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Sports: Cricket: Pakistan beats Kuwait after two defeats in ACC U19 Asia Cup match

September 9, 2019

Karachi:Pakistan recorded a convincing 163-run victory against minnow Kuwait but failed to make it to the semifinals of the ACC U19 Asia Cup 2019 after losing two straight games earlier.

Pakistan lost its group matches against Afghanistan and then India and a victory against underdogs Kuwait could lift the side to third spot in the four-team Group ‘A’.

Pakistan batted first against Kuwait at Tyronne Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa on Monday. Mohammad Wasim hit a 20-ball unbeaten 55 (two fours and six sixes) to propel Pakistan to their 335 for nine total in 50 overs and followed it with a three wicket spell to help his side to their comfortable victory, Qasim made 28 runs and then took four wickets in his match winning contribution.

Captain Rohail Nazir won the toss and opted to bat first, the foundation of the Pakistan total was laid by Irfan Khan (63 off 68 balls) and Haris Khan (53 off 41 balls). Fahad Munir made 42 before Wasim’s whirlwind innings provided the icing on the cake. Rohail who scored 117 against India, scored 34 runs off 45 balls. Jandu Hamoud took four wickets for 60 runs.

Kuwait batsmen found the target beyond their reach as Pakistan bowlers led by Qasim (four for 38) and Wasim (three for 23) kept a tight leash on the scoring rate. Abu Huraira provided two vital breakthroughs in his economical 10-over spell in which he conceded 33 runs.

Kuwait captain Abdul Sadiq scored 60 runs while Govind Kumar made 45, the two added 110 runs for the third wicket but their departure titled the match in Pakistan’s favour.

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