LAHORE - Openers Babar Azam (106 not out) and Sami Aslam ((78) batted Pakistan Under-19s to a comprehensive 9-wicket victory against the Scotland U-19s during the 11th match of the ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012 on Monday at the Kev Hackney Oval in Buderim.

The Pakistan U-19s comfortably chased the target, at the expense of Sami Aslam who contributed 76 runs in his team’s victory. The mainstay of their innings was skipper Babar Azam’s massive unbeaten 106, which included 10 fours and 2 sixes and won him the Player of the Match award. His opening stand with Sami Aslam (78) saw both batsmen posting a combined total of 163 on the board by the 30th over, after which Kyle Smith swept Aslam off the pitch, claiming the only wicket the Scotland U-19s managed to take.

However, Babar Azam remained invincible, and his unbeaten 41-run stand with Imam-ul-Haq (10*) saw the Pakistan Under-19s clinching their second consecutive victory in the tournament, comfortably reaching 204 by the 37th over at the expense of just one wicket, with 82 balls remaining.

Though Scotland produced the highest score of any of the four qualifiers in posting 200 runs, Pakistan won the match while losing just one wicket in 36.2 overs in reply.

The Scotland U-19s won the toss and chose to bat first, but the Pakistan U-19s’ bowling attack, spearheaded by M Nawaz (10-1-20-4), did not allow their batsmen to progress beyond a final score of 200 runs.

McLean, however, powered on, going on to set up a 44-run stand with Tom McBride (18).  Their partnership enabled the Scotland U-19s to reach 80 runs by the 20th over, before McBride was caught and bowled by Zafar Gohar.

HARRY STARS IN AUSSIES WIN: Harry Conway produced a hat-trick in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup to help steer Australia to an emphatic 212-run win over Nepal at Tony Ireland Stadium in Queensland. After Australia piled up 294 for 7 in 50 overs thanks to Cameron Bancroft’s 125, Cornway’s hat-trick and Ashton Turner’s spell of 4 for 28 resulted in Nepal being bowled out for a paltry 82 in 23.5 overs.

Bancroft and Kurtis Patterson combined for a 160-run partnership for the second wicket — a record for an Australia side at an Under-19 World Cup — before Patterson was dismissed for 86.

Harry Conway produced a hat-trick in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup to help steer Australia to an emphatic 212-run win over Nepal at Tony Ireland Stadium in Queensland. After Australia piled up 294 for 7 in 50 overs thanks to Cameron Bancroft’s 125, Cornway’s hat-trick and Ashton Turner’s spell of 4 for 28 resulted in Nepal being bowled out for a paltry 82 in 23.5 overs.

WINDIES BEAT PNG: West Indies extended their winning streak through a nine-wicket win over Papua New Guinea.

Opener Sunil Ambris cracked a breezy 91 off 43 balls to help West Indies win the match in 11.4 overs after bowling out PNG for 116. Kyle Mayers sparkled again, taking three wickets for 12 runs, along with Jerome Jones, who bagged 3 for 15.

SRI LANKA DOWN NAMIBIA: Sri Lanka, who lost their opening match to Bangladesh, downed qualifiers Namibia. The Lankans posted an impressive 298 for 8, with opener Sebastian Perera top-scoring with 69. Namibia crashed to Lahiru Madushanka’s spell of 4 for 15. Madushanka had also scored 45 runs.

TODAY’S FIXTURES

India    v    Zimbabwe

Australia    v    Ireland

South Africa    v    Namibia

New Zealand    v    Afghanistan

scoreboard

Scotland Innings:

Ross McLean run out Sami Aslam    59

Mathew Cross  c S Afridi b Zia    26

Tom McBride c & b Zafar Gohar    18

Freddie Coleman b Nawaz    39

Henry Edwards c S Afridi b Ehsan    1

Ruaidhri Smith c S Afridi b Ehsan     34

Peter Ross b Nawaz    1

Aman Bailwal b M Nawaz    1

Kyle Smith lbw M Nawaz    0

Scott McElnea run out S Afridi    2

Patrick Sadler not out    1

Extras: (b5, lb2, w10, nb1)    18

Total: (all out, 49.5 overs)    200

FOW: 1-36 2-80, 3-146, 4-148, 5-168, 6-172, 7-178, 8-178, 9-192, 10-200

Bowling: Zia ul Haq 6-0-31-1, Ehsan Adil 9.5-1-37-2, Usman Qadir 10-0-44-0, Zafar Gohar 10-0-45-1. Nawaz 10-1-20-4, Babar Azam4-0-16-0

 Pakistan Innings:

Sami Aslam c McBride b Smith    78

Babar Azam not out    106

Imam ul Haq not out    10

Did not bat: Saad Ali, Usman Qadir, M Nawaz, Ehsan Adil, Zafar Gohar, Umar Waheed, Zia ul Haq, Salman Afridi

Extras: (lb1, w9)    10

Total: (for one wkts; 36.2 overs)    204

FOW: 1-163

Bowling: Patrick Sadler 7-1-33-0, Ruaidhri Smith 7-0-31-0, Aman Bailwal 7-0-57-0, Scott McElnea 4-0-28-0, Kyle Smith 9-0-36-1, Ross McLean 2-0-18-0