Two unbeaten tons help Pakistan U19s reply strongly

Thursday, November 22, 2007

KARACHI: Rony Talukdar’s splendid century seems to have gone to waste, as the Pakistan Under-19s second-wicket pair contributed an unbroken stand of 212 runs, on the second day of the four-day, one-off Youth Test match against Bangladesh Under-19s, here at the National Stadium on Wednesday.

The touring side’s first innings total of 343 runs looked adequate enough, but the Pakistan juniors’ in-form batsmen Ahmed Shahzad and Umar Amin hit unbeaten individual hundreds as they helped their team reach 214 for the loss of only one wicket by the day’s close yesterday.

The visitors started the second day at their overnight 273 for seven, with Talukdar not out at 52. He dominated the Bangladesh later order batting, achieving his first century at the youth cricket level, his eventual 107 runs coming off only 141 deliveries in four minutes short of three hours with the help of 11 fours and two sixes.

Pakistan’s excellent new-ball bowler Mohammad Rameez finished the innings with figures of four wickets for 73 runs. Fast-medium Junaid Nadir and Ahmed Shahzad, with his leg-breaks, picked up two wickets each.

Although he was guilty of having conceded 14 byes in the Bangladesh score, Karachi’s 17-year-old wicket-keeper Mohammad Hasan was otherwise excellent behind the stumps. His three catches were right out of the top drawer.

In five minutes short of five hours, after opener and vice-captain Shan Masood had perished for a duck, Ahmed Shahzad and Umar Amin notched centuries without being separated.

Ahmed’s exact 100 not out has come off 200 balls with eight fours while Umar has hit an unbeaten 108 off 208 deliveries with 12 boundaries. Both scored their respective second Youth Test hundreds, their previous ones being on the England tour earlier this summer. The Bangladesh team, which has arrived in Pakistan after a delay of more than a week, will play a series of five Youth ODIs against the hosts following the ongoing Youth Test match.

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