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Friday, February 5, 2016

Hosts into Semis : Mehidy and Zakir carry Bangladesh to its first-ever semi-final #U19CWC




Mehidy and Zakir carry Bangladesh to its first-ever semi-final

·       Both batsmen hit half-centuries while adding 117 runs for the unfinished fifth wicket partnership

·       Bangladesh awaits winner of the Pakistan-West Indies quarter-final

·       Afghanistan and Zimbabwe make Plate Championship semi-finals



Host Bangladesh defeated a valiant Nepal by six wickets after a tense run-chase to storm into the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 on Friday, giving the nation its maiden appearance in the last four of a world event.

Skipper Mehidy Hasan and Zakir Hasan hit unbeaten half-centuries as Bangladesh recovered from early setbacks to surpass Nepal's 211 for nine with 10 balls to spare in Mirpur. 

Bangladesh faces the winner of Monday's quarter-final between Pakistan and the West Indies in the second semi-final at Mirpur on 11 February. The first semi-final on 9 February in Mirpur will feature the winners of quarter-final matches between India-Namibia and England-Sri Lanka.

Nepal's captain Raju Rijal hit 72 (80b, 8x4, 1x6) after winning the toss and electing to bat, but four run-outs in the innings, including that of the captain himself, set his team back.

Nepal slipped to 178 for seven in 43 overs but useful contributions in the end from Dipendra Airee and Prem Tamang, who made 22 apiece, lifted it past the 200-run mark.

Right-arm seamer Mohammad Saifuddin was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh, giving away just four runs in the final over to return with figures of two for 38.

Bangladesh, mentored by former Australia international Stuart Law, was made to fight hard for runs as Nepal's bowlers conceded just 21 runs in the first 10 overs.

The home team was reduced to 98 for four in the 29th over when Mehidy joined Zakir to add a match-winning partnership of 117 for the unbroken fifth wicket.

Left-handed Zakir, who scored an unbeaten 75 from 103 balls, ended the match by lofting Airee for a six over long-on. He also hit five fours. Mehidy returned undefeated on 55 from 65 balls which also included three fours.

"It is so exciting to be part of the first Bangladesh team to enter the semi-final of a World Cup," a jubilant Mehidy said, adding: "I think Nepal played a very good game. They did their best with both bat and ball. They are a very good side that we have beaten today.

"Zakir played so well and kept supporting me. He told me that we should try to take singles and twos because the boundaries were not easy to get. That worked well for us.

"We look forward to the semi-final. Hopefully we will raise our game and do our best to enter the final."

Nepal's Rijal rued his side's inability to put up a bigger total.

"The four run-outs and the loss of five wickets in the middle overs cost us at least 25-30 runs. If we had got those runs we would have fought till the end.

"But I am proud of the way the team has played in the tournament. Our aim is to finish with a good placing."

In the Plate Championship quarter-finals, Afghanistan trumped Fiji by 226 runs after opener Karim Janat smashed 156 off 132 balls with 12 boundaries and six sixes.

Afghanistan piled up 340 for nine after being sent into bat and Fiji was shot out for 114 in reply. Nijat Masood claimed three wickets for six runs in six overs and Rashid Khan took three for 16.

A fine all-round performance by Jeremy Ives helped Zimbabwe defeat Canada by six wickets in another Plate quarter-final in Cox's Bazar.

Ives claimed three for 30 as Canada were restricted to 186 for eight after electing to bat. Amish Taploo top-scored with 37.

Ives then returned unbeaten on 43 after Zimbabwe cruised home in the 32nd over, with Shaun Snyder making 56.

Scores in brief:

Super League quarter-final: Bangladesh beat Nepal by six wickets in Mirpur
Nepal 211-9, 50 overs (Raju Rijal 72, Dipendra Airee 22, Prem Tamang 22 not out; Mohammad Saifuddin 2-38)
Bangladesh 215-4, 48.2 overs (Zakir Hasan 75 not out, Mehidy Hasan 55 not out; Sunil Dhamala 2-33)


Plate quarter-final: Afghanistan beat Fiji by 226 runs in Cox's Bazar
Afghanistan 340-9, 50 overs (Karim Janat 156, Perwez Malakzai 74, Peni Vuniwaqa 3-41)
Fiji 114 all out, 31.2 overs (Nijat Masood 3-6, Rashid Khan 3-16, Zahir Khan 2-45)


