Lahore: Pakistani children started moving towards the destination with a triumphant move while the unbeaten Green Shirts, who made it to the final four in the Under-19 Asia Cup, also completed a hat trick of victories by defeating UAE by 21 runs.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first in the Group A match at the ICC Academy in Dubai. In the next over, Abdul Fasih handed over the ball of Neelanish Keswani to the wicket-keeper before opening the account, Mohammad Shehzad (29), Jaish Gyanani and Kai. Smith’s nexus fell victim.
Pakistan’s century was completed in the 32nd over. Captain Qasim Akram batted responsibly and improved the run rate but as soon as he completed his fifty, he caught Shiwal Bawa on the ball of Neelanish Keswani. After getting out with the help of Naseer, he took 2 wickets in his next over.
Ahmed Khan remained unbeaten on 34 and Faisal Akram on 8, Green Shirts scored 219 for 8, Afzal 3 and Neelanish Keswani took 2 wickets. Was made the catch of wicket keeper Haseebullah Khan, Surya Satish (22) was bowled by Mehran Mumtaz for a total of 68, Kai Smith’s resistance ended at 38, Maaz was the assistant wicket keeper of authenticity, Mehran Mumtaz was very helpful (2). LBW, Ronak Panoli (1) fell victim to the nexus of Moaz Sadaqat and Ahmed Khan.
After losing so many wickets in 3 overs, the journey of the host team became difficult. Qasim Akram completed the dangerous looking Ali Shan’s innings at 35, assisted by Abdul Wahid Bangalzai After Ali Naseer (1) was made the catch of Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Zeeshan made Afzal Khan (38) run with the help of Ahmed Khan. Jaish Gyanani remained unbeaten on 13 and Sales Jaya Shankar on 5, Qasim Akram on 3 while Mohammad Zeeshan, Mehran Mumtaz and Moaz Sadaqat managed to take 2 wickets each.
After Afghanistan, Pakistan had also defeated its traditional rival India. Yesterday, with a hat trick of victories, it got the honor of playing in the semi-finals with the top position in the group. In the second match of the same group, India defeated Afghanistan by 4 wickets. Kar made it to the semi-finals with 4 points, the journey of the Afghan team, which had won only one match in 3 matches, came to an end. Scored 73 runs.
After a good start by the openers, the Indian team achieved the target at a loss of 6 wickets before 10 balls, Harnoor Singh scored 65 runs, Raj Bawa remained unbeaten on 43 and Koshal Tembe on 35.