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Awais, Haseebullah and Irfan star in Pakistan's win over Zimbabwe

BALBIR SINGH | January 18, 2022 05:17 AM

BASSETERRE (ST KITTS AND NEVIS): Deadly bowling by Awais Ali (6 for 56), a brilliant century by Haseebullah (135) and 189-run partnership between Haseebullah and Irfan Khan (75 ) for the third wicket stand were the highlights of the Pakistan's performance against Zimbabwe in the ICC Under-19 Men's World Cup here here today.

Chasing a tough target of scoring 316 runs for victory set by Pakistan, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 200 in 42.4 overs. Pakistan won by 115 runs.

Down 55 for 2 in 16.2 overs, Pakistan, put in to bat by Zimbabwe after winning the toss, were bolstered to 315 for 9 by a solid 189-run partnership between Haseebullah (135) and Irfan Khan (75 ) . This pair frustrated the Zimbanwe bowlers. This association carried the Pakistan total to 244 in 44.1 overs before Irfan Khan was caught by Brian Bennett off the bowling of Alex Falao. Irfan Khan played a 73-ball knock of 75 which contained six boundaries and one six.

Zimbabw struggled throughout their innings. At one stage they were precariously placed at 111 for 7 in 21.3 overs, Brian Bennett (82, 11x4s, 1x60 and Tendekai Mataranyika (26) held the fort till 40.2 overs as this pair stitched a defiant 83-run eight wicket partnership for the eight wicket. They carried the total to 194 before Brian Bennett was caught by Mehran Mumtaz off the bowling of Awais Al. With his dismissal Zimbabwe's hopes were shattered and lost by 115 runs.

Earlier, hitting his majestic century, Haseebullah's striking rate was 87. He faced 155 deliveries and raced to the fence 10 times. He also hit four effortless sixes.

Left-handed Abdul Faseeh (27), Qasim Akram (20), Abbas Al (13) and Zeeshan Zameer (21) were the other main contrbutors for Pakistan.


Pakistan Under-19s: Mohammad Shehzad c Saul b Dube 5, Haseebullah c Makoni b Falao 135, Abdul Faseeh c & b Falao 27, Irfan Khan c Bennet b Falao 75, Qasim Akram c Chirwa b Falao 20, Maaz Sadaqat run out 1, Abbas Ali c Bawa b Falao 13, Ahmed Khan c Bawa b Dube 2, Zeeshan Zameer not out 21, Mehran Mumtaz c & b Dube 0. Extras (b - 5, w - 7, no - 2, lb - 1) 15. Total for 9 wks in 50 overs) 315.

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-55, 3-244, 4-272, 5-278, 6-292, 7-292, 8-315, 9-315.

Bowling: Mgcini Dube 10-0-68-3, Brian Bennet 10-3-40-0, Alex Falao 9-0-58-5, Tendekai Mataranyika 10-0-50-0, Victor Chirwa 9-0-73-0, Connor Mitchell 2-0-19-0,

Zimbabwe Under-19s: Steven Saul c Haseebullah b Zeeshan Zameer 14, Mathew Welch c Irfan Khan b Awais Ali 26, Emannuel Bawa c Haseebullah Khan b Ahmed Khan 5, David Bennet c Maaz Sadaqat b Ahmed Khan 13, Brian Bennett c Mehran Mumtaz b Awais Ali 82, Connor Mitchell c Maaz Sadaqat b Awais Ali 3, Tashinga Makoni b Awais Ali 1, Victor Chirwa b Zeeshan Zameer 3, Tendekai Mataranyika c Haseebullah Khan b Awais Ali 26, Mgcini Dube b Awais Ali 3, Alex Falao not oit 0. Extras (w 20, nb 2, lb ) 23. Total (all out in 42.4 overs) 200.

Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-39, 3-61, 4-67, 5-79, 6-82, 7-111, 8-194, 9-196, 10-199

Bowling: Zeeshan Zameer 9-1-32-2, Ahmed Khan 7-0-40-2, Awais Ali 8.4-1-56-6, Mehran Mumtaz 10-0-38-0, Qasim Akram 3-0-34-0, Maaz Sadaqat 5-0-10-0.

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