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Pakistan overcome a stiff Zimbabwe side to book a place in U19 World Cup Super League quarter-finals

Pakistan U19 beat a stubborn Zimbabwe U19 side by 38 runs at the Witrand Oval, Potchefstroom on Wednesday to book a spot in the Super League quarter-finals of the tournament.

Pakistan U19 beat Zimbabwe U19 by 38 runs at the Witrand Oval, Potchefstroom on Wednesday and ensured their qualification to Super League quarter-finals. 

In their chase of 295, Zimbabwe managed to test the resolve of Pakistani bowlers before being bowled out for 256 in 46.3 overs.

Zimbabwe were off to a good start with openers Wesley Madhevere and Emmanuel Bawa adding 64 runs for the first wicket before left-arm-spinner Aamir Ali broke the stand by removing Bawa on 19.

Madhevere was the second wicket to fall as he was dismissed caught and bowled by Qasim Akram after scoring 53 off 55 balls (six fours, one six). Qasim also took the key wicket of captain Dion Myers (39 off 50 balls, two fours and one six) who was spectacularly caught by Mohammad Irfan Khan.

The match was turned on its head by Abbas Afridi in the 39th over of Zimbabwe's innings. The right-arm medium-fast first bowled Milton Shumba, who scored 58 off 82 and then sent back Tadiwanashe Marumani (16) two balls later to leave Zimbabwe at 208 for 5.

Tahir and Abbas took three wickets, while Aamir Ali and Qasim bagged two scalps each.

Earlier, Mohammad Haris scored a blistering 81 to take Pakistan to a respectable total of 294, after Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat.

Haris came into bat with Pakistan at 140 for four after 33 overs. The boys in green added 154 runs in the last 17 overs mainly due to Haris’ brilliance. The right-hander hit seven fours and three towering sixes in his 51-ball knock.

Haris added 43 for the fifth-wicket with Qasim Akram (54 off 50 balls, five fours and two sixes), 41 for the sixth-wicket with Muhammad Irfan (15) and 42 for the seventh wicket with Abbas Afridi (10) before falling with 12 balls left in the

Haris took the attack to the bowlers and made the most of the repair job done by Qasim and Fahad Munir (53 off 79 balls, five fours) who added 66 runs for the fourth-wicket to rescue the side from a tentative start which saw them reduced to 74 for three in 21.3 overs.

Openers Haider Ali (19), Muhammad Shehzad (27) and captain Rohail Nazir (0) were the first three wickets to fall.

Pakistan now play Bangladesh U19 in the last group match on Friday.

Scores in brief:

Pakistan 294 for 9, 50 overs (Mohammad Haris 81, Qasim Akram 54, Fahad Munir 53; Dylan Grant 3-46)

Zimbabwe 256 all-out, 46.3 overs (Milton Shumba 58, Wesley Madhevere 53, Dion Myers 39; Tahir Hussain 3-42, Abbas Afridi 3-55, Aamir Ali 2-51, Qasim Akram 2-41)

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