ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012 August 13, 2012

Minnows suffer big defeats

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan picked up their second straight win of the tournament, beating Scotland by nine wickets at the Kev Hackey Oval in Buderim. After being asked to field, they bowled out Scotland for 200 and chased the target comfortably.

Mohammad Nawaz picked up 4 for 20 with his left-arm spin, but Scotland would have hoped for a bigger score after starting their innings well. Opener Ross McLean made 59 and was part of a quick opening stand worth 36 with Mathew Cross. McLean and Freddie Coleman added 66 for the third wicket and Scotland were looking good at 146 for 2 in the 33rd over. But a collapse ensued. Nawaz struck and was supported by Ehsan Adil who dislodged two batsmen. The last eight wickets fell for just 54 in 17 overs.

Babar Azam led the way for Pakistan in the chase, smashing an unbeaten ton and was part of an opening stand worth 163 with Sami Aslam, who made 78 off 79 balls. That stand all but sealed Scotland's fate and Pakistan won with almost 14 overs to spare. Azam finished with 106 not out off 121 balls, hitting 10 fours and two sixes.

West Indies continued to impress in this Under-19 World Cup, thrashing Papua New Guinea by nine wickets at Endeavour Park. PNG were bowled out for 116 in 41 overs after choosing to bat. Only three batsmen managed to reach double-figures and that included their captain Christopher Kent, who top-scored with 39. PNG had been reduced to 62 for 6 at one stage but Nigel Boge and Chad Soper added 38 together down the order to take the score towards 100. Seamer Jerome Jones was among the wickets, picking up three for 15 in a 10-over spell. His victims included the PNG openers. Kyle Mayers also grabbed three wickets in his four overs.

Sunil Ambris made a mockery of PNG's score, going on a rampage in the chase. He smashed nine fours and seven sixes in his 91, off just 43 balls. He made all his runs in an opening stand of 111 - his opening partner, captain Kraigg Brathwaite, remained unbeaten on 17 - and West Indies' victory was sealed in the 12th over.

Sri Lanka picked up their first win of the competition, inflicting a 195-run defeat on Namibia at Allan Border Field in Brisbane. They cashed in after opting to bat, helped by half-centuries from opener Sebastian Perera and Sandun Weerakkody in the middle order. Sri Lanka's was a collective batting display, with handy contributions from the rest of their top five as well. They were in a dominant position at 210 for 2 in the 38th over and looked set to go past 300 but ended up losing their next seven wickets for 88 runs. Zhivago Groenewald picked up 3 for 49. However, Sri Lanka, having scored 298 for 9, had done more than enough.

Barring Wian van Vuuren at the top of the order and wicketkeeper Gerhard Erasmus, Sri Lanka's bowlers faced no resistance with the bat. Van Vuuren made 38, Erasmus was unbeaten on 36 but the rest of the line-up crumbled. Lahiru Madushanka gave the batsmen a tough time, picking up four wickets for 15 runs with his medium-pace. Namibia were bowled out for 103 in 35 overs.

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  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Big relief to see a west-indian WICKET-KEEPER OPENING BATSMAN; could be the find of the decade for west-indies cricket if they can form him in the international stage permanently!

  • imran on August 14, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    @gobrooms...hey mate, even the west indian four prong pace attack of 1980s wasn't even able to dominate pakistan...if i am not wrong, pakistan was the only team in the 80s to have not lost a single test series(both home and away) against windies...and as far as this u-19 wc is concerned i think pakistan is one of the best sides in the competition along wid aus, eng, sa etc. and pak should have no problems in reaching the semis or even the finals

  • Gordon on August 13, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Pakistan is the most over rated team in this competition,this west indies team is out to prove a point,India thought that since they hadn,t lost to the west indies since 1988,it was easy pickings...n look what happened to them n all the excuses!!.,The 4 prong pace attack system is what allowed the west indies to dominate world cricket(including Pakistan!) for a decade...so don,t forget that.This 4 pace attack by the west indies under 19 is very good and improving under the great Courtney Walsh,and once they follow the plan,no team would be able to withstand the pressure!!.Lets see how all these so called "brilliant" under 19 batsmen will fear against a good 4 pace attack!.

  • M on August 13, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    look WI came 3rd last time and they have just as good as a chance as PAK or OZ. we beat OZ in the warm up as well as previous quad tourni so even OZ have a lesser chance than WI. Give WI credit where it is due.....we beat IND fair and square. If IND cant play in unfavourable conditions and blame the conditions for their loss then they dont deserve to be a top team

  • Niles on August 13, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    @anshu.s Brathwaite faced 25 balls for his 17 runs 11 overs bowled how can you criticise him. Give Sunil Ambris his due credit and stop trying to pick a WI fight!!! Great game boys the resurgence has started.

  • Oman on August 13, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    @Meety Hey, pls dont put this WI side and Bang in the same sentence. The level of expectation of this young talented group of players from our islands is greater than anything we've seen since Lara graced the world stage. We are really THAT good!

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    great game by pakistan's openers they need to try some other spin varieties as usman spin is not quite effective and he is not getting economical either

  • Jayaesh on August 13, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Indians must be cursing there luck coz they get to play in Townswille where ball is bouncing,seaming and spitting while others find themselves playing on flatter pitches else where.Kraig Braithwaite is supposed to be a Test Cricketer and WI captain but he dosen't look like best batter in the side,he hardly ever has a strike rate of 75 !!

  • Andrew on August 13, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @Mo Sdc Khan - I'm an Ozzy, & I don't mind if your prediction about the final is spot on, but IMO, England have the best CREDENTIALLED side. They have the most experience in senior domestic cricket. Anyways, I don't really care who wins, I'm more interested in seeing the minnows improving. The West Indies look good, & Bangladesh have some good results in this format.

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Pakistan V Australia FINAL...There is no doubt about it. These are the best 2 teams in the tournament and will fight it out for the up. I think Pakistan and Australia's future cricketers are a sight for sore eyes and have batsmen, (Patterson, Bancroft, Babar Azam, Sami Aslam), with good temprament and bowlers, (Conway, Turner, Zia Ul Haq, Mohammed Nawaz), that are devastating and clever. England have some good players but their batting on alien pitches is suspect and Indian bowling is suspect altogether, which has been their problem for a few years now. Go GREEN shirts GO you can do it..The CUP is yours...

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