Pakistan claim 5th place in the play-offs
Update: February 01, 2022 08:07 STI
St. John’s [Antigua], Feb. 1 (ANI): Haseebullah Khan’s half-century helped Pakistan seal 5th place in the play-off at the expense of Bangladesh despite a fine ton of Ariful Islam in the ongoing U19 World Cup.
Pakistan booked their place in the play-off for 5th place with a six-wicket win over Bangladesh in Antigua and Barbuda.
Bangladesh’s rounds were dominated by Ariful Islam, who came into the crease in 12th place with his side 23 from three and set about guiding them to a competitive total.
Islam had fallen to single-digit scores in his previous two runs at this tournament, but quickly found his groove here and elevated his half-century with a glorious six over long.
The 17-year-old continued to lose partners – Mehran Mumtaz proving particularly powerful with three for 16 from his 10 overs – but kept his composure and sped to the death, hitting three sixes in an Awais Ali to pass In the 90s.
His century from 118 balls came in the middle of the 49th but Islam fell on the next delivery – the ninth wicket to fall in an innings that ended at 175 with four balls remaining.
Muhammad Shehzad and Haseebullah Khan started confidently in response, adding 76 from 19 overs before the former fell for 36.
Khan hit four fours and four sixes before choosing a square leg deep on 78, by which time his team needed just 36 more for victory.
Irfan Khan (24) was unlucky to run out of recoil and Qasim Akram fell for a single but Abdul Faseeh’s unbeaten 22 saw Pakistan go home with 21 balls to spare.
Pakistan will face Sri Lanka in the 5th place play-off on Thursday, while Bangladesh will face South Africa for the right to finish seventh. (ANI)