(MENAFN -Khaleej Times) Pakistan crush Scotland by 146-run margin, set up quarter-final clash with Sri Lanka
The Indian players celebrate after their massive win over Papua New Guinea at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. — KT photo by M. Sajjad
India and Pakistan have registered comprehensive victories in their last Group A matches in the ICC Under-19 World Cup here on Wednesday.
While India demolished Papua New Guinea by 245 runs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Pakistan thrashed Scotland by 146 runs at the ICC Academy Ground here.
India will face England in the quarter-final at the Dubai Sports City Stadium, while Pakistan will meet Sri Lanka at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Both matches will start at 9:30am on Saturday.
India topped the Group A with three wins, including a 40-run victory over Pakistan, while Pakistan finished second with four points.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka topped Group D with three wins, while England bagged the second spot with two victories and one defeat.
The Indian Premier League star Sanju Samson was at his devastating best against PNG as the 19-year old Kerala batsman smashed eight fours and one six in his 48-ball 85 and powered his team to 301 for the loss of six wickets in 50 overs.
Openers Ankush Bains and Akhil Herwadkar (37) gave a 58-run first wicket partnership for India, who chose to bat first.
Bains made a 83-ball 59 with five boundaries and one six, while captain Vijay Zol scored a edate 35 off 68 deliveries.
Pacer Alei Nao was impressive, finishing with figures of 3-46 from 10 overs, while Sakavi Gebai gave away 73 runs for taking two wickets from nine.
PNG had a tough time during the chase and they succumbed to left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who bagged four wickets for 10 runs from 8.2 overs.
The 19-year old Uttar Pradesh bowler helped India bundle out PNG for 56 in 28.2 overs.
Medium pacer Monu Kumar picked up three for 13 from six overs, while Deepak Hooda was impressive again, taking two wickets for five runs from five overs.
Meanwhile, Pakistan too finished their final league encounter in spectacular fashion, thanks to a superb century from opener Imam-ul-Haq.
The 18-year old left-hand batsman from Lahore hit 13 fours and one six in his 133 off 137 balls.
Though Pakistan lost their in-form captain Sami Aslam (3) cheaply, Haq added 161 runs for the second wicket with Hasan Raza, who made a composed 57 off 89 balls with three hits to the fence.
Medium pacer Chris Sole picked up three wickets, while Gavin main took two as Pakistan amassed 308 for seven in 50 overs.
Leg-spinner Karamat Ali made life difficult for the batsmen by picking up five wickets for 36 runs from his 7.5 overs as Scotland could manage only 162 in 39.5 overs. Amad Butt bagged two, while Zia-ul-Haq, Zafar Gohar and Saud Shakeel picked up one wicket apiece.