West Indies First Major Nation To Fall In Malaysia
West Indies became the first major nation to fall by the wayside in the Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia, after a 50-run defeat at the hands of India ensured that India and South Africa will progress from Group B of the tournament.
Elsewhere, the final round of pool games saw victories for Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Group A: Pakistan 173-8 beat Zimbabwe 86 by 87 runs
Pakistan struggled to lay the platform for a big score, with Kyle Jarvis taking three for 40, in the process reducing the tournament favourites to 21 for four and then 90 for six before 76 from wicket-keeper Asad got them to 173 for eight.
Needing to bowl well to stay in the game, the Pakistanis responded in fine style with Mohammad Rameez leading the way by taking three for 26 as only three Zimbabweans made double figure scores.
Group B: India 265-5 beat West Indies 215 by 50 runs
India secured a 100% record in the group with a dominant victory over the Caribbean side built around a round 100 from captain Virat Kohli. There were also half-centuries from Turuwar Kohli (50) and Tanmay Srivastava (51) as India racked up a healthy score.
West Indies, needing the win to progress, made a confident start, scoring 44 for the first wicket before India hit back with Siddharth Kaul taking three for 37.
Darren Bravo, brother of Dwayne, scored a fighting 43, but it wasn't enough as the West Indies were bowled out for 215 in the 48th over.
Group C: Sri Lanka 175-5 beat Australia 172 by five wickets
Sri Lanka effected a comprehensive win over Australia, having taken early control of the game once they had Australia at 88 for four. An excellent bowling performance was led by spinner Navin Kavikara, who picked up three for 20 from ten overs.
Three players, Dilshan Munaweera, Kodikara Perera and captain Amila Subasinghe then scored 43 as the runs were knocked off with 12 overs to spare.
Group D: Bangladesh 149 beat England 136 by 13 runs
Both sides have qualified, but it was Bangladesh who took the 100% record into the next stage despite being bowled out for 149. James Harris took five for 29 with Bangladesh reliant on 56 from captain Suhrawadi Shuvo in the lower order.
England's batting then faltered in the face of a disciplined bowling effort from the Bangladeshis with Dan Redfern top scoring with 26 and opener James Taylor hitting 24.
QUARTER-FINAL LINE UP
Sunday, February 24: India v England & Bangladesh v South Africa
Monday, February 25: Sri Lanka v New Zealand & Pakistan v Australia
PLATE CHAMPIONSHIP LINE UP
Sunday, February 24: Malaysia v Namibia, Nepal v Zimbabwe
Monday, February 25: West Indies v Ireland, Bermuda v Papua New Guinea
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