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India lift ICC Under-19 World Cup 2008
Mar 2, 2008
The India under 19 cricket team continued their unbeaten run in the series as they beat South Africa by 12 runs to become world champions. Chasing a revised target of 116 in 25 overs for victory, the Proteas could manage to score 103 for the loss of 8 wickets. Needing just 19 runs to win off the last over, S Kaul restricted SA to just 7 runs.
Earlier, South Africa lost their sixth wicket at the score of 72 as India looked to tighten the noose on the Proteas batsmen. The latest casualty was RA Adams, who was trapped in front of the wickets by Iqbal Abdulla. Play resumed in the final of the Under-19 World Cup final after incessant rain had earlier forced players to go off the field. A long delay means that the South Africans will be chasing a revised target of 116 runs in a total of 25 overs.
The Indian bowlers came out firing on all cylinders as they took early wickets to reduce the proteas to three wickets down with just 17 runs on the board. First to go was opener PJ Malan, who was brilliantly caught behind the wickets by Goswami off the bowling of Argal. Before SA could recover, they were dealt another crucial blow as Argal took his second wicket of the day in the form of Rossouw. Third batsman to take the walk back to the pavilion was JT Smuts, who was run out by wicketkeeper Goswami.
Earlier, India were bowled out for a paltry 159 in 45.4 overs against South Africa in the final of the under-19 World Cup at the Kinrara Academy Oval. Tanmay Srivastav was the top scorer for India with 46. For South Africa, Wayne Parnell, Matthew Arnold and Roy Adams picked up two wickets each. South Africa captain Wayne Parnell’s decision to field seemed to strike the right cord as his bowlers provided the team with early breakthroughs.
After losing two early wickets in the form of Taruwar Kohli and Shreevats Goswami, Tanmay Srivastava held fort to bail the Indians out of trouble to some extent. Captain Parnell drew first blood to put India on the backfoot as he claimed the in-form Taruwar Kohli. Soon, goswami perished to Arnold. India captain Virat Kohli tried to pull things back but a stunner of a catch by Engelbrecht sent the skipper back to the dressing room.
South Africa beat Pakistan to reach Final
Feb 27, 2008
India will meet South Africa in the final of Under-19 World Cup Cricket at Kuala Lumpur tomorrow. In the first semi-final today, South Africa defeated Pakistan by 98 runs. South Africa made 260 runs in fifty overs but, due to rain, Pakistan’s target was reduced to 252 runs in 47 overs by Duck Lewis method. Chasing the victory target, Pakistan were all out for 153 runs in 39.3 overs. South Africa prevented a repeat of the summit clash between India and Pakistan in 2006, with a convincing 98-run victory in a rain-affected semi-final in Kuala Lumpur. South Africa’s bowlers picked up 8 for 67 on Saturday after play was resumed on the reserve day because of a monsoon shower, which brought a halt to the game on Friday, with Pakistan on 86 for 2 in 18.5 overs. The rain threatened to ruin play on Saturday as well for it had been pouring since the wee hours of the morning. On most grounds around the world, play would have been abandoned but the drainage at the Kinrara Oval is such that after the showers eased at 11.00 am local time, the ground staff had the ground ready for a 12.20 pm start. Pakistan needed 166 to win off 28.1 overs with eight wickets in hand at the start of play but South Africa’s medium-pace attack bowled a tight line and length and four quick wickets irreparably damaged Pakistan’s chances. The D/L target, which had to be kept in mind given the overcast conditions, spiralled out of control. Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad top scored with 60 for his side, while M.Y. Vallie picked up four wickets for 25. India have already qualified for final defeating New Zealand by three wickets in the first semi-fnal played on the February 27.
India beat New Zealand to reach U-19 World Cup final
Feb 27, 2008
India overcame a rain-reduced target and a brilliant display by New Zealand's Corey Anderson to enter the under-19 World Cup final on Wednesday.
Left-handed Anderson smashed 70 off 68 and balls and took a stunning catch, but India held their nerves amid mounting tension to squeak home by three wickets in a rain-hit semi-final under lights. Sreevats Goswami made 51 and captain Virat Kohli hit a fluent 43 as India, set a revised target of 191 from 43 overs, survived a middle-order collapse to win with nine deliveries to spare.
