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The quarter-final line-up of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 was completed on Thursday with all the Full Members with the exception of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe progressing to the Super League stage. On Thursday, as many as four sides confirmed their berths in the Super League quarter-finals, which will be played in Townsville on 19 and 20 August.
In Group A, England defeated Nepal by 126 runs to set up a quarter-final meeting with South Africa, who had qualified for the last eight stage on Wednesday. In Group C, India outsmarted Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 107 runs to book a date with traditional rival Pakistan, who defeated New Zealand by five wickets to remain unbeaten in Group B. Both the England-South Africa and India-Pakistan quarter-final matches will be played at the Tony Ireland Stadium on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
New Zealand's defeat to Pakistan meant it finished second in Group B and as such, will play its quarter-final against the West Indies on Monday. The West Indies topped Group C after defeating Zimbabwe by six wickets. Thursday's final qualifier was Bangladesh, who had an easy win over Namibia by seven wickets. Bangladesh will now play defending champion and host Australia on Sunday. Australia had booked its quarter-final berth on Tuesday. The New Zealand-West Indies and Australia-Bangladesh quarter-final matches will be played at Endeavour Park in Townsville.
The two Test nations failing to reach the Super League stage are Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka finished third in Group D after losses to Bangladesh and South Africa, while Zimbabwe's only victory in Group C came against Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, along with Afghanistan, Ireland, Namibia, Nepal, PNG and Scotland now will regroup in Brisbane and will compete in the Plate Championship, which will also start from Sunday.
Players who stole the limelight on the sixth day of the tournament included England's Ben Foakes (92) and Shozair Ali (4-37), India's Vijay Zol (72), Prashant Chopra (58) and Ravikant Singh (5-21), PNG's Chad Soper (5-32), West Indies' Kraigg Brathwaite (70 not out) and Bangladesh's Liton Das (70 not out).
Ravikant overshadows Soper as India wins
PNGâ€™s Chad Soper and Indiaâ€™s Ravikant Singh took five wickets each but the latter walked away with the player of the match award for bowling his side to a 107-run victory. Ravikantâ€™s spell helped India qualify for the Super League quarter-finals.
Soper, a right-arm medium pacer, bowled superbly by ripping through Indiaâ€™s lower-order after having earlier claimed the prized scalp of India captain Unmukt Chand to finish with five for 32. India was bowled out for 204 in 45.1 overs.
Vijay Zol was the best of the Indian batsmen, top scoring with 72 (95b, 8x4).
PNG, in its chase, never threatened India and was bowled out for 97. Chris Kent (27) and Charles Amini (28) were the only players to offer any resistance.
Ravikant Singh was devastating with the ball for India taking five wickets in his nine overs, including two maidens.
Group C - India beat PNG by 107 runs, Endeavour Park 1, Townsville
India 204 all out, 45.1 overs (Vijay Zol 72, Prashant Chopra 58, Smit Patel 30; Chand Soper 5-32, Toua Tom 2-26)
PNG 97 all out, 31.5 overs (Charles Amini 28, Chris Kent 27; Ravikant Singh 5-21, Baba Aparajith 2-16, Kamal Passi 2-18)
Player of the match â€“ Ravikant Singh (India)
Pakistan tops Group B
A clinical performance by Pakistan provided it with an ideal preparation for its quarter-final clash with traditional rival India.
New Zealand, batting first, stuttered to 152 for eight with Robert Oâ€™Donnell (29) and Henry Walsh (33) netting 51 runs for the fourth wicket. For Pakistan, wickets were shared between all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz (two for 32), right-arm fast bowler Ehsan Adil (two for 21) and 17-year-old left-arm quick Zia-ul-Haq (two for 27).
When Pakistan batted, Nawaz followed up his two for 32 with a 23 not out (20b, 1x4, 2x6) to not only win the player of the match award but also for ensuring his sideâ€™s five-wicket win with more than 18 overs to spare.
Pakistan captain Baba Azam praised the composure of his team. â€œWe were confident we would go well and I was very pleased with the way we worked together as a unit today. We have enjoyed our cricket so far and now we are into the quarter-finals, I think we can continue to improve,â€ he said.
Group B - Pakistan beat New Zealand by five wickets, Kev Hackney Oval, Sunshine Coast
New Zealand 152 for eight, 50 overs (Henry Walsh 33; Ehsan Ali 2-21, Zia-ul-Haq 2-27, Mohammad Nawaz 2-32)
Pakistan 153 for five, 31.2 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 40, Saad Ali 32; Theo van Woerkom 2-43)
Player of the match â€“ Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan)
Sun 19 Aug â€“ South Africa v England, Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville
Sun 19 Aug â€“ Australia v Bangladesh, Endeavour Park 2, Townsville
Mon 20 Aug â€“ Pakistan v India, Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville
Mon 20 Aug â€“West Indies v New Zealand, Endeavour Park 1, Townsville
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