Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U19 Whites beat Balochistan U19 Whites by 10 wickets at the Saeed Ajmal Academy in Faisalabad today to make it to the final of the National U19 Cup. The other finalist team was Central Punjab U19 Blues who topped Pool A after their final group match against Sindh U19 Blues was abandoned due to rain. The final will take place on Friday, 8 July at the Rana Naveed Cricket Academy in Sheikhupura.
All Pool A fixtures today were abandoned due to rain.
Pool B fixtures:
At the Saeed Ajmal Academy in Faisalabad, after opting to bat first, Balochistan were bundled out for 56 in the 20th over. Only Tanveer Khan (10, 27b, two fours) managed to enter into double figures.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U19 Whites’ Tahir Ali and Jawad Ali bagged three wickets apiece. Mohammad Tahir and Yasir Ahmed took two wickets each.
In return, it took 7.4 overs for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U19 Whites opening batters to achieved the target without losing any wicket. Right-handed Afkar Durani returned unbeaten on 31 off 25 balls faced which included four fours and one six.
In first abandoned match of Pool B, Northern U19 Blues after opting to bat first were 99 for one in 16 overs when play was stopped due to rain and it couldn’t resume later due to persistent rain. Opening batter Hussnain Nadeem returned unbeaten on a 51-ball 55, hitting nine fours.
In another abandoned match of the group, Central Punjab U19 Whites managed to score 87 for one in 19 overs when rain stopped play and the play couldn’t resume afterwards. Opening batter Ali Zoraiz scored an unbeaten 60-ball 54, hitting eight fours.
After the conclusion of fifth and final round, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U19 Whites kept their 100 per cent winning record and topped Pool B. From Pool A, Central Punjab U19 Blues topped the table with nine points from five matches, winning four matches and got one point from abandoned match.
The final will take place between Central Punjab U19 Blues and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U19 Whites at the Rana Naveed Cricket Academy in Sheikhupura on Friday, 8 July. The toss will take place at 0900, while the first ball will be bowled at 0930.
Points table after fifth-round:
|Sr. #||Teams||P||W||L||Washed Out||Points||NRR|
|1||Central Punjab (B)||5||4||0||1||9||2.741|
|3||Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (B)||5||2||2||1||5||-0.399|
|6||Southern Punjab (B)||5||1||3||1||3||-1.452|
Pool – B
|Sr. #||Teams||P||W||L||N. R.||Points||NRR|
|1||Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (W)||5||5||0||0||10||2.257|
|2||Southern Punjab (W)||5||3||1||1||7||0.364|
|3||Central Punjab (W)||5||2||2||1||5||0.997|
Scores in brief – Pool A:
Match abandoned between Central Punjab U19 Blues and Sindh U19 Blues at the Shoaib Akhtar Stadium, Rawalpindi due to rain
Match abandoned between Northern U19 Blues and Southern Punjab U19 Blues at Ayub Park Cricket Ground due to rain
Match abandoned between Balochistan U19 Blues and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U19 Blues at the National Ground, Islamabad due to rain
Scores in brief – Pool B:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U19 Whites beat Balochistan U19 Whites by 10 wickets at the Saeed Ajmal Academy, Faisalabad
Balochistan U19 Whites 56 all out, 19.5 overs (Tahir Ali 3-11, Jawad Ali 3-19, Yasir Ahmed 2-17)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U19 Whites 57-0, 7.4 overs (Afkar Durani 31 not out)
Match abandoned between Northern U19 Whites and Southern Punjab U19 Whites at the Rana Naveed Cricket Academy, Sheikhupura due to rain
Northern U19 Whites 99-1, 16 overs (Hussain Nadeem 55 not out)
Match abandoned between Central Punjab U19 Whites and Sindh U19 Whites at the LCCA Ground, Lahore due to rain
Central Punjab U19 Whites 87-1, 19 overs (Ali Zoraiz 54 not out)