Day three of the ICC Under-19 World Cup produced a one-run victory for the West Indies over Bangladesh and three comfortable wins for India, Australia and Sri Lanka.
Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North hosted the tie of the day, and a crucial game for both sides as with Pakistan looking in dominant form, West Indies' one-run win over Bangladesh could ensure their later progression. Andre Creary top scored with 55 as the West Indies recovered from 20 for three to post 249 for eight in their 50 overs and Bangladesh made a similarly bad start to their reply, slipping to 51 for three before 53 from Shabbir Rahman and 54 from Tasamul Haque got them back in the game. They were, however, to be denied at the last, shaker Ahmed run out attempting to level the scores with two balls remaining.
India breezed to their second win of the competition with an eight-wicket victory over Hong Kong that handed their fellow Asians a second defeat in two after they were thrashed by England. Jamie Atkinson made 39 as Hong Kong were shot out for 143 and india cruised home in 24 overs.
Australia crushed Ireland by 209 runs although they were in early trouble at 114 for four after Ireland won the toss and chose to bowl. They eventually made a very healthy 274 for five thanks to 88 from Alex Keath, 73 not out from Tim Armstrong and 53 from Tom Beaton and then bowled Ireland out for just 65, a score in which only two players managed to reach double figures as Nick Buchanan returned four for 16.
Sri Lanka opened their campaign with a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Zimbabwe, who have now lost twice in two matches. The Zimbabweans were bowled out for 121 and the Sri Lankans had little difficulty in reaching their victory target in the 25th over.
Canadian off-spinner Riyazjkhan Pathan has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action, the ICC has confirmed. He was reported during Canada's opening win against Zimbabwe and he will now undergo assessment by Canada cricket but in the meantime, he is allowed to continue to bowl.
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