Australia U-19 v Pakistan U-19, 2nd Youth ODI, Gold Coast July 31, 2012

Pakistan bowlers set up another win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan Under-19s 140 for 3 in 34.4 overs (Ali 36*) beat Australia Under-19s 139 (Bancroft 47, Zia-ul-Haq 3-20) by seven wickets

Pakistan Under-19s improved on their already impressive bowling performance in the first one-dayer to rout Australia Under-19s for 139, setting up a seven-wicket victory that clinched the three-match series. A succession of useful contributions from the top-order batsmen allowed the visitors to reach the target with 15.2 overs to spare.

Pakistan had dismissed Australia for 187 in the first match, after choosing to field, and Babar Azam asked the hosts to bat once again. Australia reached 14 before losing their first two wickets in the space of three runs. The promising Kurtis Patterson was run out for a duck.

They slipped to 53 for 4 before Cameron Bancroft and Travis Head had a 52-run partnership. However, they too fell in quick succession and after that the end was swift. Fast bowler Zia-ul-Haq claimed 3 for 20 in seven overs, while Azizullah and Ehsan Adil conceded less than two runs per over.

Australia's bowlers struck at regular intervals but they needed to knife through the Pakistan line-up to pose a challenge and they were unable to do so. All of the top five batsmen got past 20 and Saad Ali raised the tempo, scoring 36 off 33 balls to secure victory in the 35th over.

"We started quite well at the top with Peirson and Bancroft and we were quite aggressive but unfortunately in the batting side of things there wasn't many positives after that," Patterson said after the defeat. "The bowling was good early on, we bowled quite patiently but at the end of the day 139 is just not really enough.

"We have gone two games in a row now where we have massively underachieved and especially today as the pitch was even better, to only get 140 on a flat wicket is really under par and we need to particularly work on our play to spin as well as our play to pace as well."

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  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    u19 world cup will live on ptv sports in pakistan

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    welldone fresh new blood of my soil.we are very luck of having such telant proud of you and keep it up soon you will be part of our main cricket team members

  • Aleem on August 2, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Squad for for Pakistan for T-20 World Cup, as well as UAE series against Australia: 1. M.Hafeez 2. Imran Nazir 3. Nasir Jamshed 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Umer Akmal 6. Kamran Akmal 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Sohail Tanvir 10. Junaid Khan 11. Saeed Ajmal.

  • SHEHARYAR on August 2, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Sami Aslam is not performing in Australia it is not a good sign

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Well Played Saad, I am very happy and proud that one of my class fellow is leading my country.

  • Randolph on August 1, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Kurtis Pattersen is going to be a star, mark my words.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    @naveed khan , bhai u19 world cup is live on Star cricket

  • umair on August 1, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    bring the cup home bravos !

  • Roo on August 1, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    This looks like a good Pakistan team - some v.g. top order batters with a couple of good pacemen & spinners to back them up... Zia-ul-Haq, Azizullah, Mohammad Nawaz, Ehsan Adil all bowled tight lines & kept us always struggling to keep up a decent run rate, while Imam-ul-Haq & Saad Ali finished off the chase easily with the bat... Pakistan will probably go in top ranked for the U-19 WC... Still can't get over Patterson & Bosisto getting run out when surely just stabilising the innings was the priority - still, guess they are young & learning...

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    well done bright future of pakistan cricket good news for us pakistan zindabad

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