Gold Coast (Australia), Aug 3: The Australian Under-19 team have put in a solid performance to beat Pakistan Under-19 by eight wickets on the Gold Coast on Friday in the third match of a three-match series, a Cricket Australia (CA) media release said.
Pakistan won the toss and this time opted to bat first in good conditions at Kerrydale Oval.
Australia had a successful opening bowling partnership with New South Wales' Harry Conway and Western Australia's Joel Paris picking up one and two wickets respectively, with Paris on a hatrick after the fall of the third wicket. Queensland's Mark Steketee supported Conway's and Paris' attack very economically, conceding only eight runs in his first spell of six overs.
Western Australia's Ashton Turner picked up three wickets in the match, his second a superb caught and bowled effort, followed the next over by a great piece of fielding that saw Zafar Gohar head back to the pavilion run out for a duck. Pakistan's innings was over in the 47th over after being bowled out for 179 runs.
Australia's batting performance was much improved with Western Australia's Cameron Bancroft opening for the side and contributing a solid 75 runs to the chase. New South Wales' Kurtis Patterson was again impressive seeing the side through to the win on 52 not out.
Bancroft picked up the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series for his performances.
Australian Under 19 Coach Stuart Law said he was happy with his side's performance today.
"I think today's result is probably indicative of the other two games and we fought back today to gain some respect and put some pride back into our performance. I think winning the toss and bowling first was a major asset for those first two games and we had to come out today and bowl well, and we did.
"The first two loses made us sit up and work out a plan against this kind of attack and most teams are going to have this sort of attack and our boys went about rectifying what they did.
"Bancroft played very well and got through the new ball with Meyrick Buchanan, they batted really well together and then Kurtis Patterson came in and really saw us home."
Law said he was still aiming to give his players more game time in the next two warm up matches against the West Indies and Scotland.
"The result isn't as important but it is always nice to win games and build confidence through winning games," he added.
The Australian Under 19 team travel to Brisbane tomorrow and will play warm-up matches against the West Indies on 7 August in Sunshine Coast and Scotland on 8 August in Brisbane in preparation for the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in Queensland from 11-26 August.