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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Pak loses to WI, faces do-or-die tie vs India

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Christchurch: Pakistan suffered a six wicket defeat against the West Indies and must beat rivals India on Thursday to qualify for the ICC Under-19 World Cup semi-finals.[an error occurred while processing this directive]To compound Pakistan's misery captain Salman Butt and wicket-keeper Amin-Ur-Rehman were admonished for excessive appealing during the West Indies innings by match referee Frank Cameron.Cameron did not issue an official warning but the Pakistan players will have to watch their behaviour when they play India in Christchurch later this week.After beating Sri Lanka on Monday, victory against the West Indies would have assured Pakistan of a place in the next round, but a batting collapse cost it dearly at Lincoln Green.Pakistan was looking set to post a healthy total at 130 for four but the loss of the last six wickets for the addition of just 32 runs changed the game. Pakistan succumbed to the skills of Jamaican left-arm spinner Lorenzo Ingram who took four for 14 off seven overs, and only Khaqan Arsal, with 47, looked assured.The West Indies suffered a few jitters with openers Donovan Pagon (47) and Alcindo Holder (12) both run out, but Lendl Simmons made an unbeaten 45 to guide Gus Logie's team home.The Pakistani bowling performance was marred by some extravagant appealing as the enthusiasm of the fielding side got the better of them. The result has left the West Indies and Pakistan level on four points with India top of the group with 10 following its comfortable win over Sri Lanka.India is emerging as one of the stronger sides in the competition and it outclassed Sri Lanka at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, winning by six wickets. The reigning champion sealed its place in the semi-finals thanks to a polished performance that showed it is real contender for the trophy.A classy 64 from Jeevan Mendis held Sri Lankas innings together. The leg-spinning all-rounder has been one of the leading players of the tournament, and his performances have kept Sri Lanka in the hunt on several occasions.His efforts were tempered by a late order collapse that saw three run outs as Sri Lanka lost its last five wickets for 20 runs with India set 196 for victory. India wasted little time in chasing its target with Manvinder Bislaand Deepak Cougule (47) wrapping up victory with more than 15 overs to spare as Sri Lanka turned to eight bowlers in an attempt to make an impression on the Indian innings.The result leaves Sri Lanka at the foot of the table and with little chance of progressing. In the Plate Championship Zimbabwe made 207 against Papua New Guinea with Michael Brundle scoring 36 and Elton Chigumbura 42, but five for 19 from medium pacer Greg Baeau pegged back the innings.However, the total was to prove too much for Papua New Guinea, which was dismissed for just 141 with Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu forsaking the wicket-keeping gloves to take four for 30, to ensure his side's passage into the semi-finals.Elsewhere in the Plate Championship Bangladesh progressed to the semi-finals with a comprehensive nine-wicket win over sorry Kenya. Kenya slumped to 54 for three but Rajesh Premji (47) and Maurice Ouma (30) steadied the innings and took their side to 175 for eight.Bangladesh made short work of its target winning with more than 22 overs to spare with Mohammad Ashraful making 76. On Wednesday New Zealand takes on South Africa and England meet old rivals Australia. In the Plate Championship Nepal plays Namibia and Scotland meets Canada.

AFP
Copyright AFP 2001

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