Wahaj Riaz-inspired Sindh Blues win National U19 cricket C’ship


Sindh Blues are the winners of the National U19 Championship. They thrashed Sindh Whites

by a mammoth 288 runs in the final, played at the UBL Sports Complex, Karachi, and now have the bragging rights of being the red-ball U19 champions for the 2022-23 season and have also

pocketed PKR 1.5 million.

According to information made available here on Sunday by the Pakistan Cricket Board, Blues completed the win on the fourth and final day of the match as they dismissed Whites’ last five

batters in just 53 runs. Whites were bowled out the latter for mere 217 in their pursuit of 506. Shahwaiz Yasir, who was unbeaten on 50, could add only one run to his score, before Naveed

Ahmed Khan sent him back to the pavilion. Naveed was one of the two bowlers – the other being

Afnan Khan – in the innings to pick three wickets. Aftab Ibrahim and Ziaullah dismissed two

batters each.

Syed Tayyab Hussain, not out on 22 when the play resumed on Sunday, was the only Whites

player to show resistance with a half-century before he was stumped off Ziaullah. Tayyab hit five fours in his 151-ball 53.

That Blues were able to set such a huge total for Whites was because of brilliant bowling performances from their bowlers and captain Wahaj Riaz’s sound batsmanship. —APP


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