New Zealand had made 205-8 after electing to take first strike in overcast conditions at the Kinrara Oval. India await the winners of Friday's second semi-final between defending champions Pakistan and South Africa in the title clash on Sunday. The Indians lost in-form opener Taruwar Kohli in the seventh over and star batsman Tanmay Srivastava in the 14th to slip to 40-2.
Srivastava fell to a remarkable catch at mid-on by Anderson, who dived to his left and plucked the ball in mid air after the batsman had played an uppish drive off India-born Anurag Varma. Left-hander Goswami and Kohli steadied India with a 84-run stand for the third wicket, but India lost four wickets for 33 runs to almost mess up the chase.
India, cruising at 150-3 at one stage, dipped to 183-7 before Saurabh Tiwary took his team home with an unbeaten 29 which included the winning two runs off spinner George Worker.
Pakistan beat Australia by six wickets
Feb 25, 2008
Pakistani bowlers put up a stupendous show to clinch a six-wicket victory against Australia and storm into the semifinals of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
The win meant that Pakistan are on course of clinching a hat-trick of titles in the biennial tournament. Pace spearhead Ail Raza took 3 for 26 while Azhar Attari, skipper Imad Wasim and Umar Akmal scalped two each to help Pakistan skittle out Australia for 129 in 47.2 overs after Wasim put them in to bat at the Kinrara Oval.
The subcontinent giants, who are top seeds and have won the 2004 and 2006 editions of the tournament, dominated the proceedings from the start and refused to relent and chased down the target in 27.5 overs for loss of four wickets. Pakistan will play South Africa in the other semifinal on Friday.
Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Asad Ali top-scored with his unbeaten 63 off 70 balls after the top order batsmen struggled to be 32 for 3 at one stage. Asad also established a 95-run partnership with Ahmed Shezad for the fourth wicket.
Earlier, fast-bowlers Adil Raza and Azhar Attari did not let the Australian batsmen settle, claiming wickets at regular intervals and allowing the highest partnership of only 31 runs.
Khadka, Bhattarai guide Nepal into Plate semifinal
Feb 24, 2008
Nepal thrashed Zimbabwe by 99 runs on Sunday to sail into the semi final of the ICC Plate Championship under ICC U-19 world Cup after the opener bowler duo captain Parash Khadkha and Amrit Bhattarai claimed three wickets each to restrict them to 59 runs.
In the match held at Johar Cricket Stadium, Malaysia, Nepal repeated its weak batting scoring 158 losing all its wickets in 45.1 overs. But the batting of Zimbabwe was weaker than Nepal's. Following the easy victory chase, Zimbabwe lost six wickets only for 24 runs. Only Chimbampo (20) and Mair(16) contributed two digit runs for Zimbabwe. Spinner Raj Shrestha dismissed last three players.
Earlier, opening batsman Anil Mandal returned pavilion with only one run and soon after that Gyanendra Malla was bold for duck in the bowl of Jarvis. The man of the match all-rounder Parash Khadka struck 20 runs with one six and one boundary. Nepal lost seven wickets in 79 runs after it lost Sagar Khadka (2), Aakash Gupta (9) Rahul BK (0). The 8th rank batsman Krishna Thapa top scored with 40 off 49 balls to manage modest score with three boundaries and one six.
Malaysia go down to Namibia by nine wickets
Feb 24, 2008
Malaysia found Namibia too hot to handle and were bundled out by nine wickets in the cricket Under-19 World Cup plate round match at the Johor Cricket Academy ground yesterday.
Malaysia won the toss, elected to bat and, at the end of their innings, were 122 all out in 47 overs which saw skipper Ahmad Faiz Mohd Nor hitting a 41, including three fours, before he was lbw by Bernard Scholtz. Shahid Ali Khan weighed in a 20 but it just wasn’t going to be enough as the wickets fell quickly, leaving Namibia to chase a target which was well within their reach.
