DUBAI: Pakistan Under-19 crushed Papa New Guinea Under-19 by 145 runs in the Group match of ICC Under-19 World Cup at ICC Academy, Dubai, ARY News reported.
After being invited to bat first by Papa New Guinea openers of Pakistan Sami Aslam and Imam-ul-Haq laid a strong foundation by posting stand of 125 runs in 25.2 overs.
Aslam fell for 62, but Imam forged another big partnership – 72 for the second wicket with Hasan Raza – to take the team close to the 200-run mark and eventually finished with 88.
Medium-pacer Kabua Morea picked up three wickets, but Pakistan's middle- and lower-order all chipped in with small contributions to lift the team to 283 for 9.
Papa New Guinea remained unsuccessful to gather any momentum during the chase as wickets at regular intervals hurt their progress.
Kiplin Doriga was the only batsman who offered some resistance, scoring 51, as the team were bundled out for 138 in 30.5 overs.
Zafar Gohar bowled exceptionally well taking 4 wickets conceding 35 runs in the spell of 8.5 overs.