Under-19 World Cup 2014, playoffs February 24, 2014

All-round Hooda powers India to victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

An all-round effort from Deepak Hooda helped India Under-19s thump Sri Lanka Under-19s by 76 runs in the fifth-play playoff semi-final. Hooda first blitzed 76 off 56 deliveries to propel India to 291, and then took three wickets to help bowl Sri Lanka out for 215.

India, coming into the game on the back of an agonizing quarter-final defeat to England, were dominant throughout the match and had raced to 57 in the tenth over after being put in to bat. The openers Ankush Bains and Akhil Herwadkar fell within three overs of each other, but Shreyas Iyer (59) and Sanju Samson (40) added 87 for the third wicket as India consolidated during the middle overs.

Sri Lanka fought back with four quick wickets, but Hooda and Kuldeep Yadav shared an unbroken eighth-wicket stand worth 81 runs off 53 balls, setting Sri Lanka a required run rate of nearly six an over in their chase.

Sadeera Samarawickrama helped Sri Lanka's chase with a handy 58, but apart from Priyamal Perera (47), no other batsman could make more than 27. Kuldeep, Karan Kaila and Chama Milind shared six wickets between them. Hoooda ended with 3 for 31, taking his all-round tally to 11 wickets (the third-highest) and 193 runs from five matches in the tournament.

A patient half-century from Michael English, followed by three wickets apiece from the spinners Ross McLean and Mark Watt, paved the way for Scotland Under-19s' 77-run victory against Papua New Guinea Under-19s in the 13th-place playoff semi-final.

English hit just four fours during his 72 off 123 balls, but more importantly, helped Scotland recover from a shaky start by combining with McLean for a third-wicket partnership of 101 runs. McLean chipped in 41 runs with two fours, but from 121 for 2 in the 30th over, Scotland were bundled out for 209 by the 49th. Left-arm seamer Nosaina Pokana was the pick of PNG's bowlers, and finished with 3 for 27.

PNG, however, were unable to gather any momentum during their chase as their progress was hampered by wickets at regular intervals. Riley Hekure and Allan Joseph were the only two batsmen to make more than 20, as McLean and Watt ran through the line-up in 43.3 overs.

A strong batting display from Namibia Under-19s' top and middle order helped them edge Canada Under-19s by 23 runs in the 13th-place playoff semi-final. Zane Green and Malan Kruger scored 57 each and put up 93 for the second wicket, but it was Jano Coetzee's 50-ball 73 that eventually lifted the team to a formidable 263 for 9.

Canada lost Sudeepta Aurka off the second ball of their chase, before a number of important contributions from their top order, led by Yug Rao's 66, took the team to 133 by the 32nd over. However a number of quick dismissals from then on resulted in the team being bowled out for 240 in 47.3 overs. Coetzee notched three scalps to go with his quick fifty to cap off an impressive all-round display.

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  • Asif on February 26, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    India U19 is a bright prospect. They lost the Quarters coz of Zol's two wrong decisons, one to bat first and secondly to insist on including Ricky Bhui despite his poor showing. Iyer seems a better batsman in such conditions. Overall, Hooda, Sarfaraz, Kuldeep, Gani and Milind has given India good bowling and allrounder prospects. Well done boys. Keep playing hard.

  • Manesh on February 25, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Not everyone can be in semis or finals, dude! Even your SL lost in quarter and then lost to India and placed at 6th only! iIndia placed 5th in this WC out of 8 teams. Do not ask to win ALL games EVERYTIME. Do you know who won U19 WC last time and where was it playing?

  • ESPN on February 25, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Lol the only person that will go to senior side will be samson, and maybe satrfraz if he keeps fit. Being a dohni fan, I find samson to be a perfect replacement or even better.

  • Manesh on February 25, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    @chak-day. Not everyone can be in semis or finals, dude! Even your SL lost in quarter and placed at 6th only! and lost to India in 5th playoff. India placed 5th in this WC out of 8 teams. Do not ask to win ALL games EVERYTIME. Do you know who won U19 WC last time and where was it playing?

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    bright future for our indian cricket team.........!

  • Manesh on February 25, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Congrats to India. Few good players in the team. Sanju, Hooda, Sarfaraz etc. So, another proof that India can beat SL at any level! India proved it again and again still SL fans not satisfied! @ chak-day. Do not act as an Indian fan as you do not know which teams are playing!!

  • Shahid on February 25, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    I agree with chak-day. Make smaller boundaries in India invite teams from the countries never heard of. Make world record. This will bring more money for BCCI and then again dictate terms to others!

  • sana on February 24, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    @Fijicricke. Oh there you are RIGHT thanks for correction, Where is the GREAT india in finals, no semis, oh no in quarterfinals. Out of 8 big cricketing nations when you cant be in any better than semis INDIA should play GHANA, MALTA, MALDIVES teams.

  • Sanjay on February 24, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    My oh my, the sound of silence........where are all the Sri Lankan fans who appear on the comments section whenever India play, and advice Indian fans on how to gracefully acknowledge the winners?

    After the QF against England, we had one First Class Troll congratulate Pak who weren't even playing. At any rate, we should follow their advice, so with all sincerity:

    Congrats India.

  • Sanjay on February 24, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    @Posted by chak-day on (February 24, 2014, 18:26 GMT) For your info India played against Srilanka and not Scotland. As usual India EASILY beat Pakistan AND Srilanka !

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