Australia Under-19s v Pakistan Under-19s, 1st Youth ODI, Gold Coast July 29, 2012

Babar Azam leads Pakistan Under-19s to victory

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Pakistan U19s 190 for 4 (Azam 79 not out) beat Australia U19s 187 (Patterson 83, Nawaz 3 for 36) by six wickets
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A half-century from captain and opening batsman Babar Azam led Pakistan Under-19s to a six-wicket win over Australia Under-19s at Gold Coast. The visitors reached the target of 188 with four overs to spare, after the Australians had stuttered in their innings despite an 83 from Kurtis Patterson. Pakistan lead the three-match Youth ODI series 1-0 as they prepare for the Under-19 World Cup, which begins on August 11.

Azam scored 79 off 121 balls to control Pakistan's chase, building partnerships of 80 each with Imam-ul-Haq and Umar Waheed for the second and third wicket. Sami Aslam, Pakistah's other opener, had departed early but Australia could not consolidate with further inroads. Pakistan accelerated towards the second half of the innings - the third-wicket stand took only 13.4 overs - and safely reached the target.

"[Pakistan's] captain, who opened the batting today, was very solid all day and kept the batting ticking over," William Bosisto, the Australian captain, said.

Unlike Pakistan, Australia's innings lacked steadiness. Although Patterson tried to hold his side together, wickets continued to fall at the other end. A 67-run stand for the fourth wicket between Patterson and Bosisto was the only partnership of any substance. Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz took 3 for 36.

"I think Kurtis Patterson batted really well at No. 3 today and was the mainstay of our innings and also scored quite quickly. We just needed a few other batters to bat around him to get the score up to around the 220-230 mark," Bosisto said. "Bowling wise Pakistan have got a lot of spinners who were quite accurate and difficult to score from."

The second Youth ODI is on July 31.

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  • jezzastyles on July 31, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    A strong performance by PAK and a comfortable win. Well done.

  • mars2009 on July 30, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    @ Shome80 , agreed from your observation. You know Babar is first cousin of Akmals , and Imam-Ul-Haq is Inzis nephew.

  • shome80 on July 30, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    After reading the comments about Babar Azam, decided to look at his profile. At the first glance he looked so much like Younger Asian version of Alliastor Cook of England...... anyone else?

  • on July 30, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    well done young side, its shows that there is how much talent is in Pakistan cricket, always we find good youngster to shows his caliber if the chance given at the right time and right place, once again well done hope the work will continue, and same spirit will the boys shows inT20 world cup.

  • on July 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Awesome , keep it up......

  • Aftab_daniyal on July 30, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Good luck pakistani little masters,keep it up Always be sincere with game,with team with Pakistan, i hope a lot of javed miandad ,imran khan,wasim akram,waqar younis are ready from you all, Should win this 3 match series anr ready for next biggest assinment and we all prey that you won thae cup from australia like 1992 pakistan seniors Wish you good luck and all tyhe best

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 29, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Good work guys.. keep it up. i am sure some of you guys will be making debut in national side very soon. even this is not any less pride to represent your country at this level. Keep working hard and bring good name to your country

  • on July 29, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    If only the PCB is sensible enough to take these boys to South Africa next year; they have already been there and done well.

  • on July 29, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Mohammad Nawaz is the ideal replacement of Afridi although class is different but he can replace him in future a hard hitting batsmen with good spinner who trouble batsmen on any sorts of pitches

  • on July 29, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Mohammad nawaz is one for future for sure Mohammad nawaz is left hand bastman/Left arm spinner and realy good filder i see him in Fasil bank t-20 Tournmant this year pakistan need LEFT HAND BASTMAN in middel order

  • jezzastyles on July 31, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    A strong performance by PAK and a comfortable win. Well done.

  • mars2009 on July 30, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    @ Shome80 , agreed from your observation. You know Babar is first cousin of Akmals , and Imam-Ul-Haq is Inzis nephew.

  • shome80 on July 30, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    After reading the comments about Babar Azam, decided to look at his profile. At the first glance he looked so much like Younger Asian version of Alliastor Cook of England...... anyone else?

  • on July 30, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    well done young side, its shows that there is how much talent is in Pakistan cricket, always we find good youngster to shows his caliber if the chance given at the right time and right place, once again well done hope the work will continue, and same spirit will the boys shows inT20 world cup.

  • on July 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Awesome , keep it up......

  • Aftab_daniyal on July 30, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Good luck pakistani little masters,keep it up Always be sincere with game,with team with Pakistan, i hope a lot of javed miandad ,imran khan,wasim akram,waqar younis are ready from you all, Should win this 3 match series anr ready for next biggest assinment and we all prey that you won thae cup from australia like 1992 pakistan seniors Wish you good luck and all tyhe best

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 29, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Good work guys.. keep it up. i am sure some of you guys will be making debut in national side very soon. even this is not any less pride to represent your country at this level. Keep working hard and bring good name to your country

  • on July 29, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    If only the PCB is sensible enough to take these boys to South Africa next year; they have already been there and done well.

