Pakistan defeated New Zealand by five wickets on the sixth day of the ICC U-19 World Cup. New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first but their decision didn't prove right as they could only muster 152 runs in 50 overs for the loss of eight wickets. Henry Walsh scored 33 runs and was the pick of the batsmen. Pakistan used five bowlers and all of them proved economical. Ehsan Adil and Zia-ul-Haq chalked up two wickets each.
Iman-ul-Haq and Saad Ali scored 40 and 32 respectively as Pakistan strolled to the five-wicket victory in 31.2 overs. Pakistan have won all three matches of Group B and are one of the favourites to win the World Cup.
Brief scores: Pakistan 153 for 5 in 31.2 overs (Imam 40, Ali 32) beat New Zealand 152 for 8 (Walsh 33, Adil 2-21) by five wickets
In other matches:
West Indies thumped Zimbabwe by six wickets in a Group C match. West Indies won the toss and put Zimbabwe to bat. Their bowlers stifled Zimbabwe for runs and restricted them to 148 for 8 in 50 overs. Akeal Hosein conceded only 16 runs in 10 overs and picked up two wickets. West Indies' captain Kraigg Brathwaite led the run chase by scoring 71 runs as West Indies attained the target in 35.1 overs. Brathwaite was declared Man of the Match. West Indies won all their three group matches.
Brief scores: West Indies 150 for 4 in 35.1 overs (Brathwaite 71; Geyle 2-28) beat Zimbabwe 148 for 8 (Lake 31; Hosein 2-16) by six wickets
England crushed Nepal by 127 runs in a Group A match. England won the toss and elected to bat first. Riding on Ben Foakes' breezy 92 off 84 balls, England notched up 274 runs in 50 overs. Ben Duckett smashed 55 off 33 balss and accelearted the run-rate in last 10 overs.
Chasing an imposing target, Nepal buckled under the pressure and were shot out for 147 in 46 overs. Only their opener Subash Khakurel showed some defiance and made 55 runs. Shozair Ali snared four wickets for England to script a thumping win. Foakes won Man-of-the-Match award for his sparkling innings.
Brief scores: England 274 for 7 (Foakes 92, Duckett 55) beat Nepal 147 all out in 46 overs (Khakurel 55; Ali 4-37) by 127 runs
Bangladesh steamrolled Namibia by seven wickets in a Group D match. Namibia won the toss and elected to bat first but didn't apply themselves well while batting. They were rolled over for 151 in 49.4 overs. Stephan Baard scored 40 and was a lone fighter for Namibia. Bangaldesh overhauled the target without any fuss. Their opener Liton Das cracked unbeaten 70 and orchestrated a seven-wicket victory. Bangaldesh has qualified for the quarter-finals while Sri Lanka are knocked out of the tournament having lost their group match against Bangladesh.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 155 for 3 in 37 overs (Das 70*, Haque 32) beat Namibia 151 all out in 49.4 overs (Baard 40; Jayed 3-29) by seven wickets