U-19 WC: Australia and Afghanistan advance
Three-time former champion and last tournament's losing finalist Australia and dark horse Afghanistan progressed from Group B to the next round of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup UAE 2014 on the final day of the first round matches on Wednesday.
Jake Doran scored 99 not out as Australia defeated Bangladesh by 74 runs after the Asian side was set a victory target of 245 runs, but required 231 runs to move to the next round ahead of Australia on a better net run-rate, while Afghanistan scored 130 runs in boundaries as it sprinted to the 192-run target in under 26 overs to beat Namibia by four wickets at Abu Dhabi Oval 2.
In the other matches on day six of the 16-day tournament, India and Pakistan romped to one-sided victories in Group A.
Sanju Samson scored 85 and Kuldeep Yadav grabbed four for 10 as India routed Papua New Guinea by 245 runs while Imam-ul-Haq scored 133, highest individual score of the tournament to date, and Karamat Ali captured five for 36 as Pakistan brushed aside the challenge of Scotland by 146 runs at ICC Academy 2.
Following the completion of the first round matches, India, Pakistan (both group A), Australia, Afghanistan (both Group B), South Africa, West Indies (both Group C) and Sri Lanka, England (both Group D) have qualified for the Super League quarter-finals, while Scotland, PNG (both Group A), Bangladesh, Namibia (both Group B), Zimbabwe, Canada (both Group C), New Zealand and UAE (both Group D) will now feature in the Place Championship.
Following Thursday and Friday's rest days, the tournament will commence on Saturday when Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in the quarter-final at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and India will square-off against England at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in front of Star Sports cameras. In the Plate Championship matches in Abu Dhabi, Bangladesh will meet Canada and Zimbabwe will face Namibia.
The Australia-Bangladesh match was expected to be the feature match of the final day, but it turned it to be an anti-climax as the Asian side lost its last seven wickets for 42 runs to be dismissed for 170 while chasing 245 for victory. Left-arm fast bowler Ben Ashkenazi and leg-spinner Thomas Andrews took three for 33 and three for 35, respectively to bowl their side to the top of Group A.
Earlier, Doran hit eight fours in a 124-ball 99 not out to lift Australia to 244 for six after it was in some bother at 61 for four. Doran added 105 runs for the fifth wicket with captain Alex Gregory (48).
Afghanistan was on a mission against Namibia as it scored 130 out of 196 runs in boundaries as it raced to victory in 25.3 overs. Hashmatullah Shaidi slapped six fours and a six in a 43-ball 52 and Mohammad Mujtaba clobbered eight fours and two sixes in a 30-ball 50 after Muslim Musa had taken three for 35 to restrict Namibia to 192 for nine in its 50 overs.
India gave a cricketing lesson to Papua New Guinea (PNG) when it won by 245 runs.
Sanju Samson slammed a ruthless 85 off 48 balls with eight fours and four sixes and opener Ankush Bains hit a 83-ball 59 (5x4, 1x6) as India scored an impressive 301 for six with the last 10 overs producing 98 runs, including 50 off the final 30 balls.
Kuldeep Yadav, who took a hat-trick in his previous match against Scotland, then returned figures of 8.2-1-10-4 and fast bowler Monu Kumar claimed three for 13 as PNG was bundled out for 56 in 28.2 overs.
Imam-ul-Haq was on song at ICC Academy 2 when he moved to the top of leading run-getters to date (260 runs) with an attractive 133 that was punctuated with 13 fours and a six from 137 balls. Imam, nephew of former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, added 161 runs for the second wicket with Hasan Raza (57) and 69 runs for the third wicket with Saud Shakeel (40) as Pakistan posted a colossal 308 for seven in 50 overs.
Leg-spinner Karamat Ali then produced the best bowling performance of the tournament to date when he returned figures of 7.5-0-36-5 as Scotland was spun out for 162 with only opener Andrew Umeed with 65 offering some resistance.
Namibia's Bredwell Wessells, who took four for 58 against Afghanistan, is the leading wicket-taker after the first round matches with nine wickets. Yadav is occupying second place with eight wickets, while there is a five-way tie for the third place with Alei Nao of PNG, Sri Lanka's Anuk Fernando, Ray Jordan of the West Indies, Karamat Ali of Pakistan and India's Deepak Hooda all having seven wickets.
Scores in brief
In Group A, India beat PNG by 245 runs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium
India 301-6, 50 overs (Sanju Samson 85, Ankush Bains 59, Akhil Herwadkar 37, Shreyas Iyer 36, Vijay Zol 35, Sarfaraz Khan 34 not out; Alei Nao 3-46, Sakavai Gebai 2-73)
PNG 56 all out, 28.2 overs (Riley Hekure 20; Kuldeep Yadav 4-10, Monu Kumar 3-13, Deepak Hooda 2-5)
Man of the match - Sanju Samson (India)
In Group A, Pakistan beat Scotland by 146 runs at ICC Academy 2
Pakistan 308-7, 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 133, Hasan Raza 57, Saud Shakeel 40, Kamran Ghulam 34; Chris Sole 3-69, Gavin Main 2-89)
Scotland 162 all out, 39.5 overs (Andrew Umeed 65, Kyle Stirling 26, Alex Baum 26; Karamat Ali 5-36, Amad Butt 2-22)
Man of the match - Imam-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
In Group B, Australia beat Bangladesh by 74 runs at Zayed Cricket Stadium
Australia 244-6, 50 overs (Jake Doran 99 not out, Alex Gregory 48, Matthew Short 36, James Bazley 24; Nihaduzzaman 2-32)
Bangladesh 170 all out, 42 overs, (Shadman Islam 49, Litton Das 43, Mosaddek Hossain 29; Ben Ashkenazi 3-33, Thomas Andrews 3-35, Guy Walker 2-20)
Man of the match - Jake Doran (Australia)
In Group B, Afghanistan beat Namibia by four wickets at Abu Dhabi Oval 2
Namibia 192-9, 50 overs (Gerhard Erasmus 84, Malan Kruger 25; Muslim Musa 3-35, Sharafuddin Ashraf 2-30)
Afghanistan 196-6, 25.3 overs (Hashmatullah Shaidi 52, Mohammad Mujtaba 50, Nasir Jamal 39 not out, Ihsanullah 31, Bredwell Wessells 4-58)
Man of the match - Mohammad Mujtaba (Afghanistan)
Saturday's fixtures (quarter-finals):
Saturday 22 Feb - Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Sharjah Cricket Stadium; India v England, Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Sunday 23 Feb - South Africa v Afghanistan, Sharjah Cricket Stadium; Australia v West Indies, Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Saturday 22 Feb - Bangladesh v Canada, Zayed Cricket Stadium; Zimbabwe v Namibia, Abu Dhabi Oval 2
Sunday 23 Feb -UAE v Scotland, Zayed Cricket Stadium; New Zealand v PNG, Abu Dhabi Oval 1
(Posted on 19-02-2014)