Plate quarter-final: Zimbabwe beat Canada by six wickets in Cox's Bazar
Canada 186-8, 50 overs (Amish Taploo 37, Abraash Khan 32, Arslan Khan 31, Jeremy Ives 3-30)
Zimbabwe 190-4, 31.4 overs (Shaun Snyder 56, Jeremy Ives 43 not out; Bhavindu Adhihetty 2-23, Shlok Patel 2-62)


Saturday's match (Super League quarter-final)

India v Namibia, Fatullah

Plate Championship (play/offs):
7 Feb - Ireland v Canada, Cox's Bazar
8 Feb - South Africa v Zimbabwe, Cox's Bazar; Scotland v Fiji, Cox's Bazar
9 Feb - New Zealand v Afghanistan, Cox's Bazar


Monday, February 1, 2016

India tops Group D after Pant’s 18-ball half-century against Nepal



·       India to feature in second quarter-final in Fatullah on 6 February; Nepal to take on Bangladesh-Namibia winner in Mirpur on 5 February

·       Afghanistan defeats Canada to finish third in Group B; New Zealand beats Ireland to take third spot in Group D



Rishabh Pant hit a whirlwind 78 off 24 balls as India topped Group D with a seven-wicket demolition of second-placed Nepal in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Mirpur on Monday in a match that was produced by ICC TV and aired around the world by 15 broadcasters.

The left-handed opener smashed five sixes and nine boundaries, adding 124 for the first wicket with captain Ishan Kishan (52) in just 9.1 overs, as India chased down Nepal's 169 for eight in the 19th over.


Pant's 50 off 18 balls is the fastest recorded half-century in the history of under-19 internationals.

India's emphatic victory was set-up by fast bowler Avesh Kumar, who claimed three wickets for 34 runs. Mayank Dagar and Washington Sundar supported him well with two wickets each.


The Rahul Dravid-coached India topped Group D with an all-win record and now faces the second-placed team from Group A - Bangladesh or Namibia - in the Super League quarter-final in Fatullah on 6 February.


Qualifier Nepal, which knocked out defending champion South Africa from the Super League, awaits the winner of Tuesday's clash between Bangladesh and Namibia in the quarter-final in Mirpur on 5 February.

Pant said he was disappointed to miss-out on a century, admitting that he became nervous as he approached the mark.


"I am obviously not happy that I could not get a 100 ... mainly because I got a little nervous thinking that I may set a new record," he said.


"It was a good pitch for batting and I was able to go through my shots."


Indian captain Kishan was delighted with the comprehensive win and Pant's spectacular stroke-play.


"The way Pant was going for his shots, I was worried I may not get enough runs of my own," Kishan said. "I am really pleased with the way we won today because it was a low-scoring game which is usually tough to win."

Asked if India will prefer to face Bangladesh or Namibia in the quarter-final, Kishan said: "It does not matter whom we play as long as we stick to our strengths and get the basics right."


Nepal's captain Raju Rijal said his team had been taught a lesson on what to expect when playing against superior sides.


"The competition in the quarter-finals will obviously be very tough and today's match was a good experience for us," said Rijal. "We need to work harder and try and do our best in the remaining games."


New Zealand, smarting from two losses against India and Nepal, took third place in Group D after a four-wicket win against Ireland in Fatullah.


Rachin Ravindra and skipper Josh Finnie picked up three wickets each as New Zealand bowled out Ireland for 212 and then won in the 41st over after Finn Allen scored 97 and Dale Phillips made 58.

Finnie later said: "There is a lot to look forward in the Plate Championship as we can come up against sides like South Africa."



Afghanistan finished third in Group B with a four-wicket win over Canada in Sylhet.


Muslim Musa and Shamsurrahman Wali took three wickets each as Afghanistan bowled out Canada for 147 and then rode on Tariq Stanikzai's 56 to surpass the target in the 25th over.

Afghanistan captain Ihsanullah Janat said his team gained valuable experience playing against teams like Pakistan and Sri Lanka. "This tournament will help the players improve their game. Its been a very good learning experience," he said.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which have already qualified for the Super League quarter-finals, face-off in Mirpur on Wednesday to determine the group winner.


Teams, which do not make the Super League, will feature in the eight-nation Plate championships.


