Australia Falls Short in Under-19 Cricket World Cup Quarter Final
AUSTRALIA U19 159 (43.3 overs, Fanning 75, Scott 35) def be India 9-233 (50 overs, Murphy 2-40, Kelly 2-45) at JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom.
Australia's hopes of winning a fourth ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup have been dashed after succumbing to India in the 2020 edition's Super League Quarter Final stage.
A fighting 75 from opening batsman Sam Fanning, supported by Liam Scott (35) and Patrick Rowe (21), was not enough for Australia to overcome an early collapse in pursuit of India's 9-233.
Three wickets fell in the first over of the run chase and a fourth in the third over, leaving Australia perilously poised at 4-17 and facing an uphill battle to stay alive in the World Cup.
Partnerships of 51 runs between Fanning and Rowe, and 81 between Fanning and Scott, gave Australia hope of completing another remarkable batting comeback.
But their Group B heroics against England would not be repeated, with Fanning and Scott's departures in the space of two overs ending Australia's resurgence.
Earlier, a strong team bowling effort saw five Indian wickets fall for just 114 runs inside the first 31 overs, as Todd Murphy (2-40) and Corey Kelly (2-45) in particular applied the brakes.
Strong lower order hitting allowed India to more than double that score in the latter stages of the innings, providing them to a competitive total that Australia was unable to overhaul.
Despite being out of Cup contention, the Australian team will remain in South Africa, with further matches to help determine their rankings for the next U19 World Cup.
Their next assignment will be against the loser of Friday's Quarter Final between Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Super League Play Off Semi Final, at North West University Oval, Potchefstroom on February 2.
2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, South Africa
January 17 – February 9, 2020
- v West Indies, January 18, Diamond Oval, Kimberley. West Indies won by three wickets
- v Nigeria, January 20, Country Club B Field, Kimberley. Australia won by 10 wickets
- v England, January 23, Diamond Oval, Kimberley. Australia won by two wickets
- v India, January 28, JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom. India won by 74 runs
- v Afghanistan or Pakistan, February 2, North West University Oval, Potchefstroom.