England’s George Hill won the Player-of-the-Match award for his decisive 90 with the bat at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley, but Wesley Madhevere of Zimbabwe was a strong second option, having opened the bowling with his off-spin, snaring four for 42, before scoring a fluent 52 from 45 balls when opening the batting. He was run out to end what looked like a serious challenge on the target of 287, and the chasing side never really maintained their interest once he departed.
Pakistan reached back-to-back semi-finals at the ICC U19 World Cup thanks to a confident triumph over an Afghanistan who failed to repeat their efforts of two years ago in Australia. Mohammad Huraira was the stand-out man for the side in green, with a swashbuckling half-century setting his country well on the way after they limited their opponents to just 189, a final-four clash against India their reward.
* Pakistan beat Afghanistan by six wickets @ Benoni
Afghanistan 189 (49.1) (Farhan Zakhil 40, Abdul Rahman 30; Mohammad Amir Khan 3-58)
Pakistan 190-4 (41.1) (Mohammad Huraira 64, Mohammad Haris 29 n.o.; Noor Ahmad 2-22)
* England beat Zimbabwe by 75 runs @ Kimberley
England 286-9 (50) (George Hill 90, Jordan Cox 59, George Balderson 45 n.o.; Wesley Madhevere 4-42)
Zimbabwe 211 (40.5) (Taurayi Tugwete 58, Wesley Madhevere 52; George Balderson 3-29, Lewis Goldsworthy 2-29).