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2010 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup
Sri Lanka Outplays South Africa While Australia Beat New Zealand

Jan. 24th, 2010
Sri Lanka outsmarted South Africa by 146 runs to set-up a semi-final against Australia which defeated host New Zealand by 62 runs in the other quarter-final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010 on Sunday.

Sri Lanka’s victory was set up by an outstanding batting display. Sent in by South Africa, and despite losing a wicket in the seventh over, Sri Lanka showed purpose and commitment to score 293-8 with man-of-the-match Banuka Rajapaksa putting up another good batting performance.


Banuka Rajapaksa (top) struck 79 from 78 balls, while Charith Jayampath (below) celebrate one of his four wickets. (Photos courtesy of ICC )

Hitting over the top and driving elegantly on the off side, Rajapaksa top-scored with 79 off 78 balls including ten boundaries in his attractive innings.

Rumesh Buddika (42) was an excellent foil for Rajapaksa as the two left-handers put on 90 runs for the third wicket in 16 overs.

Kithruwan Vithange (45 off 50 balls) and Akshu Fernando (28) continued the aggressive Sri Lanka approach, and with lower-order cameos from skipper Chatura Peiris (19) and Danishka Gunathillike (28 not out), the Asian side ended its 50 overs on 293-8.

In reply, South Africa lost two wickets by the sixth over when rain fell and briefly sent the players from the field.

On their return, captain and opener, Josh Richards, hit some lively cover drives in his 52-ball 43 as he and Colin Ackerman (21) attempted to reignite the South African reply. However, once the pair was dismissed after putting on 50 runs for the third wicket, South Africa’s innings fell apart as it lost its last eight wickets for 74 runs to be bowled out for 145 in 36.4 overs.

Sri Lanka’s fielding display in cold and windy conditions was impeccable and left-arm fast bowler Charith Jayampathi captured four top order batsmen to provide the finishing touches to a victory that the batsmen had set up earlier in the day.

Man-of-the-match Rajapaksa said the win had set the side up well for the clash against Australia. “Heading into the semi-final we feel more confident playing Australia than New Zealand,” he said. “Their fielding is very good and their bowling is very good but we played them in a five-match series before this World Cup and won 3-2, so we are confident.”

At Rangiora, the much-anticipated clash between host New Zealand and Australia drew a large crowd but they left disappointed as the Kiwis were outplayed by a dominating Australia side.

Australia made a strong start to its innings – thanks to opener Nic Maddinson and man-of-the-match Mitchell Marsh who compiled a second-wicket partnership of 69 runs. Marsh hit seven fours in a 59-ball 53 before he was run-out by a brilliant piece of fielding from Harry Boam.

Maddinson (37), Tim Armstrong (39) and Alex Keath (32) all made even contributions in the middle of the innings to lift Australia to 232-8.

In reply, New Zealand’s big-hitters failed to gain traction and with rain threatening, the batsmen tried to force the pace to keep up with the required run-rate. None were able to get on top of a disciplined bowling attack and as wickets continued to fall so did their chance of victory.

New Zealand was eventually dismissed for 170 in the 44th over.

Australia captain Marsh said the win, in front of a big crowd, was a great experience. “Our goal was to have a good partnership at the top of the innings,” he said. “In one-day cricket that’s the most important thing - and we thought 230 was a pretty competitive total on that wicket.

“I thought we bowled extremely well at the end. We knew that if we kept on taking wickets the run-rate was going to start creeping up, and the boys kept on taking wickets which was the key.”

Meanwhile, in the Plate Championship quarter-finals, Papua New Guinea overcame a determined Afghanistan side by 30 runs to progress to the semi-finals where it will meet Bangladesh which comfortably dispatched Hong Kong by four wickets.

Today’s results mean Sri Lanka will face Australia in the Super League semi-final on Wednesday while Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh will meet in the Plate Championship semi-finals on Tuesday.


