A team effort from Pakistan Under-19s helped them make a winning start to the tri-series in Sri Lanka by convincingly beating Bangladesh Under-19s in a low-scoring encounter. There were no standout performances from Pakistan, but several players made 30s with the bat, and the wickets were shared around by the bowlers.
After choosing to bat, Pakistan stitched together six partnerships worth more than 20 but only one of those grew to 50 - the fifth-wicket stand between Hammad Azam (38) and Sarmad Bhatti (26). Bangladesh medium-pacer Abul Hasan leaked 50 runs in his six overs, but polished off the tail to finish with five wickets.
Chasing 212, Bangladesh's biggest partnership was also for the fifth wicket - 57 runs between Saikat Ali (25) and Mominul Haque (44)- but collapses on either side of that stand undermined the reply. With only one other batsman reaching double digits, Tasamul Haque (28), Bangladesh folded for 143.
Bangladesh get a chance to get their campaign back on track when they take on Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Monday. The tournament follows a double round-robin format, with the top two teams progressing to the final on December 8.