Sri Lanka, West Indies and South Africa cruised into the quarterfinals of the 2014 Under-19 World Cup with comfortable wins overs United Arab Emirates, Canada and Zimbabwe respectively on Tuesday (February 18).
Sri Lanka, who pipped England by one-wicket in a thriller on Sunday, rode on Hashan Dumindu’s unbeaten 113 to set up a comprehensive eight-wicket win over UAE in Sharjah. Dunindu’s innings included eleven fours and one six, as Sri Lanka chased down 206 in just 43.1 overs.
Having lost the in-form Sadeera Samarawickrama for just 7 in the sixth over, Dumindu collaborated with Kusal Mendis, the captain, for a steady 94-run stand in 20.1 overs to set the chase on track. Mendis was run out for 45, but Hashen Ramanayake (34 not out) and Dumindu made sure no further damage was done, adding 88 runs in 17.4 overs to give Sri Lanka victory.
Shorye Chopra was UAE’s best performer, top-scoring with 69 off 77 balls, but regular strikes by Binura Fernando, Anuk Fernando and Harsha Rajapaksha ensured they were bowled out for 205 in 47.5 overs.
In Abu Dhabi, Tagenarine Chanderpaul lived up to his famous last name by starring in West Indies’s 63-run win over Canada in a Group C fixture, ensuring West Indies finished the league stage with two wins in three matches.
Chanderpaul, who carried his bat through the innings to score 84 in the game against Zimbabwe, nearly pulled it off yet again. He fell in the penultimate over for 93 as West Indies stacked up 289 for 4 in 50 overs. While Tagenarine built the foundation, Nicholas Pooran lent the finishes touches with a breezy unbeaten 41-ball 67.
Nitish Kumar, the captain, and Nikhil Dutta spearheaded Canada’s spirited chase with brisk fifties to put themselves in line for a late onslaught. But three run-outs at vital times derailed the chase. Talha Shaikh made 45 quick runs but the lower order caved in against Jerome Jones, Ray Jordan and Ramaal Lewis, who picked up two wickets a piece.
At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, South Africa bulldozed their way into the knockouts with a seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe in a Group C fixture.
Justin Dill sowed the seeds of the win by picking up four wickets as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 198 in 50 overs. Aiden Markram, the opener, then blazed his way to an unbeaten 120 at more than a run-a-ball. His fourth-wicket association of 145 with Yaseen Valli, who made 53, allowed South Africa to cruise to their third consecutive win with 11 overs to spare.