Pakistan take 2-0 lead against England in Youth ODIs

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

NORTHAMPTON, England: The Pakistan Under-19s cricket team took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the five-match Youth One-day International series, when they comfortably beat England Under-19s in the third match by 36 runs, here at the County Ground.

After being bowled out for a score of 235 runs in their full quota of 50 overs, having elected to bat first, Pakistan dismissed the hosts for a modest 199 and won with as many as four overs to spare.

England captain Rory Hamilton-Brown, with figures of 6-51 in 10 overs of off-spin, kept the visiting Pakistan team in check after the third-wicket partnership had produced an invaluable 123 runs.

The left-handed Umar Amin top-scored with 88 runs, in just over two hours off 121 balls with eight fours and a six. Usman Salahuddin assisted him ably with a knock of 63 that came off 80 balls and included three sixes.

Left-arm pace bowler Mohammad Aamer, just 15 and having great success on this England tour, captured 4-30 in eight overs to put the home team in trouble. Another star for the Pakistan team was Karachi’s all-rounder Ahmed Iqbal. Top-scorer with 40 runs in his team’s one-wicket win in the second ODI at Shenley last Friday, the right-handed batsman held the lower order together with an unbeaten 21 off only 22 balls.

Pakistan lost their last seven wickets with only 43 runs added though. Ahmed Iqbal later took two wickets with his left-arm spin to take his team nearer victory.

The tourists now play their last two Youth ODIs both at Grace Road, Leicester, on Wednesday and Thursday.

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