ICC Under 19 world cup quarter final is being played at the at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium today. Pakistan Team won the toss and decided to bat first. The Umpires are RT Robinson from England and C Shamshuddin from India. It is a 50 over match One Day International. Sirilanka had beaten England Superbly yesterday. Now the eyes of the world are set on this match. This beautiful ground has entertained the viewers of the world for serving as the primary ground for ICC World Under 19 Cup.
The Pakistan team has progressed through to the semi finals by beating its previous teams. They have made a score of 227/6 in the 50 overs. The West Indians got a good start after losing the toss. They looked very dangerous on the bowling side from the first over. The skipper Zeeshan Malik got out very easily on 3 runs on the bowling of Holder. He got caught by John cheaply. Today skipper could not set an example for his juniors to come down the order.
Muhammad Umar the other opener got out for 8 also. Shadab Khan got out for 1, Saif badar failed only at 10. Pakistan were 5 wickets down for 57. Hassan Mohsin tried to do some resistance against the West Indian bowlers, but he got out at 19 and Pakistan looked like crashing down. It looked like it was over for Pakistan and they might be all out under 100 runs. The match was in favor of West Indies totally dominating the green caps.
Suddenly the brave Umari Masood joined the fight with Salman Fiaz for the crashed Pakistan side. It went like a miracle as they both stayed on the wicket and played sensibly for a partnership that took Pakistan to 227 from 57/5. The run rate was only 4.5 for Pakistan. The total was defendable but far from good enough.
Umair Masood made a beautiful century, he was the star batsman for Pakistan. He batted with a strike rate of 99.12 and he played 114 balls to make sure he stay on the wicket till the end. Unfortunately in order to accelerate Pakistan score towards the end, There were 15 boundaries in his innings and 2 huge sixes. The splendid innings of Umair got Pakistan above 200 and he sacrificed his wicket for his team. Still West Indies have a stronger chance to win the quarter final because the runs were never enough to chase. Pakistan will have to do something out of the ordinary to take wickets and bowl them out, it is the only way to win now.