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ICC U-19 WC: Pakistan see off England in a thriller to reach final

DUBAI: Pakistan Under-19 holds their nerves to beat England Under-19 by three wickets with 5 balls to spare in the semi-final of ICC Under-19 World Cup at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, ARY News reported.

England batting first were initially tied down by the Pakistani seamers losing early wickets.

Ben Duckett, who made 22 runs fell just after he had gotten off to a start leaving England three wickets down for 38 runs.

Ryan Higgins(52) made a subdued fifty, scoring just one four. England were pegged back further when Higgins rushed down the track to the legspinner Karamat Ali and was stumped.Karamat then breached Joe Clarke's defense the next ball, leaving England at 119 for 6.

The main contribution was made by English skipper Will Rhodes, who accelerated the England’s inning towards the end scoring unbeaten 76 off 79 balls.

Zia-ul-Haq, Amad Butt and Karamat Ali took 2 wickets each.

Pakistan’s chase wasn’t impressive as wicket kept falling at regular intervals of time.

Captain Sami Aslam was the first man to be dismissed scoring 18 runs at the score of 41.

Hasan Raza was the second man to be dismissed at the score of 57 followed by two back to back wickets of Imam-ul-Haq and Kamran Ghulam at the same score.

Saud Shakeel and Ameer Hamza rebuild Pakistan’s inning with scoring 45 and 35 runs respectively but wasn’t able to put Pakistan out of pressure and at one stage Pakistan were 7 for 142.

Zafar Gohar kept his calmness to bring Pakistan home. He made 37* and well supported by Amad Butt scoring unbeaten 26. Both of them played wonderful cricket brilliant under intense pressure.

Following the victory Pakistan Under-19 makes their way for the final, their opponents will decide after the 2nd semi final, which will be played between Australia U-19 and South Africa U-19 on February 26.

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