Australia captain Mitchell Marsh during his knock of 53 against host New Zealand. (Photo courtesy of ICC )

Monday’s big game will be the first Super League semi-final between Pakistan and the West Indies, to be televised live by ESPN STAR Sports from the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln.

Pakistan goes into the match as the only unbeaten team remaining in the hunt for the major trophy.

Today’s scores in brief:
Super League

South Africa v Sri Lanka at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln (Super League quarter-final)
Sri Lanka 293-8, 50 overs (Banuka Rajapaksa 79, Kithuruwan Vithanage 45, Rumesh Buddika 42; Jerry Nqolo 2-46)
South Africa 145 all out, 36.4 overs (Josh Richards 43; Charith Jayampathi 4-31, Saranga Rajaguru 2-15)
Sri Lanka won by 146 runs (D/L method)
Man of the Match: Banuka Rajapaksa

New Zealand v Australia at Mainpower Oval, Rangiora (Super League quarter-final)

Australia 232-8, 50 overs (Mitchell Marsh 53, Tim Armstrong 39, Nic Maddinson 37, Alex Keath 32)
New Zealand 170 all out, 43.2 overs (Craig Cachopa 34, Doug Bracewell 33; Josh Hazlewood 2-24, Jason Floros 2-27, Alex Keath 2-27, Nick Buchanan 2-29, Luke Doran 2-36)
Australia won by 62 runs
Man of the Match: Mitchell Marsh

Plate Championship
Bangladesh v Hong Kong at McLean Park, Napier (Plate Championship quarter-final)

Hong Kong 156 all out, 49 overs (Nizakat Khan 56 n.o.; Shaker Ahmed 4-26, Shabbir Rahman 2-26, Kamrul Islam 2-31)
Bangladesh 157-6, in 40.4 overs (Muminul Showrav 35; Aditya Kanthan 2-21, Irfan Ahmed 2-29)
Bangladesh won by four wickets
Man of the Match: Shaker Ahmed

Afghanistan v Papua New Guinea at Nelson Park, Napier (Plate Championship quarter-final 4)
Papua New Guinea 173-9, 50 overs (Steven Eno 55 n.o., Sese Bau 43; Aftab Alam 6-33, Ayub Khan 3-27)
Afghanistan 143 all out, 37.3 overs (Khushal Rasooli 48; Raymond Haoda 5-34, John Reva 3-34)
Papua New Guinea won by 30 runs
Man of the Match: Raymond Haoda

The following is the semi-finals schedule, including match officials’ appointments.
Super League – All matches in Christchurch
Semi-finals:
Monday 25 Jan - West Indies v Pakistan, Bert Sutcliffe Oval; Bruce Oxenford, Kumar Dharmasena; Shavir Tarapore (third), Chris Gaffaney (fourth)
Wednesday 27 Jan - Sri Lanka v Australia, Bert Sutcliffe Oval; Richard Kettleborough, Shavir Tarapore; GaryBaxter (third), Paul Baldwin (fourth)

Play-off semi-finals:
Monday 25 Jan - England v India, Hagley Oval; Brian Jerling, Gary Baxter, Tony Hill (third)
Monday 25 Jan - South Africa v New Zealand, Lincoln No. 3; Norman Malcolm, Paul Baldwin, Richard Kettleborough (third)

PLATE CHAMPIONSHIP - All matches in Napier and Palmerston North
Semi-finals
Monday 25 Jan - Canada v Ireland, Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North; Niels Bagh, Nadeem Ghauri, Owen Chirombe (third)
Tuesday 26 Jan - Bangladesh v Papua New Guinea, Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North; Niels Bagh, Owen Chirombe, Nadeem Ghauri (third)

Play-off semi-finals
Monday 25 Jan - Hong Kong v Afghanistan, McLean Park, Napier; Nadir Shah, Sarika Prasad, Evan Watkin (third)
Monday 25 Jan - USA v Zimbabwe, Nelson Park, Napier; Buddhi Pradhan, Shahul Hameed, Ian Ramage (third)



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