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Last Updated: Friday, 5 March, 2004, 15:08 GMT
Pakistan claim youth cup
Under-19 World Cup final, Dhaka
Pakistan 230-9 beat West Indies 205 by 25 runs

Pakistan batsman Asif Iqbal
I went out to play my natural game
Asif Iqbal

Pakistan won the under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, beating West Indies by 25 runs in front of thousands of their ecstatic fans in Dhaka.

Asif Iqbal hit the match's only half-century and spinners Tariq Mahmood and Jahangir Mirza were the heroes.

West Indies, who had chances to win the match themselves, tossed wickets away with some appalling running between the wickets at crucial stages.

They were bowled out for 205 with 11 balls remaining in the match.

Pakistan won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to bat first with captain Khalid Latif and Adnan Zaheer starting brightly.

They put on 53 for the first wicket and it needed the introduction of left-arm spinner Rishi Bachan to set the ball rolling for the Windies.

Bachan bowled Zaheer for 22 with his first delivery and in his second over had Latif comfortably stumped for 20 by his captain Denesh Ramdin.

Further wickets to the spinners put Pakistan in trouble at 81-4 and it needed a big partnership to turn things around.

That was provided by Iqbal and Salman Qadir, who added 97 in 21overs with four boundaries and a six lifting the pressure,

Fast bowler Mervin Matthew claimed two late wickets and Bachan collected one more for overall figures of 3-34 but a score of 230-9 represented a healthy total.

Windies openers Xavier Marshall (26) and Tishan Maraj (32) gave their team the perfect start, however.

They hit nine boundaries in partnership, taking the score to 69 in the 13th over before the first of four completely unnecessary run-outs blew them off course.

Predictably, scoring runs was much tougher against the spinners, however, and after Tariq had Marshall caught skying a drive, Mirza picked up two cheap middle-order wickets.

Ramdin played the anchor role in hitting 36 off 61 balls, but his patient approach did not stop the other batsmen taking a few too many risks.

A good partnership between him and Jonathan Augustus was ended by another run-out and although some good hitting from Ravi Rampaul kept them in the contest, Pakistan held their nerve well.

Tariq took 3-34 and Mirza collected 2-29 with the last wicket falling in the penultimate over, appropriately enough to a run-out.

Pakistan: Khalid Latif, Adnan Zaheer, Jahangir Mirza, Asif Iqbal, Salman Qadir, Tariq Mahmood, Fawad Alam, Zulqarnain Haider, Mansoor Amjad, Ali Imran, Riaz Afridi.

West Indies: XM Marshall, T Maraj, LMP Simmons, AB Fudadin, D Ramdin, JC Augustus, Z Khan, R Rampaul, LA Sebastien, R Bachan, M Matthew.

Umpires: Jeremy Lloyds (Eng), Peter Parker (Aus).

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