England v Pakistan, Tri-Nation U-19 Tournament, Abu Dhabi

Zia, Shakeel guide Pakistan to second win

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 9, 2013

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Zia-ul-Haq is embraced by team-mates, Pakistan v Afghanistan, ICC U-19 World Cup 2012, Buderim, August 11, 2012
File photo: Zia-ul-Haq finished with 3 for 32 © ICC/Getty

Pakistan Under-19 171 for 7 (Shakeel 63, Shaw 3-31) beat England Under-19 168 (Higgins 80, Zia 3-32) by three wickets

Pakistan Under-19's bowling attack restricted England Under-19 to 168, before a 96-ball 63 from Saud Shakeel helped Pakistan to a three-wicket win in Abu Dhabi.

Pacers Zia-ul-Haq and Irfanullah Shah led the attack for Pakistan, who after electing to field, bundled England out in 43 overs. The opener Ryan Higgins top-scored with 80 off 84 balls, but received little support from the rest of the batsmen. Zia finished with 3 for 32, while Shah and Karamat Ali chipped in with two wickets each to run through an England batting order in which seven of their players failed to get into double digits.

England made a bright start during the chase as the seamer Josh Shaw picked up three early wickets to leave Pakistan rattling at 39 for 4 in the 11th over. But Imam-ul-Haq and Shakeel led the recovery, adding 71 for the fifth wicket, before the former fell for 49 in the 31st over. Saifullah Khan was immediately dismissed in the next over, but Shakeel and Zafar Gohar contributed 53 for the seventh wicket to all but seal Pakistan's second straight win of the tournament.

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