Pakistan and South Africa were severely tested before they beat Bangladesh and Australia while New Zealand were more comfortable winners over Sri Lanka in the latest Under-19 World Cup games in New Zealand.
It was a high-scoring thriller at the Queenstown Events Centre where Australia met South Africa, where Australia made 276 for seven before South Africa clinched victory with two balls to spare. Jason Floros (96) and Alex Keath (64) top scored for Australia but Dominick Hendricks' 94 helped set South Africa on their way to victory, which sets up a quarter-final for them against Sri Lanka, while Australia will meet New Zealand.
Harry Boam was in superb form again for New Zealand, and his unbeaten 85 helped them get past Sri Lanka by seven wickets with just under seven overs to spare. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 195 and they must now face South Africa in their quarter-final.
Pakistan were taken right to the penultimate ball of their game against Bangladesh before they took a four-wicket win. Batting first, Bangladesh posted 250 for six, Mahmudual Hasan making 63 and Anamul Haque 55 and in reply, Pakistan's Babar Azam hit 91 and Ahmed Shehzad 52 to get them off to a flyer. Bangladesh hit back , Hasan taking two wickets, but Pakistan had enough in hand to get them home and win the group with three wins out of three.
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