In fact, a defiant 60 from Raymond Van Schoor and a 19 from Sean Silver (lbw), Namibia’s two opening batsmen, laid the groundwork for their team’s victory. Skipper David Botha, who was the man-of-the-match, came in with a 55 not out and Namibia surpassed their target in just 31 overs.
India cruise to under-19 semi-finals
Feb 24, 2008
India outclassed England by seven-wickets to storm into the semi-final of the Under-19 World Cup at Kinrara Oval. India bowled out England for a paltry 140 before romping home with seven wickets in hand and 10.5 overs to spare. India team will now face the winner of Monday's quarter-final between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Wednesday's semi-final.
Put into bat, England squandered a good position and crashed to 141 all out from 73 for one at one stage. Spinner Iqbal Abdullah (3/29) was the most successful bowler for India. Taruwar Kohli remained unbeaten on 63.
England's batting failed against some spirited and accurate bowling by Indian attack. The top order England batsmen struggled against the bowling of the Indian pace attack spearheaded by Pradeep Sangwan (1/31) and Ajitesh Argal (1/17). Ravindra Jadeja (2/23) and Siddharth Kaul (2/21) then chipped in with wickets at regular intervals. Only James Taylor (41) stuck around long enough to post a significant score.
Indian openers set about the run chase cautiously waiting for the bad balls and making sure they picked up their singles with some good running between the wickets. Shreevats Goswami (26) and Tanmay Srivastav (22) batted around Turuvar and saw the game through.
South Africa maul Bangladesh
Feb 24, 2008
Bangladesh's hopes of reaching the ICC Under-19 World Cup semi-finals were dashed on Sunday after conceding a humiliating 201-run defeat to South Africa at the Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur.
The Junior Tigers folded at 41 all out after only 11.5 overs, well short of their opponents' 242 for eight in 50 overs. Proteas skipper Wayne Parnell dominated the play, banishing his opponents in style after claiming 6-8 in five overs, following a knock of 57.
Five Bangladesh batsman were out for a duck, following a fierce onslaught from Parnell. Only middle-order Nasir Hossain crossed double digits, making 17 before becoming the on-form Parnell's fifth victim. Shubashish Roy ended as the second highest scorer with just eight. Left-handed pacer Parnell rattled through Bangladesh's top and middle-order, removing both openers in the first over. Abraham Pienaar, another fast left-hander, cleaned up the tail-end with two for eight. Dollar Mahmud retired injured on one in the 12th over off Matthew Arnold.
Sent into bat first, Bangladesh got off to a fine start with pacer Shubashish Roy ripping through the South African top order, but they failed to sustain their early momentum. Vandiar and Yaseen Vallie defied the Bangladesh attack, putting on 66 runs for the fifth wicket after South Africa were reduced to 69-4 in 17.4 overs. Vandiar (45 off 47 balls) and Vallie (28 off 41 balls) returned to the dressing room in two successive overs, before the dominant Parnell took to the field. The Proteas skipper went on to hammer eight fours in his 60-ball knock. Shubashish and Rubel managed two wickets each respectively. Bangladesh will now play a place-deciding match against the losers of the Pakistan and Australia fixture on February 28.
Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 87 runs
Feb 22, 2008
In Group A, Pakistan recovered from 21-4 to make 173-8 from its 50 overs against Zimbabwe. Wicket-keeper Ali Asad made an unbeaten 76 and captain Imad Wasim 22.
Zimbabwe, however, was dismissed for 86 in 29 overs, departing from the tournament with three losses in as many matches. The chief destroyer for Pakistan was seamer Mohammad Rameez who took 3-26. Adil Raza, Imad Wasim and Ahmad Shahzad took two wickets each. Pakistan will now meet Australia and Sri Lanka will clash with New Zealand in the other two quarter-finals on Monday.
India into quarters after win over West Indies
Feb 22, 2008
India reached the quarter-finals of the under-19 cricket World Cup by beating the West Indies by 50 runs on Friday, helped by a 74-ball century by captain Virat Kohli.
The result eliminated West Indies from the tournament, making it the major casualty of the group stage.
