Pakistan beats India in last-over thriller
West Indies surprises England to earn semi-final date with Pakistan
Ireland and Canada reach last four of Plate Championship
Photographs from Pakistan-India and England-West Indies quarter-finals available through ICC FTP site; Images from England-West Indies match also available through Getty Images; Video news release available from SNTV
Two-time former winner Pakistan held its nerve to beat traditional rival and defending champion India by two wickets in the quarter-final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010 in front of ESPN STAR Sports cameras in Lincoln on Saturday.
In a match of fluctuating fortunes, Pakistan chased down a target of 115 runs with just three balls and two wickets to spare after overnight and early morning rain had reduced it to a 23-over-a-side fixture.
In an intense match, both the sides played as if their cricketing lives depended on it. Pakistan’s outfield catching was exceptional, and when it was its turn in the field India fielders threw themselves at everything in a desperate effort to deny a run to their opponents.
Set a victory target of 115 runs for a place in the semi-finals, Pakistan had its back against the wall when it slumped to 16-3 in six overs before a fourth wicket partnership of 55 runs between Rameez Aziz (28) and Ahsan Ali (30) repaired the damage.
After the pair was dismissed in a space of nine balls, India regained the initiative with Pakistan requiring 37 runs off 29 balls with five wickets standing.
However, number-six batsman Hammad Azam kept a cool head on his shoulders and belted a six and two fours, including the winning boundary, in a 13-ball 21 to take his team home with three balls remaining.
Earlier, Pakistan made a sentational start when 16-year-old fast bowler Fayyaz Butt dismissed both the India openers in the first over of the match.
Fayyaz disturbed the furniture behind Rahul Kannaur on the first ball of the match and four balls later had Mayank Argawal caught at the wicket to leave India at 3-2 after the first over.
India was able to crawl its way back into the match with a third wicket stand of 40 runs between Mandeep Singh and Harpreet Singh, but the defending champion was unable to push the score along and barely reached 114-9 from 23 overs.
Fayyaz was in menacing form, finishing with 4-27 while left-arm spinner Raza Hassan took 3-26.
Man of the match Fayyaz was elated with his efforts. “The conditions really helped me today. It was amazing for me to get a wicket with the first ball of the match - it was in a good place, it was unplayable.”
Pakistan captain Azeem Ghumman said it was a tough match and admitted there was still work to do. “The target is not to beat India but to win the World Cup,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve adapted here as yet.”
In the other Super League quarter-final at Rangiora, fast bowler Jason Holder took 5-19 and bowled the West Indies to a stunning 18 runs victory over England in a rain-shorted match.
The West Indies didn’t make a promising start to the day, finding itself on the ropes after England snared two early wickets. However captain Andre Creary (52), along with opener Kraigg Braithwaite, rescued the innings - Creary mixing aggression with timing, and punishing anything short pitched.
The West Indies looked to be in danger again after Brathwaite was dismissed for 69, as the side lost its last eight wickets for 31 runs to be dismissed for 164 with eight balls still remaining.
For England, David Payne was the pick of the bowlers when he returned figures of 6-1-19-4.
In reply, the England innings suffered at the hands of huge fast bowler Jason Holder, who is reminiscent of West Indies great Joel Garner. Holder decimated the English batting with his accuracy and pace, finishing with match figures of 5-19.
Four batsmen made it to 20 but none were able to kick on. Danny Briggs and Captain Azeem Rafiq put up a late fight but England had lost too many wickets and fell 18 runs short of the target.
Captain Andre Creary was delighted with Holder’s performance. “I am especially happy with his bowling in the powerplay as I told him to bowl straight and full and he bowled to that plan.”
In a repeat of the group stage match, Pakistan and the West Indies will now meet in the first Super League semi-final, to be played on Monday in front of the ESPN STAR Sports cameras at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, in Lincoln.
Meanwhile, in Napier the Plate Championship quarter-final matches were also affected by rain.
While Ireland defeated Zimbabwe by seven wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis Method, the much-anticipated clash of the Americas between Canada and the USA lasted only three overs - USA reaching 13 without loss - before rain returned and the match was abandoned. Canada, as the higher qualifying team from the group stage, proceeded to the semi-final.
In tomorrow’s Super League quarter-final matches, host nation New Zealand takes on Australia in the match of the day as the traditional rivalry between the two sides is reignited. Australia had mixed results in group matches at Queenstown, winning two against Associate sides Ireland and USA, but tripping up against a strong South African side.
New Zealand’s top order has been in good form with Harry Boam amassing 172 runs and well supported by Jimmy Neesham who has ripped into every bowling attack he has faced.
Neesham said while Australia was a good side, it held no fears for the young Kiwis. “We have had a look at a few of their batsmen on the video analysis, and there isn’t anyone in their side that we’re afraid of,” he said. “So as long as we play to our plans things should fall into place for us”.
In the other Super League semi-final, South Africa meets Sri Lanka at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, with the match televised live on ESPN STAR Sports.
Sri Lanka will be hoping for better form with the bat after disappointing in their last group match against New Zealand, and will be looking to skipper Chatura Peiris, top of the tournament bowling rankings, to make inroads against a strong South African line-up.
South Africa will be confident after dispatching Australia to top Group B. Their line-up includes dynamic left-handed opener Dominic Hendricks, and seamer Graham Hume who has also in good wicket-taking form.
Hume said the Sri Lanka side wouldn’t hold too many surprises. “It should be a tight match. We played them in South Africa twice before coming here and it was one match each. We probably know them better than any other side here - though I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing heading into the knockout phase of this tournament”
In the Plate Championship quarter-finals in Napier on Sunday, favourite Bangladesh will take on Hong Kong at the McLean Park while Afghanistan meets Papua New Guinea at the Nelson Park.
Scores in brief:
Super League quarter-finals
Pakistan beat India by two wickets at Bert Sutcliffe, Lincoln
India 114-9, 23 overs (Mandeep Singh 40; Fayyaz Butt 4-27, Raza Hasan 3-26)
Pakistan 117-8, 22.3 overs (Ahsan Ali 30; Sandeep Sharma 2-24, Jaidev Unadkat 2-26)
The West Indies beat England by 18 runs at Mainpower Oval, Rangiora
West Indies 166 out, 34.4 overs (KC Brathwaite 69, AS Creary 52; DA Payne 4-19, BA Stokes 3-29, DR Briggs 2-33)
England 148 all out, 33.1 overs (JO Holder 5-19, NA Bolan 2-21)
Plate Championship quarter-finals
Ireland beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets (D/L method) at Nelson Park, Napier
Zimbabwe 102 all out, 26.2 overs (PJ Moor 28; CA Young 4-14, G.Dockrell 2-7, SC Getkate 2-40)
Ireland 110-3, 20.2 overs (PR Stirling 65)
Canada v the USA at McLean Park, Napier - No result
USA 13-0, three overs
Canada progressed to the semi-final because of its better position in group stage
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