The Australian Under-19 have pulled off a clinical five wicket victory over Bangladesh Under-19 to secure their spot in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup semi-final.
Captain Will Bosisto won the toss and elected to bowl in overcast conditions at Endeavour Park in Townsville.
Left-handed Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar got the visitors off to a good start combing with Liton Das for an opening stand of 64.
The opening partnership was broken by a superb fielding effort from West Australia’s Cameron Bancroft to run out Das for 22.
West Australia’s Ashton Turner was the first to strike with the ball picking up the wicket of Captain Anamul Haque, caught behind by Queensland’s James Peirson.
A bowling change by Bosisto to bring on right-arm spinner Travis Head proved to be a breakthrough for Australia as he claimed the scalp of Sarkar who hit a classy 73 (80b, 6×4, 3×6).
Head ended his bowling with 3-30 from sevens overs, the best of the Australian wicket takers.
Bangladesh’s middle order failed to stand-up to the task losing three quick wickets in three overs and their innings ended in the 42nd over leaving Australia 171 for the chase.
In reply, Australia got off to a wobbly start losing the wickets of Bancroft (1), Victoria’s Meyrick Buchanan (0) and New South Wales’ Kurtis Patterson (0) in the first five overs.
Bosisto and South Australia’s Travis Head combined for a crucial 5th wicket stand of 67 to get Australia back on track, until Head (44) was caught by Abu Jayed at deep square leg.
Man of the Match Bosisto (71*, 134b, 7×4) was again outstanding for the young Australian side, playing patiently and maturely, combining with fellow West Australian Ashton Turner for a 6th wicket stand of 72* to take his side to victory in the 45th over.
Bosisto said he was very pleased to be in the semis.
“I think I played my role in the middle order and got us over the line, but we made it hard for ourselves losing a few early wickets, so that is something we will be working on for our next match.
“We just managed to nudge the runs around as we could and eventually we got on top of them,” he said.
Bosisto said he had great support from Head and Turner.
“Ashton and I have played a fair bit of cricket together and we know our own games well and work together well, both out in the field and when we are batting together.
“There are quite a few part time spinners who can come on and do a job but I think Travis came on and did more than a job today, he came on and took more than a couple of wickets and bowled it tight,” Bosisto said.
Australia will meet South Africa in the first semi-final at Tony Ireland Stadium on Tuesday.