Cricket: New Zealand lose to Bangladesh in U19 World Cup semi-final

New Zealand has missed out on a spot in the U19 Cricket World Cup final, after losing to Bangladesh in their semi-final in South Africa. 

The young Kiwis were gunning to become the first New Zealand side to reach the junior final since 1998 but were thrashed by Bangladesh losing by six wickets in Potchefstroom.

After being sent into bat, New Zealand scored 211/8, with Becham Wheeler-Greenall leading the way with 75 runs. 

But a century from Mahmudul Hasan Joy helped Bangladesh chase down the total with almost six overs to spare. 

"Not enough runs. It was a tough toss to lose," admitted New Zealand captain Jesse Tashkoff. 

"We had played them in the series at home and in a warm-up game before the World Cup, but this was also the first game where we were batting first in this World Cup.

" I'm really proud of my team. We won just a handful of games coming in, and to finish in the top four is something we can be proud of. " 

Bangladesh celebrate their triumph over New Zealand.
Bangladesh celebrate their triumph over New Zealand. Photo credit: Getty

While it was heartbreak for New Zealand, it was joy for Bangladesh who will compete in their maiden World Cup final - across levels and genders.

Bangladesh will meet India in the final on February 9, after they beat Pakistan by 10 wickets in the other semi-final. 

"We can't take the pressure of thinking that this is our first final," said Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali. 

"India is a very good side, and we have to play our 'A' game. We have to do the best in all three departments. 

"Bangladesh cricket fans are crazy, and I hope we will continue to get the same support that we've been getting. Keep supporting us."

New Zealand will play Pakistan in the third-place playoff on February 8 in Benoni. 

While New Zealand can't win the title, they can walk away with pride after their display of sportsmanship during their quarter-final win over the West Indies.

That came when captain Tashkoff and Joseph Field helped injured West Indies batsman Kirk McKenzie off the pitch when he was struggling with cramps.