U-19s lose semi-final
LINCOLN, New Zealand (CMC):
West Indies Under-19s were unable to sustain their impressive early pressure on Pakistan's batsmen and the former champions marched to a fighting four-wicket victory in their ICC Under-19 World Cup semi-final yesterday.
Sent to bat at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, the young Windies compiled 212 for eight off their 50 overs, and Pakistan rallied from a perilous 49 for four in the 20th over to secure victory at 213 for six off 48.3 overs, with Hammad Azam stroking a match-winning 92 not out.
Pakistan's opponents in Saturday's final will be decided when Australia play Sri Lanka in the second semi-final tomorrow.
West Indies will play-off for third place on Friday against tomorrow's second semi-final losers.
A century partnership between prolific Kraigg Brathwaite and captain André Creary had earlier rallied West Indies U-19s after left-handers Trevon Griffith (0) and John Campbell (1) fell cheaply to leave them in early strife on seven for two in the fourth over.
Brathwaite and Creary gathered their first 50 runs off 65 balls, but their momentum slowed in the second phase of their partnership, and when Creary fell for a 79-ball 41, caught on the boundary, the run rate stood at a moderate 3.6.
Yannic Cariah (9) departed similarly soon after, trying to accelerate the run rate.
Brathwaite, the tournament's leading scorer, was eventually run out for 85 off 116 balls at 173 for five in the 44th over.
Shane Dowrich ignited the young West Indians' innings as he lashed a resolute 55 off 49 balls with three fours and one six that crucially dragged the score past the 200 mark.