Pakistan had a horrendous start to their Youth Asia Cup campaign as they tumbled for just 57 runs against Afghanistan which gave them a convincing victory by seven wickets in the game played at Bayuemas Oval, Pandamaran, Malaysia.
Afghanistan U-19 won the toss and elected to bowl first. Their decision proved to be extremely fruitful as they put Pakistan under immense pressure by striking thrice for just one run.
The top three batsmen of Pakistan, Muhammad Arif, Muhammad Hammad Khan and Abdullah Rafique, walked back without scoring a run. Pakistan were 3/1.
Muhammad Mohsin Khan and Rohail Nazir managed to score 20 runs together before Afghanistan hit another blow in the shape of Rohail.
Afghanistan’s young team kept striking at regular intervals and restricted Pakistan U-19 team to just 57 runs.
Muhammad Taha remained the highest scorer for the young Men in Green with 14 (27) to his name. While Mohsin was the second highest scorer with 12 (28). None of Pakistan’s batsmen except the two could enter double-figures. Six of their batsmen got out on a duck.
Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rehman was the pick of the bowler with impressive figures of 6/23 in 10 overs. Naveed Ul Haq Mureed and Yousuf Zazi took two wickets apiece.
Afghanistan faced little difficulty in chasing down the small target of 58 runs as they lost three wickets in the process.
Shaheen Shah Afridi, Muhammad Hassan Khan and Muhammad Ashar Qureshi hunted one batsman each for Pakistan.
Nisarul Haq Wahdat emerged as the highest scorer for Afghanistan with 25 (18).
Pakistan will now face UAE on November 12.