Pakistan captain Azeem Ghumman won the toss in the lung opener of the under 19 Youth Tri Nation game against Bangladesh at the Pallekelle International Stadium. The Pakistanis decided to bat first on the newly laid pitch.
Pakistanis were bowled out in the 49th over for 211. Their top order batsmen got good starts, however none of the youngsters went on to make big scores. They lost their skipper Azeem Ghumman cheaply for 4 runs. Young Bangladeshi seamer Abdul Hassan bowled with a lot of venom up front by moving the ball both in the air and off the pitch under overcast conditions. He was also guilty of bowling too many short balls which the Pakistani batsmen were able to put away with ease. Pakistani batsmen got themselves into all sorts of trouble trying to be over innovative which cost the dismissal of their top order batsmen. Bangladesh took control at one stage having 4 of the Pakistani batsman sitting in the hut with the score on 88. A face saving 58 run partnership for the fifth wicket between Sarmad Bhatti and Hammad Azam helped them to reach their defendable total of 211.
The Bangladeshis needing a target of 212 started off badly losing opener Anamul Haq in the very first over brilliantly run out by the Pakistani skipper Azeem Ghumman for 4. Bangladesh trying to consolidate after the early loss used up too many deliveries to establish the second wicket partnership of 46 between Amit Majumder and Tasamul Haque. Amit Majumder used up 39 deliveries to score 7 runs. After the dismissal of Amit , Majumder , Tasamul Haque fell victim to an out swinger from Pakistani seamer Hammad Azam for 28 and the Bangladeshis panicked with 5 wickets down for 57. Middle order Bangladeshi batsmen Momimul Haque contributed 44 with 3 hits to the boundary, while spinner Saikat Ali’s contribution of 25 helped the Bangladeshis somewhat. They were ultimately bowled out for 143 in 38.1 overs.
The Pakistan under 19 bowling attack looks impressive both in pace and spin. Seamers Fiaz Butt, Sarmad Bhatti and Hammad Azam captured 3 wickets between themselves, while their spinners Usman Qadir , Raza Hassan and Shahzad Ahmed accounted for 5 Bangladeshi scalps. Leg spinner Usman Qadir who captured 3 wickets for 33 runs has variety. The young hopeful, has great control and seems a bright prospective for Pakistan.
Pakistan all out 211 (49.4 overs)
Babar Azam 38
Hammad Azam 38
Shahzaib Ahmed 33
Usman Qadir 27
Sarmas Bhatti 26
Abdul Hassan 5 for 50
Bangladesh 143 all out (38.1 overs)
Momimul Haque 44
Tasamul Haque 28
Saikat Ali 25
Usman Qadir 3 for 33