Pakistan ended their Undre-19 Asia Cup campaign with a consolation win over Kuwait at De Zoysa Stadium in Moratuwa on Monday. Knocked out of the semi-fianls of the competition after successive defeats at the hands of Afghanistan and India, Pakistan bowed out of the eight nation tournament with a massive 163 run win.

Pakistan v Kuwait
Kuwait with Pakistan (Winners)

Pakistan posted the highest total in the competition - a mammoth 335 for nine – thanks to three half-centuries.

Mohammad Wasim batting at number eight did most of the damage smashing 55 off just 20 deliveries that included two fours and six sixes. The last over cost Kuwait 21 runs with 20 of them coming from the bat of Wasim.

Mohammad Harris (53) and Irfan Khan (63) scored half-centuries too while all Pakistani batsmen managed decent scores in t he dead rubber. However, their effort came too late in the tournament.

Left-arm spinner Jandu Hamoud claimed four wickets for Kuwait while leg-spinner Abdul Sadiq finished with three wickets.

Pakistan came into the tournament with momentum behind them having overcome Proteas Under-19 7-0 in South Africa. But during the Asia Cup, they were well below par. They started off the campaign with an embarrassing defeat to Afghanistan as they were bowled out for 78 runs inside 20 overs. They did improve against the strong Indian side but couldn’t force a win to stay alive in the competition and will return home early while Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh move to the semi-finals.

The big hitting Mohammad Wasim backed up his half-century with a three wicket haul sharing the new ball Abbas Afridi.

Off-spinner Qasim Akram picked up four wickets as Pakistan bowled out Kuwait for 172 inside 44 overs.

For Kuwait skipper Abdul Saddiq (60) Goving Kumar (45) added 110 runs for the third wicket before Qasim found the breakthrough as Govind was stumped by wicketkeeper Harris Khan.

Kuwait's middle order failed to show any resistance as they lost three wickets for the addition of six runs and slumped to 146 for six after being 140 for three.

Despit the heavy defeat, it was a commendable effort by Kuwait to make it to the Asia Cup having done well in the qualifying round in Malaysia. They were one of the three Associate natoins to qualify for the eight nation tournament along with United Arab Emirates and Nepal.

Mon 9-Sep

Pakistan v Kuwait at Moratuwa
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat
Pakistan: 335 for 9 off 50 overs (M.Haris 53, MI.Khan 63, M.Wasim 55; J.Amanullah 4-60, A.Sadiq 3-70)
Kuwait: 172 all out off 43.4 overs (A.Sadiq 60, G.Kumar 45; M.Wasim 3-23, Q.Akram 4-38)
Man of the Match: Mohammad Wasim (Pakistan)


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Filed September 9th, 2019