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England beat Zimbabwe to set up Plate final with Sri Lanka today

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England won their Plate semi-final against Zimbabwe by 75 runs to set up a meeting with defending Plate champions Sri Lanka in the final on Monday. Both teams met in the final of the Tri-Nations Under 19 in West Indies in December with Sri Lanka emerging winners.

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).

(Daily News)

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