Pakistan U-19s win three on the trot
Pakistan Under-19s 150 for 3 (Talat 71*, Aslam 58) beat Bangladesh Under-19s 149 (Shanto 46, Ghulam 4-18, Gohar 3-14) by 7 wickets
Pakistan Under-19s notched their third straight win in the tri-nation tournament, with a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Bangladesh Under-19s at the Kibworth Cricket Club. Once again, it was Pakistan's openers Sami Aslam and Usain Talat who did most of the scoring after their bowlers, spearheaded by left-arm spinner Kamran Ghulam, had set up a modest chase.
Bangladesh, choosing to bat, were bowled out for 149 runs in 43.4 overs. The left-arm spin pair of Ghulam and Zafar Gohar shared seven wickets as they built on the three early wickets from Zia-ul-Haq and Talat.
Ghulam took four wickets in his 10-over spell that cost just 18 runs, while Gohar ended with 3 for 14. Nazmul Hossain Shanto's 46 was the only innings of note for Bangladesh, as they struggled against spin for much of the innings.
Pakistan produced a solid reply in the 150-run chase with an 81-run opening-wicket stand between the captain Aslam and Talat. Aslam struck nine fours in his 64-ball 58 but was eventually bowled by offspinner Mosaddek Hussain in the 19th over.
However, Talat remained unbeaten on 71, as he took on the bowlers with eight fours and two sixes, and added 40 and 20 for the second and third wickets with Imam-ul-Haq and Hasan Raza respectively to take Pakistan home with 109 balls remaining. Legspinner Jubair Hossain was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh with 2 for 34 in his four overs.
Bangladesh will next take on the England in Leicester tomorrow, with the hosts yet to register a win in the series.