West Indies moved into the quarter-finals of the ICC U-19 World Cup, but its win over Zimbabwe that saw its qualification was marred by a severe incident of sportsmanship. Meanwhile, the Bangladesh team routed the Namibians to finish atop Group A and lastly, the South Africans gained a consolatory win over Scotland to finish third in Group A.
The match of the day was between the West Indian and Zimbabwean U-19 teams as both were trying for a win that would have seen them reach the quarters. Batting first, the West Indians put up 226 runs on board. Shamar Springer was the top-scorer with 61 runs, while Rugare Magarira was the lead wicket-taker for Zimbabwe with 3/28 in his 10 overs.
In response, the Zimbabweans played beautifully managing to stay within sights of the 227-run target. But while they managed to keep the runs flowing, wickets also kept falling simultaneously, which brought them to a precarious position of having just wicket left with a handful of runs to chase down. And right when it seemed that the Zimbabwean tail-enders would get the job done, in the last ball of the 49th over, Keemo Paul created a mighty controversy as he Mankaded the non-striker Richard Ngarava. Though by the rules of the game, Ngarava was indeed out; Paul’s action brought a furore of negative reaction from cricketing community across the globe. As a result of Paul’s gesture, the West Indian win and resultant quarter-final qualification was also thoroughly over-shadowed.
England finished Group C as the top-placed team, while West Indies finished second. Zimbabwe meanwhile had to be content with the third place finish.
In the other two Group A matches, Namibia were left reeling for 65 runs by the Bangladeshi bowlers. The hosts then chased down the target in the 16th over to claim an eight-wicket win, and a top-place finish in the Group. Niko Davin was the top-scorer for Namibia with 19 runs, while Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Saleh Ahmed Shawon and Ariful Islam picked two wickets each. Joyraz Sheik led the Bangladeshi chase, top-scoring with 34 runs. The two Bangladeshi wickets that fell were both taken by Fritz Coetzee, who finished with figures of 2/33 in the six overs he bowled.
South Africa Win against Scotland at the ICC U-19 World Cup