Pakistan v Afghanistan, 1st under-19 ODI, Lahore January 21, 2014

Imam-ul-Haq ton crushes Afghanistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan Under-19s 181 for 2 (Imam 106*, Shakeel 53*) beat Afghanistan Under-19s 180 (Shaidi 58, Ghulam 4-28, Gohar 3-38) by eight wickets

An unbeaten century by opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq helped Pakistan crush Afghanistan in the first of the three-match Under-19 ODI series in Lahore. Imam hit 15 fours and two sixes in his 91-ball 106 and added an unbeaten 129 for the third wicket with Saud Shakeel to overhaul Afghanistan's total with 14.1 overs to spare.

Chasing 181, Pakistan lost their first two wickets for 52 runs, but Imam and Shakeel not only prevented any further damage, they also kept scoring at a brisk pace. Imam reached his half-century - in 55 balls - with consecutive boundaries off Hashmatullah Shaidi, but then increased the pace further, reaching his hundred off the 88th delivery, an over before the finish. Shakeel, too, completed his half-century in the same over, reaching the landmark in 58 deliveries.

Barring Abdullah Adil, none of the Afghanistan bowlers were able to put a check on the scoring. It was in contrast to how Pakistan had operated after losing the toss. Left-arm seamer Zia-ul-Haq had batsman Ishanullah lbw off the fourth ball of the third over, after opener Shahidullah was run-out three balls earlier. A half-century stand between Shaidi and Usman Ghani lifted Afghanistan to 72 from 18 for 2, raising hopes of a 200-plus total. But once Ghani was dismissed, Afghanistan struggled to put together any other meaningful partnerships, eventually folding for 180 off the last ball of the innings. Left-arm spinner Kamran Ghulam chipped in with four wickets, while Zafar Gohar picked up three.

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  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    A win is a win and we lost also we should stop saying that we don't have enough experience or ETC yes our players played carelessly they should have played with patience any why good luck boys for the next game and hopefully you all preform well

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    We afghans have to accept defeat no choice , but my question is how long we should say we r still under experiencing which is wrong . We afghans whatever to play anyone big or small we want to fight and want to win . No more excuse .

  • Yasir on January 22, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Farooq wafa: lol..What's this cry of different conditions? Pakistan and Afghanistan are the same.Half of the Afghanistan is sitting here in Pakistan from decades.Most of the Afghan players have been playing in Pakistan from such a long time..Some players or most have been raised here..Pakistan is like another home country for Afghan players.

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    It was a good effort from Afghanistan. but the home ground conditions benefitted the home side.

    Hope is alive, we are anticipating good results from the upcoming two matches...

    fingers crossed!!!!!!!

  • Arham on January 21, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Imam-ul-Haq is turning out to be a gem of a cricketer

  • Muhammad atif on January 21, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    We welcome cricket in pakistani grounds.We are despirate for cricket.

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