ICC U/19 CRICKET WORLD CUP: Australia, India, Pakistan, England cruise into semis

Colombo, February 11:

Moises Henriques gave a superb all-round performance as Australia entered the semi-finals of the U-19 World Cup with a nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka.

Seamer Henriques bagged 4-22 to restrict the hosts to 177 in 50 overs and then slammed an ubeaten 79 to help Australia sail to the target losing one wickets. He put on 146 for the unfinished second wicket with opener Tom Cooper, who scored an unbeaten 84.

Dilhan Corray (43) and Shalika Karunanayake (36 not out) were the main scorers for Sri Lanka.

Australia will face Pakistan, who defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets. All-rounder Riaz Kail of Pakistan took four wickets and hit an unbeaten 26.

India will meet England in the other semi-final. England defeated Bangladesh by five wickets, while India thrashed the West Indies by 126 runs.

Opener Cheteshwar Pujara scored a solid 94 for India, who posted 284-9 before dismissing the West Indies for 158.

Pujara added 110 for the opening wicket with Gaurav Dhiman (77). Rohit Sharma scored 50. Fast bowler Javon Searles took 6-68 for the West Indies.

West Indies failed to cope with Indian seamers Vijaykumar Yomahesh (4-25) and man-of-the-match Dhiman (3-27). Andre Fletcher top-scored with 44.

England surpassed Bangladesh’s total of 155 with more than six overs to spare, with Varun Chopra (40) and Mark Nelson (32) being the main run-getters.

England seamer Stevan Mullaney bagged three wickets.