Pakistan suffered defeat at the hands of West Indies in the fifth place play-off semi-final as the Under-19 World Cup continued in Queensland. The result means that Pakistan’s worst ever performance in the tournament – they had not previously finished lower than fourth – has got even worse as they can now finish no higher than seventh.
They lost two early wickets in pursuit of West Indies’ modest total of 182, but Babar Azam and Umar Waheed looked to have got things back on track with a third-wicket stand of 51. However, Derone Davis (three for 20) removed both of them in the space of half an hour and Pakistan never recovered. They were all out for just 166 in the 49th over to lose by 16 runs.
Earlier, Kraigg Brathwaite had top-scored for the West Indies with 39 during a stop-start performance with the bat. Pakistan’s bowlers all bowled tidily, with Mir Hamza returning the best figures – three for 44 from his ten overs.
Sri Lanka thrashed Ireland as expected in the ninth place play-off semi-final to advance to the plate championship final, where they will play Afghanistan. Sandun Weerakkody hit an unbeaten 112 in Sri Lanka’s total of 258 and shared a crucial fourth-wicket stand of 87 with Angelo Jayasinghe which helped them recover from 68 for three. George Dockrell and Graeme McCarter were again the pick of the Ireland attack – returning figures of three for 39 and two for 34 respectively. In reply, Ireland lost regular wickets, mainly to Lahiru Madushanka, who ended with six for 24, and were bowled out for just 149 to lose by 109 runs.
Tomorrow sees the eagerly anticipated second semi-final between India and New Zealand in Townsville as the pair battle it out to join Australia in Sunday’s final. Elsewhere, Nepal play Papua New Guinea to determine who will finish 13th, while Namibia and Zimbabwe will endeavour to avoid picking up the wooden spoon in Brisbane.
© Cricket World 2012
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