The group stages of the ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 came to an end with a qualification shootout between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe and two centuries from India's star-studded line-up
India were electric in a 326-run victory over Uganda thanks to mammoth centuries from Raj Bawa and Angkrish Raghuvanshi, topping their group and heading into the Super League stage in red-hot form.
Elsewhere Pakistan were too strong in a nine-wicket win over Papua New Guinea to set up a Super League clash against Australia, and battling for a Super League spot, Afghanistan prevailed in Group C, beating win over Zimbabwe to progress.
Finally, Bangladesh beat out UAE by nine wickets (DLS) in a rain-interrupted Group A match to secure their spot in the final eight.
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Indian batting flexes its muscles ahead of final stages
The tournament favourites posted the second-highest total in tournament history, posting 405 off the back of Bawa and Raghuvanshi's centuries, a feat only bettered from the 2004 tournament, where India made 425/3 against Scotland.
Shikhar Dhawan made 155* on that occasion, and there was a Dhawan-esque flair to the pair's batting, with boundaries flowing heavily across the innings.
Opener Raghuvanshi was dismissed for 144 runs from just 120 deliveries, though Bawa would then continue to pile on the runs as Kaushal Tambe and Dinesh Bana chipped in.
Bawa passed Tom Prest's 154* earlier in the tournament, ending on 162 with 14 fours and eight sixes.
Isaac Ategeka was forced to retire hurt having been struck on the forearm by a Rajvardhan Hangargekar, and Uganda's chase was compounded futher when Cyrus Kakuru fell to the same bowler first ball.
Captain Pascal Murungi made 34 after taking three wickets, though Uganda were dismissed well short of the target.
India will now play Bangladesh in a re-match after their 2020 tournament final.
Shehzad sizzles in rout of Papua New Guinea
Muhammad Shehzad was the force for Pakistan, claiming figures of 5/7 in a nine-wicket win over Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea started positively as Christopher Kilapat and Boio Ray put on 24 in an opening wicket stand, only for a collapse of 9/26.
Chasing 51, Abbas Ali and wicketkeeper-batter Haseebullah Khan eased Pakistan to victory.
Pakistan top Group C having won all three of their matches, and will face Australia in a crunch quarter-final. Papua New Guinea will meet hosts the West Indies in the Plate League.
Afghanistan ease past Zimbabwe in a Group C shootout
Suliman Safi’s was the hero, helping Afghanistan overcome Zimbabwe in an effective knockout game to earn a quarter-final tie with Sri Lanka in the Super League.
The skipper made a 118-ball with 17 boundaries, only to be dismissed on the final ball of the innings. Afghanistan finished 261/6, with opener Nageyalia Kharote also contributing with a half century. Alex Falao picked up 3/54 in response.
Matthew Welch almost made a solo charge at the top of the order 53, though struggled to find a partner as the required rate jumped above six an over. Rogan Wolhuter frustrated the Afghanistan bowlers with a knock of 28 from 52 balls, though Zimbabwe's tail were not able to stick around.
Zimbabwe will face Scotland in the plate quarter-finals.
Bangladesh qualify for knockout stages in a bid to defend their crown
United Arab Emirates were held to just 148, eventually overrun by nine wickets.
UAE slipped to 8/2 inside the first three overs, with Ashiqur Zaman dismissing both openers. Dhruv Parashar and captain Alishan Sharafu then combined to steady things, putting on 44 runs for the third wicket.
Punya Mehra chimed in to top score with 43, but ran out of partners in a collapse of 798 runs. Ripon Mondol claimed 3-31.
Bangladesh made an opening stand of 86 before losing their first wicket when Iftakher Hossain was dismissed by Jash Giyanani. Hossain added 37, with fellow opener Mahfijul Islam reaching his half century after a rain delay.
Tasked to chase a rain-reduced 107, the opener eventually reached 64 not out, as Prantik Nawrose Nabil joined him in the middle to knock off the target.
Meanwhile, three Australia players have received positive PCR test results for COVID-19 through the official event testing programme. The players are currently self-isolating and are being monitored and cared for by the medical team.
ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League Fixtures
26 January – Quarter-Final 1 England v South Africa; Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
27 January – Quarter-Final 4 Sri Lanka v Afghanistan; Coolidge Cricket Ground
28 January – Quarter-Final 3 Pakistan v Australia; Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
29 January – Quarter-Final 2 India v Bangladesh ; Coolidge Cricket Ground
30 January – Play-off Semi-Final 2 Loser QF 1 v Loser QF 4; Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
31 January- Play-off Semi-Final 1 Loser QF 2 v Loser QF 3; Coolidge Cricket Ground
1 February - Semi-Final 1 Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 4; Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
2 February - Semi-Final 2 Winner QF 2 v Winner QF 3; Coolidge Cricket Ground
3 February - 5th / 6th Play-off Winners of Play-off Semi-Final 1 and 2; Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
3 February - 7th / 8th Play-off Losers of Play-off Semi-Final 1 and 2; Coolidge Cricket Ground
4 February- 3rd / 4th Play-off Losers of Semi-Finals 1 and 2; Coolidge Cricket Ground
5 February – U19 Men’s CWC Final Winners of Semi-Finals 1 and 2; Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Plate Fixtures
25 January – Quarter-Final 1 UAE v Uganda; Queens Park Oval
25 January -Quarter-Final 2 Ireland v Canada; Brian Lara Cricket Academy
26 January -Quarter-Final 3 Zimbabwe v Scotland; Queens Park Oval
26 January -Quarter-Final 4 West Indies v PNG; Diego Martin Sporting Complex
28 January - Semi-Final 1 Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 4; Queens Park Oval
28 January -Play-off Semi-Final 1 Loser QF1 v Loser QF4; Diego Martin Sporting Complex
29 January - Semi-Final 2 Winner QF 2 v Winner QF 3; Queens Park Oval
29 January - Play-off Semi-Final 2 Loser QF 2 v Loser QF 3; Brian Lara Cricket Academy
30 January - 15th / 16th Play-off Losers of Play-off Semi-Finals 1 and 2; Brian Lara Cricket Academy
30 January - 13th / 14th Play-off Winners of Play-off Semi-Finals 1 and 2 ; Diego Martin Sporting Complex
31 January - 11th / 12th Play-off Losers of Semi-Finals 1 and 2; Diego Martin Sporting Complex
31 January - Plate Final Winners of Semi-Finals 1 and 2; Queens Park Oval
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