Monday 24 February 2014 

Pakistan Win Dramatic Semi-Final

Pakistan players celebrate a wicket
Pakistan players celebrate during their dramatic three-wicket win over England
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Ammad Butt hit the first ball of the final over for four to put Pakistan into the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup courtesy of a three-wicket win over England in a dramatic semi-final clash.

They will play the winners of the second semi-final between Australia and South Africa in Saturday's final.

Elsewhere today, there were also wins for India, Namibia and Scotland as the other teams battle for positional play-off places.

REMAINING FIXTURES

25th February

Super League fifth place play-off: Afghanistan v West Indies

9th place play-off semi-finals: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, United Arab Emirates v New Zealand

26th February

Super League semi-final: Australia v South Africa

13th place play-off: Namibia v Scotland

15th place play-off: Canada v Papua New Guinea

27th February

5th place play-off: India v Afghanistan/West Indies

9th place play-off, 11th place play-off

28th February

3rd place play-off: England v Australia/South Africa

1st March

Final: Pakistan v Australia/South Africa

Super League semi-final

The game between England and Pakistan was a thriller with neither side able to dominate for long periods, leaving the result in doubt right until the final over.

Batting first, England slumped to 38 for three and 69 for four before Will Rhodes' excellent 76 not out in 79 balls, including some huge hits down the ground, helped them recover to post 204 for seven.

Ryan Higgins had earlier made 52 to help revive England's innings which saw them lose both oepner Jonathan Tattersall and Harry Finch without scoring.

Rob Sayer hit a quickfire 18 not out in 15 balls to give England a score that on another day, they might just have defended.

Zia-ul-Haq, Ammad and Karamat Ali all took two wickets.

Prolific opening pair Imam-ul-Haq (28) and Sami Aslam (18) struggled on this occasion and England did to Pakistan what Pakistan had done to them, reducing their opponents to 57 for four when Rob Jones had Imam and Kamran Ghulam (0) dismissed in the space of three balls in the 15th over.

Saud Shakeel and Ameer Hamza then played a match-saving partnership, puttnig on 74 together for the fifth wicket to keep the match in the balance.

Shakeel made 45 and Hamza 35 before Matt Fisher and Sayer removed them to leave Pakistan at 142 for seven in the 37th over to bring Ammad (26 not out) and Zafar Gohar (37 not out) together.

Another wicket and the game might have been England's for the taking but the pair played superbly together although just as the run-rate looked as it might be getting away from them, they were given a lifeline.

With 22 runs required from 17 balls, Ammad was dropped on the boundary by Jack Winslade. Worse from England's point of view was that the ball went for six.

From 16 to win in as many balls, Pakistan regained their composure, and when they needed a boundary to win with six deliveries remaining, Ammad was in mood to hang around, smashing Winslade through the covers to help his side reach the final for the fifth time.

Below: Jubilation as Pakistan celebrate their win 2014 © IDI/Getty Images

Jubilation as Pakistan celebrate their semi-final win

Super League fifth place play-off semi-final

For the second game in a row, Sri Lanka conceded a huge total and then closed well short as they went down by 76 runs to India.

The absence of the suspended Vijay Zol didn't seem to inconvenience India too much as they hammered 291 for seven thanks to Deepak Hooda's 76 not out in 56 balls, Shreyas Iyer's 59 and 40 from Sanju Samson.

Sadeera Samarawickrama made 58 and Priyamal Perera 47 to give Sri Lanka a boost after they lost early wickets but they went from 110 for two to 135 for five when Perera fell, Hooda finishing with three for 31 including the wicket or Perera.

Kuldeep Yadav, Chama Milind and Karan Kalla all took two wickets as Sri Lanka were finally dismissed for 215.

Plate League 13th place play-off semi-finals

Scotland have had a disappointing tournament but at least registered a comprehensive 77-run win over Papua New Guinea to stay in with a chance of finishing in 13th.

Michael English made 72 and Ross McLean 42 and despite no other player making more than Will Edwards' 19, Scotland posted 209 before being dismissed in the 49th over.

However, a target of 210 proved well beyond PNG who made it to the 44th over before they were all out for 132.

Mark Watt took three for 26 and McLean cmopleted a good all-round performance with three for 31.

Namibia came out on top of Canada in a relatively high-scoring game to win by 23 runs.

Zane Green and Malan Kruger both scored 57 for Namibia before Jano Coetzee smashed 73 in 50 balls as they charged to 263 for nine.

Nitish Kumar and Talha Shaik both took two wickets for Canada.

Yug Rao hit 66 from the top of the order and several of his team-mates made useful contributions but no other player could pass 30, which would eventually cost them the game.

Namibia, led by Coetzee (3-37), JJ Smit (2-49) and Bredell Wessells (2-57) were able to take wickets and prevent partnerships from growing and Canada were bowled out for 240.

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