Dubai: Pakistan crushed Sri Lanka by 121 runs in the quarter final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, in Sharjah, on Saturday, courtesy brilliant performances by their in-form openers Sami Aslam and Imam-ul-Haq.
The pair put on 177, the second-highest partnership in the tournament, to set the base for a total that proved well out of Sri Lanka’s reach.
Both Imam and Aslam preferred to bide their time, but ended their innings with strike-rates in the late 70s. No. 3 batsman Kamram Ghulam hammered 52 off 44 balls to push Pakistan to 279. Imam’s 82 made him the tournament’s highest run-getter, and captain Aslam’s 95 put him third on the charts.
Pakistan lost six wickets in the final 23 deliveries of the innings, but that didn’t prevent them from adding 32 in that stretch. For Sri Lanka Binura Fernando went at over six an over, but struck four times to go to second highest wicket-takers of the tournament .
Pakistan U-19 279/9 in 50 ovs (S. Aslam 95; B. Fernando 4/56). Sri Lanka U-19 158 in 42.3 ovs (P. Perera 68) Pakistan won by 121 runs. MoM: S. Aslam