Sanju Vishwanadh (85, 48b, 8x4, 4x6) and Kuldeep Yadav (four for 10 off 8.2 overs) stole the limelight as India continued its unbeaten run with a crushing 245-run win over minnows Papua New Guinea in the under-19 World Cup here on Wednesday. The convincing win helped India top the group.
Opting to bat, India posted 301 for six and bowled out its hapless opponent for just 56.
In Group B, three-time champion Australia and dark horse Afghanistan progressed to the quarterfinals.
Jake Doran scored an unbeaten 99 as Australia defeated Bangladesh by 74 runs. The latter, set a target of 245, needed 231 to make it to the next stage on better run-rate ahead of the Aussies on better net run-rate. However, it was shot out for 170.
Afghanistan made 130 runs off boundaries as it sprinted to the 192-run target in under 26 overs to beat Namibia by four wickets.
After two days’ rest, India will meet England in the quarterfinals.
The scores: Group A: India 301 for six in 50 overs (Ankush Bains 59, Akhil Herwadkar 37, Vijay Zol 35, Sanju Vishwanadh 85, Shreyas Iyer 36, Sarfaraz Khan 34 n.o., Alei Nao three for 46) bt Papua New Guinea 56 in 28.2 overs (Monu Kumar three for 13, Kuldeep Yadav four for 10).
Pakistan 308 for seven in 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 133, Hasan Raza 57, Chris Sole three for 69) bt Scotland 162 in 39.5 overs (Andrew Umeed 65, Karamat Ali five for 36).
Group B: Australia 244 for six in 50 overs (Jake Doran 99 n.o., Alex Gregory 48) bt Bangladesh 170 in 42 overs (Shadman Islam 49, Litton Das 43, Ben Ashkenazi three for 33, Thomas Andrews three for 35).
Namibia 192 for nine in 50 overs (Gerhard Erasmus 84, Muslim Musa three for 35) lost to Afghanistan 196 for six in 25.3 overs (Hashmatullah Shaidi 52, Mohammad Mujtaba 50, Bredwell Wessells four for 58). — PTI