Australia Under-19s v Pakistan Under-19s, 1st Youth ODI, Gold Coast July 29, 2012

Babar Azam leads Pakistan Under-19s to victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan U19s 190 for 4 (Azam 79 not out) beat Australia U19s 187 (Patterson 83, Nawaz 3 for 36) by six wickets

A half-century from captain and opening batsman Babar Azam led Pakistan Under-19s to a six-wicket win over Australia Under-19s at Gold Coast. The visitors reached the target of 188 with four overs to spare, after the Australians had stuttered in their innings despite an 83 from Kurtis Patterson. Pakistan lead the three-match Youth ODI series 1-0 as they prepare for the Under-19 World Cup, which begins on August 11.

Azam scored 79 off 121 balls to control Pakistan's chase, building partnerships of 80 each with Imam-ul-Haq and Umar Waheed for the second and third wicket. Sami Aslam, Pakistah's other opener, had departed early but Australia could not consolidate with further inroads. Pakistan accelerated towards the second half of the innings - the third-wicket stand took only 13.4 overs - and safely reached the target.

"[Pakistan's] captain, who opened the batting today, was very solid all day and kept the batting ticking over," William Bosisto, the Australian captain, said.

Unlike Pakistan, Australia's innings lacked steadiness. Although Patterson tried to hold his side together, wickets continued to fall at the other end. A 67-run stand for the fourth wicket between Patterson and Bosisto was the only partnership of any substance. Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz took 3 for 36.

"I think Kurtis Patterson batted really well at No. 3 today and was the mainstay of our innings and also scored quite quickly. We just needed a few other batters to bat around him to get the score up to around the 220-230 mark," Bosisto said. "Bowling wise Pakistan have got a lot of spinners who were quite accurate and difficult to score from."

The second Youth ODI is on July 31.

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  • Jeremy on July 31, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    A strong performance by PAK and a comfortable win. Well done.

  • Adnan on July 30, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    @ Shome80 , agreed from your observation. You know Babar is first cousin of Akmals , and Imam-Ul-Haq is Inzis nephew.

  • Sohail on July 30, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    After reading the comments about Babar Azam, decided to look at his profile. At the first glance he looked so much like Younger Asian version of Alliastor Cook of England...... anyone else?

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    well done young side, its shows that there is how much talent is in Pakistan cricket, always we find good youngster to shows his caliber if the chance given at the right time and right place, once again well done hope the work will continue, and same spirit will the boys shows inT20 world cup.

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Awesome , keep it up......

  • Aftab on July 30, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Good luck pakistani little masters,keep it up Always be sincere with game,with team with Pakistan, i hope a lot of javed miandad ,imran khan,wasim akram,waqar younis are ready from you all, Should win this 3 match series anr ready for next biggest assinment and we all prey that you won thae cup from australia like 1992 pakistan seniors Wish you good luck and all tyhe best

  • Imran on July 29, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Good work guys.. keep it up. i am sure some of you guys will be making debut in national side very soon. even this is not any less pride to represent your country at this level. Keep working hard and bring good name to your country

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    If only the PCB is sensible enough to take these boys to South Africa next year; they have already been there and done well.

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Mohammad Nawaz is the ideal replacement of Afridi although class is different but he can replace him in future a hard hitting batsmen with good spinner who trouble batsmen on any sorts of pitches

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Mohammad nawaz is one for future for sure Mohammad nawaz is left hand bastman/Left arm spinner and realy good filder i see him in Fasil bank t-20 Tournmant this year pakistan need LEFT HAND BASTMAN in middel order

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