ISLAMABAD, Feb 04 ( Alliance News): Pakistan’s U-19 team failed to reach the World Cup semi-finals, but in the fifth-place match against Sri Lanka, national team captain Qasim Akram became the first player in the world to take five wickets with an unbeaten century.
In the match played at Surveyor Richards Stadium in Antigua, the Pakistani team showed the essence of their abilities and showed a memorable performance.
The Sri Lankan team won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first which was in favor of the national team and the Pakistani batsmen batted brilliantly in 50 overs.
Muhammad Shehzad and wicketkeeper Haseebullah opened the innings for Pakistan and scored 134 runs for the first wicket partnership.
Muhammad Shehzad played an innings of 73 off 69 balls with the help of 7 fours and 2 sixes and was bowled by Raven de Silva.
When Qasim Akram came to bat and formed a long partnership of 229 runs with Haseebullah, the team’s score reached 363 runs.
Haseebullah batted confidently and was dismissed in the closing overs. His innings consisted of 151 balls, in which he scored 136 runs with the help of 9 fours and 2 sixes.
Qasim Akram’s memorable innings continued and while remaining unbeaten, he not only scored a century but also played a lightning fast innings of 135 runs.
The captain faced 80 balls for an innings of 135 runs, which included 13 fours and 6 sixes.