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India, West Indies and England sealed their places in the Under-19 World Cup quarter-finals by virtue of respective victories.

India knew they needed to beat Papa New Guinea and hope West Indies overcame Zimbabwe to stave off any possibility of not qualifying.

Things did not initially go to plan as, after opting to bat, they were dismissed for just 204 in 45.1 overs despite Prashant Chopra striking 58 and Vijay Zol 72.

Yet Ravikant Singh delivered the goods with the ball, claiming 5-21 as Papa New Guinea were bowled out for 97.

West Indies ensured they topped Group C by dominating Zimbabwe, who were initially restricted to 148 for eight as the pace quartet of Ronsford Beaton, Jerome Jones, Justin Greaves and Kyle Mayers prospered.

Kraigg Brathwaite, the only Test cricketer involved in the competition, then struck a composed 70 to steer the Windies to a six-wicket success.

England, meanwhile, will tackle South Africa in the next stage following a similarly emphatic triumph over Nepal.

Bangladesh will meet Australia in the last eight after cruising to a seven-wicket victory against Namibia in Brisbane.

Namibia’s decision to bat looked flawed from the off, with Abu Jayed claiming 3-29 as they were bowled out for just 151 in 49.4 overs.

That provided Bangladesh with the simplest of chases, and opener Liton Das duly helped himself to 70 in setting up a comprehensive win.

Pakistan ensured they topped Group B and set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against India by thrashing New Zealand, who will face West Indies in the next round.

After the Black Caps - who won the toss - were dismissed for only 152, their opponents eased to a five-wicket win as Imam-ul-Haq top-scored with 40.

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