LAHORE - Pakistan U-19 team defeated Australia colts by seven wickets in the second one-day international and sealed the series fate at the Kerrydale Oval, Gold Coast on Tuesday.
Put into bat first, Australia were bundled out for 139 runs in 43.1 overs. Pakistan achieved the target in 35th over after losing three wickets. Pakistani openers Sami Aslam and Babar Azam provided 36 runs opening stand before Babar Azam was bowled by Sandhu at his personal score of 20. Sami was next to go, caught by Stevens off the bowling of Steketee when his score was 26 and team’s total was 49. Umar Waheed was the last man out after scoring 21 runs. Saad Ali made unbeaten 36 and Imam-ul-Haq 30 not out batted team to seven wickets victory against Australia.
Pakistan Under-19s improved on their already impressive bowling performance in the first one-dayer to rout Australia Under-19s for 139, setting up a seven-wicket victory that clinched the three-match series. A succession of useful contributions from the top-order batsmen allowed the visitors to reach the target with 15.2 overs to spare.
The Australians slipped to 53 for 4 before Cameron Bancroft and Travis Head saved team from total collapse as the two put on 52 runs partnership for the fifth wicket.
Australia’s bowlers struck at regular intervals but they needed to knife through the Pakistan line-up to pose a challenge and they were unable to do so. All of the top five batsmen got past 20 and Saad Ali raised the tempo, scoring 36 off 33 balls to secure victory in the 35th over.
“We started quite well at the top with Peirson and Bancroft and we were quite aggressive but unfortunately in the batting side of things there wasn’t many positives after that,” Patterson said after the defeat. “The bowling was good early on, we bowled quite patiently but at the end of the day 139 is just not really enough. “We have gone two games in a row now where we have massively underachieved and especially today as the pitch was even better, to only get 140 on a flat wicket is really under par and we need to particularly work on our play to spin as well as our play to pace as well.”
From Pakistan pacer Zia-ul-Haq was pick of the pack as he grabbed three wickets for 20 runs in 7 overs followed by spinner Nawaz who got two wickets for 22 runs. Azizullah (1/11), Usman Qadir (1/32) and Zafar Gohar (1/43) were the other successful bowlers.
C Bancroft st Salman b Zafar Gohar 47
JJ Peirson c Salman Afridi b Azizullah 11
KR Patterson run out (Babar Azam) 0
MJ Buchanan c Salman b Zia-ul-Haq 2
W Bosisto run out 12
TM Head b Usman Qadir 43
NG Stevens b Nawaz 7
A Turner c Saad Ali b Zia-ul-Haq 9
AJ Gregory c Babar b Zia-ul-Haq 5
A Agar not out 0
M Steketee lbw b Nawaz 0
Extras: (lb 2, w 1) 3
Total: (all out, 43.1 overs) 139
FoW: 1-14, 2-17, 3-26, 4-53, 5-105, 6-119, 7-128, 8-137, 9-139, 10-139.
Bowling: Zia-ul-Haq 7-0-20-3, Azizullah 6-1-11-1, M Nawaz 7.1-0-22-2, Ehsan Adil 6-1-9-0, Zafar Gohar 10-0-43-1 (1w), Usman Qadir 7-0-32-1,
Sami Aslam c Stevens b Steketee 26
Babar Azam b Sandhu 20
Imam-ul-Haq not out 30
Umar Waheed lbw b Agar 21
Saad Ali not out 36
Extras: (w 7) 7
Total: (for 3 wkts, 34.4 overs) 140
FoW: 1-36, 2-49, 3-88.
Bowling: Sandhu 7.4-1-36-1, Agar 8-1-28-1 (2w), Turner 9-1-31-0 (1w), Steketee 6-2-21-1, Gregory 4-0-24-0.