Chattogram, May 3, 2023
Spinners Ali Asfand and Arafat Minhas shared 7 wickets as Pakistan U19 beat Bangladesh U19 by 10 wickets on the final day of the four-day stand-alone match at the Zahoor Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Wednesday.
Chasing a modest target of 22 runs to win, opening the batting, Shahzaib Khan (19 not out) and Azan Awais (4 not out) reached the target in the seventh over.
Earlier, resuming their second innings overnight at 166 for three in 70 overs, Bangladesh U19s lost overnight wicketkeeper Akanto Sheikh (10, 34b) in the 81st over with Mohammad Ismail uprooting the stumps. Captain Sharar Saqib, who returned unbeaten on 47 the day before, was joined by Zakaria Islam and the pair added 60 runs for the sixth wicket before Zakaria (23, 51b, 3x4s) was clean bowled by left-arm spinner Ali Asfand in the 99th over. .
Just before the rain came, the Bangladesh skipper completed his hundred. After the rain interval, a well-placed Shear was credited with leg-before Ali for 106 runs off 235 deliveries, hitting 14 boundaries.
After Shear departed with Bangladesh still trailing by nine runs and four wickets in hand, Pakistani spinners Ali and Arafat Minhas never allowed Bangladesh to score freely and the hosts were dismissed for 292 in the 126th over for 21 :
Left-arm spinner Arafat bowled the last two wickets that fell to find himself in three figures at 49 for 49. Ali took four wickets for 66 runs and ended up scoring six figures for 103 runs.
First innings centurion Shahzaib Khan was adjudged Man of the Match after scoring 174 off 323 deliveries.
Both the sides will now compete in the white-ball series, which consists of five ODIs and one T20. The one-day series will start from May 6. Points in brief.
Pakistan U19 beat Bangladesh U19 by 10 wickets
Bangladesh U19 149 all out, 59 overs (Sheikh Parvaiz Jibon 56, Sharar Saqib 48; Amir Hasan 4-29, Mohammad Ismail 3-41, Ali Asfand 2-37) and 292 all out, 125.1 overs (Sharar Saqib 106, Sharear Saqib Rahman). Shibli 79; Ali Asfand 4-66, Arafat Minhas 3-49, Mohammad Ismail 2-67)
Pakistan U19 420 all out, 128.1 overs (Shahzab Khan 174, Obaid Shahid 67, Ali Asfand 40, Azan Awais 40, Shamil Hussain 38; Wasi Siddiqui 5-86, Iqbal Hussain Emon 4-2330 and 4-233, 40-40). Azan Awais 40, Shamil Hussain 38 Shahzaib Khan 19 not out, Azan Awais 4 not out)
The best player of the match – Shahzaib Khan (Pakistan U19)