TOWNSVILLE - Australia pulled off a clinical five-wicket victory over Bangladesh on Sunday to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the ICC under-19 cricket World Cup.
Bangladesh, put into bat in overcast conditions at Endeavour Park here, could only manage 171 runs. Captain Will Bosisto (71 not out, 134b, 7x4) was again outstanding for the young Australian side.
He played patiently and maturely, combining with fellow West Australian Ashton Turner for a sixth wicket unbeaten stand of 72 runs to take his side to victory in the 45th over.
Earlier, left-handed Bang-ladesh opener Soumya Sarkar got the visitors off to a good start forging an opening stand of 64 with Liton Das. The opening partnership was broken by a superb fielding effort from West Australia's Cameron Bancroft. Bangladesh's middle-order failed to stand up to the task losing three quick wickets in three overs and were finally bundled out in the 42nd over. In reply,
Australia got off to a wobbly start losing the wickets of Bancroft (1), Victoria's Meyrick Buchanan (0) and New South Wales' Kurtis Patterson (0) in the first five overs. Bosisto and South Australia's Travis Head combined for a crucial fifth wicket stand of 67 to get their team back on track, until Head (44) was caught by Abu Jayed at deep square leg. Bosisto said he was very pleased to be in the semis.
"I think I played my role in the middle order and got us over the line, but we made it hard for ourselves losing a few early wickets, so that is something we will be working on for our next match. Australia will meet South Africa in the first semi-final at Tony Ireland Stadium on Tuesday.
South Africa shock England: South Africa booked their place in the semi-finals of the U-19 World Cup with a comfortable 103-run win over England in Townsville. They lost the toss and were asked to bat by England captain Adam Ball, and were dealt an early blow when Jamie Overton had the prolific Quinton de Kock caught behind for just seven.
However, Chad Bowes and Gihahn Cloete began the recovery with a stand of 65 for the second-wicket, while Theunis de Bruyn and Murray Coetzee both hit half-centuries and added a further 96 for the fourth-wicket. Reece Topley took three late wickets to continue his impressive tournament and South Africa were bowled out for 244 from the final ball of their innings. Daniel Bell-Drummond again departed early in the England reply, but Alex Davies and Ben Foakes both hit 54 and put on exactly 100 for the second-wicket.
Unfortunately, Foakes’ dismissal to Prenelan Subrayen triggered a dramatic collapse and they were all out for just 141. The off-spinner ended with four for 24, while Lizaad Williams added the wicket of Aneesh Kapil to his earlier dismissal of Bell-Drummond and ended with two for 23.