Bangalore: India survived a mini-scare from Papua New Guinea before sealing a comfortable 107-run win to seal their place in the quarterfinal of the Under-19 World Cup in Townsville on Thursday. India will face Pakistan in the quarterfinal on August 20.
For the second time in three league matches in Group C, India's batting struggled to come to grips with the conditions. Prashant Chopra (58), the opener, and Vijay Zol (72) made half-centuries as India stuttered to 204 all out after opting to bat. Chad Soper, the paceman, finished with excellent figures of 5 for 32.
PNG were never in the hunt, losing wickets at regular intervals. Kamal Passi, the hero of India's victory over Zimbabwe in their previous game, did the early damage but the wrecker-in-chief was Ravikant Singh. Introduced as the fourth bowler, Ravikant picked up 5 for 21 from nine overs to ensure that PNG were shot out for 97 in 31.5 overs.