Under-19 lose again

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The national Under-19 cricket team slumped to their second consecutive defeat inside two days after going down by 129 runs to Pakistan at Somerset College in Cape Town, South Africa yesterday.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first before posting a competitive 265 for nine in their allotted 50 overs after half centuries by Babar Azam (85) and Umar Waheed (63).

In reply, Zimbabwe got off to a painstakingly slow start as the batsman seemed content with just staying in the crease rather than scoring before a collapse saw them bundled out for 136 runs in 36,4 overs.

The Pakistanis were brilliant in the field which yielded three run-outs while left-arm seamer Zia-ul-Haq was the pick of the bowlers with impressive figures of three wickets for 16 runs in six overs.

Opening batsman Luke Masasire fought a lone battle for Zimbabwe with a patient 54 off 91 deliveries, but was let down by his teammates who could not give him the necessary support.