Australian team © Getty Images
Australian team © Getty Images

Australia elected to bat in the first quarter final against England. They did not have the start they wished for, as they were soon reduced to 28 for four under six overs. Dillon Pennington picked three of the first four wickets. Skipper, Jason Sangha batted well for his 58 before getting out in the 33rd over.

Australia were all out for 127 in 33.3 overs. Three English bowlers picked up three wickets each. It was not at all a competitive score against a team who won all matches in the group stage.

England were 47 without a loss of wicket until Lloyd Pope arrived. England were soon reduced to 51 for three at the end of power play. Pope recorded 8 for 35, the best bowling figures in U-19 world Cup. England were soon all-out on 96 under 25 overs, securing a place for Australia in the semis.

Bowlers paradise

Six bowlers shared a total of 20 wickets among themselves. The 20 wickets fell in 41.1 overs for 132 runs. Only two batsman managed to score half centuries while others didn’t even cross 20. A total of 15 players got out in single digit of which four were out on duck.

Australian Pope 

Pope recorded his career best, as well as best bowling figures in U-19 World Cup by taking 8 for 35. Pope had only picked two wickets in the tournament so far. His best bowling figures before this were against Sri Lanka back in 2017 where he picked 3 for 21.

Param Uppal, was the other Australian bowler who managed to squeeze a wicket from the Pope storm.

Brief Scores:

Australia 127 in 33.3 overs (Jason Sangha 58; Will Jacks 3 for 21) won against England 96 in 23.4 (Tom Banton 58; Lloyd Pope 8 for 35) by 31 runs.