Zeeshan, Saif steer Pakistan 5th spot in ICC U19 CWC

KARACHI: Pakistan ended its campaign in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup on a winning note, defeating England by seven wickets in Fatullah on Friday to finish fifth in the 16-nation tournament.

Batting duo of opener Zeeshan Malik and Saif Badar starred in their team’s triumph with sizzling batting. England raised 264 for seven wickets in their 50 overs after being sent in to bat.

Sam Curran hitting 83 in 107 ball with 11 boundaries and Tom Moores contributing 47. Seamer Sameen Gul took two wickets for 42 runs and Saif Ali snapped up two for 37. Zeeshan led Pakistan’s charge with 93 a dazzling off 105 studded with 15 boundaries before Saif Badar and Hasan Mohsin clinched an emphatic victory with an unbeaten stand of 67 for the fourth wicket.

Saif smashed an unbeaten on 75 in 80 deliveries laced with five boundaries and three sixes and the impressive Mohsin made 39 not out as Pakistan won in the 44th over.

Afghanistan won the Plate Championship and claimed the ninth position by defeating Zimbabwe by five wickets in Cox’s Bazar.

Chasing Zimbabwe’s 216 for nine, the Afghans slipped to 123 for five in the 31st over before Tariq Stanikzai and Rashid Khan turned the game around with an unbroken stand of 95 for the sixth wicket.

Stanikzai returned unbeaten on 106 off 142 balls with ten fours and brace of sixes. Rashid making unbeaten 55 not out in 50 balls, with five fours and two sixe.

For Zimbabwe, Jeremy Ives took two wickets for 36 runs. The tournament’s defending champion, South Africa, which failed to make the Super League, finished 11th with a 138-run win over New Zealand in Cox’s Bazar.

Dean Foxcroft hit 117 (137b, 13×4, 1×6), Rivaldo Moonsamy made 51 (43b 3×4, 3×6) and Wandile Makwetu scored an unbeaten 24-ball 50 with seven fours and two sixes as South Africa piled up 288 for six after being sent in to bat.

New Zealand was shot out for 150 in reply with Finn Allen top-scoring with 40.

Wiaan Mulder claimed four wickets for 14 runs and Ziyaad Abrahams took two for 37. Pakistan’s summarised scores: England 264-7, 50 overs (Sam Curran 83, Tom Moores 47; Sameen Gul 2-42) Pakistan 265-3, 43.1 overs (Zeeshan Malik 93, Saif Badar 75 not out, Hasan Mohsin 39 not out)