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Pakistan set to compete against arch-rivals, India in ACC U-19 Asia Cricket Cup 2019 tomorrow

Afghanistan U-19 recorded an 85-run win over Pakistan U-19 in their opening Group A match of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2019 played at the P Sara Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Set a victory target of 164 (DLS method), Pakistan U-19 were bowled out for 78 runs in 19.4 overs. Pakistan got off to a poor start with the bat, losing their first five wickets for 48 runs inside 11 overs, they were eventually bowled out with 158 balls to spare in the 46-over match. 

Captain, Rohail Nazir scored 16 runs while Mohammad Irfan Khan made 19 off 30 balls, Irfan was the top scorer of the innings. Shafiq Ullah Ghafari took three wickets for Afghanistan U-19.

The start was delayed due to rain and a wet outfield. Batting first, Afghanistan U-19 were restricted to 162 for nine in their allotted 46 overs after Pakistan won the toss and opted to field first. 

Spinners, Aamir Ali and Fahad Munir were the star performers with the ball for Pakistan. The duo equally shared six wickets, Aamir took three for 34 in his 10 overs while Fahad claimed three wickets for 23 runs in his miserly nine over spell.

Pacer, Abbas Afridi took two wickets for 26 runs while fellow new-ball bowler, Naseem Shah bowled a miserly nine over spell in which he conceded a mere 13 runs, taking one wicket in the process.

Afghanistan's Sediq Ullah Atal (29 off 42 balls, three fours and one six) and Rahman Ullah (27 off 66 balls, two fours) were the only batsmen to reach twenties as Pakistan bowlers maintained a control of the proceedings after a 47-run opening stand between captain, Farhan Zakhil (19) and Sediq Ullah. 

Scores In Brief: 

* Afghanistan U-19:  162- 9 in 46 overs (Sediq Ullah Atal 29, Rahman Ullah 27; Fahad Munir 3-23, Aamir Ali 3-34);
* Pakistan U-19:  78 all out in 19.4 overs (Mohammad Irfan 19, Rohail Nazir 16; Shafiq Ullah 3-15, Noor Ahmad 2-12).

For the next fixture, Pakistan U-19 Cricket Team is all set to battled it out against arch-rivals, India tomorrow. 

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