Defending champion India crashed out of the Under-19 World Cup cricket tournament after a three-wicket defeat to England in the quarterfinals here on Saturday.

In the other quarterfinal, Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 121 runs.

Batting first, India managed 221 for eight, and then saw England chase down the target with five balls to spare.

Deepak Hooda (68) and Sarfaraz Khan (52, 46b) helped India post a decent total. But England rode on Ben Duckett’s 64-ball 61 and Joe Clarke’s 42 off 45 balls.

Needing four off the last over, Rob Sayer slashed left-arm seamer Chama Milind over covers to finish the job. However, it was the penultimate over from off-spinner Hooda, which cost India dear as he conceded 11 runs to bring the equation down to a gettable four off six balls

Fisher shines

Earlier, seamer Matthew Fisher was the most successful bowler for England, picking up three wickets for 55 runs.

The 51-run seventh-wicket stand between Clarke and Rob Jones proved crucial.

Opting to bat, India was off to a disastrous start losing four wickets for just 24 runs, including last match’s top-scorer Sanju Vishwanadh.

Hooda tried to stabilise the innings and played carefully along with skipper Vijay Zol.

Zol found the fence thrice before falling to off-spinner Robert Sayer in the 33rd over.

Hooda carried on for a while before Jonathan Tattersall ran him out at the end of 40th over (147 for six).

India needed to accelerate at this stage, and Sarfaraz obliged.

The scores: Quarterfinals: India U-19 221 for eight in 50 overs (Deepak Hooda 68, Sarfaraz Khan 52, Vijay Zol 48, Matt Fisher three for 55) lost to England U-19 222 for seven in 49.1 overs (Ben Duckett 61, Joe Clarke 42, Kuldeep Yadav three for 46).

Pakistan Under-19: 279 for nine in 50 overs (Sami Aslam 95, Imam-ul-Haq 82, Kamran Ghulam 52, Binura Fernando four for 56) bt Sri Lanka Under-19: 158 in 42.3 overs (S. Samarawickrama 51, Priyamal Perera 68).

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