The 18th match of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 was played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Cobham Oval in Whangarie on Friday (19 January). Pakistan sealed their quarter-final berth with a three-wicket victory in a spirited contest.
Hassan Khan won the toss and put the opposition into bat in the must win encounter for both teams. Sri Lanka found themselves struggling early on courtesy fine spells by opening bowlers Arshad Iqbal and Musa. Sri Lanka were soon 48/3. Their captain Kamindu Mendis was run-out, this was a crucial blow. It left the Islanders in a deeper hole, at 72/5 it didn’t seem like they’d cross more than 120. But thanks to Jehan Dainel’s 53 off 70 and Badara’s 37 off 56, they managed to put up a fighting total of 188. Suleman Shafqat took 3 and Shaheen Shah Afridi took 2 wickets each.
Pakistan started off their chase nervously; power-hitter Zaid Alam got out after scoring 28, leaving the score at 57/3. It was Ali Zaryab Asif’s steady knock of 59(94) which steadied the innings and helped Pakistan reach close to the finish line. Hassan Khan (24* off 45) and a late order cameo by Muhammad Musa (23* off 18) ensured Pakistan a win and a place in the quarter-finals. Sri Lankan bowlers troubled the opposition batsmen time and again but in the end their efforts fell short. Thisaru Rashmika was Sri Lanka’s best bowler with 3 for 47
Pakistan will face either New Zealand or South Africa in the Super League quarter-final stage of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018.