12 February 2016
Malik, Badar helm chase as Pakistan finishes fifth
England puts up 264 for 7 but half-centuries by Pakistan duo lead the side to seven-wicket victory
Put into bat, England made 264 for 7 as Sameen Gul and Saif Ali picked up two wickets each. Pakistan then reached its target in 43.1 overs. Malik’s 93, which was his second fifty in the tournament, fetched him the Man of the Match award.
The game started with Gul having Dan Lawrence caught behind off the fourth ball of England’s innings. Not long after that Hasan Mohsin bowled Jack Burnham, the tournament’s highest run-getter, with an aggregate of 420 runs in six matches.
Burnham is the first batsman, after Shikhar Dhawan in 2004, to score three centuries in one edition of the competition, but he made just 11 against Sri Lanka Under-19 in the quarterfinal and 2 against Pakistan.
Tom Moores, son of Peter Moores, was the third wicket to fall in the 11th over when Saif struck for the first time in the match. Playing his second match of the competition, Moores made 47 to go with his 85 against Namibia.
England revived its innings through a fourth-wicket stand of 52 runs between Callum Taylor and Sam Curran. But Shadab Khan had Taylor caught behind for 33 in the 22nd over to break the momentum.
Curran went on to make 83, which included 11 fours, and with support from Brad Taylor’s unbeaten 37 took England to its fifth 250-plus score in six matches.
Pakistan started its chase in a rapid manner as Malik and Gauhar Hafeez put on 25 runs in 3.5 overs before Hafeez became the first wicket to fall.
England was also hampered by Saqib Mahmood, the tournament's fourth-best bowler currently with 13 sticks, having an off day, and going wicketless in four overs while conceding 35 runs.
Pakistan strengthened its position through the second-wicket stand of 58 runs between Malik and Shadab, reaching 83 before Shadab fell in the 13th over.
That brought Malik and Badar together, and they scored their runs at 5.60. Their partnership included nine fours and three sixes before Curran had Malik caught at mid-on off the first ball of the 34th over.
Pakistan still needed 67 runs after that, and Badar and Mohsin, one of the finds for Pakistan in this tournament, did not take long to complete the formalities.
Badar remained unbeaten on 75 while Mohsin helped himself to 39 not out, and their unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 67 runs got the job done with 41 balls to spare.
Mohsin, who bats at No.5 and opens the bowling, ended the tournament as Pakistan’s best batsman with 293 runs at 97.66, and was the team’s joint-highest wicket-taker with Shadab. While his 11 wickets came at 14.81, Shadab picked them up at 19 apiece.
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