Townville (Australia), Aug 19: Defending champions Australia defeated Bangladesh by five wickets to enter the semi-finals of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup here on Sunday. Australia captain William Bosisto was the star for the hosts with an unbeaten 71.
In another quarter-final played on Sunday, South Africa defeated England by 103 runs.
Captain Bosisto won the toss and elected to bowl in overcast conditions at Endeavour Park 2 in Townsville.
Left-handed Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar got the visitors off to a good start combing with Liton Das for an opening stand of 64.
The opening partnership was broken by a superb fielding effort from West Australia's Cameron Bancroft to run out Das for 22.
West Australia's Ashton Turner was the first to strike with the ball picking up the wicket of Captain Anamul Haque, caught behind by Queensland's James Peirson.
A bowling change by Bosisto to bring on right-arm spinner Travis Head proved to be a breakthrough for Australia as he claimed the scalp of Sarkar who hit a classy 73 (80b, 6x4, 3x6).
Head ended his bowling with 3-30 from sevens overs, the best of the Australian wicket takers.
Bangladesh's middle order failed to stand-up to the task losing three quick wickets in three overs and their innings ended in the 42nd over leaving Australia 171 for the chase.
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 Australia back on track, until Head (44) was caught by Abu Jayed at deep square leg.
Man of the Match Bosisto (71 not out, 134b, 7x4) was again outstanding for the young Australian side, playing patiently and maturely, combining with fellow West Australian Ashton Turner for a 6th wicket unbroken stand of 72 to take his side to victory in the 45th over.
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.
"We just managed to nudge the runs around as we could and eventually we got on top of them," he said.
Australia will meet South Africa in the first semi-final at Tony Ireland Stadium on Tuesday.
Scores in Brief:
Super League Quarter-Finals
South Africa beat England by 103 runs, Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville
South Africa 244 all out, 50 overs (Murray Coetzee 67, Theunis de Bruyn 54, Chad Bowes 46; Reece Topley 3-45, Craig Overton 2-43)
England 141 all out, 40.3 overs (Alex Davies 54, Ben Foakes 54; Prenelan Subrayen 4-24, Lizaad Williams 2-23)
Player of the Match: Prenelan Subrayen (South Africa)
Australia beat Bangladesh by five wickets, Endeavour Park No 2, Townsville
Bangladesh 171 all out, 43 overs (Soumya Sarkart 73; Travis Head 3-30, Ashton Turner 2-22, Joel Paris 2-38)
Australia 172 for five, 45.5 overs (Will Bosisto 71 not out, Travis Head 44; Taskin Ahmed 2-31, Abu Jayed 2-37)
Player of the Match: Will Bosisto (Australia)
Plate Championship Quarter-Finals
Scotland beat Zimbabwe by 41 runs, Peter Burge Oval, Brisbane
Scotland 241 for seven, 50 overs (Nicholas Farrar 58, Peter Ross 43, Aman Bilawal 30 not out; Luke Jongwe 2-31, Kyle Bowie 2-50)
Zimbabwe 200 for nine, 50 overs (Ryan Burl 52; Ruaidhri Smith 2-23, Kyle Smith 2-36, Gavin Main 2-59)
Player of the Match: Nicholas Farrar (Scotland)
Afghanistan beat PNG by four wickets, Allan Border Field, Brisbane
Papua New Guinea 239 for five, 50 overs (Chris Kent 105 not out, Nigel Boge 55 not out; Aftab Alam 2-41)
Afghanistan 244 for six, 49 overs (Mohibullah Paak 54 not out, Noor-ul-Haq 34, Najibullah Zadran 32)
Player of the Match: Chris Kent (PNG)