanistan skipper Javed Ahmadi struck a century (134 off 111) to help post a massive target for Scotland. A 51-ball 83-run blitzkrieg comprising of five sixes by Najibullah Zadran and 29-ball 42 run cameo by Afsar Khan took Afghanistan to 336 for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs.
Chasing 337, Scotland were bowled out for 210. Aftab Alam claimed three wickets while Sayed Shirzad, Yamin Ahmadzai and Hashmatullah Shaidi picked two wickets apiece to bowl Scotland out in 39.4 overs. The highest score for Scotland was 37 by opener Mathew Cross.
Javed Ahmadi was adjudged the Man-of-the-match for his century.
Nepal beat Namibia by 39 runs in the 13th place play-off semi-final. Nepal were struggling on five for 72 after they elected to bat at the Peter Burge Oval. A valiant 98 not out by Pradeep Airee alongwith Subhash Khakurel’s 35 at the top of the order ensured that they set the opposition a competitive target. While Rajesh Pulami Magar contributed a valuable 24-runs lower down the order.
Defending 219 runs, Nepal’s bowling attack wrapped-up the Namibian innings for 180 in 46.3 overs. Bhuvan Karki finished with 7.3-0-21-5, while Krishan Karki, Ramnaresh Giri, Prithu Baskota, Sagar Pun and Airee claimed one wicket each.
Karki received the Man-of-the-match for his five-for.
Papua New Guinea beat Zimbabwe by 12 runs. PNG chose to bat at WEP Harris Oval in Brisbane in the 13th place play-off semi-final against Zimbabwe. Dogodo Bau (30) was the first to depart after a 48-run opening stand with Lega Saika. Saika went on to score a half-century and middle order bat, Charles Amini made 63, while the rest of the batting line-up disappointed. Luke Jongwe and Kieran Geyle claimed three wickets apiece while Peacemore Zimwa picked two to bowl PNG out for 235 in 50 overs.
Although Zimbabwe got off to a good start with an 108-run opening partnership between Masasire and Geyle, the rest of the line-up crumbled while chasing the competitive target. PNG’s left-arm pacer Kabu Vagi Morea claimed the top-three Zimbabwean batsmen while Christopher Kent and Alei Nao dismissed two each and Raymond Haoda took one.
Amini received the Man-of-the-match for his effort with the bat.