Under-19 World Cup 2016 February 3, 2016

Mohsin stars as Pakistan defend 212

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hasan Mohsin scored 86 and picked up two wickets with the new ball © International Cricket Council

Hasan Mohsin starred with bat and ball as Pakistan Under-19s defended 212 to beat Sri Lanka Under-19s by 23 runs and finish top of Group B. Pakistan will take on West Indies in the quarter-finals while Sri Lanka will meet England.

Sent in to bat, Pakistan made slow progress at first, and their run rate was still below four an over when Wanidu Hasaranga dismissed Salman Fayyaz (33) in the 41st over to end his 61-run stand with Mohsin. Wickets fell steadily at the other end, with none of bottom five getting into double figures, but Mohsin ensured he dragged Pakistan to a competitive total, and was ninth out for a run-a-ball 86 with eight fours and a six. Pakistan were bowled out for 212 in the 49th over.

Opening the bowling with his gentle seam-up, Mohsin then gave Pakistan two early breakthroughs, dismissing both Sri Lankan openers. Sri Lanka slipped to 63 for 4 when the in-form pair of Charith Asalanka and Shammu Ashan got out to soft dismissals against the spinners, but Kamindu Mendis and Vishad Randika got the chase back on track with an 84-run stand for the fifth wicket. Just when Sri Lanka seemed to be cruising home, though, Mendis holed out to long-on for 68 (104b, 5x4), and Hasaranga and Randika (46 off 71) followed him soon after. Damitha Silva kept Sri Lanka in the hunt for a while with an unbeaten 21, but the lower order fell away around him, with legspinner Shadab Khan picking up the last two wickets to finish with figures of 3 for 31.

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  •   Zahid Munna on February 6, 2016, 12:41 GMT

    BANGLADESH will become the champion of U19 world cup though there are a lot of star performer or big team by name.

  • Nick on February 5, 2016, 6:40 GMT

    The SL batting relies heavily on numbers 4 and 5, Asalanka and Ashan, and once they were out cheaply vs Pakistan, the run-chase petered out rather tamely. Think the selectors missed a trick leaving Shanmuganathan Sanogeeth, Trinity College's prolific run-scoring lefthander, at home. His presence at the top of the order would certainly have bolstered the SL batting. Nevertheless, Asitha Fernando's pace will certainly unsettle England in the quarter-final, while Mendis, Asalanka and Ashan at 3, 4 and 5, should ensure a SL victory.

  • Sammy K on February 4, 2016, 17:19 GMT

    Bangladesh might surprise everyone by winning the Cup. The young cubs are in good form. They have beaten SA already and so anything can happen. Goes to show that cricket's talent pool is getting ever deeper. Players from the subcontinent bloom early. Won't be long before these same guys light up the stands at the senior level.

  • navaid on February 4, 2016, 11:25 GMT

    Please all fans those are appreciating Hasan Mohsin and predicting as future star. Kindly hold their appreciations let him play three to four years, proof his talent. In past we had pampered lot of young talent too early and they are no were.

  • Syed Ali Raza Gardezi on February 4, 2016, 2:39 GMT

    Hassan mohsin a star in the making!

  • Rohan on February 4, 2016, 2:08 GMT

    SL batting is unreliable just like the national team. We need some good coaching at school level if we are to remain competitive at a world class level.

  • chethana on February 4, 2016, 1:35 GMT

    loosing is not bad for SL. Now they can avoid INDIA in the SF & at least can go for FINALS. SL beat ENGLAND easily more recently. If they can win that they play their SF mostly with BANGLADESH. It is not tough as INDIA. If we can come into the finals can go with proper plans against INDIA.

  • Zubair on February 4, 2016, 0:00 GMT

    I am so very much hoping for a Pak v India final. Let's hope the Under 19 boys can fulfill my dream and let's hope Pak win the final. .Good luck guys. Well done so far .Our prayers are with you all. .Mohsin....A star performer.

  • Aqib on February 3, 2016, 22:03 GMT

    Zeeshan malik, salmam Fayaz, hasan mohsin look like very exciting players.

  • Jawwad on February 3, 2016, 20:18 GMT

    @Greenshirts - I beg to differ respectfully. MOHSIn reminds of a young Sourav Ganguly. He looks and bats like him, extremely composed, aware of whats happening around him like field change etc, and stylish in batting. He play proper cricketing shots. Did you see the six he hit? His is one guy we need to persist with. I am sad Sami Aslam has not been given chances and I am afraid same ill happen to him.

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