Dominant Pakistan U-19 register first win

Pakistan U-19s 311 (Umar 66, Badar 53, Hatcher 4-67) beat Australia U-19s 202 (Nair 106, Shadab 4-35, Sheikh 4-50) by 109 runs

Pakistan Under-19s notched up their first win of the tri-nation tournament with a convincing 109-run victory against Australia Under-19s in Dubai, as they kept their hopes for a spot in the finals alive. After choosing to bat, Pakistan first posted a total of 311 and then bowled Australia out for 202 in 40.4 overs.

Pakistan’s openers – Zeeshan Malik (19) and captain Gauhar Hafeez (36) – put on 63 in 52 balls before both fell in quick succession. Mohammad Umar and Saif Badar both struck fifties, and combined for a 88-run fourth-wicket stand to set up a strong platform. Hasan Khan and Hasan Mohsin provided the acceleration towards the end with brisk cameos, pushing the team over the 300-run mark. Liam Hatcher followed up his five-for in the previous game with four wickets and offspinner Arjun Nair picked up three.

Nair got the chase off to a solid start, but wickets fell regularly around him. He compiled a 89-ball 106, an innings that featured 13 fours and three sixes, but no other batsman scored more than 30. Shadab Khan and Arsal Sheikh claimed four wickets apiece to rip through the middle and lower order as Australia were eventually bowled out in the 41st over.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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