Pakistan outclass Afghanistan in their maiden U19 World Cup fixture

Shahzaib Khan emerges as standout performer, showcasing impressive innings with score of 106 runs

Pakistan thrash Afghanistan in their maiden U19 World Cup match on January 20, 2024. —X/@TheRealPCBMedia
Pakistan thrash Afghanistan in their maiden U19 World Cup match on January 20, 2024. —X/@TheRealPCBMedia   

Pakistan on Saturday thumped Afghanistan by 181 runs in their maiden 2024 ICC U19 World Cup match in East London, South Africa.

Opting to bat first, the Men in Green posted 284 for the loss of nine wickets.

Shahzaib Khan emerged as the standout performer, showcasing an impressive innings with a score of 106 runs. His resilient knock spanned 126 balls and included 10 boundaries and three sixes, boasting a commendable strike rate of 84.12.

Saad Baig, the team captain, also played a pivotal role in the batting lineup, contributing a noteworthy 55 runs. His innings, characterised by a brisk strike rate of 105.76, featured 3 boundaries and an impressive 4 sixes.

Meanwhile, Riaz Ullah contributed with a crucial 46 while Ubaid Shah smashed a 22-run cameo.

For Afghanistan, Khalil Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers claiming four wickets while Bashir Ahmed bagged two.

In the second innings, Pakistan kept pressure on the opponent from the start. Amir Hassan bowled 4.2 overs, conceding 24 runs and taking one wicket with an economy rate of 5.53.

Ubaid Shah had an impactful presence, delivering 7 overs, and claiming 4 wickets while conceding 26 runs at an impressive economy rate of 3.71. He managed to keep the pressure on the opposition, contributing significantly to his team’s bowling effort.

Mohammad Zeeshan delivered 5.1 overs, taking 3 wickets for 17 runs at an economy rate of 3.40.

Ahmed Hussain bowled a tight spell, completing 4 overs and giving away 16 runs while taking one wicket at an economy rate of 4.00.

Pakistan schedule

Pakistan v Nepal, January 24, East London

Pakistan v New Zealand, January 27, East London

Pakistan U19 squad

Saad Baig (captain and wicketkeeper), Ali Asfand (vice-captain), Ali Raza, Ahmad Hassan, Amir Hassan, Arafat Minhas, Azan Awais, Haroon Arshad, Khubaib Khalil, Mohammad Zeeshan, Naveed Ahmed Khan, Shahzaib Khan, Shamyl Hussain, Muhammad Riazullah and Ubaid Shah.

Support staff – Shoaib Mohammad (Team Manager), Mohammad Yousaf (Head Coach), Rehan Riaz (Bowling Coach), Mansoor Amjad (Fielding Coach), Muhammad Masroor (Assistant Batting Coach), Umer Rashid Dar (Assistant Coach), Hafiz Naeem Ul Rasul (Team Physio), Usman Hashmi (Team Analyst) and Imran Ullah (Strength & Conditioning Coach).

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