Dubai, Feb 20 (UNI) Malaysia caused the first major upset of the ongoing ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup today, defeating Zimbabwe by 70 runs.
Malaysia, playing in its first World Cup, scored 194-8 in 50 overs and then bowled out Zimbabwe for 124 in 38.4 overs.
The star of Malaysia's historic victory was captain Ahmad Faiz who scored a stylish 50 off 77 balls that included four boundaries and a six. Faiz had walked on to the pitch after the home team, which was put into bat, were reduced to 33-2 in 15 overs.
However, Faiz in association with Muhammad Faizal repaired the damage by adding 70 runs for the third wicket. The partnership ended when Faizal departed after scoring 30. He was soon followed by Faiz as Malaysia lost its way and were dismissed for 194.
Zimbabwe, in turn, was never in the hunt after losing half the side for 77 runs by the halfway stage. The innings was finally terminated in the 38th over at the score of 124 with the dismissal of last man Confidence Mutombodzi.
The defeat ended Zimbabwe's hopes of reaching the Super League but kept Malaysia in the hunt for a place in the next round.
However, in its last league match on Thursday at the same venue, Malaysia will have to beat New Zealand which also has two points from two matches.
From Group A, defending champion Pakistan is already through to the Super League after winning both its games. They will play Zimbabwe in their last group match on February 22.
Elsewhere, Steven Jacobs became the second century-maker of the tournament after Australia's Michael Hill as the West Indies beat Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 176 runs in a Group B action.
The West Indies will now face India on Friday in a match that it needs to win but by a handsome margin to improve its net run-rate as South Africa is likely to boost its net run-rate tomorrow when it lock horns with PNG.
Both West Indies and South Africa have two points from two matches with India already through to the next round after winning both its matches.
Sri Lanka also had a comfortable sailing at the University Sains ground in Penang where it defeated Namibia by 163 runs.
The victory meant Sri Lanka and Australia will qualify for the Super League from Group C. They will face-off on Friday to decide who tops the group.
Meanwhile, at Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Bangladesh joined England in the Super League from Group D when it defeated Ireland by eight wickets.
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