Defending champions stunned as England hold nerve in tense quarter-final
Dubai: England chased down a modest Indian total of 221-8 with three wickets in hand in the quarter-final to knock the defending champions out of the ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here Saturday.
England's Robert Jones celebrates after winning the U-19 World Cup quarter-final against India on Saturday. Pic/ICC
Electing to bat, India put on 221 runs in their 50 overs after reeling at 24-4 in the ninth over. The English boys chased down the total with five balls to spare in a thrilling finish.
Down at 24-4, skipper Vijay Zol (48) played a patient 85-ball knock to take India out of trouble and to safety.
However, the defending champions kept losing more wickets but top scorer Deepak Hooda (68) and a late surge by Sarfaraz Khan, who remained unbeaten on 52, helped India reach a respectable 200-par total.
Deepak Hooda during his crucial knock of 68 in the U-19 World Cup quarter-final on Saturday. Pic/ICC
English pacer Matthew Fisher clinched three wickets while Jack Winslade, Rob Sayer and Ryan Higgins took a wicket apiece.
In reply, though England kept losing wickets at regular intervals, man of the match Ben Duckett (61) anchored the European side in the middle overs. After Duckett fell, Joe Clarke (42) and Rob Jones (28 not out) saw the team through to qualify for the semi-finals.
Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers, clinching three wickets for 46 runs in his 10 overs. England will take on Pakistan in the semi-final, who beat Sri Lanka in the other quarter-final.
England 222-7 (B Duckett 61; Kuldeep Yadav 3-46) bt India 221-8 (D Hooda 68, Sarfaraz Khan 52 n o; M Fisher 3-55) by 3 wickets
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