Under-19 World Cup 2014, playoffs February 25, 2014

Bangladesh, NZ in plate final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ken McClure's second consecutive fifty helped New Zealand Under-19s to a five-wicket win against UAE Under-19s in the Plate Semi-Final in Abu Dhabi. McClure hit seven fours and a six during his unbeaten 62 to help New Zealand chase down 141 in 30.2 overs.

UAE, put in to bat, were unable to gather any momentum as their progress was halted by wickets at regular intervals. Kyle Jamieson provided the first breakthrough for New Zealand in the ninth over, with the total on 26. Jeremy Benton and Josh Finnie shared two wickets each as UAE stumbled to 85 for 7 and only a 36-run stand for the eighth wicket gave the UAE score some respectability. While most of their batsmen made starts, none could muster more than 21 as a result of which the team eventually folded for 140 in 49.2 overs.

New Zealand lost Henry Collier early in the chase, but Raki Weerasundara chipped in with 30. The team lost five wickets by the 27th over, but UAE did not have enough runs to challenge the opposition. New Zealand will now play Bangladesh in the Plate Final.

A quick half-century from Mosaddek Hossain paved the way for Bangladesh Under-19s' 76-run win against Zimbabwe Under-19s in the other Plate Semi-Final. Mosaddek whipped six fours and a six during his unbeaten 66-ball 83, and forged a 64-run alliance for the fifth wicket with Yasir Ali to take the team to a competitive 265 for 6. The groundwork for Bangladesh's innings had been laid by Joyraz Sheik (58) and Litton Das (47) who put up 77 for the second wicket to help the team towards the 150-run mark.

The Bangladesh bowlers then ran through Zimbabwe's top order to leave the team struggling at 65 for 5, but Luke Jongwe and the captain Malcolm Lake put up a brief resistance, with a 50-run partnership for the sixth wicket. However, two wickets in the 37th over from Mustafizur Rahman once again dented Zimbabwe's hopes and despite a fighting 30 from Deven Bell at No. 9, the team were restricted to 193 for 9 from their 50 overs.

West Indies Under-19s seamer Ray Jordan picked up three wickets to help the team edge Afghanistan Under-19s by nine runs in Dubai. Chasing 216, Afghanistan were inching towards a win at 204 for 7, but Jordan struck off successive deliveries in the 47th over before Gudakesh Motie's strike in the next over dismissed Afghanistan for 206.

Earlier, Fabian Allen's 92 had helped West Indies recover after three of their top five batsmen were out for ducks. Allen hit eight fours and four sixes, and combined with Ramaal Lewis for a sixth-wicket partnership worth 52 runs, which eventually took the team to 215. Fareed Ahmad and Mohammad Mujtaba shared three scalps apiece for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan were buoyed by a 51 from the opener Shahidullah, but the loss of wickets at regular intervals saw them precariously placed at 97 for 5. Hashmatullah Shaidi scored an unbeaten 52 and the captain Nasir Jamal chipped in with 30, but the team eventually fell just short.

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  • CRIC on February 28, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Young Jordan has a bright future. He has bags of pace for a teenager (90mph in this comp) and consistently takes wickets...a priceless facet of his game. Let's hope he is well managed...because the Windies need some new quicks to come through over the next few years.

  • Frankenstein on February 26, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Bd would be more than disappointed if they dnt managed to win the plate championship.

  • Dummy4 on February 26, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Australia was never even close to get championship, sadly they lost to a team luckily, don't you forget how badly afghan lost to Bangladesh by 10 wicket and to South Africa did the same, so it was a bad day Australia lost to them

  • Khondker S on February 25, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    BD should beat NZ easily and get the plate as a consolidation prize.

  • M.G. on February 25, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    @Aryaan Hazrat: Your posting is misleading. Afg was thrashed by BD at league stage, defeated by 10 wickets, total dominance by their opponents...

  • ZCF on February 25, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Congratulations to BD youngsters. Well done boys, but poor use of his bowlers by Lake once again.

    This game should have been closer.The coach/on tour selector cannot be excused either. Disappointing!!! Twice Hondo came in for a performing spinner. Chikomba this time and Mambo previously.

    Secondly Burl should have been dropped once we ZIM knocked out by SA. Better performing players were not spared the constant chop or rotation, but somehow his abject performances kept him in the team! Questions need to be raised there. After all the only thing he spent his time doing in this WC was fielding and walking back to the pavillion after falling cheaply&early repeatedly, while almost every other player rolled their arm or kept wicket.

    Finally Gumbie should have continued in the side ahead of Handirisi, with the rest pushed up the order in Burl's plac, and pacy Musoko retained.

    Great effort from Jongwe. We can confidently say Chigumbura's succesor has been found.

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Well-done Afghan boys! They way this U19 played throughout the tournament were profoundly great. They give no easy win to any big test nations, they beat Australia (most likely winner of the cup) convincingly they give scare to SA and same WI. I hope the senior team does the same. Salute to you Afghan U19. After This all teams know that Afghans are no pushovers.

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    With great crowd support, healthy bank balance of board, enormous amount of upcoming talents will not justify our current achievement. Plate final is not enough for Bangladesh not even the Plate Championship. Bangladesh deserve more than that.

  • Akbar on February 25, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    I don't know why Afghan player Fareed Ahmad (also known as Farid Malik) was not playing in the past matches.... Since he has taken 7 wickets against Pakistan and now 3 against West Indies and stil he was not picked up!!! I wonder why ????!!

  • Fahad on February 25, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Plate is worst than 8th position. Disappointed with BD performance.

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