England v Pakistan, Under-19 tri-nation series August 13, 2013

Batsmen shine in comprehensive Pakistan win

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Pakistan Under-19 369 for 7 (Ghulam 102*, Raza 71) beat England Under-19 189 (Higgins 65, Gohar 3-44) by 180 runs

A dominating batting display from Pakistan Under-19, capped off by an unbeaten century from Kamran Ghulam, helped them thump England Under-19 by 180 runs in Leicester and register their fourth straight win in the tournament. Sami Aslam and Hasan Raza scored half-centuries to take Pakistan to 369 for 7 after 50 overs.

England, who have won only one of their four matches, were never really in the chase, and a 46-ball 65 from Ryan Higgins did little to change their fortunes, as the hosts fell well short of the target in the end.

Pakistan, who have already qualified for the final on August 19, were in firm control throughout the match and got off to a bright start after electing to bat. Aslam put up a 57-run first-wicket stand with Hussain Talat, before adding another 52 with Rafay Ahmed. Aslam eventually departed for 57 after striking nine fours, but Raza kept the runs flowing with a 69-ball 71 that included nine fours and a six.

Saud Shakeel played the ideal foil to Raza, as the pair added 77 for the fourth wicket, to leave Pakistan poised for a big score at 213 for 4 at the 35-over mark. Medium-pacer Will Rhodes struck in quick intervals to dismiss the pair, but Ghulam, coming in at No.6, smashed nine fours and seven sixes as he posted a 56-ball 102 to prop up Pakistan to an ultimately unassailable total. England didn't help their cause by giving away 27 extras, including 10 no-balls.

Faced with a tall chase, England lost wickets at regular intervals and apart from Higgins and Rhodes, none of the other batsmen could make more than 21, as the hosts were bowled out for 189 in 35 overs. Left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar was the pick of the bowlers and finished with 3 for 44 in his 10 overs.

England will next take on Bangladesh in Worcester on Thursday.

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  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    I was watching few glimpse of the matches being played herre in England,and the ball was seaming around pretty nastily.These guys definitely have a good temperament and optimistic future as well

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Well done Boys. Keep it up and selectors should consider atleast couple of players especially that dude who made a century for 2015 world cup.

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Ahan.. India score 437 and won by 39 runs as compared to Pak who score 367 runs and won by 180 runs... Good response by Pak... Well done Wow pakistan youngsters you all did really well <3

  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Replace U19 with the National side.

  • Stark on August 14, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Pak's U19 batsmen have performed exceptionally well and have shown great promise on this tour but unfortunately for them, we already have legendary batsmen like Malik, Kamran, Hafeez and Farhat etched into the team forever and the history books, plus the latest rising sensation, Shan Masood who averages 34.82 in FC with 3 centuries after 56 matches.

  • Android on August 14, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Ahan.. India score 437 and won by 39 runs as compared to Pak who score 367 runs and won by 180 runs... Good response by Pak... Well done

  • Qaasim on August 13, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Good performance again by the youngsters. Seriously these matches should have been televised and what is it with england producing flat wickets man. I want to see the youngsters bat first on a seaming pitch although I still belive they would do well. And M Aftab needs to have more control over his bowling but with time he will improve. Zia Ul Haq was amazing on a flat deck. Well done boys.

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