Pakistan experiences a nightmare on its tour of New Zealand. Thankfully, things are different for the national U19 team that is traveling the same country.
On Wednesday, the Pakistani U19 national team marched into Christchurch in the semi-finals of the ICC-U19 World Cup and displaced South Africa. Ali Zaryab’s second half century was the main reason that Pakistan celebrated a three-wicket triumph over South Africa in a thrilling quarter-final.
In a 111-shake Pakistan shook 111 for 5, before Zaryab with 74 of 111 balls unbeaten and patiently enforced his team. Pakistan started slowly and lost 63 times in 63.1 races. Zaryab, who ranked fourth, was trying to form partnerships, but could not make more than 32 runs with captain Hasan Khan, as off-putter Jason hit no two times and Pakistan five after 26 takeovers. Zaryab was on the 31st, and Pakistan needed 79 more, but at a demanded rate of just over three runs per over.
After Zaryab and Saad Khan had played two virgins, they kept the score in singles and doubles. Zaryab soon brought up half a century and Saad hit three fours in her sixth wicket stand of 65, but squatted for 26 in the deep midwicket. South Africa gave them another fright by knocking Pakistan’s seventh wicket for a first ball duck, but Zaryab took her home.
Previously, Pakistan used their decision to bowl as left-wing Pacer. Shaheen Afridi pulled off the first 10 takeovers and Muhammad Musa, the right arm, beat in successive raids to beat 43 of South Africa in 4 out of 15 assaults. Wickilekeeper batsman Wandile Makwetu revived the innings with a counter-attack half-century with some support from the lower order.
He took them over 100 with Jean du Plessis (21), but was defeated by Musa with a short ball that Makwetu fired for 60 on the deep square. No one scored a crucial 36 runs in seventh place to bring them close to 200. Some run-outs limited them to 189 for 9.
Musa finished off with 44 points in his 10 overs for Bowling after earning 29 for 29, and Afridi ended up with 2 for 30 to lead the wicket taker chart in the tournament with a record of 11 wickets from four games.
Later, Pakistani Under-19 captain Hasan Khan welcomed Ali Zaryab as the “wall” of the team. “He’s the wall for the Pakistani U19 cricket team,” Hasan said. “As he has beaten today and in the previous game, I hope he continues that form and does well in the next few games.”
Zaryab said he would focus on the wicket. “I was just thinking about playing the 50 overs,” Zaryab said. “When I play 50 overs, I knew I could do it alone, my game is to start singles and score against bad balls, that was my plan.”
The timing of Zaryab’s tapping and his serenity earned him praise from the opposition captain. “Under these circumstances, it was a fantastic inning from him,” said Raynard van Tonder. “He beat very well and was pretty calm under pressure, showing great maturity to finish the game as well as he did.”
Pakistan could play India in the semifinals when Prithvi Shaw’s side overtakes Bangladesh. It’s a view that does not alarm Hasan. “As I said at the start of the World Cup, every team can do it all,” he said. “We are looking forward to the game, we are not worried about which team we face, we stick with our basics and hopefully we will do well.” – With contributions from agencies
Pakistan Under-19 won toss
South Africa Under-19
M P Breetzke c Rohail b Shaheen 12
J Pillay b Shaheen 14
*R van Tonder c Hasan b Musa 4
H Rolfes c Rohail b Musa 5
†W Makwetu c Zaryab b Musa 60
J du Plessis c Musa b Hasan 21
J Niemand b Arshad 36
J de Klerk run out 16
G Coetzee run out 3
A Mnyaka not out 5
K Molefe not out 4
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 6) 9
Total (9 wickets; 50 Overs) 189
Fall: 1-21, 2-30, 3-36, 4-43, 5-102, 6-135, 7-171, 8-176, 9-181
Bowling: Arshad 8-0-26-1; Musa 10-0-29-3; Shaheen 10-0-30-2; Hasan 10-1-40-1; Suleman 9-0-47-0; Taha 2-0-7-0; Zaid 1-0-7-0
M Zaid Alam c Rolfes b Coetzee 15
†Rohail Nazir c Makwetu b Rolfes 23
Ammad Alam c Coetzee b Mnyaka 9
Ali Zaryab Asif not out 74
*Hasan Khan c & b Niemand 14
M Taha c Makwetu b Niemand 9
Saad Khan c Pillay b Molefe 26
M Musa lbw b de Klerk 0
Shaheen Shah Afridi not out 1
Extras (lb 1, w 18) 19
Total (7 wickets; 47.5 Overs) 190
Did not bat: Suleman Shafqat, Arshad Iqbal
Fall: 1-19, 2-38, 3-63, 4-95, 5-111, 6-176, 7-180
Bowling: Coetzee 10-0-53-1; Mnyaka 6-0-21-1; Rolfes 7-0-22-1; Molefe 5.5-1-22-1; Breetzke 1-0-7-0; de Klerk 8-1-33-1; Niemand 10-1-31-2
Result: Pakistan U19 won by 3 wickets
Series: Pakistan Under-19s advanced to semis
Man of the Match: Ali Zaryab
Umpires: Nandan (India) and P Wilson (Australia). TV Umpires: T Robinson (England). Match Referee: D Jukes (England)