ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012

England eye fifth place, wins for Nepal, PNG and Afghanistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 21, 2012

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England's bowlers led by Reece Topley, restricted Bangladesh to 217 for 7, before their batsmen overcame a middle-order stutter to complete a four-wicket win in the 5th place play-off semi-final at Townsville.

Bangladesh's batting effort was anchored by opener Litton Das, who made a century. Das and captain Anamul Haque (56) put on 113 for the second wicket and at 122 for 1, Bangladesh looked set for a big score. However Topley ran through the middle order as Bangladesh lost five wickets for 25 runs and slumped from 187 for 2 to 212 for 7. England's chase followed a similar pattern to the Bangladesh innings: at 90 for 1, with Sam Wood (46) and Ben Foakes (47) looking set at the crease, they looked to have the chase well under control. However a quick flurry of wickets meant 90 for 1 soon became 158 for 6 and England's chase looked in trouble. However, Adam Ball and Aneesh Kapil stayed steady and their unbroken 60-run stand for the seventh wicket carried England home with 10 balls remaining.

Pradeep Airee narrowly missed out on becoming Nepal's first centurion of the tournament, but he did enough to set up victory over Namibia in their 13th place play-off semi-final at the Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane. Airee finished unbeaten on 98 from 76 deliveries as Nepal put together a total of 219 for 7 having chosen to bat, and the chase did not begin well for Namibia.

They were 22 for 2 in the ninth over and although half-centuries to the captain Stephan Baard (56) and Zhivago Groenewald (54) helped steady the ship, once they departed it was all but over for Namibia. Bhuvan Karki, the Nepal left-arm spinner, picked up 5 for 21, the equal second-best figures of the tournament, and Namibia were dismissed for 180, handing Nepal a 39-run victory.

It was a proud day for Papua New Guinea at the WEP Harris Oval in Brisbane, where they closed out a 12-run victory over Zimbabwe in the other 13th place play-off semi-final. It was their first win of the tournament and was a major turnaround after Zimbabwe beat them by 104 runs ten days ago. The win was set up by half-centuries to Charles Amini (63) and Lega Siaka (50), as PNG were dismissed for 235 from the last ball of their 50th over.

The Zimbabwean chased appeared to be well and truly on track as Kieran Geyle (42) and the captain Luke Masasire (68) put on a 108-run opening stand, but then things began to crumble for Zimbabwe. Kabua Vagi Morea collected three wickets in quick succession and Zimbabwe's middle order struggled. Still, they remained favourites with 37 needed from six overs with four wickets in hand, but a pair of run-outs and another wicket hurt them, and the tenth wicket fell from the first ball of the 50th over, with 13 runs still required for victory.

Javed Ahmadi recorded the highest individual score of this edition of the World Cup, with his 134 helping Afghanistan to a massive win over Scotland in the 9th place play-off semi-final at Allan Border Field. The captain Ahmadi smashed 17 fours and four sixes in his 111-knock before he was dismissed in the 38th over. Some power hitting by Najibullah Zadran (83 off 51) and Afsar Khan took the score to 336, the second-highest total so far. The total was well out of reach for Scotland, who managed only 210, to lose by 126 runs. Only two batsmen passed 30, with the highest score being Mathew Cross' 37.

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Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

SOME SILLY & FUNNY HATERS OF BD CRICKET ALWAYS TRY TO PROVE THAT TEAMS LIKE ZIMBABWE, KENYA, IRELAND, HOLLAND, AFGHANISTAN, NEPAL, ETC. ARE BETTER THAN BANGLADESH. WHERE ARE THOSE TEAMS AND WHERE ARE BD NOW? BD IS THE CURRENT RUNNERS UP OF ASIA CUP AND 7TH IN THE UNDER 19 WORLD CUP. BD WAS UNLUCKY TO FACE THE TOUGHEST TEAMS LIKE S. AFRICA, AUSSIES, ENGLAND IN THEIR WAY, OTHERWISE THEY MAY GO FURTHER, ALTHOUGH THEY FOUGHT VERY HARD TILL THE END OF EVERY MATCHES (ONLY EXCEPT S. AFRICA)! THE INEXPERIENCED BANGLADESHI YOUTHS HAS DONE WELL THAN ALL OTHER SUB CONTINENTAL TEAMS LIKE SRI LANKA, INDIA, PAKISTAN IN THE BOUNCY PITCHES OF AUSTRALIA, THOUGH INDIA HAS REACHED THE FINAL BUT WITH LUCK, NARROW WINS AND AS THEY HAD NOT TO FACE THE PACE ATTACKS OF THE TEAMS LIKE S. AFRICA, AUSSIES, ENGLAND BEFORE THE FINAL! BUT BD NEED 1/2 FINISHER (BATSMAN, BOWLER) TO CASH ON THESE FIGHTING WORK TO TRANSFORM INTO THE WINS! BUT WHAT I SEE IS THAT BRIGHT FUTURE IS AHEAD OF BD CRICKET! NO DOUBT!

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

ANMAUL HAQUE (2 CENTURIES, 1 HALF CENTURY, 365 RUNS, TOP SCORER), LITON DAS (1 CENTURY, 2 HALF CENTURIES, 262 RUNS, 5TH TOP SCORER), TASKIN AHMED (6TH HIGHEST WICKET TAKER): THESE ARE THE FUTURE STARS OF BANGLADESH CRICKET AND AS WELL AS WORLD CRICKET!!! CAN U JUST IMAGINE HOW STRONG BD TEAM WOULD BE WHEN THESE ARE GOING TO JOIN THE SENIOR TEAM WITH WORLD CLASS PLAYERS LIKE SHAKIB, TAMIM, MUSHFIQ, NASIR, RAZZAQ, ASHRAFUL & MASHRAFI ?

