England v Pakistan, Under-19 tri-nation tournament, Sleaford August 6, 2013

Imam century too much for England

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan Under-19s 288 for 5 (Imam-ul-Haq 120, Sami Aslam 60) beat England Under-19s 242 (Rhodes 102, Aftab 4-60) by 46 runs

Imam-ul-Haq made a century as Pakistan Under-19s beat England in the second match of the tri-series also featuring Bangladesh. Imam's 120 put his side out of reach as England fell well short in pursuit of 289.

Imam made just 9 against Bangladesh on Monday but here played a fine 142-ball innings with 10 fours and two sixes. His stand with his captain Sami Aslam took up most of the innings, the pair adding 145 for the second wicket with Aslam making 60 in 79 balls. A punchy 46 in just 22 balls from Farhan Nazir gave the innings a late boost.

In reply England's top order struggled and they slipped to 60 for 4. But Harry Finch stood firm and found a partner in Will Rhodes. The pair added 134 but slipped behind the rate. As they tried to push on in the last ten overs both fell to Mohammad Aftab, Finch for 50 in 83 balls and Rhodes for 102 in the same number of deliveries. Aftab later picked up Josh Shaw to finish with 4 for 60 from his 10 overs