Haris, bowlers lead Pakistan to 38-run victory over Zimbabwe


Potchefstroom: Middle-order batsman Mohammad Haris scored 81 off 51 balls to lay down a solid foundation for Pakistan as they beat Zimbabwe by 38 runs to win their second match in a row in the ICC U19 World Cup on Wednesday.

After Pakistani batters put up a composed 294 runs total on the scoreboard while batting first, the bowlers did a great job by bowling out Zimbabwe for 256.

While chasing 295, Zimbabwe were off to a solid start with their openers Emannuel Bawa (20) and Wesley Madevere (53) putting up 65 runs together for the first wicket.

Madevere then partnered with Milton Shumba (58) to support Zimbabwe and scored 37 runs together for the second wicket. Qasim Akram bagged Madevere in 20th over to put Zimbabwe under a little pressure as they lost a well-set batsman.

However, Shumba took the responsibility well as he joined hands with Dion Myers (39) to score the highest 83-run partnership. The wicket of Shumba caused problems for the losing side as they started losing wickets after regular intervals.

Pakistani bowlers dominated the latter half of the match. Tahir Hussain and Abbas Afridi shared three wickets apiece while Amir Ali and Qasim Akram two wickets each.

Earlier, Pakistan posted 294-9 in 50 overs. Haris was the prominent scorer with 80 runs at a strike rate of 168 which included seven fours and three sixes. Qasim Akram (54) and Fahad Munir (53) also posted half-centuries and a prominent 66-run partnership for the green shirts.

Qasim took 50 balls to score 54 laced with five boundaries and two sixes while Fahad played slow pace inning of 53 off 79 balls decorated with five boundaries.

Dylan Grant was the pick of the bowlers for Zimbabwe with three for 46.

With this win, Pakistan has made its position strong to qualify for the next stage. The green shirts will take on Bangladesh in their last group fixture on January 24.