Pakistan U-19 registered a convincing victory by six wickets against Australia in their first contest of the Youth ODI series at Albert Ground, St. Kilda, Melbourne.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first. The decision proved to be a right one for them as they restricted Australia to a moderate total of 241 runs.
Musa Khan remained the pick of the bowler for Pakistan, who picked four wickets for 33 runs in 7.1 overs. Whereas, Arshad Iqbal and Suleiman Shafqat picked three and two wickets in the match respectively.
On the other hand, Australia’s Mackenzie Harvey played a courageous inning of 136 runs when he was losing wickets from the other end at regular intervals. Aaron Hardie was the second highest run-scorer for the young Aussies with 46 runs.
Pakistan looked in control while chasing the target as all of the batsmen that batted for Pakistan contributed significantly. Ali Zaryab Asif emerged as the highest scorer for the Boys in Green with 63 runs. Saad Khan batted beautifully for his 53 runs that helped Pakistan go over the line in the inaugural game.
While the openers, Mohammad Zaid and Imran Shah, scored 35 runs apiece. The one-down batsman Rohail Nazir contributed 34 runs in the total before getting run out.
Pakistan chased down the target in 44.2 overs.