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U-19 World Cup: Rishabh Pant's 111 off 96 powers India to semi-finals

Press Trust of India |February 6, 2016, 5:04 PM IST
U-19 World Cup: Rishabh Pant's 111 off 96 powers India to semi-finals

It was a day of double delight for young Rishabh Pant as he guided the India colts to the semi-final of the ICC U-19 World Cup here with a crushing 197-run win over Namibia besides fetching Rs 1.9 crore IPL deal with the Delhi Daredevils.

Left-handed Pant propelled India to 349 for 6 with a pulsating 111 off 96 balls with other contributions coming from Anmolpreet Singh (41), Sarfaraz Khan (76) and Armaan Jaffer (64).

Anmolpreet also chipped in with three valuable wickets and alongside other spinners, Mayank Dagar (3 for 25) and Washington Sundar (2 for 27), plotted the downfall of Namibia, who folded up for 149 in 39 overs.

Namibia began the mammoth chase well with openers SJ Loftie-Eaton and Niko Davin taking the team past 50. But their challenge fizzled out soon after and from 59 for no loss, the team was tottering at 96 for five.

The African side was expected to show more fight in the quarterfinals after it famously knocked out defending champions South Africa in the group stage.

As it turned out, it was India all the way, be it the professional effort with the ball or their stellar batting performance after winning the toss.

Pant's fireworks were on display hours before was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.9 crore after a bidding war with the Mumbai Indians.

His opener and captain Ishan Kishan too had another reason to smile although he was out cheaply in the game, after he too went under the hammer in the auction back home with Gujarat Lions picking him for Rs 35 lakh.

Pant, who had smashed 78 off 24 balls in the last match, was unstoppable against Namibia as well. The Delhi-based wicketkeeper batsman hammered 14 fours and couple of sixes in his entertaining knock that laid the foundation for a big total.

Sarfaraz too continued with his rich vein of form with a run-ball 76. It was his third 70 plus score in the four games India have played in the tournament.

Brief scores: India 349 for 6 in 50 overs (Rishabh Pant 111, Sarfaraz Khan 76; Fritz Coetzee 3 for 78). Namibia 152 all out in 39 overs (Niko Davin 33; Mayank Dagar 3 for 25, Anmolpreet Singh 3 for 27).

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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