Pakistan Under-19s make Asia Cup final
Pakistan Under-19s 296 for 3 (Waheed 77*, Aslam 77) beat Afghanistan Under-19s 145 (Azizullah 4-44) by 151 runs
A strong all-round performance by Pakistan Under-19s helped them beat Afghanistan Under-19s by 151 runs and qualify for the final of the Under-19 Asia Cup, where they will play either India or Sri Lanka on July 1.
Pakistan's opener Sami Aslam, who has been in fine form in the tournament with scores of 121, 82 not out and 47 in earlier matches, scored 77 with ten boundaries. Aslam and captain Babar Azam put on a 69-run opening stand, before Azam was dismissed for 33.
Azam's departure didn't prove a dampener for Pakistan, as Imam-ul-Haq continued attacking the Afghan bowlers. Haq scored 69, with seven fours, before being bowled by Sharafudin.
Umar Waheed, who top-scored for Pakistan with 76 in their last match against Malaysia, carried his form into the semifinal by scoring 77 at over a run a ball. Waheed and Mohammad Nawaz scored 76 runs in the last ten overs to help their side post 296 for 3.
Afghanistan faltered at the start of their innings, with Ehsan Adil dismissing by both openers cheaply. Their middle-order showed some resistance, with Mohibullah Paak top scoring 41, with two fours and one six.
But Pakistan's right-arm fast bowler Azizullah kept the pressure on, picking four wickets in his nine-over spell, to help his side dismiss the opposition for 145 and clinch an easy victory.