Scores in brief:

Group B: Afghanistan beat Canada by four wickets in Sylhet
Canada 147 all out, 50 overs (Arslan Khan 38, Abraash Khan 33; Muslim Musa 3-31, Shamsurrahman Wali 3-21)
Afghanistan 149-6, 24.1 overs (Tariq Stanikzai 56, Ihsanullah Janat 31; Miraj Patel 3-17)

Group D: India beat Nepal by seven wickets in Mirpur
Nepal 169-8, 48 overs (Sandeep Sunar 37, Rajbir Singh 35; Avesh Khan 3-34, Mayank Dagar 2-32, Washington Sundar 2-20)
India 175-3, 18.1 overs (Rishabh Pant 78, Ishan Kishan 52)

Group D: New Zealand beat Ireland by four wickets in Fatullah
Ireland 212 all out, 47.5 overs (Jack Tector 56, Adam Dennison 46; Rachin Ravindra 3-36, Josh Finnie 3-20)
New Zealand 213-6, 40.1 overs (Finn Allen 97, Dale Phillips 58; Rory Anders 4-32)

Tuesday's matches:
Group A: Bangladesh v Namibia, Cox's Bazar
Group A: South Africa v Scotland, Cox's Bazar
Group C: West Indies v Zimbabwe, Chittagong

Super League quarter-finals line-up:
5 Feb – Bangladesh-Namibia winner v Nepal, Mirpur
6 Feb – India v Bangladesh-Namibia loser, Fatullah
7 Feb – England v Pakistan-Sri Lanka loser, Mirpur
8 Feb – Pakistan-Sri Lanka winner v West Indies-Zimbabwe winner, Fatullah

Plate Championship quarter-finals line-up:
4 Feb – South Africa-Scotland winner v Ireland; New Zealand v South Africa-Scotland loser
5 Feb – Afghanistan v C4; Canada v C3

Points table

Group A

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
Namibia
2
2
0
+1.60
4
Bangladesh
2
2
0
+1.57
4
South Africa
2
0
2
-0.87
0
Scotland
2
0
2
-2.49
0

Group B

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
Sri Lanka
2
2
0
+2.29
4
Pakistan
2
2
0
+1.23
4
Afghanistan
3
1
2
-0.06
2
Canada
3
0
3
-2.64
0

Group C

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
England
3
3
0
+3.26
6
West Indies
2
1
1
+2.01
2
Zimbabwe
2
1
1
-0.16
2
Fiji
3
0
3
-5.15
0

Group D

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
India
3
3
0
+2.58
6
Nepal
3
2
1
+0.03
4
New Zealand
3
1
2
-0.81
2
Ireland
3
0
3
-1.70
0

      Top two sides from each group will progress to the Super League stage while the bottom two sides will feature in the Plate Championship


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Four Asian sides enter Super League quarter-finals - Favorites India and Srilanka cruise in.



·       Lamichhane's hat-trick guides Nepal into its first-ever quarter-final

·       Lomror's all-round performance and Avesh's four for 32 helps India crush New Zealand

·       Asalanka leads from the front as Sri Lanka recovers to beat Afghanistan; Zeeshan scores 89 not out as Pakistan drubs Canada

Sandeep Lamichhane

Four Asian sides – India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka –advanced to the Super League quarter-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh with their second successive wins on Saturday.

India and Nepal, which took the two top spots in Group D at the expense of New Zealand and Ireland, will clash on Monday in their last league match to decide the group winner.
The match will be produced by the ICC TV and will be aired around the world by 15 broadcasters.


Pakistan and Sri Lanka advanced from Group B, which also included Afghanistan and Canada, and will play each other on Wednesday, February 3, to determine who tops the group. This match will be produced by the ICC TV and will be aired around the world by 15 broadcasters.


Nepal rode on a five-wicket haul by leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane – which included the first hat-trick in the tournament – to defeat Ireland by eight wickets and confirm its maiden appearance in the quarter-finals.

Ireland was tied down to 131 for nine after electing to bat and Nepal, which had stunned New Zealand in its opening match, coasted home in the 26th over with Yogendra Karki making 61.


Lamichhane had Lorcan Tucker and Adam Dennison caught off successive balls in his fourth over and then bowled Fiachra Tucker with his next delivery to complete the hat-trick.


"What was more important than the hat-trick was that we won an important game and qualified for the quarter-finals," said Lamichhane. "I hope we can continue the same way in other matches."


Nepal's captain Raju Rijal said qualifying for the quarter-finals meant a lot to his nation.


"I am sure there will be a lot of celebrations back home because cricket is very popular in our country," said Rijal. "Performances like these will inspire more people to play the game in Nepal.


"The team spirit is very good and we enjoy each other's success. The target now is to get past the quarter-finals also."

Ireland captain Jack Tector blamed his team's low total on the regular fall of wickets. "The hat-trick really did us in and our batsmen could not get enough runs on the board."

India, sent into bat by New Zealand in Mirpur, piled up 258 for eight with Sarfaraz Khan top-scoring with 74 for the second time in the competition. Rishabh Pant made 57 and Armaan Jaffer scored 46.


