Australia battle into last four
William Bosisto led from the front as Australia defeated Bangladesh by five wickets to set up an Under-19 World Cup semi-final showdown with South Africa.
After losing the toss, Bangladesh made an impressive start with Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar putting on an opening stand of 64 in 14 overs.
However, things soon went downhill as Travis Head returned 3-30 off seven overs to help dismiss the young Tigers for 171, despite Sarkar making 73 from 80 balls.
Australia suffered a dismal start to their reply when Abu Jayed’s double strike saw them slump to 11 for three and then 33 for four.
Skipper Bosisto and Head started the recovery with a fifth-wicket stand of 67 to take the score to 100 until the latter departed for 44.
Bosisto and Ashton Turner, who made unbeaten scores of 71 and 27, led Australia into the last four with an unbroken stand of 72.
Bangladesh will now play England on Tuesday in the fifth-place play-off semi-final.
Nicholas Farrar struck a half-century as Scotland beat Zimbabwe by 41 runs to secure a ninth place play-off semi-final against Afghanistan, who overcame Christopher Ross’ unbeaten century to brush aside Papua New Guinea by four wickets.
Coming in at 65 for three, Farrar contributed 58 in a fourth-wicket stand of 101 with Peter Ross until the pair departed in quick succession, but Aman Bailwal’s unbeaten 30 from 17 balls lifted Scotland to 241 for seven.
Zimbabwe lost wickets at regular intervals and, despite 52 from Ryan Burl, could only manage 200 for nine.
Papua New Guinea were reliant on Ross’ 105 and 55 not out from Nigel Boge as they posted 239 for five.
However, their efforts proved to be in vain as Mohibullah Paak and Afsar Khan made 58 and 37 not out in an unbroken partnership of 85 to guide Afghanistan home with just six balls remaining.