Kohli, batting at No. 4, hit a fluent 100, including 10 fours and four sixes, as India piled up 265-5 after being put into bat by the West Indies. Opener Taruwar Kohli made 50 and No. 3 Tanmay Srivastava hit 51. West Indies was bowled out for 215 in the 48th over to be eliminated from the tournament. It needed a win to force a three-way tie in Group B, which would have then required the top two teams to be decided by net run rate.
Siddarth Kaul picked up 3-37, while Ravindra Jadeja and Ajitesh Argal took two wickets each to demolish the West Indies batting in which Darren Bravo top-scored with 43.
India will meet England in Sunday's quarter-final while the other Group B qualifier South Africa will clash with Bangladesh, also on Sunday.
Sri Lanka defeated Australia by five wickets.
Feb 22, 2008
Sri Lanka finished at the top of Group C with an easy victory over Australia. It was bowled out for 172 in its final over, wilting under a five-man spin attack led by Navin Kavikara who took 3-20.
Sri Lanka cruised to the target in the 38th over with Dilshan Munaweera, Kusal Perera and captain Ashan Subasinghe making identical scores of 43.
Bangladesh beat England by 13 runs
Feb 22, 2008
Bangladesh scored a shock 13-run victory against England. It was a stunning performance by Bangladesh as it finished top of Group D, winning all its three matches.
Sent in to bat by England under cloudy skies, Bangladesh started disastrously, losing six wickets for 27 runs before captain Sohrawardi Shuvro, batting at No. 8, hit an unbeaten 56 to help post a meagre total of 149.
The small run chase proved too difficult for England, which was bowled out for 136 in the 48th over, undone by three run outs. Daniel Redfern top-scored for England with 26.
Bermuda beat Ireland by 20 runs
Feb 21, 2008
At the Royal Selangor Club Bermuda made up for a couple of poor results in the tournament so far with a 20-run victory over Ireland as the two weaker teams in Group D fought it out.
South Africa under 19 defeat New Guinea
Feb 21, 2008
The South African under 19 cricket team has advanced to the quarter-finals of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup tournament in Malaysia.
They beat Papua New Guinea by seven wickets. Papua New Guinea were dismissed for 125 with Jonathan Vandiar taking five for 27 in 10 overs.
The South Africans reached their target in the 16th over, for the loss of just three wickets. Opener Pieter Malan top scored with a brisk 56.
South Africa under 19 defeat New Guinea
Feb 21, 2008
Nepal's U-19 cricket team would have been under heavy pressure if they hadn't won the match against lowly Namibia in its last league match in the U-19 ICC Cricket World Cup in Penang on Thursday.
Nepal scripted thrilling 3-run victory in the low scoring match gaining some sympathy in the tournament. However, Nepali team again showed poor batting skill as they were all out in just 164 runs. Opener Mahesh Chhetri played 62-run-knock off 134 balls while Raj Shrestha contributed 26 runs. Besides, other batsmen faltered to add the runs in scoreboard.
In reply, Namibians got the early shock with wickets falling in frequent intervals but they came back on track with middle order batsmen adding some runs in the board. Van Der Westhuizen scored 65 and Silver added 41 runs. Skipper Paras Khadka, Rahuk Vishwokarma and Gynendra Malla added two wickets each. Mahesh Chhetri won the Man of the Match Award. Nepal will now play the Plate Championship with the teams who are bereft from going super league round.
New Zealand cruises into world under-19 cricket playoffs
Feb 21, 2008
Bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee have performed a two-man demolition job on Malaysia to steer New Zealand into the quarterfinals of the world under-19 cricket championship being held in Malaysia.
The eight-wicket romp saw New Zealand complete their group A matches with two wins and a loss, a record which is likely to see them finish second in the group to defending champions Pakistan.
The win over the tournament hosts in the southern state of Johore was a stroll for the New Zealanders at the Johore Cricket Academy Oval as they routed the Malaysians who had upset Zimbabwe by 70 runs on Wednesday. Between them, Boult and Southee needed just 17.1 overs to knock over the hapless Malaysians for just 47 runs. Boult took seven wickets for 20 runs in 8.1 overs while Southee, a Twenty20 international, was left with the scraps, capturing 3-19 off nine overs.