But Mahipal Lomror stood out with a fine all-round display as he followed up his 45 with the bat with five for 47, which bundled New Zealand out for 138 in the 32nd over.


Avesh Kumar

Seamer Avesh Kumar, who took three wickets in his first four overs to reduce the Kiwis to five for three, finished with four for 32. He was later declared player of the match.


"Our first aim to make the quarter-finals has been realised, but we cannot afford to relax," said India captain Ishan Kishan. "We need to top the group, so the match against Nepal will be very important.


"I am confident because the batsmen are in form and the bowlers too are doing well. It is good that the seamers and spinners have got used to conditions here."

Charith Asalanka

Sri Lanka survived a tense run-chase by Afghanistan before clinching victory and a place in the quarter-finals.


Skipper Charith Asalanka top-scored with 71 in Sri Lanka's modest 184 all out, but Afghanistan was itself bowled out for 151 despite opener Karim Janat's 40 and Waheedullah Shafaq's 47.

Kamindu Mendis, who possesses a rare talent of bowling both right-arm off-spin and left-arm orthodox spin, claimed three wickets for 36 runs.


Pakistan scored a seven-wicket win over Canada after bowling out the unfancied rival for 178. Hasan Khan took three wickets and Shadab Khan took two.


The Pakistanis surpassed the target in the 41st over with opener Zeeshan Malik scoring an unbeaten 89 and Saif Badar 44. Zeeshan was later declared player of the tournament.

Pakistan captain Gohar Hafeez said he was satisfied with the way the tournament was progressing for his team.

"We are batting and bowling well and that is a good sign," he said. "We will be well prepared for the Sri Lanka game because we want to win and top the group."

The 11th edition of the biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland.

Teams have been divided into four groups with the top two in each advancing to the Super League quarter-finals and the other two qualifying for the Plate championships.


Scores in brief:

Group B: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 33 runs in Sylhet
Sri Lanka 184 all out, 48.1 overs (Charith Asalanka 71; Shamsurrahman Wali 3-19, Karim Janat 2-37, Zahir Khan 2-36)
Afghanistan 151 all out, 44.5 overs (Waheedullah Shafaq 47, Karim Janat 40; Kamindu Mendis 3-36).


Group B: Pakistan beat Canada by seven wickets in Sylhet
Canada 178 all out, 48.3 overs (Bhavindu Adhihetty 51, Abraash Khan 44; Hasan Khan 3-36, Shadab Khan 2-44)
Pakistan 180-3 in 40.5 overs (Zeeshan Malik 89 not out, Saif Badar 44)


Group D: India beat New Zealand by 120 runs in Mirpur
India 258-8, 50 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 74, Rishabh Pant 57, Armaan Jaffer 46, Mahipal Lomror 45; Zak Gibson 3-50, Nathan Smith 2-39, Rachin Ravindra 2-41)
New Zealand 138 all out, 31.3 overs (Christian Leopard 40; Mahipal Lormor 5-47, Avesh Khan 4-32)


Group D: Nepal beat Ireland by eight wickets in Fatullah
Ireland 131-9, 50 overs (Harry Tector 30 not out; Sandeep Lamichhane 5-27, Dipendra Airee 2-18)
Nepal 132-2, 25.3 overs (Yogendra Karki 61, Aarif Sheikh 31 not out)


Sunday's matches:


Group A: Bangladesh v Scotland, Cox's Bazar
Group A: South Africa v Namibia, Cox's Bazar

Group C: West Indies v Fiji, Chittagong
Group C: England v Zimbabwe, Chittagong



Points table

Group A

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
Namibia
1
1
0
+3.05
2
Bangladesh
1
1
0
+0.86
2
South Africa
1
0
1
-0.86
0
Scotland
1
0
1
-3.05
0

Group B

Team Played Won Lost NNR Points
Sri Lanka
2
2
0
+2.29
4
Pakistan
2
2
0
+1.23
4
Afghanistan
2
0
2
-1.07
0
Canada
2
0
2
-2.48
0

Group C

Team Played Won Lost NNR Points
England
2
2
0
+3.60
4
Zimbabwe
1
1
0
+2.84
2
West Indies
1
0
1
-1.22
0
Fiji
2
0
2
-5.980
0

Group D

Team Played Won Lost NNR Points
India
2
2
0
+1.99
4
Nepal
2
2
0
+1.53
4
New Zealand
2
0
2
-1.52
0
Ireland
2
0
2
-2.09
0

·       Top two sides from each group will progress to the Super League stage while the bottom two sides will feature in the Plate Championship
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