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U19 World Cup Wrap: Afghanistan continue winning ways against Pakistan CricBuzz Live Afghanistan Under-19 continued their dominating streak against Pakistan. © Getty Afghanistan U19 vs Pakistan U19, Whangarei Afghanistan Under-19 continued their dominating streak against Pakistan, beating the fellow Asian side comprehensively by five wickets in their ICC Under-19 World Cup opener on Saturday (January 13). Opting to bat first, Pakistan suffered a wobbly start as Naveen-ul-Haq picked up two wickets in his opening burst. Wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir consolidated the innings, alongside Ali Zaryab but barring this third-wicket partnership, Pakistan lost their wickets at regular intervals to never gain momentum. Nazir top-scored with 81 as Pakistan folded for 188 inside the 48th over of their innings. Azmatullah and Qais Ahmad picked three wickets apiece. thestardust Afghanistan too were reduced to 50 for 3 by the 15th over in reply. However, Darwish Rasooli’s unbeaten 76 off 78 balls helped them to an easy win in the end. Skipper Hasan Khan was the most successful bowler for Pakistan, returning figures of 2 for 45. Fittingly, Rasooli polished off the chase with a six, with five wickets and 2.3 overs to spare. Brief scores: Pakistan 188 all out in 47.4 overs (Rohail Nazir 81; Qais Ahmad 3-38, Azmatullah 3-34) lost to Afghanistan 194/5 in 47.3 overs (Darwish Rasooli 76*, Ikram Ali Khil 46; Hasan Khan 2-45) by five wickets. Zimbabwe U19 vs PNG U19, Lincoln Zimbabwe kicked off their campaign with a 10-wicket thrashing of PNG in Lincoln after their game was reduced to a 20-overs-a-side affair due to rain. The toss was heavily delayed due to the downpour and Zimbabwe had no hesitation in inserting the opposition in to make full use of the conditions. PNG openers put up a steady 41-run stand, albeit consuming almost nine overs. Once the pair was separated, Zimbabwe faced very little difficulty in wrapping up the PNG innings. Only Ovia Sam (24) and Sinaka Arua (18) offered some hesitation and managed to register double-digit scores, while four others fell for ducks. Wesley Madhavere (3 for 19) and Milton Shumba (2 for 19) were the pick of the bowlers as PNG folded for just 95. In reply, Madhavere and fellow opener Gregory Dollar polished off the chase is mere 14 overs. While the former registered his half-century, Dollar chipped in an unbeaten 41 off 40 deliveries. Brief scores: PNG 95 all out in 20 overs (Igo Mahuru 26, Ovia Sam 24; Wesley Madhavere 3-19, Milton Shumba 2-19) lost to Zimbabwe 98/0 in 14 overs (Wesley Madhavere 53*, Gregory Dollar 41*) by 10 wickets. (Game reduced to 20 overs per side). Bangladesh U19 vs Namibia U19, Lincoln Bangladesh too got off to a winning start, as they posted a mammoth 190 in the 20-overs-a-side contest against Namibia before registering a comprehensive 87-run victory. After the toss was delayed due to rain, Namibia opted to bowl but immediately regretted the decision as the Bangladesh openers marched on to 33 in under four overs. A wicket there also didn’t provide any respite as skipper Saif Hassan joined hands with Mohammad Naim to take their side to 130 in 15.3 overs. Naim fell soon after his fifty, but Hassan carried on with his six-hitting ways. He top scored with 84 off just 48 deliveries, that included five hits into the stands and three boundaries, as Bangladesh finished with a strong 190 from their allotted overs. Namibia were in a sorry state at 12 for 4 courtesy Hasan Mahmud and Qazi Onik’s double strikes. Eben van Wyk posted a brisk, 52-ball 55 but it wasn’t enough to help the minnows create an upset. Brief scores: Bangladesh 190/4 in 20 overs (Saif Hassan 84, Mohammad Naim 60; Dewald Nell 1-22) beat Namibia 103/6 in 20 overs (Eben van Wyk 55; Hasan Mahmud 2-12, Qazi Onik 2-14) by 87 runs (Game reduced to 20 overs per side due to rain).
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