Plate Championship winner Bangladesh.

ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014
Bangladesh defeated New Zealand by 77 runs to win its fourth Plate Championship title at the ICC U19 Cricket world Cup UAE 2014 at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Opener Shadman Islam scored 97 and Litton Das contributed 79 as the two batsmen put on 124 runs for the second wicket to propel Bangladesh to 223 in 47 overs. Off-spinner Mosaddek Hossain then returned figures of 10-4-23-4 as New Zealand finished at 146 for nine after Brett Randell followed up his two for 22 with 51 not out.

Bangladesh had previously won the Plate Championship in South Africa (1998), Bangladesh (2004) and New Zealand (2010).

Shadman, who hit 13 fours in a 113-ball innings, finished with an impressive series aggregate of 406 runs. He leads Imam-ul-Haq of Pakistan by 36 runs, with South Africa captain Aiden Markram occupying third place with 304 runs. Both Imam and Markram will feature in Saturday’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 final which will be broadcast live by Star Sports.

In the fifth/sixth position play-off match, India overcame Tagenarine Chanderpaul’s century to beat the West Indies by 46 runs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Tagenarine Chanderpaul slammed 112 against India in a losing effort

Chanderpaul scored 112 from 136 balls with eight fours and a six as West Indies, chasing India’s mammoth 340 for eight, finished at 294 for eight. Chanderpaul finished the tournament with 293 runs with one century and two half-centuries.

Earlier, Ankush Bains (74), Sanju Samson (67) and Shreyas Iyer (66) batted well to help India post the highest team total of the tournament. For the West Indies, Gudakesh Motie picked up three for 52 and Preston McSween bagged two for 74.

Afghanistan, playing in its third World Cup, finished at an impressive seventh position after defeating Sri Lanka by five wickets at ICC Academy 2. This was Afghanistan’s second big victory in the tournament after it upset Australia by 36 runs. It had also come very close to beating the West Indies before it went down by nine runs.

Usman Ghani took three for 21 and Sayed Shirzad bagged three for 33 as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 114 in 34.3 overs. In turn, Afghanistan raced to victory in under 22 overs for the loss of five wickets with Ihsanullah scoring 37 not out.

Zimbabwe finished 11th in the 16-team tournament when it defeated host the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 84 runs.

On Friday, England and Australia will clash in the third/fourth position play-off at the ICC Academy 1. At the ICC Academy 2, Pakistan and South Africa will prepare for Saturday’s final and will hold their pre-match media conferences at the ICC Headquarters at 1315 and 1330, respectively. The pressers will be followed by captains’ photo-shoot with the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 trophy.

Scores in brief:
Plate Championship final – Bangladesh beat New Zealand by 77 runs at Zayed Cricket Stadium
Bangladesh 223 all out, 47 overs (Shadman Islam 97, Litton Das 79; Brett Randell 2-22, Dane Watson 2-49)
New Zealand 146-9, 50 overs (Brett Randell 51 not out, Shawn Hicks 23; Mosaddek Hossain 4-23, Nihaduzzaman 2-31)

5th/6th position play-off – India beat West Indies by 46 runs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium
India 340-8, 50 overs (Ankush Bains 74, Sanju Samson 67, Shreyas Iyer 66, Deepak Hooda 42, Vijay Zol 30; Gudakesh Motie 3-52, Preston McSween 2-74)
West Indies 294-8, 50 overs (Tagenarine Chanderpaul 112, Nicolas Pooran 54, Tristan Coleman 45; Chama Milind 2-50)

7th/8th position play-off – Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by five wickets at ICC Academy 2
Sri Lanka 114 all out, 34.3 overs (Priyamal Perera 30, Usman Ghani 3-21, Sayed Shirzad 3-33)
Afghanistan 118-5, 21.2 overs (Ihsanullah 37 not out, Hashmatullah Shaidi 34, Usman Ghani 27; Anuk Fernando 4-50)

11th/12th position play-off – Zimbabwe beat UAE by 84 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 1
Zimbabwe 205 all out, 50 overs (Luke Longwe 80, Shoun Handirisi 38, Kieran Geyle 27; Moaaz Qazi 3-35, Waruna Perera  2-28, Sajid Khan 2-33)
UAE 121-9, 50 overs (Rohit Singh 30, Kieran Geyle 3-20, Herbert Chikomba 3-21)

Forthcoming matches:
England v Australia (3rd/4th position play-off), ICC Academy 1

*Pakistan v South Africa (Super League final), Dubai International Cricket Stadium (match starts at 1200)
*denotes broadcast matches