  • on July 29, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Mohammad Nawaz is the ideal replacement of Afridi although class is different but he can replace him in future a hard hitting batsmen with good spinner who trouble batsmen on any sorts of pitches

  • on July 29, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Mohammad nawaz is one for future for sure Mohammad nawaz is left hand bastman/Left arm spinner and realy good filder i see him in Fasil bank t-20 Tournmant this year pakistan need LEFT HAND BASTMAN in middel order

  • on July 29, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    well played pak U-19 keep it up

  • Sinhaya on July 29, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Congratulations Babar Azam from a Sri Lankan who adores Pakistan. I hope you and Salahuddin will soon get a chance in the first XI. You seem well destined to overtake Inzy.

  • S-A-M-1994 on July 29, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Pak u19 fav for WC...... GO green Go :)

  • on July 29, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    I've seen babar azam bat and he looked good but his technique needs a little tuning imo. He takes his gaurd at the middle stump against all kinds of bowlers and that can put him into trouble against an inswing bowler or a good googly bowler(afridi troubled him in that match and eventually got him out). But overall he's a good prospect for the future and he has shown that he has some leadership qualities. Pakistan's future imo is in safe hands because we have hammad azam, babar azam,umar akmal ,zia ul haq, sadaf hussain,umar amin, usman qadir etc.

  • umairasgharbutt on July 29, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    bravo ! bring the u19 cup to home

  • Abbas_G on July 29, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Excellent work, guys keep it up..........you are the future of Pakistan's team

  • on July 29, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    went to the match today.......it was awsome to see babar azam bat! he is the futture number 3 for pakistan and fututre captain! thanks for taking time out azam to sign photographs later!

  • Meety on July 29, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Our own "KP" did well, Pakistan did it fairly comfortably.

  • funkyandy on July 29, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    I watched Babar play in last U-19 WC in Jan 2010. He's got all the tools with the bat and is more than handy offspinner. Pak will be serious contenders as usual at this level - they should have won in 2010. As an Ireland fan, so glad we don't have Pakistan in our group - we'd get thrashed!!

  • Zahidsaltin on July 29, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Well played Umar Waheed, Imam and Baber. These are future stars of Pakistan. Don't forget Sami Aslam though, he will surely fire in the coming matches. We have a lot of hopes with Zia who still needs to find his line and length on Australian wickets as the WC isn't far away.

  • on July 29, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    future bat for Pakistan. Babar azam. I am watchng Virat kohli in him.

  • Cricketer2010 on July 29, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    well done Pakistan! After a supereb Asia Cup you guys are showing guts even in Australia. Brao!

  • AmjadZork on July 29, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Good job Babar Azam... Looking forward to see you in the Pakistans enior team... also Sami Yousaf, Mohammad Nawaz, Azizullah !!!

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  • AmjadZork on July 29, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Good job Babar Azam... Looking forward to see you in the Pakistans enior team... also Sami Yousaf, Mohammad Nawaz, Azizullah !!!

  • Cricketer2010 on July 29, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    well done Pakistan! After a supereb Asia Cup you guys are showing guts even in Australia. Brao!

  • on July 29, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    future bat for Pakistan. Babar azam. I am watchng Virat kohli in him.

  • Zahidsaltin on July 29, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Well played Umar Waheed, Imam and Baber. These are future stars of Pakistan. Don't forget Sami Aslam though, he will surely fire in the coming matches. We have a lot of hopes with Zia who still needs to find his line and length on Australian wickets as the WC isn't far away.

  • funkyandy on July 29, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    I watched Babar play in last U-19 WC in Jan 2010. He's got all the tools with the bat and is more than handy offspinner. Pak will be serious contenders as usual at this level - they should have won in 2010. As an Ireland fan, so glad we don't have Pakistan in our group - we'd get thrashed!!

  • Meety on July 29, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Our own "KP" did well, Pakistan did it fairly comfortably.

  • on July 29, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    went to the match today.......it was awsome to see babar azam bat! he is the futture number 3 for pakistan and fututre captain! thanks for taking time out azam to sign photographs later!

  • Abbas_G on July 29, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Excellent work, guys keep it up..........you are the future of Pakistan's team

  • umairasgharbutt on July 29, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    bravo ! bring the u19 cup to home

  • on July 29, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    I've seen babar azam bat and he looked good but his technique needs a little tuning imo. He takes his gaurd at the middle stump against all kinds of bowlers and that can put him into trouble against an inswing bowler or a good googly bowler(afridi troubled him in that match and eventually got him out). But overall he's a good prospect for the future and he has shown that he has some leadership qualities. Pakistan's future imo is in safe hands because we have hammad azam, babar azam,umar akmal ,zia ul haq, sadaf hussain,umar amin, usman qadir etc.