Bowlers shine in rain-abandoned match

Match abandoned Bangladesh Under-19 145 (Shanto 30, Talat 2-13, Aftab 2-30) v Pakistan Under-19 38 for 4 in 17 overs (Hasan 2-3, Pradhan 2-9)

Incessant showers put a premature end to the opening match of the Under-19 tri-nation tournament between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Haslegrave Ground in Loughborough. The teams shared a point each, after rain arrived in the afternoon after 17 overs of Pakistan's innings, and refused to let off.

The rain might have just come in time for Pakistan, who were struggling at 38 for 4, chasing Bangladesh's modest 145. Medium-pacer Rifat Pradhan and offspinner Mehedy Hasan picked up two wickets each, but Hussain Talat and Kamran Ghulam held on for six overs, before the match was called off.

Bangladesh, put in to bat, struggled against left-arm pace bowler Mohammad Aftab and Talat, who took two wickets each. Nazmul Hossain Shanto top-scored with a 63-ball 30, but Bangladesh's next major source of runs came from the 29 extras which inclued 17 wides and seven no-balls. Their innings included three ducks and three run-outs.

The second match of the series will be played on Tuesday when Pakistan square off against England at Sleaford.

Pakistan U19 2nd innings Partnerships

1st3Sami AslamImran Butt
2nd15Sami AslamImam-ul-Haq
3rd0Sami AslamHussain Talat
4th2Hussain TalatShayan Jahangir
5th18Kamran GhulamHussain Talat