ICL: Indian Cricket League

Juniors dump Australia from Under-19 World Cup


Defending champions Pakistan stayed on course for a hat-trick of Under-19 World Cup titles with a six-wicket win over Australia on Monday, here at the Kinrara Academy Oval, to enter the semifinals.

Pakistan, who won the last two tournaments in 2004 and 2006, steamrolled Australia for 129 after electing to field and then surpassed the modest target in the 28th over. New Zealand joined Pakistan, second-seeded India and South Africa in the semifinals with a 79-run victory over Sri Lanka in the last quarter-final at the Royal Selangor Club here.

The young Kiwis scored 213 after being given first strike and then bowled out Sri Lanka for 133 in 42.1 overs. India, runners-up to Pakistan in the 2006 event in Sri Lanka, clash with New Zealand in Wednesday’s day-night semifinal at the Kinrara Oval.

Pakistan take on South Africa under lights in the other semifinal at the same venue on Friday.Pakistan dominated a disappointing quarter-final from start to finish after captain Imad Wasim won the toss and sent the Australians in to bat.

Seamer Adil Raza grabbed the wickets of Phillip Hughes and Marcus Stoinis in the first over of the innings and the young Aussies were unable to recover from the disastrous start. Steven Smith made 22 and James Pattinson chipped in with 34 but no other batsman was able to defy the accurate Pakistani attack.

Raza, a 16-year-old who hails from Gujranwala, finished with 3-26 while Wasim, Azhar Attari and Umar Akmal picked up two wickets each. Pakistan stuttered in their reply when Josh Hazelwood removed Umar Amin and Umair Mir in the seventh over to reduce the champions to 32-3.

But Ahmad Shahzad and left-hander Ali Asad put on 95 for the fourth wicket to crush Australia’s hopes. Shahzad fell for 40 when three runs were needed for victory, while left-hander Asad was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten 63.

“It was good we won the toss because the ball was swinging a bit in the morning and helped our seamers,” said Pakistan’s coach Mansoor Rana. “Even though we lost early wickets, I knew my batsmen were capable enough of chasing the target.”

Source:Cricket News

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