Dubai, Feb 20: Three-time former champions and last tournament's losing finalists Australia and dark horse Afghanistan progressed from Group B to the next round of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup UAE 2014 on the final day of the first round matches on Wednesday (February 19).
Defending champions India, who have already qualified for the quarter-finals, finished the group stage with an all-win record. They defeated Papua New Guinea on Wednesday.
Jake Doran scored 99 not out as Australia defeated Bangladesh by 74 runs after the Asian side was set a victory target of 245 runs, but required 231 runs to move to the next round ahead of Australia on a better net run-rate, while Afghanistan scored 130 runs in boundaries as it sprinted to the 192-run target in under 26 overs to beat Namibia by four wickets at Abu Dhabi Oval 2.
In the other matches on day six of the 16-day tournament, India and Pakistan romped to one-sided victories in Group A.
Sanju Samson scored 85 and Kuldeep Yadav grabbed four for 10 as India routed Papua New Guinea by 245 runs while Imam-ul-Haq scored 133, highest individual score of the tournament to date, and Karamat Ali captured five for 36 as Pakistan brushed aside the challenge of Scotland by 146 runs at ICC Academy 2.
Following the completion of the first round matches, India, Pakistan (both group A), Australia, Afghanistan (both Group B), South Africa, West Indies (both Group C) and Sri Lanka, England (both Group D) have qualified for the Super League quarter-finals, while Scotland, PNG (both Group A), Bangladesh, Namibia (both Group B), Zimbabwe, Canada (both Group C), New Zealand and UAE (both Group D) will now feature in the Place Championship.
Following Thursday and Friday's rest days, the tournament will commence on Saturday when Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in the quarter-final at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and India will square-off against England at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in front of Star Sports cameras. In the Plate Championship matches in Abu Dhabi, Bangladesh will meet Canada and Zimbabwe will face Namibia.
Scores in brief
In Group A, India beat PNG by 245 runs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium
India 301-6, 50 overs (Sanju Samson 85, Ankush Bains 59, Akhil Herwadkar 37, Shreyas Iyer 36, Vijay Zol 35, Sarfaraz Khan 34 not out; Alei Nao 3-46, Sakavai Gebai 2-73)
PNG 56 all out, 28.2 overs (Riley Hekure 20; Kuldeep Yadav 4-10, Monu Kumar 3-13, Deepak Hooda 2-5)
Man of the match - Sanju Samson (India)
In Group A, Pakistan beat Scotland by 146 runs at ICC Academy 2
Pakistan 308-7, 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 133, Hasan Raza 57, Saud Shakeel 40, Kamran Ghulam 34; Chris Sole 3-69, Gavin Main 2-89)
Scotland 162 all out, 39.5 overs (Andrew Umeed 65, Kyle Stirling 26, Alex Baum 26; Karamat Ali 5-36, Amad Butt 2-22)
Man of the match - Imam-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
In Group B, Australia beat Bangladesh by 74 runs at Zayed Cricket Stadium
Australia 244-6, 50 overs (Jake Doran 99 not out, Alex Gregory 48, Matthew Short 36, James Bazley 24; Nihaduzzaman 2-32)
Bangladesh 170 all out, 42 overs, (Shadman Islam 49, Litton Das 43, Mosaddek Hossain 29; Ben Ashkenazi 3-33, Thomas Andrews 3-35, Guy Walker 2-20)
Man of the match - Jake Doran (Australia)
In Group B, Afghanistan beat Namibia by four wickets at Abu Dhabi Oval 2
Namibia 192-9, 50 overs (Gerhard Erasmus 84, Malan Kruger 25; Muslim Musa 3-35, Sharafuddin Ashraf 2-30)
Afghanistan 196-6, 25.3 overs (Hashmatullah Shaidi 52, Mohammad Mujtaba 50, Nasir Jamal 39 not out, Ihsanullah 31, Bredwell Wessells 4-58)
Man of the match - Mohammad Mujtaba (Afghanistan)