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Tuesday, 26 February 2008


Bangladesh's hopes of reaching the ICC Under-19 World Cup semi-finals were dashed on Sunday after conceding a humiliating 201-run defeat to South Africa at the Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur.

The Junior Tigers folded at 41 all out after only 11.5 overs, well short of their opponents' 242 for eight in 50 overs.

Proteas skipper Wayne Parnell dominated the play, banishing his opponents in style after claiming 6-8 in five overs, following a knock of 57.

Five Bangladesh batsman were out for a duck, following a fierce onslaught from Parnell. Only middle-order Nasir Hossain crossed double digits, making 17 before becoming the on-form Parnell's fifth victim. Shubashish Roy ended as the second highest scorer with just eight.

Left-handed pacer Parnell rattled through Bangladesh's top and middle-order, removing both openers in the first over. Abraham Pienaar, another fast left-hander, cleaned up the tail-end with two for eight. Dollar Mahmud retired injured on one in the 12th over off Matthew Arnold.

Sent into bat first, Bangladesh got off to a fine start with pacer Shubashish Roy ripping through the South African top order, but they failed to sustain their early momentum. Vandiar and Yaseen Vallie defied the Bangladesh attack, putting on 66 runs for the fifth wicket after South Africa were reduced to 69-4 in 17.4 overs.

Vandiar (45 off 47 balls) and Vallie (28 off 41 balls) returned to the dressing room in two successive overs, before the dominant Parnell took to the field. The Proteas skipper went on to hammer eight fours in his 60-ball knock.

Shubashish and Rubel managed two wickets each respectively. Bangladesh will now play a place-deciding match against the losers of the Pakistan and Australia fixture on February 28.

The Pakistan-Australia quarter-final match takes place at the Kinrara Cricket Academy ground. AFP adds: India became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals, beating England by seven wickets in the first quarter-final at the KCA ground. India await the winner of today's clash between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the semi-final.

India sent England into bat and shot them out for 146 with left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdullah taking 3-29 and seamer Siddarth Kaul and left-arm slow bowler Ravindra Jadeja picking up two wickets each.

Opener James Taylor was the only batsman to defy the accurate Indian attack with 41. Indian openers Sreevats Goswami and Taruwar Kohli saw off the new ball with a slow but steady start of 65 in 20 overs.

Essex off-spinner Tom Westley created a minor scare in the Indian camp by removing star batsmen Tanmay Srivastava and skipper Virat Kohli in successive overs. Taruwar Kohli, who hails from Jalandhar in northern Punjab, guided India home with an unbeaten 63 and became the tournament's leading scorer with 207 runs in four matches.

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