The quarter-final line-up for the 2012 Under-19 World Cup was decided today, with Sri Lanka the only notable casualty from the group stages thanks to their surprise first-day defeat to Bangladesh. They will now join Zimbabwe and the six qualifiers in the plate championship.
Bangladesh confirmed their passage to the quarter-finals of the main tournament with a comfortable seven-wicket win over Namibia in Brisbane. Opener Liton Das hit 70 not out off 115 balls to ease them past Namibia’s total of 151 earlier in the day. Skipper Stephan Baard had top-scored for the African side with a 70-ball 40, but, in spite of seven of their batsmen reaching double figures, they failed to post anything resembling a winning score as Abu Jayed took three for 29.
England completed their fightback from an opening day defeat at the hands of tournament hosts Australia to beat Nepal and book their place in the quarter-finals in Townsville. They amassed 274 for seven from their 50 overs after electing to bat, with Essex wicket-keeper Ben Foakes hitting 92 off only 84 balls, and Northamptonshire wicket-keeper Ben Duckett hitting 55 off only 33. In reply, Shozair Ali and Reece Topley decimated the Nepalese upper-order, reducing them to nine for four and 25 for five, before Subash Khakurel and Hasim Ansari provided some resistance with a sixth-wicket stand of 67. Khakurel departed to Craig Overton for 55 and Nepal were soon all out for 147 to lose by 127 runs.
Ravikant Singh took five for 21 for India to help dismiss Papua New Guinea for just 97 in Townsville. Only three of their batsmen reached double figures as Kamal Passi and Baba Aparajith also contributed with a brace of wickets. Papua New Guinea had hinted at a possible upset earlier in the day by bowling India out for just 204, with opening bowler Chad Soper taking five wickets of his own. Fortunately for India, the half-centuries from Prashant Chopra and Vijay Zol proved more than enough.
New Zealand were roundly trounced by Pakistan in Buderim. They were restricted to a woeful 152 for eight from their 50 overs thanks to some tight bowling by all five of Pakistan’s attack. Ehsan Adil emerged with the best figures, two for 21, but they will reflect fondly on what was a team effort. The same could be said of their performance with the bat, as five of them reached double figures, with Imam-ul-Haq’s 40 off 71 balls the highest individual contribution.
Test opener and West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite finished on 70 not out from 116 balls to help his side beat Zimbabwe with almost 15 overs to spare in Townsville. Zimbabwe had earlier been held to 148 for eight from their 50 overs after being asked to bat, with Jerome Jones, Justin Greaves and Akhil Hosein each taking two wickets.
Super League Quarter-Finals:
South Africa v England at Townsville on 19th August
Australia v Bangladesh at Townsville on 19th August
Pakistan v India at Townsville on 20th August
West Indies v New Zealand on 20th August
Plate Championship Quarter-Finals:
Afghanistan v Papua New Guinea at Brisbane on 19th August
Zimbabwe v Scotland at Brisbane at Brisbane on 19th August
Sri Lanka v Nepal at Brisbane on 20th August
Ireland v Namibia at Brisbane on 20th August
© Cricket World 2012
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