Mohsin stars as Pak­istan cruise to win over Afghanistan

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Pak­istan kicked off their 2016 Un­der-19 World Cup cam­paign with a com­fort­able sixwicket win over Afghanistan at the Sylhet In­ter­na­tional Cricket Sta­dium, Bangladesh, on Thurs­day. Pak­istan cap­tain Gauhar Hafeez won the toss and put Afghanistan in, a de­ci­sion which paid im­me­di­ate div­i­dends as the op­po­si­tion slumped to 29/3 in 8 overs be­fore be­ing bowled out for 126.

Karachi pacer Hasan Mohsin ac­counted for all three bats­men at the top with his tidy swing bowl­ing. Com­ing in at num­ber five, Tariq Stanikzai, 53 off 76, then mounted an Afghan come­back of sorts but did not find sup­port from the other bats­men as legspin­ner Shadab Khan ran through the line up with as­ton­ish­ing fig­ures of 5-9-4.

Stanikzai's solid fifty en­sured that Afghanistan crossed three fig­ures. Pak­istan stum­bled briefly in the chase, los­ing three wick­ets for 81 runs but the Afghan to­tal was never enough to cause an up­set.

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