Pakistan U-19 team replicated their senior team’s performance in the U-19 Asia Cup as they lost to Bangladesh by three wickets in a game played at Chittagong on Monday.
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field first. Pakistan lost their opener Mohammad Mohsin Khan (11) at a total of 30 runs. The other opener, Saim Ayub was joined by his skipper, Rohail Nazir, with whom he had a handy 43-run partnership before the latter fell.
The new batsman, Saad Khan lost his wicket on the first delivery he faced. However, Waqar Ahmad looked to sail Pakistan’s sinking ship with Ayub. The two batsmen scored 47 runs together as Ayub lost his wicket when he was just one short of a half-century.
Afterward, Ahmad was the lone warrior for Pakistan, he scored 67 runs on 58 deliveries, while he kept losing his partners from the other end.
Pakistan could only score 187 runs in 45.2 overs.
Rishad Hossain remained the pick of the bowler for Bangladesh with three wickets to his name for 53 runs in eight overs. Shoriful Islam took two wickets, while Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Avishek Das and Rakibal Hasan took one wicket each.
Pakistan had nearly an ideal start with removing Bangladesh’s opener on a duck. Pakistan then struck two times in quick successions, before Prantik Nowroz Nabil and Shamim Hossain took the game away from them with a 97-run partnership.
Nabil lost his wicket after scoring 58 runs, whereas Hossain got retired hurt on 65.
Pakistan got an opportunity to get through to Bangladesh’s batting line, but they did not have enough score on the board to do so.
In the end, Bangladesh managed to chase the target in 47.2 overs at a loss of seven wickets.
Mohammad Musa tried to make the match for Pakistan with his three wickets for 24 runs in 7.2 overs. Whereas, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Junaid Khan, Bilal Javed and Saad Khan struck once in the inning.
Earlier, Pakistan’s senior team lost to Bangladesh in a must-win contest, which gave the latter a place in the final of the tournament against India.