Pakistan enter U-19 Asia Cup final

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Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 16:14 [IST]
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Pakistan enter U-19 Asia Cup final

Kuala Lumpur, Jun 28: Pakistan thrashed Afghanistan by 151 runs to reach the Under-19 Asia Cup 2012 final here at the Kinrara Academy Oval on Thursday.

It was a lopsided semi-final where Pakistan proved to be too strong for their opponents. Now, they await the winner of India-Sri Lanka second semi-final on Friday.

The final will be held on Sunday.

Chasing a big target of 297 runs, Afghanistan were blown away for 145 runs in 40.5 overs. Azizullah was the pick of the bowlers with a four-wicket haul.

By the 18th over, Afghanistan were out of the match. They were tottering at 78/5 in 17.3 overs. They could never recover from these early blows and surrendered.

Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and posted an impressive score. They made 296/3 in 50 overs. Opener Sami Aslam and Umar Waheed scored 77 runs apiece. Waheed remained unbeaten. Imam-ul-Haq made 69.

Aslam hit eight fours and two sixes in his 84-ball knock. He and captain Babar Azam made a cautious start and associated for 69 runs in 14.4 overs.

Waheed, batting at number four, scored more than run-a-ball. He took 69 balls for 77 with seven fours and a six.

Afghanistan bowlers toiled hard for success and managed only three wickets.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 296/3 in 50 overs (Sami Aslam 77, Umar Waheed 77 not out, Imam-ul-Haq 69, Babar Azam 33, Mohammad Nawaz 30, Sharafudin 1/43, Shabir Noori 1/61, Aftab Alam 1/51) beat Afghanistan 145 all out in 40.5 overs (Mohibullah Paak 41, Azizullah 4/44, Ehsan Adil 2/24, Mohammad Nawaz 2/13).


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