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February 25, 2008
New Zealand U-19s 213 (Worker 47, Karunarathne 3-38, Silva 3-29) beat Sri Lanka U-19s 133 (Pathirana 42, Beard 3-15, Southee 3-25) by 80 runs
Sri Lanka's openers, Lahiru Thirimanne and Dilshan Munaweera, were in the process of laying a platform before Southee bowled Thirimanne (20) to end their 32-run stand. In his next over, Southee cleaned up Munaweera, after which Angelo Perera was dismissed without scoring by Trent Boult. Southee claimed his third wicket when he had Dinesh Chandimal caught behind. Sri Lanka had lost four wickets for 12 runs to slide to 44 for 4.
Sachith Pathirana and captain Ashan Priyanjan put on 42 for the fifth wicket before Priyanjan, who scored 16 off 46, was removed by Anurag Verma. Sri Lanka's innings was as good as over when Pathirana was stumped by Michael Guptill-Bunce off Beard, who shared the late spoils with Verma.
New Zealand, who had been stuck in, made a steady start with George Worker and their captain, Kane Williamson, putting on 79 for the first wicket. But a misunderstanding between the two, which led to Williamson's run-out for 34, was a precursor to a middle-order collapse as New Zealand stuttered to 135 for 4, with the Sri Lankan spinners coming to the fore. Worker was bowled by Roshen Silva after a stoic 94-ball 48, while Guptill-Bunce and Corey Anderson were outfoxed by Navin Kavikara.
Fraser Colson then launched a rearguard assault, his important 43-ball 39 featuring three fours and a six. His innings ended when he hit his wicket facing Silva, and then Greg Morgan was run out for 23. Umesh Karunarathne took three tailend wickets to finish with 3 for 38.
In the other of the day's quarter-finals, Pakistan beat Australia by six wickets. Read the full report here.
Ninth place play-offs
West Indies U-19s 158 for 3 (Powell 50, Jacobs 40*) beat Ireland U-19s 154 for 9 (Hall 45, Jacobs 3-18, Johnson 3-29) by seven wickets
West Indies rode on an all-round display from their vice-captain, Steven Jacobs, who blitzed an unbeaten 40 off 26 balls after taking three wickets, to humble Ireland by five wickets in their ninth-place play-off quarter-final in Johor.
A target of 158 was always going to be easy for West Indies, and after a minor hiccup when Horace Miller was removed by Andrew Britton early, and Kieron Powell's typically aggressive 46-ball 50 led the way. He was supported Kyle Corbin as they put on 65 for the second wicket. After legspinner Greg Thompson struck twice in successive overs, Jacobs, who hit two sixes and half-a-dozen fours, and Darren Bravo, with an unbeaten 30 off 23, hastened the end of the game.
Ireland, who were sent in, found the left-arm seamers of Delorn Johnson too hot to handle as they slide to 32 for 3. James Hall anchored the innings with a patient 112-ball 45, but with little support Ireland never looked like posting a defendable score.
Papua New Guinea 108 for 3 (Ura 76*) beat Bermuda 102 (Tom 3-26) by seven wickets
Tony Ura blasted an unbeaten 55-ball 76 which featured eight boundaries and a six, as Papua New Guinea thrashed Bermuda by seven-wickets in Johor.
Papua New Guinea lost Alfred Amini in the first over of their chase, but that was only a minor glitch in an otherwise untroubled chase. Tanti Heni and Ura added 60 for the second wicket and although Bermuda took wickets in successive overs, they came far too late to rattle PNG.
Bermuda, whose batting has let them down throughout the tournament, limped to 102 with only four batsmen making double figures.
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