WI to face England
Still smarting from the disappointment of losing their quarterfinal match to New Zealand, West Indies picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and defeated Pakistan by 16 runs in the fifth place play-off semi-final of the International Cricket Council’s Under-19 Tournament at Townsville, Queensland last night.
It was another below par batting effort from the West Indies youngsters who owed their victory in large measure to an excellent all-round effort from left-arm orthodox spinner Derone Davis.
Pakistan won the toss and inserted the West Indies and their captain Kraigg Brathwaite with 39 was the key in the top order, as wickets fell around him, including three to the left-arm new-ball bowler Mir Hamza.
John Campbell’s miserable tournament continued when he was caught by Umar Waheed off Hamza. This was after opener Sunil Ambris, who has ran hot and cold in the tournament, had been dismissed in the second over of the day, caught by Usman Qadir off the bowling of Hamza for one.
Hamza also accounted for Anthony Alleyne who laboured for eight deliveries before he offered a catch to Mohammad Nawaz without troubling the scorers. With Alleyne’s departure West Indies were slumping at 27 for three.
Brathwaite added 23 runs with Aneal Hosein before the Trinidadian left-hander offered a return catch to Qadir to depart for 11.
Kyle Mayers chose to attack the bowling but after striking a boundary and a six, he was bowled by Nawaz for 17 with the score 72 for five.
When Brathwaite departed in the 32nd over, unfortunately run out after a return from Faraz Ali to wicketkeeper Salman Afridi found him short of the crease, West Indies were in serious trouble at 106 for 6. But the wicketkeeper Stephen Katwaroo (35) and Davis (24) helped push them to 182 before the Windies were dismissed after 49 overs.
Pakistan lost two early wickets in their chase before Babar Azam (38) and Umar Waheed (31) put things back on track, but once their 51-run stand ended the wickets just kept falling.
The left-arm spin of Davis earned him 3 for 20, including the wicket of Qadir, which left Pakistan wobbling at 134 for 7. The final three partnerships put on 32 but it wasn’t enough for Pakistan, who were bowled out for 166 in the 49th over
West Indies take on England on Thursday night for fifth position in the tournament.