Under-19 World Cup 2016 February 12, 2016

Zeeshan, Badar steer Pakistan to fifth place

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo - Sam Curran's 107-ball 83 led England to 264, but Pakistan chased it down comfortably © Getty Images

Half-centuries from Zeeshan Malik and Saif Badar helped Pakistan Under-19s pull off the highest successful chase of the tournament and clinch fifth place with a seven-wicket win over England Under-19s. Chasing 265, Pakistan got off to a strong start courtesy Zeeshan, who added 25 with Gauhar Hafeez for the first wicket and 58 for the second wicket with Shadab Khan to set them a solid base before he was joined by Badar. Zeeshan and Badar proceeded to put on 115 runs for the third wicket, before the opener fell for a 105-ball 93 that included 15 fours. Pakistan suffered no more losses, as Badar and Hasan Mohsin steered them home with an unbroken stand of 67 for the fourth wicket. Badar finished unbeaten on 75 off 80 balls (5x4, 3x6) and Mohsin on 39 off 36 (4x4, 1x6).

Sent in to bat, England lost two early wickets to the new-ball pair of Sameen Gul and Mohsin, before Tom Moores (47) and Callum Taylor (33) got their innings back on track. Taylor fell in the 22nd over after adding 52 with Sam Curran for the fourth wicket, leaving England 110 for 4. Curran took over the reins, and scored a 107-ball 83 (11x4) to propel England to 264 for 7. He received support from Brad Taylor (37*) in a partnership of 75 for the sixth wicket. Left-arm spinner Hasan Khan bowled a crucial spell, picking up one wicket while only giving away 32 runs in his 10 overs.

South Africa Under-19s cruised to a huge 138-run win against New Zealand Under-19s, in their final match of the tournament - the 11th place playoff. Defending champions South Africa were inserted into bat and lost Kyle Verreynne in the first over. South Africa's tournament top-scorer Liam Smith (20) and Dean Foxcroft then set about rebuilding the innings. Although Smith fell in the ninth over, Foxcroft produced substantial partnerships with the middle order, the highest being 96 with Rivaldo Moonsamy, who struck a brisk 51.

Foxcroft was dismissed in the 46th over for a 137-ball 117, an innings that featured 13 fours and a six. Wandile Makwetu provided the impetus towards the end with a 24-ball fifty as South Africa finished with 288 for 6.

Rachin Ravindra, captaining the side in Josh Finnie's absence, added 49 with Daniel Stanley after the early loss of Glenn Phillips. However, wickets fell regularly in the chase and New Zealand were bowled out for 150 despite handy contributions from Finn Allen (40) and Aniket Parikh (35). Medium-pacer Wiaan Mulder returned figures of 4 for 14 from 7.4 overs.

Tariq Stanikzai's unbeaten 106 steered Afghanistan Under-19s to a five-wicket win in the Under-19 World Cup plate final against Zimbabwe Under-19s. Tariq's century and his unbroken 95-run partnership with Rashid Khan steadied Afghanistan's shaky chase of 217 before taking them over the line in the 47th over. After losing their openers by the 10th over of the chase, Afghanistan were left struggling at 123 for 5 in the 31st over, after which Tariq and Rashid took charge of the innings.

Zimbabwe's innings, which suffered an early collapse, was propped up fifties from wicketkeeper Ryan Murray and No.6 batsman William Mashinge. Left-arm spinner Zia-ur-Rehman's early strikes left Zimbabwe tottering at 15 for 3 in the seventh over after they chose to bat. Murray made a substantial contribution in the face of the collapse, scoring 53 of the side's total of 85 by the time he was dismissed in the 19th over. Mashinge's seventh-wicket partnership of 66 with Adam Keefe offered Zimbabwe some stability and Mashingwe's 92-ball 66 helped push the score past 200, but once the pair were separated, medium-pacer Muslim Musa struck with quick lower-order wickets to limit Zimbabwe to 216 for 9.

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