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U19 Asia Cup 2021: Pakistan books spot in semi final

U19 Pakistan team has booked a spot in the semifinal of the U19 Asia Cup 2021 event after defeating the host UAE by 21 runs.

The first semi-final 1, will be played on December 30, at ICC Academy 1 while the second semi-final will be played on December 30, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Pakistan U19 team registered their third win in a row,  confirming their semi-final spot in the tournament on Monday.

The day saw an all-around performance from captain Qasim Akram, who steered his team towards victory.

After opting to bat first,  right-handed Qasim scores half-century, followed by a 21-ball unbeaten 34 by Ahmed Khan helped Pakistan to post 219 for eight in 50 overs.

Qasim top-scored with 50 off 67, hitting five fours. Haseebullah scored a 48-ball 39, which included two fours.

Ahmed coming to bat at number-eight hit two fours and one six.

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For UAE, Aayan Afzal Khan picked three wickets for 44, while Nilansh Keswani bagged two wickets for 32.

During the second innings, Qasim with his right-arm off-spin bagged three wickets for 52. Maaz Sadaqat, Mehran Mumtaz, and Mohammad Zeeshan grabbed two wickets each.

Brief Scores:

Pakistan Under-19 219-8, 50 overs (Qasim Akram 50, Haseebullah 39, Ahmed Khan 34 not out; Aayan Afzal Khan 3-44, Nilansh Keswani 2-33).

UAE Under-19 198-9, 50 overs (Aayan Afzal Khan 38, Kai Smith 38, Alishan Sharafu 35; Qasim Akram 3-52, Maaz Sadaqat 2-21, Mohammad Zeeshan 2-34, Mehran Mumtaz 2-35).

Saman Siddiqui

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