Jaahid, Azam star in Pakistan A's four-wicket win

Pakistan A 258 for 6 (Jaahid 77, Azam 73, Gamage 3-43) beat Sri Lanka A 254 (Rajapaksa 56, Thisara 45, Dickwella 44) by four wickets
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A 139-run third-wicket stand between opener Jaahid Ali and captain Babar Azam set up a four-wicket win for Pakistan A over Sri Lanka A in Northampton. The partnership, coming off 154 balls, helped Pakistan A ride a mini-collapse to win with 11 balls to spare.

Sri Lanka A made brisk progress after opting to bat, largely thanks to Niroshan Dickwella's 31-ball 44 and Bhanuka Rajapaksa's 63-ball 56. But wickets fell at regular intervals - by the 34th over, Sri Lanka A had slipped to 173 for 6.

Thisara Perera, coming in at No. 8, chipped in with 45 off 40, hitting five fours and a six to give the innings a late boost, but Sri Lanka A were bowled out for 254, failing to utilise three overs from their full quota.

Pakistan A started shakily as Sharjeel Khan and Fakhar Zaman were dismissed within the first nine overs. It was at this point that Jaahid (77) and Azam (73) took charge with a century stand that put their side firmly in control.

However, their dismissals within two overs of each other, both falling to Lahiru Gamage, left Pakistan A in a hint of trouble 186 for 4 in 36 overs. Sri Lanka had a whiff of an opportunity, but it was snuffed out by handy lower-order contributions from Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Nawaz. Though neither of them stayed to see the job through, they had done enough to ensure that Pakistan A won with time to spare.

The win was Pakistan A's second in three matches, while Sri Lanka A are languishing at the bottom with three losses in as many matches.

Pakistan A 2nd innings Partnerships

1st35Sharjeel KhanJaahid Ali
2nd5Fakhar ZamanJaahid Ali
3rd139Babar AzamJaahid Ali
4th7Jaahid AliSaud Shakeel
5th47Mohammad Nawaz (3)Saud Shakeel
6th8Mohammad Nawaz (3)Amad Butt
7th17Umar SiddiqAmad Butt