There were a total of 3 matches played today in the ICC U19 World Cup 2018. While Afghanistan won against New Zealand to advance to the semis, the rest of the two matches were actually inconsequential in respect to the current status of the tournament.
Papua New Guinea U19 vs Ireland U19, Plate playoff Semi-Final 1
Ireland comfortably won the match against PNG chasing down 122 inside 40 overs losing just 4 wickets. It was a nice show by the promising Irish team, unfortunately, all came a little too late in the tournament though as their chances to play the knockouts are over.
PNGU19 121 (37.1 Ovs)IREU19 122/7 (41.5 Ovs) Ireland U19 won by 3 wickets
Kenya U19 vs Namibia U19, Plate Playoff Semi-Final 2
Kenya and Namibia played out yet another dead rubber of a contest. However, keeping up the intent for a win, Namibia came out on a positive note and chased down the 177 run target with their skipper Lohandre Louwrens scoring an unbeaten 114 to guide his team to victory. Kenya 's poor run so far in the campaign ended with yet another miserable defeat.
KENU19 176 (46.5 Ovs)NAMU19 180/2 (27.0 Ovs) Namibia U19 won by 8 wickets
Zimbabwe U19 vs Sri Lanka U19, Plate Semi-Final 1
In an evenly contested match, SL U19 pipped Zimbabwe to victory. The young Sri Lankan batsmen showed character and class to overhaul the Zimbabwean total of 260 and won the match by 5 wickets. What was interesting was Sri Lanka won the match well inside the 50 overs, in the 46th over to be exact.
While it was more of a combined effort from the Zimbabwean batsman, an unbeaten 109 from Nishan Madushka Fernando, their skipper saw Sri Lanka home.
Zimbabwe Under-19s 259/4(50 ov) Sri Lanka Under-19s
260/5 (45.3/50 ov) SL won by 5 wickets