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16-Feb-2014 16:36:00 GMT
ICC Under-19s World Cup 2014

Sri Lanka, South Africa to qualify for Quarter-final

Abu Dhabi: Sri Lanka and South Africa sealed their places in the quarter-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup UAE 2014 when they recorded victories of contrasting styles on the third day of the 16-day tournament on Sunday.
Sri Lanka overcame 1998 champion England by one wicket in a match of fluctuating fortunes to become the first side from Group D to progress to the knock-out stage, while South Africa recorded a comfortable 45-run victory over Canada at Abu Dhabi Oval 1 to seal a place in the next round from Group C.
In one of the closest finishes in the history of the age-group competition, Sri Lanka sealed victory with one wicket and seven balls to spare. This was after Sri Lanka had looked down and out in its 231-run chase when it collapsed to 160 for seven in 35 overs and then needed nine runs for victory with one wicket remaining.
Number-seven batsman Thilaksha Sumanasiri (43) and number-nine AK Tyronne (20) put on 53 runs for the eighth wicket to take the score to 213 before Sumanasiri perished with Sri Lanka still requiring 18 runs off 35 balls. Tyronne followed Sumanasiri nine runs later to leave his side needing nine runs from 17 deliveries. But Anuk Fernando (10 not out) and Lakshan Jayasinghe (four not out) got the required runs with seven balls remaining, with a winning single coming after Jonathan Tattersall missed the wicket at the non-striker's end.
Earlier, Sadeera Samarawickrama played some fine shots in an elegant 89-ball 82 that included 10 boundaries and put Sri Lanka on track for victory. He added 46 runs for the first wicket with Hasahn Dumindu (17), 38 runs for the fourth wicket with Priyamal Perera (22), 36 runs for fifth wicket with Binura Fernando (19) and another 37 runs for the sixth wicket with Sumanasiri.
Earlier, a gutsy 95 by Jonathan Tattersall saved England's blushes when it slipped to 43 for four before recovering to 230 for nine. Tattersall, who was out on the penultimate delivery, faced 120 balls and hit three fours and two sixes.

The 19-year-old from Yorkshire added 71 runs for the fifth wicket with Will Rhodes (38) and 57 runs for the sixth wicket with Joe Clarke (19). It was mainly Tattersall's efforts that saw England collect 78 runs in the last 10 overs, including 55 runs in the final five overs.
Sri Lanka captain Kusal Mendis was delighted with the victory: “It was a great match, which went down to the wire. We made a few mistakes in the batting but I'm glad that we were able to hold our nerves when it mattered most.

Brief scores
England Under-19s:
230 for 9 (Tattersall 95, Fernando 3-49)
Sri Lanka Under-19s: 231 for 9 (Samarawickrama 82)
Result: Sri Lanka Under-19s won by one wicket
MOM Sadeera Samarawickrama (Sri Lanka Under-19s)

In Group C, South Africa beat Canada by 45 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 1

On other hand, Yaseen Valli became the first batsman in the tournament to score a century and take four wickets in the same match as South Africa overcame a spirited challenge from Canada to win by 45 runs.
Valli first scored an unbeaten 102 from 92 balls with 10 fours and two sixes, and featured in a 102-run fifth wicket partnership with Bradley Dial (47, 44b, 4x4, 1x6) as South Africa posted 293 for six after being sent into bat. He then recorded figures of 10-1-43-4 as Canada was restricted to 248 for eight. Valli is now the leading run-getter in the tournament with 155 runs and most successful bowler with six wickets.
For Canada Sudeepta Aurka finished as the top scorer with a fine 69, while Nitish Kumar contributed 53. The two batsmen added 101 runs for the second wicket after Aurka had put on 51 runs for the opening wicket with Yug Rao (23). Nikhil Dutta was the other main run-getter for Canada with 35.

Brief scores
South Africa Under-19s:
293 for 6 (Valli 102*, Christoffels 57, Dutta 3-54)
Canada Under-19s: 248 for 8 (Aurka 69, Kumar 53, Vali 4-43, Makhanya 3-42)
Result: South Africa Under-19s won by 45-runs
MOM: Yaseen Valli (South Africa Under-19s)

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