Arch-rivals to clash at U-19 World Cup
A high voltage final was set up when defending champions Pakistan brushed aside Australia to book a spot in the title contest against India.Updated: Feb 17, 2006 23:19 IST
A high voltage final was set up when defending champions Pakistan brushed aside the Australian challenge to book a spot in the title contest against arch rivals India in the ICC U-19 World Cup.
The Aussie youngsters were no match for the Pakistani boys and went down by 163 runs in the second super league semifinal at R Premadasa Stadium on Friday.
India have already made it the final by beating England on Wednesday.
Electing to bat, Pakistan came back from a hopeless position of 80 for 5 to score 287 for 9 before bundling out Australia for a paltry 124 in 32.3 overs.
A 160-run stand between Riaz Kail (84) and Ali Asad (69) turned the disastrous start into a position of strength for Pakistan, who would try be the first team retain the title.
Later, off spinner Usman Malik (3-17) and left arm spinner Imad Wasim's (3-16) ripped apart the Australian line-up after Jamshed Ahmed had dismised two top order batsmen.
Usman Khwaja (59) was the lone batsmen to tackle the Pakistani attack while the rest of them caved in.
Kail and Asad batted superbly and with the tail wagging Pakistan made an impressive 287-9 as they attempted to become the first side to retain the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.
Their stand was the highest sixth wicket partnership of the tournament and also equaled the best stand for any wicket in the 40 matches played so far.
Kail hit nine fours during his 99-ball innings while Asad's effort included five fours and a towering six in 86 deliveries.
Opening bowler Adam Ritchard, whose first five overs cost just 17 runs and included the wickets of Ibrahim Mohammed (2) and Nasir Jamshaid (15) was hit for 54 runs in his last 5 overs.
A quickfire 29 by Syed Imad Wasim was vital for the Pakistan scorecard.
Captain Moises Henriques was expensive late on but he did finish with 3-57 to confirm his place as the tournament's leading wicket-taker.
With Henriques swinging the new ball, the Pakistan batsmen found the going tough.
Those three successes took him to 16 wickets, four clear of Ireland pace bowler Niall McDarby.
The other wicket-taker for Australia was Simon Keen (2-46) while the spin of Jack McNamara (0-47) and super sub Jon Holland (0-31) was largely ineffective.
Pakistan are the holders of the ICC U-19 World Cup in 2004 in Bangladesh.
First Published: Feb 17, 2006 23:06 IST