Nawaz shines as Pakistan U-19s level series

Pakistan Under-19s 128 for 6 (Bangash 40*) beat South Africa Under-19s 126 (Nawaz 5-19) by four wickets

Pakistan Under-19s registered a four-wicket win againt South Africa Under-19s in a low-scoring one-dayer in Cape Town, to level the three-match series at 1-1. Pakistan chose to bowl and Zia-ul-Haq justified their decision by quickly getting rid of South Africa's openers, leaving them 2 for 7 in the fifth over. South Africa never really recovered. While the middle order batsmen got starts, none of them were able to convert and the hosts were bowled out for 126 in the 39th over. Mohammad Nawaz did most of the damage with the lower half of the order, taking 5 for 19 in five overs.

In the chase, Pakistan's top order could not make any contributions of note, and at one stage they were tottering at 68 for 6. However, Nos. 7 and 8, Saifullah Bangash and Usman Qadir strung together a fluent, unbroken 60-run stand to take Pakistan home in the 34th over. Nawaz was named the Man of the Match.

The teams will play the final match of the series on January 29 in Stellenbosch.

Pakistan U19 2nd innings Partnerships

29Faraz AliSami Aslam
3Babar AzamSami Aslam
2Mohammad Nawaz (3)Sami Aslam
2Mohammad Nawaz (3)Umar Waheed
23Mohammad Nawaz (3)Adnan Mehmood
9Adnan MehmoodSaifullah Bangash
60Usman QadirSaifullah Bangash