Pakistan's dream run continued as they beat the West Indies by four wickets to reach the final of the Under-19 World Cup, where they will meet Australia or Sri Lanka.
They took early control of the semi-final as Sarmad Bhatti removed Trevon Griffith (0) and John Campbell (1) before the innings was partly revived by Kraigg Brathwaite (85), Andre Creary (41) and Shane Dowrich (55) but Pakistan kept things tight to limit them to 213 for seven, Raza Hasan also taking two wickets. In reply, Pakistan lost openers Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam for nought and four before 28 from Ahsan Ali steadied the ship and after he and Azeem Ghunman (9) were dismissed, an unbeaten 92 in 93 balls from Hameed Azam steered his side home with nine balls to spare.
Ireland made it into the Plate final after their game against Canada was washed out - they qualify due to a superior net run-rate during the competition. They will play Bangladesh or Papua New Guinea in the final.
In other positional play-off qualifiers, India beat England by seven wickets, Ashok Menaria taking four for 35, South Africa beat New Zealand by nine wickets thanks to an unbeaten 109 from Dominick Hendricks, Hong Kong beat Afghanistan by four wickets, Irfan Ahmed making 68 and Zimbabwe beat the USA by five wickets.
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