There were five ducks in the Malaysian innings and a highest score of just nine, to Muhammad Faizal. New Zealand, who won the toss and opted to bowl first, needed just 11.1 overs to acquire the 48 runs needed to win, although at the cost of two wickets. Skipper Kane Williamson guided his side to victory with a 27 not out while Malaysia's Sarvana Raj took both his side's wickets.
West Indies beat Papua New Guinea by 176 runs
Feb 20, 2008
The West Indies rattled up 319 against Papua New Guinea, the highest total in this edition so far, with Steven Jacobs smashing 101 off 86 balls with the help of 11 boundaries and two sixes.
Darren Bravo, younger brother of West Indian star Dwayne, hit 59 while Keiran Powell, who has played Twenty20 cricket at the senior level, plundered 60 off 35 balls at the top of the order.
Papua New Guinea, who qualified as the East-Asia Pacific champions, managed only 143 in reply to lose by 176 runs and suffer their second consecutive defeat in group B. The West Indies, who previously lost to South Africa, need a win over India on Friday to force a three-way tie from the group.
Sri Lankabeat Namibia by 163 runs
Feb 20, 2008
Sri Lanka brushed aside Namibia by 163 runs in a group C match in Penang for their second successive win.
Lahiru Thirimanne and Roshen Silva cracked half-centuries as Sri Lanka piled up 247-7 and restricted Namibia to 84 with Sachith Pathirana claiming four wickets and seamer Denuwan Fernando three. The Sri Lankans face fellow qualifiers Australia on Friday to determine the group leaders.
Malaysia stun Zimbabwe
Feb 20, 2008
Malaysia created history with a first ever win over a Test-playing team at age-group level after a surprise 70-run victory over Zimbabwe in an ICC Under-19 World Cup Group A match in Johor Baru yesterday.
After a morale-sapping eight-wicket loss to defending champions Pakistan on Sunday, the Malaysians needed to show improvement in their play and were duly rewarded at the Temenggong Ibrahim Teachers Training College ground. An 80-run partnership between Muhammad Faizal Abu Hassan (30) and captain Ahmad Faiz Mohammad Noor (50) for the third wicket helped Malaysia post a fighting total of 194 for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
Shahid Ali Khan then turned destroyer to capture three Zimbabwe wickets to spur Malaysia to the record win. Sent in to bat after Zimbabwe won the toss, Malaysia put 103 runs on the board for the loss of three wickets Faizal was bowled by Confidence Mutombodzi while Faiz departed soon after reaching his half-century off 77 balls when he was bowled by Daniel Landman.
On came Man-of-The-Match Shahid, who weighed in with a crucial 40 off 42 balls including four fours to set Zimbabwe a target of 195. Tinashe Chinmambo (22) and Tendai Mashonganyika (24) top scored for Zimbabwe but lost wickets at regular intervals to be all out for 124 in 38.4 overs.
Bangladesh beat Ireland by 8 wickets
Feb 20, 2008
A cool knock from opener Ashraful Hossain and Mahmudul Hasan Limon's superb off-spin bowling helped Bangladesh thrash Ireland by eight wickets in their second group D match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Bayueams Oval in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
The young Tigers warmed up for Friday's clash against England that will decide the top spot in the group. Bangladesh coolly knocked off a target of 124, as opener Ashraful hit an unbeaten 71 to support a polished effort in the field against Ireland. Ashraful, who hails from Chittagong, smashed 14 boundaries in his 79-ball effort.
He lost opening partner Mithun Ali, who also went for the jugular with a 24-ball 31, after sharing a 63-run stand. Baby-faced Nadimuddin Mintu fell cheaply for 14 but Rony Talukdar (two not out) rounded off the target with Ashraful in the 23rd over. They chased a target after captain Suharwardi Shuvo put the Irish into bat to let his bowlers have their own. Shuvo's three-pronged pace attack Dollar Mahmud, Shuvashish Roy and Rubel Hossain took four wickets among themselves. Off-spinner Mahmudul Hasan, a former captain of this side, claimed four wickets as Ireland were shot out for 123.
