Sunday 23 February 2014 

Australia, South Africa Make It Through

Jake Doran hits to leg
Jake Doran steered Australia into the semi-finals with an unbeaten 49 against the West Indies
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Nicolas Pooran hits a six
Nicolas Pooran hits a six during his incredible innings of 143
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Aiden Markram salutes
Aiden Markram celebrates his century against Afghanistan
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Australia and South Africa made it through to the semi-finals of the Under-19 World Cup as both teams won their quarter-finals batting second against the West Indies and Afghanistan respectively.

The two sides will now meet in the second semi-final with yesterday's winners England and Pakistan playing each other in the other match.

In the Plate competition, New Zealand beat Papua New Guinea and hosts United Arab Emirates beat Scotland for their first win of the competition.

In other news, Indian captain Vijay Zol and team-mate Aamir Gani have been punished for their behaviour during their quarter-final defeat to England.

Zol has been suspended for one match and Gani reprimanded for separate offences following dismissals of England batsmen. Zol was penalised for using seriously offensive language while Gani was guilty of using obscene language.

Zol will miss India's positional play-off game with Sri Lanka.

SUPER LEAGUE

Afghanistan had earned their place in the quarter-finals with a win over Australia in their group but they came unstuck against South Africa, who carried off a mightily impressive nine-wicket win.

Usman Ghani (36) and Ihsanullah (30) helped Afghanistan recover from losing opener Mohammad Mujtuba for a duck and then 61 from Nasir Jamal saw them reach 197 before they were bowled out.

Justin Dill led the way with four for 40 as Kagiso Rabada and Yaseen Valli took two wickets apiece.

Openers Aiden Markram and Clyde Fortuin then put on 40 together before Fortuin was bowled by Zia Akbar for 32 in as many balls.

That was as good as it got for Afghanistan as Markram went on to score 105 not out in 118 balls and Kirwin Christoffels made an unbeaten 56 to steer the Proteas home in 39.2 overs.

Nicolas Pooran struck a brilliant 143 in 160 balls for the West Indies before they fell to a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Australia.

Pooran hit 14 fours and six sixes to hold his side's innings together after they were reduced to 70 for eight.

With Jerome Jones (20) for company, Pooran hit out to haul his side up to 208 all out and he was the last man to fall.

Just three players passed double figures as Guy Walker took three wickets with Ben Ashkenazi and Tom Andrews grabbing two apiece.

Australian openers Matt Short (52) and Jaron Morgan (55) laid the foundations for the run chase before two wickets apiece from Bryan Charles and Ray Jordan raised hopes of a comeback, only for Jake Doran to hit an unbeaten 49 to end their challenge.

Semi-Finals

England v Pakistan - 24th February
Australia v South Africa - 25th February

5th place play-off semi-finals

India v Sri Lanka - 24th February
Afghanistan v West Indies - 25th February

PLATE

Papua New Guinea made a good start to their match with New Zealand before fading as the young Black Caps took a six-wicket win.

Kiplin Doriga made 50 and Hiri Hiri 37 as PNG were bowled out for 186, losing their way having been well set at 105 for three.

Brett Randall and Rakitha Weerasundera both returned figures of three for 23.

Half-centuries from Ken McClure (51) and Robert O'Donnell (57 not out) then helped New Zealand reach their target in 46.2 overs.

PNG put up a good fight, Nosaina Pokana and Alei Nao taking a wicket and a brace of run outs keeping New Zealand under pressure.

Hosts United Arab Emirates claimed their first win of the tournament when they beat Scotland by seven wickets.

Batting first, Scotland struggled to build partnerships and were bowled out for just 119 in 37.4 overs.

Opening bowlers Omer Rizwan (4-24) and Pankaj Samant (3-45) did much of the damage and opener Andrew Umeed top scored with a modest 23.

Shiv Mehra then made 41 at the top of the order and an unbroken stand of 35 between Shivank Vijaykumar (28 not out) and Rohit Singh (15 not out) saw them home in 32.1 overs.

Semi-Finals

Bangladesh v Zimbabwe - 25th February
United Arab Emirates v New Zealand - 25th February

13th place play-off semi-finals

Canada v Namibia - 24th February
Papua New Guinea v Scotland - 24th February

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