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Pak beat Aussies to semi-final berth

Kuala Lumpur: Pakistan bowlers put up a stupendous show to clinch a six-wicket victory over Australia and storm into the semi-finals of the under-19 World Cup here on Monday.

The win puts Pakistan on course to a hattrick of titles in the biennial tournament.

Pace spearhead Ail Raza took three for 26 while Azhar Attari, captain Imad Wasim and Umar Akmal bagged two each to help Pakistan skittle out Australia for 129 in 47.2 overs after Wasim put them in to bat at the Kinrara Oval.

The subcontinent giants, who are top seeds and have won the 2004 and 2006 editions, dominated the proceedings from the start and chased down the target in 27.5 overs for the loss of four wickets.

In another last-eight match of the day, New Zealand crushed Sri Lanka by 79 runs at the Royal Selangor Club to set up a semi-final clash India on Wednesday.

Pakistan will play South Africa in the other semi-final.

Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Asad Ali top-scored with unbeaten 63 off 70 balls after the top order found the going tough.

Asad also established a 95-run partnership with Ahmed Shezad for the fourth wicket.

Earlier, fast-bowlers Adil Raza and Azhar Attari did not let the Australian batsmen settle, claiming wickets at regular intervals.

SUMMARISED SCORES

In Kinrara Oval — Australia U-19 129 in 47.2 ovs (Adil Raza 3/26, Umar Akmal 2/20). Pakistan U-19 130/4 in 27.5 ovs (Ali Asad 63 ..). Pakistan U-19 won by 6 wkts

In Royal Selangor Club — New Zealand U-19 213 in 49.5 ovs (G. Worker 47; Karunaratne 3/38, Silva 3/39). Sri Lanka U-19 134 in 42.1 ovs (Beard 3/15, Southee 3/25). New Zealand U-19 won by 79 runs.

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