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Pakistan won the World Cup

Written by Kashif Aziz on February 20th, 2006   (241 views)

Although the main team lost face against indians, it was the junior team that brought some glory back. In an amazing contest, Pakistan Under 19 beat India to win the Under 19 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

Mansoor Rana, the Pakistan coach, admitted he did not believe his side would be able to defend 109 in the Under-19 World Cup final against India. After watching the batsmen fail again the tournament he said there was some dejected faces in the changing rooms at the interval.

“They were very down,” he said in the post-match press conference, “but I told them that in my experience I have seen this happen before. I said we had a chance to defend the score, but I didn’t really believe it - I only said it to raise their spirits.”

Rana went on to say that to skittle the Indian batting for 71 was an amazing achievement. “Their top five is very good, you can see that from the number of runs they have scored in the tournament. Their middle order hasn’t got that many runs, though, so we thought that if we could get two or three early wickets we would have a chance.

“One guy was averaging over 100 but the law of averages said they were due to fail and that’s what I told the lads. I said that if we could grab a few early then swing the ball under the lights we could defend the total.”

The floodlights were hardly needed such was the destruction provided by the quick bowlers. The coach saved special praise for his pace attack of Jamshed Ahmed, Anwar Ali and Akhtar Ayub, who have performed consistently throughout the

Rana believes a number of his players can go a long way in the game and said Sarfraz Ahmed could be a future Pakistan captain. “In four or five years time a lot of these guys should be pushing towards the top of the first-class level if not international cricket. Sarfraz has a bright future because captaining the side here has shown that he has what it takes to lead at a higher level and he is already the captain of a first-class team.”

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