Bowlers lead Pakistan to easy win

Pakistan strolled to an easy win in their tournament opener against Afghanistan © International Cricket Council

Pakistan U-19 romped to a comfortable six-wicket win in their tournament opener against Afghanistan U-19 in their Group B game in Sylhet. The damage was done early on, as Shadab Khan and Hasan Mohsin combined to take seven wickets and elicit a spectacular collapse as Afghanistan stumbled from 98 for 3 to be bowled out for 126 in the 42nd over.

Tariq, who complied a 76-ball 53, and Ikram Faizi (19) forged a 69-run fourth-wicket stand after the loss of three early wickets. However, the next highest partnership in the innings was 14. Shadab cut through the middle order with figures of 4 for 9 in five overs, and Mohsin returned figures of 3 for 24.

Pakistan lost captain Gauhar Hafeez for 1, but Zeeshan Malik (29) and Mohammad Umar (25) set the innings back on course. The rest of the chase was a canter as Pakistan stormed to the target in the 32nd over. Zia-ur-Rehman picked up two wickets while Rashid Khan, who has already represented Afghanistan on the international stage, claimed one victim.

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