India outclasses England to move into semi-final

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Kuala Lumpur, Feb 24 (UNI) Taruwar Kohli's unbeaten 63 and a tight spell of bowling led India to a seven wicket win over England to move ahead into the semi-finals of the the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, here today.

After being put into bat by India captain Virat Kohli, the bowlers quickly dominated the England innings as the Asian bowlers shared wickets more evenly today.

Abdullah Iqbal (3-29) registered his best figures while Siddharth Kaul (2 for 21) and Ravindra Jadeja (2 for 23) chipped in with a couple of wickets each.

Taruwar Kohli carried his bat through the innings and finished unbeaten on 63 as India coasted home with seven wickets and 10.5 overs to spare.

Although, England did not lose many early wickets, the top order batsmen found it difficult to get the tight bowling of Pradeep Sangwan and Ajitesh Argal away.

From a solid start, England crashed from 73 for one and then 106 for three wickets to 146 all out with only Taylor (41) sticking around long enough to post a significant score.

India's openers set about the run chase cautiously but effectively, as they made sure that they picked up their singles with some good running between the wickets.

Virat's team will now face the winner of tomorrow's quarter-final between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the semi-final.

In the other Super League quarter-final of the day, South Africa moved into the last four with an emphatic victory over Bangladesh at Bayuemas.

Captain Wayne Parnell almost did it on his own for the junior Proteas as first he top scored with 57 to make sure his side reached the competitive total of 242 for eight and then he ripped through the Bangladesh batting, ending with remarkable figures of six wickets for eight runs.

In reply, Bangladesh was never in the game, losing wickets from the very first over. In the end it took just 11.5 overs to dismiss Bangladesh in a clinical display from the South Africa attack.

Meanwhile, in Johor, the Plate Championship got underway with Namibia beating host Malaysia by nine wickets and defending Plate champion Nepal adding Zimbabwe to its growing number of Full Member scalps, winning that encounter by 99 runs.

Scores in brief: Super League Quarter-Final 1 At Kinrara Oval, India beat England by seven wickets England 146 all out, 46 overs (James Taylor 41; Abdullah Iqbal 3-29, Siddharth Kaul 2-21, Ravindra Jadeja 2-23) India 149-3, 39.1 overs (Taruwar Kohli 63 not out; Tom Westley 2-30) Super League Quarter-Final 2 At Bayuemas, South Africa beat Bangladesh by 201 runs South Africa 242-8, 50 overs (Wayne Parnell 57, Jonathan Vandiar 45; Shubhashis Roy 2-30, Rubel Hossain 2-41) Bangladesh 41 all out, 11.5 overs (Wayne Parnell 6-8, Obus Pienaar 2-8) Plate Championship Quarter-Final 2 At Johor Cricket Academy, Namibia beat Malaysia by nine wickets Malaysia 144 all out, 47.2 overs (Ahmad Faiz 41; Keady Strauss 3-15, Louis van der Westhuizen 2-27) Namibia 147-1, 31.1 overs (Raymond van Schoor 60 not out, Dawid Botha 55 not out) UNI XC RAR RKM KP1929

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