England beat Bermuda by 10 wickets
Feb 19, 2008
England thrashed Bermuda by 10 wickets before lunch in group D in Kuala Lumpur.
England, who had beaten Ireland in their first match, dismissed lowly Bermuda for 55 and then rattled off the required runs by the 11th over to end the match before lunch.
England seamers Liam Dawson and Steven Finn shared five wickets before opener James Taylor hammered an unbeaten 43 off 38 balls to give his side an impressive win.
England and Bangladesh, almost certain to take the two quarter-final spots from group D, clash in the league match on Friday to determine the group leader.
Australia beat Nepal by 96 runs
Feb 19, 2008
Australia survived a batting scare against Nepal before winning the group C match by 96 runs in Penang.
Nepal, who stunned South Africa and New Zealand in the previous under-19 World Cup two years ago, created another stir when they bowled out Australia for 206 with three balls remaining in the innings. The Aussies caved in under sustained pressure from the accurate Nepalese bowlers despite a first-wicket stand of 62 by openers Kirk Pascoe (37) and Philip Hughes (46).
Nepal's captain Paras Khadka was the main destroyer with four wickets while Raj Shrestha took 3-32. But the Nepalese batsmen failed to match the efforts of the bowlers and were shot out for 110 in the 33rd over with only Rahul Vishwakarma being the notable contributor with an unbeaten 33.
James Pattinson, Clive Rose and Steve Smith claimed three wickets each for Australia, who now face Sri Lanka on Friday to decide the group C leaders.
Sangwan's fiver helps India crush South Africa
Feb 19, 2008
Promising left-arm seamer Pardeep Sangwan wrecked South Africa with a five-wicket haul to give India their second win in cricket's under-19 World Cup at Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
Sangwan's deadly strikes bowled out South Africa for 149, a total India surpassed for the loss of four wickets to almost assure themselves of one of the two quarter-final places from group B.
Sangwan, 18, who last month helped Delhi win the Ranji Trophy first-class tournament with a nine-wicket haul in the final against Uttar Pradesh, was named man of the match for his 5-44.
India, easy winners over Papua New Guinea in their first match, need a win over the West Indies in their last league game on Friday to top the group. South Africa must beat Papua New Guinea by a big margin on Thursday to keep their quarter-final hopes alive.
Pakistan beat New Zealand by 27 runs
Feb 19, 2008
Defending champion Pakistan recovered from a poor start to beat New Zealand by 27 runs.
In Group A, Pakistan was restricted to 156 in 47.1 overs after being sent in by New Zealand. After slumping to 28 for four, Usman Salah-ud-Din (53) rescued Pakistan's innings by leading a 64-run, fifth-wicket partnership with Umar Amin.
Wicketkeeper Ali Asad blazed 42 from 43 balls before he was the last wicket to fall, giving Pakistan a modest total to defend. But New Zealand crashed to 129 all out in 47.2 overs, hurt badly by three run outs. Ahmad Shahzad took 3-35 in his 10 overs.
Sri Lanka posted a 61 run victory over Nepal
Feb 18, 2008
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 236 for nine in 50 overs after losing the first two wickets by the fifth over. But Sachith Pathiram's 62 in 60 and captain Ashan Subasinghe's 46 in 83 balls steadied the innings.
Thisara Perera smashed 41 in 27 balls toward the end to ensure a total that proved too big for Nepal, which was all out for 175. Opener wicketkeeper Mahesh Chhetri made 39 in 69 balls but none of Nepal's other batsmen managed to cross 25.
Bangladesh beat Bermuda by 178 runs
Feb 18, 2008
Bangladesh made 260 for eight in 50 overs against Bermuda with the help of three half-centuries — 84 in 95 balls by Nassir Hossain, 69 in 69 balls by Ashiqul Islam and 51 in 81 balls by Ashraful Hossain.
