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U-19 World Cup: India fail to defend big title, small total

England rode on Ben Duckett's 64-ball 61 and Joe Clarke's 42 off 45 balls to enter the last-four stage.

Dubai |
February 23, 2014 1:48:47 am
England beat India by three wickets to book their place in the semifinals of the U-19 World Cup. (2014 © IDI/Getty Images) England beat India by three wickets to book their place in the semifinals of the U-19 World Cup. (2014 © IDI/Getty Images)

Defending champions India crashed out of the Under-19 World Cup after suffering a three-wicket defeat at the hands of a disciplined England side in the quarterfinals. Batting first, India managed 221 for eight, and then saw England chase down the target with five balls to spare at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

On conditions favourable to seamers due to overcast conditions, Deepak Hooda (68) and Sarfaraz Khan’s 46-ball 52 helped India post a decent total on a slowish track.

But England rode on Ben  Duckett’s 64-ball 61 and Joe Clarke’s 42 off 45 balls to enter the last-four stage. Needing four off the last over, Rob Sayer slashed left-arm seamer Chama Milind over covers to complete the job, leaving his teammates jubilant.

However, it was the penultimate over bowled by offie Hooda, which cost India dear as he conceded 11 runs to bring the equation down to a gettable four off six balls from 15 runs in two overs.

Fisher, the difference

Earlier, seamer Matthew Fisher was the most successful bowler for England, picking up three wickets for 55 runs, his early blows giving his team the initial advantage.

Left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, India’s most impressive bowler in the event, took as many wickets but, on this day, he ended up being on the losing side.

The seventh-wicket stand of 51 runs between Clarke and Rob Jones (28 not out) proved to be crucial for England. Jones then added 23 runs with Sayer (10) to help their side cross the line. Opting to bat first, India were off to a disastrous start losing four wickets with just 24 runs on the board, including last match’s top-scorer Sanju Samson.

Deepak Hooda tried to stabilise the innings and played carefully along with skipper Vijay Zol, to keep the team in the hunt for a good score.

Brief scores: India U19 221/8 in 50 overs (Deepak Hooda 68, Sarfraz Khan 52; Mathew Fisher 3/55) lost to England U19 222/7 in 49.1 overs (Ben Duckett 61, Joe Clarke 42; Kuldeep Yadav 3/46)

Second quarterfinal

Brief scores: Pakistan U19 279/9 in 50 overs (Sami Aslam 95, Imam-ul-Haq 82; Binura Fernando 4/56) bt Sri Lanka U19 158 in 42.3 overs (Sadeera Samarawickrama 51, Priyamal Perera 68; Zia-ul-Haq 2/36, Kamran Ghulam 2/19)

Ninth-place playoff, quarters:

Brief scores: Canada U19 75 in 27.1 overs (Keenan Tinto 16; Mustafizur Rahman 3/11, Mehdey Hasan 2/11) lost to Bangladesh U19 76/1 in 13.5 overs (Shadam Islam 35*; Armaan Kapoor 1/2)

Brief scores:Namibia U19 194/8 in 50 overs (Xander Pitchers 78, Loftie-Eaton 45; Patrick Mambo 4/31) lost to Zimbabwe U19 197/4 in 45.1 overs (Ryan Burl 55*, Malcolm Lake 39*; Marius Delport 2/23)

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