Australia U-19 v Pakistan U-19, 3rd Youth ODI, Gold Coast August 3, 2012

Australia bowlers ensure commanding win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia Under-19s 180 for 2 (Bancroft 76, Patterson 52) beat Pakistan Under-19s 179 (Imam-ul-Haq 77, Turner 3-38) by eight wickets

Australia Under-19s came back from mediocre performances in the first two one-dayers to register a commanding eight-wicket win and salvage some pride against Pakistan Under-19s in the final match in Gold Coast. Australia's bowlers ripped through Pakistan's top-order, reducing them to 8 for 3 , and then kept a stranglehold on the innings before Cameron Bancroft and Kurtis Patterson guided the chase with half-centuries.

Pakistan, who had chosen to bowl in the other matches, batted first but fell into a hole early on. Imam-ul-Haq, 77, and Umar Waheed, 52, struck a 128-run partnership for the fourth wicket but the last five wickets fell for 20 runs, three of them to offspinner Ashton Turner. Seamer Mark Stekeete supported Turner well, conceding 14 runs in his 7.5 overs and claiming a wicket.

Cameron Bancroft, with a solid 76, increased his runs tally to 143 for the series and was named player of the series. Kurtis Patterson, who struck 83 in the opening one-dayer, remained unbeaten on 52.

Stuart Law, Australia's coach, said that bowling first helped. "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 losses made us sit up and work out a plan against this kind of attack - most teams are going to have this sort of attack, and our boys went about rectifying their earlier mistakes," he said.

Australia travel to Brisbane on Saturday to play warm-up matches against West Indies U-19s on August 7 and Scotland U-19s on August 8. The Under-19 World Cup starts on August 11.

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  • Chris on August 5, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    If Tendulkar can debut at age 16, what are we waiting for with Kurtis Patterson? Cowan and Watson can't hold their bats, Ponting and Hussey will be retired after the ashes and the only viable batsmen we have left are Warner, Clarke, D.Hussey and Wade and niether Clarke or D.Hussey will be around for too much longer either. So get the kid in the team now so he can learn from these guys I say. I just hope that he doesn't end up as another Khawaja, Smith or Maddinson because he's the only hope we've got really. Can anyone tell my why all of the states have persisted with all of these useless batsmen in shield cricket who average in the 30's?

  • Peter on August 5, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Having seen Patterson play for NSW, this kid has got what it takes for the highest level, I hope his continues to work on his game.

  • umair on August 4, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    good luck pakistan for u19wc

  • Hrishikesh on August 4, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    forget bancroft. Its Patterson who is the real deal. He's the best auz u-19 player. like unmukt chand whose india's best u-19.

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Good performances from both the sides. Australia should be very careful in the future.

  • shahid on August 4, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    And I dont know why Bancroft has been choosen as man of the series when Imam has a better average and highest total score in the series.

  • shahid on August 4, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Sami Aslam's form is a big concern for Pakistan. Lets hope that he starts scoring at the right time. Batting is not a concern though as some of the key players Like Saad and Qadir were rested in this match. Pakistani bowlling, even if they had bowled Australia out cheaply in the first two matches, is not at its best. The fast bowlers need to find the right line and length considering Australian wickets. Good Luck Pakistan

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