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

THESE ARE THE ROYAL BENGAL TIGERS! THEY REPLY WITH THE BAT & BALL, NOT WITH THE WORDS! CONGRATS BANGLADESH FOR THE EMPHATIC & VERY CONVINCING WIN! CONGRATS ANAMUL! IT'S A SWEET REVENGE OF THE ASIA CUP DEFEAT OF THE SENIOR COLLEAGUES AGAINST PAKISTAN BY THE BD JUNIOR TEAM!!! (CRIC INFO, WE NEED A COMPLETE & INDIVIDUAL REPORT ON THIS MATCH AND ON THE SUCCESS OF ANAMUL BEING THE TOP SCORER!)

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 24, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury.So what was the aim of comparing BD batsmen and Indians in your earlier comments?? lol. So you think luck will bring the cup? And winning in boucy pitches is luck? PakU19 is a not good team? NZU19 is bad especially in a similar home condition?? huh... So your heaterd coming because of the 99% matches you lost to India? thats why I asked you to grow up!! You are coming up with games which played 2 years back! If your win over WI was not based on the situation of that team (it was a B team), why you were not able to beat them in the last home series or WC?? Runners up of Asiacup won 2/4 and India won 2/3!.Still I appreciate it as previous record is horrible for BD. BDfans (90%) claim before each and every series that your team will thrash everyone and will be out of the tournament first stage it self! That's the issue: first understand your team's strength and claim!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 24, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury: Your players in the place of greats like Kallis, Dravid, VVS, Lee etc?? ha ha ha...You must be joking! Do you know the batting/bowling average of your great players?? To be frank, other than Shakib, there is no players in BD who will be good enough for a national team! To replace those legends, your players have to win consistently from now onwards to reach that level when they retire. I donot mind if they can do so. Lets wait and see. And people can see the language and tone of your comments below and understand who told lie. May be you are not aware of it!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 24, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

@ r0ketman. No worries mate.The whole world know what happened to no:1 team after that. At least India hold it for 20 months!. Also, some others(other than Aus, Ind, Eng, SA) yet to touch no:1. So, you donot have a voice unless you are an Ausis fan who hold it for years. The rankings will reflect only the efforts made by the team in the past. You can celebrate no:1 rank, but that will not guarantee a victory. That doesn't mean they are strong now. Even a top ranked SA will lost the game to BD if they do not have the right combinations (see the unofficial T20 @ zimbabwe)

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 24, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury. Funny to see that you are analysis a team not by a series but by its past performances! (Earlier it was based on senior team rankings!) In that case, WI must be the best team in the world as they have a better record because of that old golden days! Look at the position which they stand in the series or wins they got. And for the years you mention, BD was a part of India before 1947 and was a part of Pakistan after that. That means you too have played cricket from that time itself! So, no point in that! And wikipedia says that some Cricket Stadiums in BD built at that time. May be they are wrong!

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully: It's a complete lie that I gave any threats for making any comments on BD cricket. I just told u to make constructive comment and not to make negative, illogical, silly and foolish comments, which some Indian fans (not all) like you are doing continuously after we had beaten u in the World cup & Asia Cup & knocked out from the tournaments. Is that the hatred coming from that? Why don't u people accept those results sportingly? Why not support BD cricket as it is good for Asian & World cricket to bring the competitiveness in the game? You are telling that "BD don't have a good senior team or a junior team either", oh really? U silly people always say that WI, Ireland, Afghanistan, Netherlands, Nepal, etc are better than BD. Really? The fact is that recently we are the runners up of Asia cup, whitewashed New Zealand, W. Indies (in W. Indies), Ireland (in Ireland) in recent years and now the youth team is fighting for the 7-8thin the under 19 world cup.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully: How can I show the under 19 rankings when there is no ranking exists? The ranking is only exists for the senior team and I had refereed to that. I think the team's ability & strength are mostly reflected on the rankings, coz that was made by the results. But sometimes the results might not be as per the ranking which is called the upsets. I admitted that WI & BD made good performance above of their rankings in this specific tournament (check my comment and don't tell lie). Of course India is in the final now and that is the fact but you should also admit that they were very lucky in quarterfinal and semifinal as they very narrowly escaped the defeats. And with the luck if even India become champion, you can't erase the fact that they played very poor cricket throughout the tournament specially the batting. Also there is a fact that India didn't have to face the team like Aussies, S. Africa & England before the final. So you grow up dude! Try to accept the facts.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully: No Bangladeshi fan has given any statement like u mentioned; "as their batsmen got lot of runs and they got century so their team is better than all other teams which qualified for the Quarter and Semis and Finals!!!" Then why are you lying in a public forum like this? Every Bangladeshi fan admits that BD still is the bottom ranked team (I also admitted that in my earlier comments, u read that carefully). What we BD fan try to make this point every time (with the current facts, figures, stats & rankings) is that BD is improving in all formats and levels.

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India U19 won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
NZ U19 v S Africa U19 at Townsville - Aug 25, 2012
S Africa U19 won by 8 wickets (with 212 balls remaining)
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