LAHORE - Pakistan stopped New Zealand winning spree when they scored five wickets victory in the final match of Group B to top the group in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup on Thursday.

Pakistan will face India in the quarterfinals on August 20 while New Zealand will face West Indies in the other quarterfinals.

New Zealand opted to bat first and got off to a solid start at 44 for one. Joe Carter (21) and Will Young (18) fell in quick succession though and Pakistan continued to take wickets at crucial stages.

Robert O’Donnell (29) and Henry Walsh (33) had a partnership of 58 for the fourth wicket, until O’Donnell was caught in the 34th over. Walsh went soon after and New Zealand were 109 for five. Cameos from number eight batsmen Sean Davey (17-) and number nine Theo van Woerkom (14) were the last real contributions for New Zealand as they finished their 50 overs at 152 for eight.

In reply Pakistan lost their captain early, with Babar Azam caught by O’Donnell off the bowling of Matthew Quinn for one. Pakistan though managed to rebuild, and despite losing two quick wickets in the 13th and 14th overs, were always within reach of their target.

Imam-ul-Haq (40) and Ali Saad (32) did most of the work in the pursuit, before some late boundaries from M Nawaz (23) and Salman Afridi (18) took them past New Zealand’s total.

Quinn was the most economical of the bowlers with figures of 1 for 22 off 6.2 overs. Van Woerkom also contributed with the ball, collecting two wickets for 43 off eight.

The loss means New Zealand finished second in their group and will play their quarter-final against the West Indies on Monday 20th of August.

West Indies beat Zimbabwe: West Indies thumped Zimbabwe by six wickets in a Group C match. West Indies won the toss and put Zimbabwe to bat. Their bowlers stifled Zimbabwe for runs and restricted them to 148 for 8 in 50 overs. Akeal Hosein conceded only 16 runs in 10 overs and picked up two wickets. West Indies’ captain Kraigg Brathwaite led the run chase by scoring 71 runs as West Indies attained the target in 35.1 overs. Brathwaite was declared Man of the Match. West Indies won all their three group matches.  Brief scores: West Indies 150 for 4 in 35.1 overs (Brathwaite 71; Geyle 2-28) beat Zimbabwe 148 for 8 (Lake 31; Hosein 2-16) by six wickets

India trounce PNG: India trounced minnows Papua New Guinea by 107 runs to set up a quarterfinal clash with arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Under-19 World Cup at Endeavour Park on Thursday.

India, after electing to bat first, concluded their innings at 204 in the 46th over with a brilliant five wicket haul by Guinea’s Chad Soper. After losing skipper Unmukt Chand (4) in the second over, Prashant Chopra (58) and Baba Aparajith (14) tried to stabilise the innings.  Kamal Passi and Aparajith chipped in with a couple of wickets to wrap up Guinea’s innings quickly. 

England crush Nepal: England crushed Nepal by 127 runs in a Group A match. England won the toss and elected to bat first. Riding on Ben Foakes’ breezy 92 off 84 balls, England notched up 274 runs in 50 overs. Ben Duckett smashed 55 off 33 balss and accelerated the run-rate in last 10 overs.

Chasing an imposing target, Nepal buckled under the pressure and were shot out for 147 in 46 overs. Only their opener Subash Khakurel showed some defiance and made 55 runs. Shozair Ali snared four wickets for England to script a thumping win. Foakes won Man-of-the-Match award for his sparkling innings.

Brief scores: England 274 for 7 (Foakes 92, Duckett 55) beat Nepal 147 all out in 46 overs (Khakurel 55; Ali 4-37) by 127 runs

Bangladesh beat Namibia: Bangladesh beat Namibia by seven wickets in a Group D match. Namibia won the toss and elected to bat first but didn’t apply them well while batting. They were rolled over for 151 in 49.4 overs. Stephan Baard scored 40 and was a lone fighter for Namibia. Bangaldesh overhauled the target without any fuss. Their opener Liton Das cracked unbeaten 70 and orchestrated a seven-wicket victory. Bangaldesh has qualified for the quarter-finals while Sri Lanka are knocked out of the tournament having lost their group match against Bangladesh.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 155 for three in 37 overs (Das 70*, Haque 32) beat Namibia 151 all out in 49.4 overs (Baard 40; Jayed 3-29) by seven wickets.


New Zealand U-19s Innings:

Ben Horne c Saad Ali b Zia ul Haq     2

Joe Carter c Salman Afridi b Z Gohar    21

Will Young lbw M Nawaz    18

Robert O Donnell c Imam b Usman    29

Henry Walsh b Ehsan Adil    33

Arnie Yugaraja lbw Zia ul Haq    2

Fletcher lbw Adil    3

Sean Davey not out    17

Theo van Woerkom b M Nawaz    14

Ed Nuttall not out    2

EXTRAS: (b1, lb2, w7 , nb1)    11

TOTAL: (for 8 wickets; 50.0 overs)    152

FOW: 1-12, 2-44, 3-44, 4-102, 5-109, 6-110, 7-121,  8-157

BOWLING: Zia ul Haq 10-2-27-2,  Ehsan Adil 10-2-21-2, Zafar Gohar 10-0-34-1, Usman Qadir 10-0-35-1. M Nawaz 10-0-32-2.

Pakistan U-19s Innings:

Sami Aslam c Sean b van Woerkom    18

Babar Azam  c Robert b Matthew    1

Imam ul Haq run out Matthew    40

Umar Waheedc Cam b Sean    1

Saad Ali c Young b van Woerkom    32

M Nawaz not out    23

Salman Afridi not out    18

EXTRAS: (lb3, w17)    20

TOTAL: (for 5 wkts; 31.2 overs)    153

FOW: 1-8,  2-54,   3-57,  4-108,  5-115

BOWLING: Ed Nuttall 8-0-47-0, Matthew Quinn 6.2-0-22-1, Sean Davey    7-1-29-1, Theo van Woerkom 8-0-43-2, Arnie Yugaraja 2-0-9-0