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India, Pakistan in opposing Groups in Women’s World Cup Qualifiers

With 50 days to go for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017, the ICC has announced the event schedule which brings together 10 sides in their quest to claim four remaining places in the event proper.

The tournament will run from 7-21 February at four Colombo venues and the sides finishing in the top four of the Super Six stage will join defending champion Australia, host England, former winner New Zealand and reigning ICC World Twenty20 champion West Indies in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 from 26 June to 23 July.


West Indies stun butter-fingered India to win ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup

West Indies rode on its fast-bowling arsenal to win the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup for the first time with a tense five-wicket victory over three-time winner India in the final in Mirpur on Sunday. The pace trio of Alzarri Joseph, Ryan John and Chemar Holder shone on a spicy, moisture-laden pitch to demolish India’s fancied batting line-up for 145 after electing to field.

Sarfaraz Khan played a lone hand for the Rahul Dravid-coached Indian team with 51, his fifth half-century in six matches, as Joseph and John picked up three wickets each and Keemo Paul two.


Bangladesh claims third place in ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016

Host Bangladesh squeezed past Sri Lanka with three deliveries to spare, to take third place in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 with a three-wicket win in Fatullah on Saturday. Having bowled Sri Lanka out for 214, Bangladesh survived a mid-innings crisis that resulted in three run-outs before Jaker Ali hit the winning boundary off seamer Lahiru Kumara.

Bangladesh captain Mehidy Hasan followed his three-wicket haul with a top-score of 53 and was later adjudged the player of the match.


Zeeshan’s 93 and Saif’s 75 not out helps Pakistan finish fifth at ICC Under 19 World Cup

Pakistan ended its campaign in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 on a winning note, defeating England by seven wickets in Fatullah on Friday to finish fifth in the 16-nation tournament.

England scored 264 for seven after being sent in to bat with Sam Curran making 83 (107b, 11x4) and Tom Moores contributing 47. Seamer Sameen Gul took two wickets for 42 runs and Saif Ali snapped up two for 37.


ICC Under 19 World Cup: West Indies edge past Bangladesh to set up India final

The West Indies broke Bangladeshi hearts with a thrilling three-wicket win over the host in Mirpur on Thursday to set up the title clash with India in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Shamar Springer followed his two for 36 with an unbeaten 62, which steered the West Indies past Bangladesh’s 226 all out with eight balls to spare in front of thousands of dejected home fans.

The West Indies, which had also reached the final when the tournament was staged in Bangladesh in 2004, will meet an undefeated India for the title in Mirpur on Sunday, 14 February. This will be the first-ever final between the two sides at the age-group level.


Burnham hits third century as England routs Namibia

England demolished Namibia by 203 runs on Wednesday to set up a clash with Pakistan for the fifth/sixth position play/off in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016. England, which lost to Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals, piled up 286 for nine after being sent in to bat in a match reduced to 48 overs a side due to murky weather in Fatullah.

Jack Burnham hit 109, his third century in the tournament, to become the leading run-getter in this edition with 418 runs. Tom Moores made 85.


India hammer Sri Lanka to advance to Under 19 World Cup Final

Rahul Dravid-coached India stormed into the final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 with a convincing 97-run win over Sri Lanka in the semi-final in Bangladesh on Tuesday. Anmolpreet Singh scored 72 and Sarfaraz Khan made 59 as India recovered from early setbacks to post 267 for nine after being put into bat on a misty morning in Mirpur.

Sri Lanka was down to 13 for two in reply before being dismissed for 170 in 42.4 overs to hand three-time champion India its fifth appearance in the final.


West Indies shock Pakistan to enter ICC Under 19 World Cup semis

Skipper Shimron Hetmyer and Tevin Imlach hit half-centuries as the West Indies upset Pakistan by five wickets to cruise into the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh on Monday. Hetmyer scored 52 and Imlach made 54 to ensure a gallant 113 by Umaid Masood went in vain as the West Indies surpassed Pakistan’s 227 for six with 10 overs to spare in Fatullah.

The West Indies take on host Bangladesh in the second semi-final in Mirpur on Thursday. India plays Sri Lanka in the first semi-final at the same venue on Tuesday.


Zimbabwe stun South Africa at ICC Under 19 World Cup

Another top and middle-order batting collapse saw the South Africa U19s suffer an eight-wicket loss to neighbours, Zimbabwe in the Plate Championship semi-final at Cox’s Bazar on Monday. Richard Ngarava and Rugare Magrira took six wickets between them to bundle the young South Africans out for just 91 runs with little more than 10 overs to spare.

Runs were hard to come by as the young Proteas suffered a collapse similar to their encounter against Namibia that had them knocked out of the tournament proper. Ngarava opened his account by taking the big wickets of openers, Kyle Verreynne and Liam Smith for none and six respectively within the first five overs of the match. 


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