Under-19 World Cup: Pakistan beat Windies by 40 runs
WELLINGTON: Pakistan defeated West Indies by 40 runs in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup here at Palmerston North.
Babar Azam followed a century with two wickets from his right-arm spin to inspire a 40-run win for Pakistan over West Indies.
Azam continued his pre-tournament form with 129 from 132 balls while opening the batting after West Indies chose to field, and his century formed the crux of Pakistan''s 297 for seven.
West Indies were given a very good start to their chase, with the openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Trevon Griffith posting a century stand, but Azam''s twin strikes derailed them.
Griffith, having smashed his way to a stunning 84 from 55 deliveries, was bowled by Usman Qadir, son of former Pakistan great Abdul Qadir.
Azam then eliminated Evin Lewis and captain Andre Creary for ducks. West Indies folded to 257 in 46.5 overs with Brathwaite unbeaten on 92.
In another match played at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Christchurch, defending champions India strolled to an eight-wicket win over Afghanistan.