India colts take on Bangla in quarterfinals

India colts take on Bangla in quarterfinals

India will face Bangladesh in the ICC U-19 World Cup quarterfinals after the neighbouring nation qualified for the Super League following England's massive 282-run win over Canada in a Group C match on Saturday.

While three-time champions India had qualified for the knockout stage after hammering Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets, Bangladesh's qualification from Group C depended on the result of the match between England and Canada.

England, champions in 1998, were virtually assured of topping the group before this match owing to their high net run-rate but they did not show any complacency against Canada, notching a huge 383-7 after being invited to bat first.

Centuries from Liam Banks (120, 114b, 12x4, 1x6) and Will Jacks (102, 82b, 11x4), who added 186 runs for the second wicket in just over 30 overs, put them in a position of strength.

Left-hander Jack Davies also chipped in with a brisk 36-ball 57 while medium-fast bowler Faisal Jamkhandi and off-spinner Tiaan Pretorius took three wickets each for Canada.

Canada needed to get to the target in 37.5 overs if they were to edge Bangladesh for a place in the Super League but they barely touched the three-figure mark as left-arm spinner Prem Sisodiya grabbed three for 23 while Adam Finch, Luke Hollman and Roman Walker all finished with two wickets each. Wicketkeeper-batsman Pranav Sharma top-scored for Canada with 24.

England, who completed the league with three wins to top the group, will play Australia in the Super League quarterfinals on January 23, while Bangladesh, who defeated Canada and Namibia, will take on India on January 26.

Canada and Namibia will figure in the Plate championship which gets underway on Monday.

In other matches, New Zealand defeated South Africa by 71 runs to top Group A, in which the Windies won their first match as they drubbed Kenya by 222 runs, while Ireland pulled off a thrilling four-run victory to deny Afghanistan a top-place finish in Group D.

In the Super League quarterfinals, New Zealand play Afghanistan while South Africa will run into two-time champions Pakistan.


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