Super Six Round-up: South Africa, Australia, India seal semi-final qualification

The future of cricket is on display, and three teams have emerged as the frontrunners in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Buckle up for a deep dive into the thrilling Super Six stage, where South Africa, Australia, and India booked their tickets to the semi-finals.

The drama unfolded in South Africa as the top six teams from the group stage battled it out for a coveted spot in the final four. After a day of rest, the Super Six phase resumed with a triple-header, each match brimming with excitement and exceptional individual performances. Let’s revisit the key moments that saw South Africa, Australia, and India secure their semi-final berths.
South Africa Dominate Sri Lanka with Clinical Performance

South Africa’s batting team, led by Ethan John (84) and Matthew Breetzke (78), produced a dominant 308/7 against Sri Lanka. The pair stitched together a crucial opening partnership of 142 runs, setting the tone for a dominant display. Wicket-keeper batter Liam Alder added a valuable 52 runs down the order, further bolstering the South African score.

Sri Lanka’s chase faltered early, losing wickets at regular intervals. Despite a valiant effort from Chamod Fernando (54) and Nipun Madusha (48), the Islanders were eventually bowled out for 202, falling 106 runs short. South African spinners Luke Beaufort and Karabo Mogotsi shared seven wickets between them, effectively restricting Sri Lanka’s scoring opportunities.

India Crush Nepal with Dominant Batting and Bowling Display

India scored an impressive 342/7, demonstrating their batting power against Nepal. Uday Saharan (124) and Sachin Dhas (105), who opened the innings, provided a strong 209-run partnership with their superb hundreds. With important runs from Raj Angad (54) and Atharv Sharma (42) in the middle order, the momentum was maintained.

Nepal’s chase never really got going, as the Indian bowling attack proved too potent. Taking four wickets, Saumya Pandey led the bowling attack, with two wickets each from Nishant Sindhe and Rajvardhan Hangargekar. Nepal were bundled out for 210, handing India a convincing 132-run victory and securing their place in the semi-finals.

Australia Edge Out West Indies in a Tense Encounter

The final match of the day saw Australia edge past West Indies in a nail-biting encounter. Batting first, Australia found themselves in early trouble, losing wickets at regular intervals. However, a fighting knock from Sam Konstas (87) and crucial contributions from Lachlan Benn (42) and Toby Anscombe (38) helped them reach a respectable total of 228/10.

West Indies’ chase began promisingly, with openers Teddy Bishop (54) and Alick Athanaze (48) providing a solid start. However, the middle order faltered, losing wickets to the spin duo of Todd Murphy and Corey Julien. West Indies lost by 13 runs, despite a furious comeback from Jaden Alexis (45).


The Super Six stage of the U19 Cricket World Cup witnessed exceptional displays of talent and grit. South Africa, Australia, and India have emerged as the frontrunners, showcasing their potential to lift the coveted trophy. With the semi-finals set to take place, the excitement is sure to reach fever pitch as these young stars battle it out for a place in the grand finale. Cricket fans around the world eagerly await the next chapter in this enthralling tournament, where the future of the sport is on display.

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