Zimbabwe suffer first loss at ICC Under-19 World Cup

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Brian Bennet scored a brilliant knock of 88 during the Zimbabwe Under-19 team's loss against Pakistan at Diego Martin in Trinidad on Monday Pic by Matthew Lewis-ICC

Trinidad – Middle-order batsman Brian Bennett scored a brilliant 83 while Alex Falao claimed a magnificent five-wicket haul but their efforts were in vain as the Zimbabwe Under-19 succumbed to a 115-run defeat against Pakistan Under-19s in their second ICC Under-19 World Cup match in Trinidad on Monday.

Pakistan showed their batting strength as they played their opening game in Group C in Guyana, putting on 315 thanks to a Haseebullah Khan century.

Zimbabwe fell 115 runs short in the chase despite an 83–run eighth-wicket partnership between Brian Bennett and Tendekai Mataranyika.

Pakistan’s opener Haseebullah put on the highest score of the tournament so far with 135 from 155 balls as he and Irfan Khan combined for a 192-run third-wicket partnership.

Irfan was forced to go for 81 from 77 balls, including eight fours, after being caught by David Bennett off the bowling of Mcgini Dube.

Zimbabwe continued the fightback, led by right-arm seamer Alex Falao, who took the wicket of Haseebullah on his way to five for 58 as Pakistan ended with 315 for nine.

The Young Chevrons had already produced a score higher than this against Papua New Guinea in their opening game of Group C but faltered in this chase.

Matthew Welch and Steven Saul combined at the top of the order to put on 34 for the first wicket.

The next six wickets fell for 77 runs before a timely partnership of 83 runs between Bennett and Mataranyika gave Zimbabwe a glimmer of hope.

But with Bennett’s dismissal they were left needing 121 runs with only 58 balls remaining, Mataranyika followed his partner back to the hutch two balls later before the final wicket of Mcgini Dube fell to hand Pakistan a convincing 115-run victory.

Zimbabwe will be back in action on Saturday when they take on Afghanistan in their final Group C match.

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