09 February 2016
Brilliant Mohsin sparkles in Pakistan U19 win
All-rounder follows up century with four-wicket haul as Nepal U19 slumps to 122-run defeat
Pakistan will take on the winner of the England-Namibia game next.
Hasan Mohsin is a likeable character. He speaks fluently, bats attractively and bowls intelligently. His 106-ball 117 and 4 for 42 stood out in Pakistan U19’s 122-run win against Nepal U19 in the fifth-place playoff semi-final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Tuesday (February 9).
After Pakistan lost the toss and made 258 for 8, Nepal was bowled out for 136 in 43.5 overs.
A day after losing the Super League quarter-final against West Indies at the same venue, Pakistan started on a shaky note, Aarif Sheikh’s twin strikes reducing it to 3 for 2 in 4.3 overs. Soon, that became 30 for 3 before Saif Badar found the perfect ally in Mohsin.
The duo put on 189 runs for the fourth wicket in 31.1 overs before Badar fell to Sandeep Lamichhane, the leg-spinner, in the 45th over. Badar’s patient 88 came off 118 deliveries with six fours and a six.
Lamichhane, the only bowler with a hat-trick in this edition, struck twice more. He had Mohsin caught by Dipendra Airee in his next over for a sparkling knock that contained eight fours and three sixes. Two balls later, Lamichhane accounted for Salman Fayyaz, who had been involved in the highest sixth-wicket partnership in the history of Youth One-Day Internationals with Umair Masood in the loss against West Indies.
Pakistan added 20 runs after Fayyaz’s dismissal, but already had enough on the board.
Starting its chase, Nepal lost five wickets in the first ten overs for 29 and never recovered from thereon.
Apart from Mohsin’s four-wicket burst, Irfan Liaqat and Saif Ali picked up two wickets each to put a swift end to the game.
While Pakistan will take on the winner of the England-Namibia game to decide the fifth place, Nepal will play the loser of that match to decide the seventh-placed team.
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