France take fifth place as Sweden avoid wooden spoon
France overwhelmed Austria at Blackstone on Saturday to clinch fifth place in the tournament, with skipper Arun Ayyavooraju leading from the front with a 54-ball 59.
He and Waseem Bhatti (32) added 65 for the second wicket, creating a platform from which the side was able to reach a total of 151 for six, with Ayyavooraju only departing in the final over. Lakmal Kasthuriarachchige (two for 23) and Satyam Subhash (two for 29) were the most successful of the Austrian bowlers.
Rory Gribbell picked up two quick wickets when Austria replied, but the real destroyer was Williamdeep Singh, whose four overs brought as many wickets at the cost of just 16 runs. Only Kasthuriarachchige (19), Armaan Randhawa (13) and captain Amar Naeem (13) were able to reach double figures as their side were dismissed for 67 in 15.2 overs.
A measure of the total dominance of the French attack were the figures of Shahid Malik, who bowled 3.2 overs with one maiden and claimed two for 3.
At the other end of the rankings, Sweden successfully chased a Belgian total of 153 for seven to win by five wickets and avoid the wooden spoon.
Nirvam Shah also played a valuable captain's innings, making 48 from 43 deliveries and sharing useful partnerships with Sheras Sheikh (20) and Waqas Shafiq (45 from 31), while Mahesh Krishnamoorthy's nine-ball 15 not out helped his side to a decent total.
But Sweden took command with a fine second-wicket stand of 99 between Sadat Sidiqi, whose 59 came from 41 deliveries and included nine fours and two sixes, and Sarmad Imitiaz, who compiled a comparatively sedate 50-ball 43.
Although Sheraz Sheikh eventually removed both Sidiqi and Yasir Ikram, but Sunny Sharma and Naveed Anjum guided their side home, completing the victory off the first ball of the final over.