Pakistan beat Papua New Guinea in Under-19 World Cup
PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand: Pakistan stayed top of Group D with their second win in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, a comfortable six-wicket victory over Papua New Guinea in Palmerston North.
A very dominant bowling performance had Papua New Guinea wrapped up for 99 in 37.3 overs, and in reply Pakistan overcame a terrible start to win with 191 balls remaining and six wickets in hand.
Pakistan leg spinner Usman Qadir proved all but unplayable for Papua New Guinea, eventually picking up 4-35. Shahzaib Ahmed also netted impressive figures of 2-8 off 6.3 overs, while Fayyaz Butt finished with 2-12, both his wickets coming in a destructive sixth over.
Papua New Guinea put up a great start with the ball to give themselves some lift, Raymond Haoda and Timothy Mou removing Pakistan''s openers without a run on the board.
They couldn''t dislodge the next pair as Babar Azam and captain Azeem Ghumman rattled away a stand of 65 in quick time -- when Ghumman departed for a 43-ball 40 there were only 33 needed to win. Azam finished the job with an unbeaten 40.
England also topped their group with an emphatic nine-wicket win over Afghanistan in Christchurch.