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Wyllie century keeps Australia in quarter-final contention at Under-19 World Cup

Team now relying on Sri Lanka to beat West Indies on Friday

Sreshth Shah
Sreshth Shah
20-Jan-2022
Teague Wyllie top-scored with an unbeaten 101, Australia Under-19 vs Scotland Under-19, Under-19 World Cup, Basseterre, January 19, 2022

Teague Wyllie top-scored with an unbeaten 101  •  ICC via Getty Images

Australia 240 for 3 (Wyllie 101*, Cahill 72, Kellaway 47) beat Scotland 236 for 8 (Tear 54, Mackintosh 54, Cahill 2-33, Salzmann 2-38) by seven wickets
In their final Group D match, Australia needed a big win to give themselves their best chance of making the quarter-final, and they did so by chasing Scotland's target of 237 with more than ten overs to spare. Opener Teague Wyllie, Australia's Player of the Match in their win over West Indies, struck an unbeaten 101 and No. 3 Aidan Cahill a quick-fire 72.
Australia's chase began with a century stand between Wyllie and Campbell Kellaway (47), followed by the 97-run second-wicket partnership between Wyllie and Cahill with the latter going at a strike-rate of 160. With only three wickets down, No. 5 Isaac Higgins hit the winning runs, a boundary, in the 40th over.
In the first innings, Scotland reached 236 courtesy a couple of 54s from opener Charlie Tear and No. 3 Thomas Mackintosh. But Australia captain Cooper Connolly used as many as eight bowlers to get the breakthroughs. Cahill, the eighth bowler used, took 2 for 33 in his five overs, while seam bowler William Salzmann rattled Scotland in the slog overs with two wickets.
Australia's big win gave them a net run-rate boost but with four points they are not assured of qualification. If West Indies beat Sri Lanka in a very close finish, then Australia could be eliminated to the Plate round. If Sri Lanka beat West Indies, Australia will qualify.

Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @sreshthx