India takes on West Indies tomorrow,SA,Nepal,Bermuda,New Zealand w

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Kuala Lumpur, Feb 21 (UNI) Title contender India take on West Indies tomorrow and South Africa must hope that the boys from the Caribbean slip up in the U/19 World Cup here otherwise their destination will be Johor and the Plate Competition.

South Africa bowled PNG out for just 125 and then knocked off the runs in 14.2 overs to make sure they improved their net run-rate.

But if India wins at the Kinrara Oval, then it will top the group and SA will make it through to the last eight as Group B runners-up.

SA had four points from three games compared to two from two for the West Indies but its net run-rate is currently less than the Windies.

So a win of any kind will be enough for Larry Gomes' team.

In today's match, Pieter Malan made up for two successive first-over ducks in the competition so far to register a dominant half-century as SA made light work of PNG's meagre target. Earlier, leg-spinner Jonathan Vandiar took four wickets to clean up the PNG batsmen after Wayne Parnell and Matthew Arnold had done the early damage.

In Penang, Nepal beat Namibia by just three runs in a thrilling finish. In what was a low-scoring game, Nepal made 164 batting first with Mahesh Chhetri top scoring on 62.

In reply, despite the efforts of Louis van der Westhuizen (65) and Sean Silver (41) Namibia fell just three agonising runs short as Nepal's bowlers turned the screw. It was a bitter blow for Dawid Botha's men as at one stage they needed just five runs to win and still had two wickets in hand but then a run out and a wicket from Gyanendra Malla turned the tables at the last minute.

At Johor, Malaysia was unable to repeat its heroics from the previous day and lost to New Zealand by eight wickets.

The hosts were dismissed for just 47 runs in 17.1 overs by a rampant New Zealand side.All 10 wickets were shared by the two opening bowlers with Trent Boult ending with impressive figures of 7-20, the first bowler to take seven in the tournament so far. Boult was well supported by Tim Southee, who took the other three wickets for just 19 runs.

In reply, New Zealand lost two wickets before reaching the target. Sarvana Raj took 2-15 including the wicket of captain Kane Williamson, who top scored for New Zealand with 27.

At the Royal Selangor Club, Bermuda made up for a couple of poor results in the tournament so far with a 20-run victory over Ireland as the two weaker teams in Group D fought it out.

Bermuda had made 221 thanks mainly to 107-partnership for the fifth wicket between Rodney Trott (64) and Malachi Jones (58).

Chasing 222 for victory, Ireland looked to be coasting on 98-1 but then the wheels came off and wickets fell at regular intervals.

Only Chris Dougherty (70) showed he was capable of performing at this level as Christopher Douglas took 5-40 with the Ireland middle-order crumbling under pressure.


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