In reply, Bermuda was all out for 82 in 26.1 overs. Nine of Bermuda's batsmen failed to reach the double figures with captain Rodney Trott top-scoring at 20.
New Zealand secure a 98 run victory over Zimbabwe
Feb 18, 2008
New Zealand made 221 for eight in 50 overs after being put in to bat by Zimbabwe. Corey Anderson top-scored with 82 that included four sixes and four boundaries.
In reply, Zimbabwe was all out for 123 in 42.4 overs after Tim Southee ripped through its batting line up, taking five wickets for 11 runs in 8.4 overs. The only resistance came from Daniel Landman who made 51 in 72 balls.
South Africa secure first win
Feb 18, 2008
South Africa has clinched a tight three-wicket win over the West Indies in their opening match of the ICC under 19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia.
Despite half centuries from both Kieran Powell (53 from 50 balls) and Devon Thomas (53 from 57 balls) the Proteas restricted the West Indies to 8-222 from their 50 overs with Wayne Parnell (3-37) and Obus Pienaar (3-36) the pick of the bowlers. The South African chase appeared in trouble early when Jason Dawes removed opener Pieter Malan for a duck with the second delivery of the innings.
But solid contributions from JJ Smuts (45 from 43 balls) and Reeza Hendricks (36 from 56 balls) put them back on track before Riley Roussow took control and hit an unbeaten 58. Shramarh Brooks did his best with the ball chiming in to take 4-39 from his nine overs but it was too little too late as South Africa reached the target with 37 balls remaining.
England crushed Ireland by 10 wickets
Feb 17, 2008
England crushed Ireland by 10 wickets in Group D, scoring the target of 110 runs in 15.5 overs with opener James Taylor making an unbeaten 51 in 63 balls. His partner, Billy Godleman, made 38 not out in 36 balls.
Australia beat Namibia by 149 runs
Feb 17, 2008
In Group C, Namibia struggled to bowl out Australia for 312 in 48 overs, after captain Michael Hill made 124 in 71 balls with the help of 12 sixes and seven fours. In reply Namibia mustered only 163 before it was all out in the 31st over.
Australia, which was 276-4 in the 40th over, looked set for a giant total, but lost its last six wickets for only 36 runs in eight overs. Ashley van Rooi of Namibia took 3-25, with Ya France getting 3-31.
India make winning start in Under-19 World Cup
Feb 17, 2008
India defeated Papua New Guinea, the East Asia-Pacific qualifiers, by 195 runs. India, runners-up to Pakistan in the previous tournament in 2006, piled up 280/5 against Papua New Guinea, who managed only 85 in reply in group B in Kuala Lumpur.
Tanmay Srivastava led India's charge with an unbeaten 83 after openers Taruwar Kohli (40) and Shreevats Goswami (58) had laid a solid platform with a first-wicket stand of 100 by the 22nd over. Papua New Guinea, who do not have a turf wicket at home, fought hard to reach 81/5 before India grabbed the next five wickets for four runs. Left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdullah claimed 3-2 in three overs while Pardeep Sangwan, Ajitesh Argal and skipper Virat Kohli took two wickets each.
Defending champion Pakistan thrashes Malaysia on opening day
Feb 17, 2008
Defending champion Pakistan thrashed hosts Malaysia by eight wickets with 40 overs to spare.
Pakistan, placed in Group A, won the toss and elected to bowl, dismissing Malaysia for 75 in just 24.4 overs, with right-arm seamer Adil Raza taking 6-29 and Mohammad Amir 3-11.
Nik Azril top scored for Malaysia with 28, but nine of the 11 batsmen failed to reach double figures. Pakistan had no trouble reaching the target in only 9.3 overs, with Umar Amin making 31 and Ahmed Shahzad scoring an unbeaten 27.
Malaysia to host 16 teams at Under-19 Cricket World Cup
Jan 25, 2008
The International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday confirmed the list of 16 teams that will contest the title in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup to be held in Malaysia from Feb 17 to March 2.
According to a statement from the ICC, Malaysia are drawn in Group A alongside defending champions Pakistan, whom they will play in the opening match, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. India top Group B with West Indies, South Africa and Papua New Guinea while Group C consists of Australia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Namibia. England head Group D and have Bangladesh, Bermuda and Ireland for company.
