Jr Tigers get WI in semis

Staff Correspondent
West Indies Under-19 cricketers Jyd Goolie and  Keemo Paul embrace after completing a five-wicket win against Pakistan in the ICC Under-19 World Cup quarter-final at Fatullah on Monday. — ICC photo

West Indies Under-19 cricketers Jyd Goolie and Keemo Paul embrace after completing a five-wicket win against Pakistan in the ICC Under-19 World Cup quarter-final at Fatullah on Monday. — ICC photo

Hosts Bangladesh will face West Indies in the second semi-final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup as the Caribbeans beat Pakistan by five wickets at Fatullah on Monday.
Pakistani batsman Umair Masood scored a valiant century to help his side recover from 57-5 to post 227-6 but his effort went in vain as West Indies cruised to win with 10 overs to spare.
Skipper Shimron Hetmyer (52) and opener Tevin Imlach (54) scored half centuries to guide West Indies to 229-5 to set up the semi-final against hosts Bangladesh on February 11.
Pakistan, the winners of the ICC Under-19 World Cup held in Bangladesh last time, started as favourites but soon found them in deep trouble before Umair and Salman Fayyaz gave their innings some respectability.
The duo added 164 runs in the sixth wicket with the 18-year old Rawalpindi boy leading the charge to score 113 off 114 with the help of 15 boundaries and two sixes.
Fayyaz chipped in with an unbeaten 59.
West Indian openers made a flying start and added 45 runs off just 38 balls before Gideon Pope was out for 25.
Imach and Hetmyer continued the progress with a run-a-ball 77-run partnership before their middle order batsmen played some small but effective innings.
Shamar Shringer hit a run-a-ball 37 batting at number five before Jyd Goolie and Keemo Paul remained unbeaten on 26 and 24 respectively to ensure their side reaches home.
West Indies skipper Hetmyer expressed his joy after the match.
‘This is a wonderful result for us,’ said Hetmyer. ‘It feels good to be through to the semi-finals.
‘We just stuck to our plans and executed what we had worked on at practice. It was probably a good toss to lose because our bowlers did very well to take those early wickets.’
Pakistan’s captain Zeeshan Malik congratulated the West Indies, but felt his team should have defended the score.
‘Our plan had been to get around 235 because we had the bowlers who were capable of defending it,’ he said. ‘I thought we put up a good score despite the poor start.
‘But I must give credit to the West Indies batsmen for playing so aggressively and chasing down the target.’

Zimbabwe shock SA
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe shocked holders South Africa by eight wickets to enter the Plate Championship final for teams that finished outside the top eight.
Left-arm seamer Richard Ngarava grabbed four for 10 in nine overs as South Africa was shot out for 91, a modest target that Zimbabwe overtook in 22 overs after an unbeaten 34 from Jeremy Ives.
Zimbabwe will take on the winner of the other semi-final between Afghanistan and New Zealand in the final on 12 February.
In a play-off for minor placings, Scotland defeated Fiji by 76 runs in another Plate match in Cox’s Bazar.

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