Pakistan v Sri Lanka, U-19 World Cup quarter-final, Sharjah February 22, 2014

Pakistan openers set up big victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan Under-19s 279 for 9 (Aslam 95, Imam-ul-Haq 82, Ghulam 52, Binura 4-56) beat Sri Lanka Under-19s 158 (Priyamal 68, Samarawickrama 51) by 121 runs

In-form openers Sami Aslam and Imam-ul-Haq continued to pile up the runs to help Pakistan Under-19s crush Sri Lanka Under-19s in the quarter-finals in Sharjah. The pair put on 177, the second-highest partnership in the tournament, to set the base for a total which proved well out of Sri Lanka's reach.

Both Imam and Aslam preferred to bide their time, but ended their innings with strike-rates in the late 70s. No. 3 Kamram Ghulam hammered 52 off 44 balls to push Pakistan to 279. Imam's 82 made him the tournament's highest run-getter, and captain Aslam's 95 put him third on the charts.

Pakistan lost six wickets in the final 23 deliveries of the innings, but that didn't prevent them from adding 32 in that stretch. For Sri Lanka, left-arm quick Binura Fernando went at over six an over, but struck four times to go to second on the list of the tournament's highest wicket-takers.

While Sri Lanka took 37 overs to get their first breakthrough, Pakistan got theirs in the first ball itself when opener Hashan Dumindu was bowled by Zia-ul-Haq. The chase went awry soon after, as two run-outs left Sri Lanka at 44 for 3.

Opener Sadeera Samarawickrama and Priyamal Perera kept Sri Lanka in the game with half-centuries, but the dismissal of Samarawickrama in the 24th over sparked a collapse. None of the final six batsmen got into double figures as Sri Lanka went from 103 for 3 to 158 all out. The wickets were shared around, with four bowlers taking two each as Pakistan cruised into the semi-finals, setting up a clash with England on Monday.

"We've been playing here in the UAE for quite some time," Aslam said after the victory. "We played here for about two months before coming to the U19 Cricket World Cup, so I think we are very comfortable with the conditions, and we are gaining confidence at the right time.

"We've won this match by a great margin, which will be good going into the semi-finals. We have played against England a lot, so we know each other quite well. It's going to be an exciting match."

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  • Android on February 24, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    My resent post horror for england in semi final. now 69for4 in 22over good luck Pakistan

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    For Sri Lanka 2 players from same school scored half-centuries, besides that nobody contributed!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    @ Cricket_Man: Dear CM, you are right. However this is not new....... the coverage is being limitized as well as many a times choice of words indicate absolute carelessness if not cunning. Despite of all these circumstances, the performance of PAK team is really an appropriate reply. Imagine any other country without home series; what would have been the record? England, New Zealand, India, Australia...... We need to encourage our players to perform better and better and that will matter in the end.... :) :) :) Good Luck Team Pakistan

  • Android on February 23, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Ghulam inam and aslam are gems and should be given spot in senior side in 2-3 years

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    I.A pak will win the W.c.

  • Faizan on February 23, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    I agree with those comments that say that Pakistan cricket isn't getting enough coverage and their achievements are considered as just another news. However, any thing bad happening in Pakistan cricket would be highlighted at the top. I hope the media notices this mistake, whether intentional or not, and rectify it. No matter what the hidden agendas are, Pakistan cricket will always be alive and will always force its way into the headlines by winning when it matters. I desperately hope and wish that Pakistan wins handsomely against England and then beat Australia convincingly in the final. My message to the Pak u-19 team is that they stay humble, focus on their game, have faith and take one match at a time. Please post.

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Well played Pak and Eng for getting to the semis and unlucky SL lions and India. Why no commentary by Cricinfo on the Pak-Sri Quarter final? Amongst the articles littered on the 'comings' of players such as Samson, Yadav (one of a kind 'China man' bowler), Zol's rise (2 articles on india capt) and Khan(representing his father), there was zilch to read about any Pakistani youth player despite Pak now having 2 of the tournaments highest run scorers in their openers. Despite the instability in the country and board Pakistan once again force themselves in to the headlines and future commentary through stellar performances on the pitch. Thats what counts and they do it like no other. Shine bright like the star that you are.

  • Umair on February 23, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    This is an eye opener for BIG 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 etc. etc.. and whoever wants to isolate Pakistan cricket from world cricketing map. Well done Pakistan you made us proud despite of all the problems. Pakistan shows still without any international cricket in Pakistan, they have the talent to win abroad. Pakistan is not the team who invites others and clean sweep and when they go abroad they lost badly. GO PAKISTAN GO

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Amazed to see the talent of Pakistani openers. Born on the same day 12/12/95, they are going to serve Pakistan for a very long time insha Allah

  • Mohammad Asad on February 23, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Pathetic that strong india lost to England. Strange that cricinfo didnt publish summary ball by ball for Pak matches. Pls be fair with all teams regardless of region. Pak people - can anybody reply whats wrong with Abdul Razzakh & Imran Nazir? is it politics or they stopped playing.


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