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Wisden Cricinfo staff
February 23, 2004
Pakistan 143 for 1 (Khalid 84*) beat Zimbabwe 141 (Tariq 4-33) by nine wickets
Riaz Afridi celebrates after bowling out Colin de Grandhomme during Pakistan's nine-wicket win
Pakistan's captain Khalid Latif made 84 not out, and added an unbeaten 142 for the second wicket with Abid Ali, as Zimbabwe were over-run in their Super League fixture at Savar. Pakistan needed just 30 overs to complete a nine-wicket victory, and are already looking strong bets for a place in the semi-finals.
Zimbabwe earned their place at the U19 high table by routing Australia in the Group stages, but they never looked likely to cause another upset today. They lost the toss and were asked to bat first, whereupon Ali Imran trapped Brendan Taylor lbw with his first ball of the match (1 for 1). He was one of nine batsmen who failed to reach double figures, and the only man to look at all comfortable was the opener James Cameron, who top-scored with a fluent 68.
Cameron added 68 for the third wicket with his captain Tinotenda Mawoyo, but both men fell in quick succession and the innings subsided. Tariq Mahmood and Mansoor Amjad shared seven wickets between them as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 141 with 14 balls to spare. Still, it was almost twice as many as Australia (73) had managed last week.
Tinashe Panyangara, the man who did the damage on that occasion, grabbed an early wicket to lift Zimbabwe's prospects. But Pakistan were too strong and eased to victory with 20 overs to spare.
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