ICC U19 CWC: Pakistan crush Canada by 7 wicket

New Age Online

Zeeshan Malik’s unbeaten 89 helped Pakistan to notch a seven-wicket victory against Canada as well as to taste the 2nd successive win in the 11th ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup at Sylhet District Stadium on Saturday.
Replying to a 178 runs, Pakistan scored 180/3 in 40.5 overs boosted by the 3rd pair contribution of 108 runs in 25.3 overs between Zeeshan Malik and Saif Badar.
The 3rd pair carried the team total to 173/3 in 40 overs from 65/2 in 14.3 overs before Saif Badar was bowled by Suliman Khan, reports United News of Bangladesh.
Opener Zeeshan who was adjudged man of the match, played a painstaking 122-ball for unbeaten 89 featuring nine boundaries and one six.
Saif Badar was out for 44 off 75 balls with three fours while skipper Gauhar Hafeez added 20 off 36 balls including two boundaries.
Suliman Khan, Malik Luthra and Akash Gill took one wicket each for 23, 29 and 59 runs in 6, 10 and 9.5 overs.
Opening bat after winning the toss in their Group-B match, Canada played 48.3 overs to post the easy target of 179 runs spurred by the 2nd pair for 60 runs in 18.4 overs between Bhavindu Adhihetty and Amish Taploo.
The 2nd pair carried the team total to 62/2 in 20.2 overs from 2/1 in 1.4 overs before debutant A Taploo was caught by Hasan Mohsin off a Shadab Khan delivery.
Akash Gill failed to stay long with BS Adhihetty who continued with skipper Abraash Khan in the 4th for another partnership score of 49 runs in 9 overs.
BS Adhihetty hit half century scoring 51off 82 balls including four boundaries and was stumped out by Umair Masood off Shadab Khan bowling at 115/4 in 31.4 overs.
Abraash Khan scored 44 off 65 balls involving five fours before being bowled out by Hasan Khan leaving team total at 139/5 in 39 overs.
18-year old Richmond Hill’s boy Amish Taploo who made his Youth ODI debutant in the match as a top order batsman for Canada, played a painstaking 66-ball for 28 runs with a boundary.
Arslan Khan (14 off 22b; 2×4) was another double figure scorer for Canada.
Inexperienced Canada faced early jolt early jolt losing their opener Thursaanth Anantharajah at 2 for 1 in 1.4 overs. BS Adhihetty and A Taploo paired in the 2nd wicket and repaired the early damage.
Delivering 10 overs each, Hasan Khan captured three wickets for 36 runs and Shadab Khan took two wickets for 44 runs. Ahmad Shafiq and Hasan Mohsin took one wicket each for 17 and 20 runs in 5.3 and 6 overs.
Apart from A Taploo, Mamik Luthra and Suliman Khan made their youth ODI debutant in the match for Canada.
Earlier, Pakistan outplayed Afghanistan by six-wicket in their first match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on January 28 while Canada lost to Sri Lanka by a huge 196-run on the same day at Sylhet District Stadium.

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