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Pakistan reach U/19 semifinal after thrashing Australia, on course for third title

Pakistan reach U/19 semifinal after thrashing Australia, on course for third title

Defending champion Pakistan, vying for its third Under-19 World Cup title, defeated Australia by six wickets Monday to enter the semifinals.
In the other quarterfinals, New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 80 runs. India and South Africa had reached the semifinals on Sunday.
Pakistan, which won the tournament in 2004 and 2006, bowled out Australia for 129 and reached the target in the 28th over. Australia started disastrously, losing Philip Hughes and Marcus Stoinis in the first over of the innings by seamer Adil Raza, a 16-year-old from Gujranwala. He finished with 3 for 26.
The Australian innings crumbled after that despite Steven Smith's 22 and a fighting 34 by James Pattinson.
Pakistan started shakily as it was reduced to 32 for 3 when Josh Hazelwood removed Umar Amin and Umair Mir in the seventh over. But Ahmad Shahzad (40) and left-hander Ali Asad (63 not out) put on a 95-run fourth wicket partnership to lead Pakistan to an easy victory.
Pakistan is to meet South Africa under lights in the semifinal Friday. The other semifinal will be between India and New Zealand on Wednesday.
"Even though we lost early wickets, I knew my batsmen were capable enough of chasing the target," Pakistani coach Mansoor Rana said. "It was good we won the toss because the ball was swinging a bit in the morning and helped our seamers."
In the other quarterfinal, New Zealand scored 213 after being put into bat, thanks to George Worker's 48 and a 39 by Fraser Colson. Sri Lanka, which was reeling at 44 for 4 by the 11th over, was bowled out for 133 in 42.1 overs.
Only left-hander Sachith Pathirana offered any resistance, making 42 before being stumped off Nicolas Beard in the 34th over. Tim Southee finished with 3-25.
Brief scores:
Australia 129 all out in 47.2 overs (Steven Smith 22, James Pattinson 34, Adil Raza 3-26, Azhar Attari 2-23, Imad Wasim 2-21, Umar Akmal 2-20)
Pakistan 130-4 in 27.5 overs (Ahmad Shahzad 40, Ali Asad 63 not out, Josh Hazelwood 2-31)
Pakistan def. Australia by six wickets
New Zealand 213 all out in 49.5 overs (George Worker 48, Kane Williamson 34, Fraser Colson 39, Umesh Karunarathna 3-38, Roshan Silva 3-39, Navin Kavikara 2-33)
Sri Lanka 133 all out in 42.1 overs (Sachith Pathirana 42, Tim Southee 3-25, Anurag Varma 2-22)
New Zealand def. Sri Lanka by 80 runs.