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Zeeshan, Badar steer Pakistan to fifth place

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Players of Pakistan Under-19 Cricket team celebrating after dismissal of a wicket of England Under-19 Cricket team during their fifth place play-off match of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Friday.

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13th-Feb-2016       
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Half-centuries from Zeeshan Malik and Saif Badar helped Pakistan Under-19s pull off the highest successful chase of the tournament and clinched fifth place with a seven-wicket win over England Under-19s.
Chasing 265, Pakistan got off to a strong start courtesy Zeeshan, who added 25 with Gauhar Hafeez for the first wicket and 58 for the second wicket with Shadab Khan to set them a solid base before he was joined by Badar. Zeeshan and Badar proceeded to put on 115 runs for the third wicket, before the opener fell for a 105-ball 93 that included 15 fours. Pakistan suffered no more losses, as Badar and Hasan Mohsin steered them home with an unbroken stand of 67 for the fourth wicket. Badar finished unbeaten on 75 off 80 balls (5x4, 3x6) and Mohsin on 39 off 36 (4x4, 1x6).
Sent in to bat, England lost two early wickets to the new-ball pair of Sameen Gul and Mohsin, before Tom Moores (47) and Callum Taylor (33) got their innings back on track. Taylor fell in the 22nd over after adding 52 with Sam Curran for the fourth wicket, leaving England 110 for 4. Curran took over the reins, and scored a 107-ball 83 (11x4) to propel England to 264 for 7. He received support from Brad Taylor (37*) in a partnership of 75 for the sixth wicket. Left-arm spinner Hasan Khan bowled a crucial spell, picking up one wicket while only giving away 32 runs in his 10 overs.
Brief score:
England - 264 for 7 in 50 overs, Curran 83, Moores 47, Taylor 37, Gul 2/42. Pakistan -265 for 3 in 43.1 overs, Zeeshan 93, Saif 75 n.o, Hasan 39 n.o,Garton 1/36, Curran 1/37 and Crane 1/50.

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