Adil cameo gives Pakistan series in close finish
Pakistan Under-19s 266 for 8 (Waheed 94, Azam 88, Subrayen 3-38) beat South Africa Under-19s 264 for 5 (de Kock 133, Coetzeee 55) by two wickets
Pakistan Under-19s won a tight game against South Africa Under-19s by two wickets in the last over to take the three-match one-day series 2-1. Pakistan needed 22 off the last two overs when they lost their seventh wicket but Ehsan Adil smashed three sixes off 11 deliveries to bring up victory off the third ball of the final over. The chase had unravelled after a solid opening stand had been backed up by a 130-run second-wicket partnership between Babar Azam and Umar Waheed. The duo had lifted the score to 190 after 38 overs, leaving Pakistan with 75 to get off 72 with nine wickets intact. But the fall of Azam to Lizaad Williams led to a clutch of wickets falling. Prenelan Subrayen jolted Pakistan with strikes in successive overs. Waheed's departure with the score on 231 further dented the chase but Adil's cameo ensured that when he fell on the last ball of the 49th over, Pakistan needed only six off six.
South Africa's total had earlier been built on the back of Quinton de Kock's 133 off 135 deliveries. But South Africa were unable to build on an opening partnership of 147 between de Kock and Murray Koetzee. They added only 117 in the 20.4 overs after the openers were separated.