Kuala Lumpur, Feb 18 (UNI) South Africa shocked in-form West Indies by three wickets and will now face India in the Group B decider in the ICC U/19 cricket world cup and there were wins today also for New Zealand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
With India having beaten Papua New Guinea in the opening fixture, both teams are now on one win from one and so whichever side wins tomorrow is assured of progressing through to the Super League stage of the game.
Rilee Rossouw was the saviour of South Africa as he anchored the run-chase and saw the side home with an unbeaten knock of 58.
Having been set a modest target of 223 to win, the chase began disastrously for South Africa as it lost Pieter Malan lbw to Jason Dawes before a run had been scored.
However Jon-Jon Smuts and Reeza Hendricks added 74 for the second wicket but not for long as Smuts (45) and Hendricks (36) gave their wickets away.
Although Johanthan Vandiar (34) and Mohammad Vallie (15) looked good at the wicket, the wickets kept falling as West Indies' leg-spinning captain Shamarh Brooks ripped through the middle order.
And with SA teetering on 179-7, still 44 short of victory, the momentum swung back the way of the West Indians. But Rossouw found number nine batsman Roy Adams to be a solid partner and they added 26 crucial runs.
Earlier, captain Wayne Parnell (3-37) and Jacobus Pienaar (3-36) bowled well to restrict the West Indies to 222-8. The hard-hitting opener Kieran Powell (53) and later Devon Thomas (53) were the chief run-getters for the West Indies but they will rue a fruitless period in the middle overs when South Africa's medium-pacers stifled their attempts to compile a big total.
New Zealand found it tough going early on against a formidable Zimbabwe attack and managed only 221-8 off its 50 overs with Corey Anderson top scoring with 82.
But in reply, Zimbabwe crumbled and was eventually all out for 123 thanks to a fine spell from Tim Southee, who ended with figures of 5-11 off 8.4 overs. Only Daniel Landman (51) provided any real resistance to the Southee-led onslaught.
Sri Lanka was made to work very hard for victory over Nepal. A crucial innings of 62 from Sachith Pathirana allowed Sri Lanka to post a competitive 236-9 with Amrit Bhattarai taking 4-42 for the Nepal boys.
And that total proved too much for Nepal as the Sri Lanka bowling, led by Pathirana (3-31), gradually gained control during the innings.
A fine innings from Nasir Hossain set up a comfortable 178-run victory for Bangladesh over Bermuda.
Bangladesh made a respectable 260 and it was always going to be a tough total to chase for debutant Bermuda. Skipper Shuvo was one of the heroes for the winning team taking 3-9 as Bermuda collapsed to 82 all out in front of a sizable and vociferous Bangladesh crowd.
Scores in brief: South Africa beat West Indies by three wickets West Indies 228-8, 50 overs (Kieran Powell 53, Devon Thomas 53, Shacaya Thomas 41; Jacobus Pienaar 3-36, Wayne Parnell 3-37) South Africa 223-7, 43.5 overs (Rilee Rossouw 58 not out, JJ Smuts 45, Reeza Hendricks 36; Shamarh Brooks 4-39, Veerasammy Permaul 2-35) Sri Lanka beat Nepal by 61 runs Sri Lanka 236-9, 50 overs (Sachith Pathirana 62, Ashan Subasinghe 46, Angelo Perera 41; Amrit Bhattarai 4-42, Rahul Vishwakarma 2-53) Nepal 175 all out, 48.5 overs (Mahesh Chhetri 39; Sachith Pathirana 3-31, Kusal Perera 2-17, Navin Kavikara 2-22, Umesh Karunarathna 2-40) New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by 98 runs New Zealand 221-8, 50 overs (Corey Anderson 82; Prince Masvaure 3-37, Daniel Landman 2-42) Zimbabwe 123 all out, 42.4 overs (Daniel Landman 51, Solomon Mire 31; Tim Southee 5-11) Bangladesh beat Bermuda by 178 runs Bangladesh 260-8, 50 overs (Nasir Hossain 84, Ashiqul Islam 69; Malachi Jones 2-64) Bermuda 82 all out, 26.1 overs (Sohrawardi Shuvo 3-9, Mahmudul Hasan 3-12).
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