West Indies Through To Semis

West Indies beat Pakistan by five wickets in their Under-19 Cricket World Cup quarter-final clash on Monday at Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium.  Pakistan chose to bat first and looked to put runs on the board to put scoreboard pressure on the young Windies team.  The Pakistanis got off to a poor start as their top order crumbled with the West Indian opening bowlers Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder doing the damage.
 
The young Pakistan side was in trouble sitting on 57/5 after 20 overs.  The Asian side needed middle order heroics and they got it through a great knock by Umair Masood as he scored a brilliant 113 off 114 balls and was well supported by Salman Fayyaz who scored 58 off 79 that helped guide their side  to 227/6 in their 50 overs.  The Caribbean  bowlers were all very economical and they shared the wickets among themselves.
 
The island side got their innings off to a good start although they lost a wicket with the score on 45 after six overs.  Then a 77-run partnership between Tevin Imlach, who scored 54 off 76, and Shimron Hetmyer, who scored 52 off 42, gave their team the perfect platform.  Then there was a collapse as the West Indies lost three wickets in seven overs leaving them on 147/4 and under some pressure.
 
A run a ball 37 from Shamar Springer and cameos from Jyd Goolie (26) and Keemo Paul (24) saw the Windies cruise to 229/5 with 10 overs remaining.  The West Indies are through to face the hosts Bangladesh in the semi-finals.  
 
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