Under-19 World Cup 2008, 3rd day

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

England U-19s 56 for 0 (Taylor 43*) beat Bermuda U-19s 55 (Douglas 21, Dawson 3-15) by 10 wickets

England outclassed Bermuda by ten wickets after knocking them over for 55 in the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur. Chasing 56 was never going to pose much of a problem, with James Taylor striking an unbeaten 43 which included eight fours.

Bermuda were in self-destruct mode from the moment they chose to bat, losing their first four wickets to the new-ball combination of Steven Finn and James Harris. The two snared two wickets apiece as Bermuda slumped to 29 for 4.

Christopher Douglas (21) was the only Bermuda batsman to reach double figures as they folded up in 28.5 overs. Eight of the batsmen couldn't even reach 5 and it was only thanks to the 11 extras that the total crossed 50. Liam Dawson, the left-arm spinner, took three wickets to emerge and was duly rewarded with the Man-of-the-Match award.

Australia U-19s 206 (Hughes 46, Pascoe 37, Khadka 4-32, Shrestha 3-32) beat Nepal U-19s 110 (Vishwakarma 33, Rose 3-21, Pattison 3-25) by 96 runs

Australia exposed Nepal's batting frailties by bowling them out for 110 on course to their 107-run win at the University Sains Malaysia ground. Nepal's bowlers had done a good job by restricting Australia to 206 but their batsmen crumbled during the run-chase.

Nepal's pursuit got off to an inauspicious start when Mahesh Chhetri was run out by Philip Hagues and they soon collapsed to 36 for 4 when right-arm seamer James Pattison prised out three wickets. Clive Rose, the left-arm spinner, then took the next three wickets to fall: he had Rom Shreshtha and Sagar Khadka caught by captain Micheal Hill, before trapping Antim Thapa lbw. Rahul Vishwakarma had some fun out in the middle, smashing a six and three fours to remain unbeaten on 33, before Steven Smith removed the tail-enders with his legspin.

Australia had made a solid start, with Hughes and Kirk Pascoe putting on 62 runs for the first wicket. But the tide turned in Nepal's favour once Pascoe was bowled by Shrestha. Hill showed aggressive intent, striking a six and a four, but he tried one shot too many against Shrestha.

Once Hughes, who was guiding Australia's innings, was stumped off the bowling of Vishwakarma, Nepal pulled things back. Australia's middle-order all got starts but they could not capitalise on them: Michael Cramner with 32 and James Faulker with 22, a case in point. Khadka then ripped through the tail to finish with four scalps.

Pakistan U-19s 156 (Salah-ud-din 53) beat New Zealand U-19s 129 by 27 runs

Plucky knocks from Usman Salahuddin and Ali Asad helped Pakistan recover from a perilous 28 for 4 before the bowlers completed the fightback against New Zealand by rounding off a 27-run win.

New Zealand's medium-pacers seemed to have justified their captain's decision to field, restricting Pakistan to 156 in 47.1 overs. Tim Southee and Trent Boult, the opening bowlers, shared four wickets between them before Anurag Verma picked up two towards the end.

However Pakistan's bowlers were upto the task, reducing New Zealand to 51 for 4 in the 23rd over. Harry Boam led the chase with a patient 38 and his partnership with Greg Morgan took them closer but legspinner Ahmed Shehzad grabbed three wickets to hasten the end.

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