Australia v Bangladesh, ICC U-19 World Cup, quarter-final, Townsville August 19, 2012

Bosisto steers Australia into semi-finals

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia 172 for 5 (Bosisto 71*) beat Bangladesh 171 (Soumya Sarkar 73, Head 3-30) by 5 wickets

A captain's innings from Will Bosisto steered Australia into the semi-finals after they were in serious danger of being knocked out by Bangladesh in Townsville. Australia, the hosts and defending champions, knocked over Bangladesh for 171 but faced major trouble early in the chase as they slumped to 11 for 3 in the sixth over, when Bosisto came to the crease.

The opener Cameron Bancroft was caught behind off Taskin Ahmed for one and Abu Jayed picked up Meyrick Buchanan and Kurtis Patterson for ducks, but it was the fourth wicket that caused some consternation at the ground, when the bowler Soumya Sarkar mankaded Jimmy Peirson for 21. However, following that, Bosisto and Travis Head rebuilt the innings for Australia with a 67-run partnership.

Head fell for 44, the second wicket for Taskin, and Ashton Turner joined Bosisto with 72 runs required to keep Australia alive in the tournament. They eased Australia home with no further loss and with four overs remaining, and Bosisto was left unbeaten on 71 and Turner on 27 when the winning runs arrived.

The victory was a relief for the Australians after Bangladesh made a promising start with the bat, having been sent in by Bosisto. Sarkar and Liton Das put on 64 for the opening wicket, but a middle-order collapse hurt Bangladesh. Sarkar struck 73 from 80 balls and was one of three wickets taken by the part-timer Head, and besides the openers the only other men to reach double figures were Naeem Islam jnr (12) and Noor Hossain (17).

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  • Babaji on August 20, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Pathetic performance by junior Bengalis- good result!!

  • Shafin on August 20, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    @meety: Aus was 11/3 and 34/4. The match was lot intense than the scorecard shows. Your comment suggests you never followed this game, just writing typical silly comment on yet another BD post game report...gee

  • Andrew on August 20, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    gee that was too close for comfort!

  • Wicky on August 19, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    When aussies were 4 down,i thought 4 a while that pak captain babr azam had almost both hands on d cup bt neverthles pak would have to play only eithr saffas or ausies so pak z stil in with more than half a chance,so go green go,cup z urs.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Well fought little Bengal Tigers! Accept the middle order collapse on batting Bangladesh was very much on the game till the end! It is very encouraging that the Bangladeshi youth fought hard against the reigning champion & mighty Aussies in their own bouncy soil till the end with a very small total to defend! So far Bangladeshi Youth Tigers being bottom ranked team did well comparative to other mighty sub continental teams like Sri Lanka & India in the soil of Australia!

  • Sanjay on August 19, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    You were right, Bangla. You can beat anyone........including yourself. GoodBye.

  • Michael on August 19, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Whew, my heart stopped for a while during that encounter. Methinks this scare will give the U19's a bit of a wake up call, bring on the Saffers. Although they are looking good I believe we have enough armour to withstand their onslaught - whatever happens it is going to be a blinder.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Well apart from that bad collapse the bengali boys definitely were taken for granted so it was good to see a weaker team making a team like Australia work for their win I thought once we lost those quick wickets in the Australia innings, a shock will be on the cards. Now its for us Aussies to face the real pace test Saffers should be some contest and if we don't improve on our game then we're obviously going to lose to South Africa. Bring the cup where it belongs Australia!

  • Rakesh on August 19, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    what is with the run out of Peirson, seem like desperation for Bangla kids.

  • Hrishikesh on August 19, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    we need Patterson and Bancroft to contribute against the good teams, if we are going to win this cup. Bosisto has been solid, responsible, exactly what u need from a captian.

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