Four Asian sides – India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
–advanced to the Super League quarter-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup
in Bangladesh with their second successive wins on Saturday.
India and Nepal, which took the two top spots in Group D at the expense of New
Zealand and Ireland, will clash on Monday in their last league match to
decide the group winner.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka advanced from Group B, which also
included Afghanistan and Canada, and will play each other on Wednesday,
February 3, to determine who tops the group.
India, sent into bat by New Zealand in Mirpur, piled up 258 for
eight with Sarfaraz Khan top-scoring with 74 for the second time in the
competition. Rishabh Pant made 57 and Armaan Jaffer scored 46.
But Mahipal Lomror stood out with a fine all-round display as he followed up
his 45 with the bat with five for 47, which bundled New Zealand out for 138 in
the 32nd over.
Seamer Avesh Kumar, who took three wickets in his first four
overs to reduce the Kiwis to five for three, finished with four for 32. He was
later declared player of the match.
“Our first aim to make the quarter-finals has been realized, but
we cannot afford to relax,” said India captain Ishan Kishan. “We need to top
the group, so the match against Nepal will be very important.
“I am confident because the batsmen are in form and the bowlers
too are doing well. It is good that the seamers and spinners have got used to
Sri Lanka survived a tense run-chase by Afghanistan before
clinching victory and a place in the quarter-finals.
Skipper Charith Asalanka top-scored with 71 in Sri Lanka’s
modest 184 all out, but Afghanistan was itself bowled out for 151 despite
opener Karim Janat’s 40 and Waheedullah Shafaq’s 47.
Kamindu Mendis, who possesses a rare talent of bowling both right-arm off-spin
and left-arm orthodox spin, claimed three wickets for 36 runs.
Pakistan scored a seven-wicket win over Canada after bowling out the unfancied
rival for 178. Hasan Khan took three wickets and Shadab Khan took two.
The Pakistanis surpassed the target in the 41st over
with opener Zeeshan Malik scoring an unbeaten 89 and Saif Badar 44. Zeeshan was
later declared player of the tournament.
Pakistan captain Gohar Hafeez said he was satisfied with the way
the tournament was progressing for his team.
“We are batting and bowling well and that is a good sign,” he
said. “We will be well prepared for the Sri Lanka game because we want to win
and top the group.”
The 11th edition of the biennial 16-nation
tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate
Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland.
Teams have been divided into four groups with the top two in each advancing to
the Super League quarter-finals and the other two qualifying for the Plate
Scores in brief:
Group B: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 33 runs
Sri Lanka 184 all out, 48.1 overs (Charith Asalanka 71; Shamsurrahman Wali 3-19,
Karim Janat 2-37, Zahir Khan 2-36)
Afghanistan 151 all out, 44.5 overs (Waheedullah Shafaq 47, Karim Janat 40;
Kamindu Mendis 3-36).
Group B: Pakistan beat Canada by seven wickets in Sylhet
Canada 178 all out, 48.3 overs (Bhavindu Adhihetty 51, Abraash Khan 44; Hasan
Khan 3-36, Shadab Khan 2-44)
Pakistan 180-3 in 40.5 overs (Zeeshan Malik 89 not out, Saif Badar 44)
Group D: India beat New Zealand by 120 runs in
India 258-8, 50 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 74, Rishabh Pant 57, Armaan Jaffer 46,
Mahipal Lomror 45; Zak Gibson 3-50, Nathan Smith 2-39, Rachin Ravindra 2-41)
New Zealand 138 all out, 31.3 overs (Christian Leopard 40; Mahipal Lormor 5-47,
Avesh Khan 4-32)
Group D: Nepal beat Ireland by eight wickets in Fatullah
Ireland 131-9, 50 overs (Harry Tector 30 not out; Sandeep Lamichhane 5-27,
Dipendra Airee 2-18)
Nepal 132-2, 25.3 overs (Yogendra Karki 61, Aarif Sheikh 31 not out)
Group A: Bangladesh v Scotland, Cox’s Bazar
Group A: South Africa v Namibia, Cox’s Bazar
Group C: West Indies v Fiji, Chittagong
Group C: England v Zimbabwe, Chittagong