Defending champions and top seed Pakistan, spearheaded by left-arm spinner and skipper Imad Wasim, are going for their third title in a row after having won the tournament in 2004 and 2006. Imad captained his side to a 5-0 win over Australia in October last year and also the 3-1 win away to England last August. The hosts will look to their skipper, Ahmad Faiz, a student from Bandar Penawar Sports School, who displayed his batting prowess when he made an impressive 60 against Australia U-19 in September last year.
Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2008 Schedule
17, Feb 2008: Group A - Malaysia U-19 v Pakistan U-19
Sun 17, Feb 2008: Group B - India U-19 v Papua New Guinea U-19
Sun 17, Feb 2008: Group C - Australia U-19 v Namibia U-19
Sun 17, Feb 2008: Group D - England U-19 v Ireland U-19
Mon 18, Feb 2008: Group A - New Zealand U-19 v Zimbabwe U-19
Mon 18, Feb 2008: Group B - South Africa U-19 v West Indies U-19
Mon 18, Feb 2008: Group C - Nepal U-19 v Sri Lanka U-19
Mon 18, Feb 2008: Group D - Bangladesh U-19 v Bermuda U-19
Tue 19, Feb 2008: Group A - New Zealand U-19 v Pakistan U-19
Tue 19, Feb 2008: Group B - India U-19 v South Africa U-19
Tue 19, Feb 2008: Group C - Australia U-19 v Nepal U-19
Tue 19, Feb 2008: Group D - Bermuda U-19 v England U-19
Wed 20, Feb 2008: Group A - Malaysia U-19 v Zimbabwe U-19
Wed 20, Feb 2008: Group B - Papua New Guinea U-19 v West Indies U-19
Wed 20, Feb 2008: Group C - Namibia U-19 v Sri Lanka U-19
Wed 20, Feb 2008: Group D - Bangladesh U-19 v Ireland U-19
Thu 21, Feb 2008: Group A - Malaysia U-19 v New Zealand U-19
Thu 21, Feb 2008: Group B - Papua New Guinea U-19 v South Africa U-19
Thu 21, Feb 2008: Group C - Namibia U-19 v Nepal U-19
Thu 21, Feb 2008: Group D - Bermuda U-19 v Ireland U-19
Fri 22, Feb 2008: Group A - Pakistan U-19 v Zimbabwe U-19
Fri 22, Feb 2008: Group B - India U-19 v West Indies U-19
Fri 22, Feb 2008: Group C - Australia U-19 v Sri Lanka U-19
Fri 22, Feb 2008: Group D - Bangladesh U-19 v England U-19
Sun 24, Feb 2008: Bangladesh vs South Africa
Sun 24, Feb 2008: India vs England
Mon 25, Feb 2008: Pakistan v Australia
Mon 25, Feb 2008: (QF4) C1 v B2, KCA
Wed 27, Feb 2008: India vs New Zealand
Fri 29, Feb 2008: Winner QF1 v Winner QF3, KCA
Sat 1, March 2008: Super League Final
Wed 27, Feb 2008: Loser QF1 v Loser QF3, BE
Tue 28, Feb 2008: Loser QF2 v Loser QF4, BE
Sat 1, March 2008: Super League play off final, BE
Sun 24, Feb 2008: Malaysia v Namibia
Sun 24, Feb 2008: Nepal v Zimbabwe
Sun 25, Feb 2008: (QF3) D3 v A4, JCA
Sun 25, Feb 2008: (QF4) C3 v B4, MPTI
Wed 27, Feb 2008: Winner QF1 v Winner QF3, JCA
Tue 28, Feb 2008: Winner QF2 v Winner QF4, MPTI
Sat 1, March 2008 : Plate championship Play off final
Wed 27, Feb 2008: Loser QF1 v Loser QF3, MPTI
Fri 29, Feb 2008: Loser QF2 v Loser QF4, JCA
Sat 1, March 2008 : Plate Championship Final