Pakistan in semi final, India out of U-19 Asia Cup

KUALA LUMPUR (Monitoring Desk): Bangladesh batted brilliantly to shock India by eight wickets and sent them crashing out of the U-19 Asia Cup as they joined Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan in the semi-finals here on Tuesday.

Defending champions India, coached by former great Rahul Dravid, were knocked out after suffering their second defeat in three days.

After being upset by Nepal on Sunday, the Indian colts were once again at the receiving end as Bangladesh chased down a modest 188 with eight wickets and four overs to spare in a rain-curtailed match at the Royal Selangor Club here.

Put in to bat, India lost half their side on 96 runs as none of the top order batsmen managed to get going against a disciplined Bangladesh bowling attack.

For the Bangladeshis, medium pacer Mohammad Robiul Hoque was the wrecker-in-chief with figures of 3/43. In reply, the Bangladesh’s opening pair of Pinak Ghosh (81 not out) and Mohammad Naim Sheikh (38) provided a solid 82-run start to dent India’s hopes and Tawhid Hridoy (48 not) saw them home.

Moeen Ali ready to play after recovering from a side strain

TOWNSVILLE (Monitoring Desk): England all-rounder Moeen Ali is ready to play his first Australian tour match in Townsville after recovering from a side strain.

The 30-year-old missed England’s opening two games in Perth and Adelaide but is available for the final warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI starting on Wednesday.

“I am good. It’s just a slight strain on my side from throwing,” Moeen told reporters on Monday. “It was a bit frustrating but also not a bad thing, you get a lot more work done.

“I feel like I am ready to play and I can’t wait to spend time in the field. We have got four days of cricket ahead. I can get a bit of game time in my system and then be ready to play, hopefully, at the Gabba.”

It will be England’s last game before the Ashes series opener in Brisbane on Nov. 23.

England are on a 31-year winless streak in Brisbane but Moeen — on his first Ashes tour Down Under — said he is ready for the intensity of the series.

“I’ve heard a lot about Brisbane,” said Moeen. “It’s something you have to block out. You have to focus on your game and the situation that the team is in.

“I’m prepared the best I can. When you’re out there you rely on your instincts. I know it will be tough, but I’ve always backed my ability.”