Pakistan team out of U-19 World Cup after defeat by Australia

By: News Desk
Published: 10:32 AM, 29 Jan, 2022
Pakistan team out of U-19 World Cup after defeat by Australia
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Australian Batter Teague Wyllie continued his domination at the U-19 World Cup before the seamers came to the fore as Australia saw off Pakistan comfortably in the quarter-finals, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Australia now face either India or Bangladesh in the semi-final.

Wyllie once again dropped anchor to make 71, his ease of handling pace and spin frustrated Pakistan. 

Wyllie put on a brisk 86-run opening stand with Campbell Kellaway (47) to set the tone of the innings, but a 101 partnership as a follow-up with Corey Miller did not give Pakistan a look in. After 37 overs Pakistan had only one wicket to show.

Scoreboard: Australia 276 for 7 (Wyllie 71, Miller 64, Kellaway 47, Qasim 3-40) beat Pakistan 157 all out (Mumtaz 29, Salzmann 3-37, Whitney 2-31) by 119 runs

Medium-pacer Awais Ali finally broke through when he bowled Wyllie in the 38th over, but the platform was set for the middle order to go out all guns blazing.

Cooper Connolly, the captain, bashed four fours in a 25-ball 33 even as Miller eventually fell for 64. Then Australia slumped by losing five wickets in eight overs before No. 9 William Salzmann smacked a 14-ball 25 to give the innings a lift towards the end with Australia finishing with 276.

Qasim Akram, the batting allrounder who also bowls offspin, was the pick of the bowlers with his 3 for 40 - including two top-order wickets - but poor returns from the pace bowlers hurt Pakistan. 

Zeeshan Zameer went for 76 in nine overs, Awais' economy was nearly six and Ahmed Khan could not take a wicket.

Pakistan lost their openers inside the fifth over, even as Abdul Faseeh (28) and Irfan Khan (27) tried to rebuild, but Connolly went to his go-to partnership breaker of the tournament Salzmann and he delivered yet again, removing Irfan with a yorker that rattled his middle stump. 

Pakistan soon slumped to 83 for 4 when Faseeh followed.

That was the beginning of the end, as it turned out

Qasim was run-out for 9, Abbas Ali and Maaz Sadaqat were dismissed by offspinner Jack Infield, and Pakistan soon folded for 157 to crash out of title contention.