McFayden all-round show earns Australia U16 a 3 wicket win
On a sunny day in Dubai Australia Under 16s put up a fine show to take the series score to 1-1. All round performances from Noah McFayden and Nivethan Radhakrishnan made sure Pakistan stood no chance in the game, despite a fight put up by Ahmed Khan and Aseer Mughal with both bat and ball.
Pakistan were off to a poor start after winning the toss as both their openers Haseebullah and Ali Hassan were back in the hut after just 13 balls with only 6 runs on the board courtesy of a beautiful opening spell from McFayden.
Skipper Umer Eman steadied the ship for a while with Sameer Saqib at the other end. Both added 39 runs for 3rd wicket before Umer was dismissed for a 44 ball 17 in the 16th over, off the bowling of the off spinner N Radhakrishnan. One wicket brings two, they say and In a matter of just a few balls Radhakrishnan took his 2nd wicket as Sameer Saqib chipped a straighter one in to the hands of Ford. Australia were clearly on top as the scoreboard read 50/4 after 17.1 overs. Aseer Mughal and Kashif Ali joined hands to strike a 44 runs partnership, before Kashif Ali fell for a very well made innings 31 of 45 with the help of 6 boundaries. The sob story continued for Pakistan as the new batsman Zubair Shinwari was out for a duck and Pakistan were struggling at 94/6 in 31 overs.
At this stage Ahmed Khan played a brilliant innings of 55 not out, which included 3 fours and 3 sixes, while Aseer Mughal meanwhile kept the scoreboard ticking as he held on to one end firmly. They stitched together a brilliant 82 run partnership before Aseer Mughal got out in the penultimate over for a well made 44 of 93 balls. Ahmed Khan’s aggressive innings helped Pakistan to post a competitive total of 191/7 in 50 overs. N McFayden registered 3/42 while Radhakrishnan and de Kooker took 2 wickets each.
Australia started their chase positively but in the 5th over Ahmed Khan removed both T Snell (4) and D Webb (5) cheaply. At 19/2 Radhakrishnan and Shobit SIngh added 49 runs for the 3rd wicket, before Singh (23) was caught at mid-off of Faisal Akram. Pakistan failed to take a wicket in the next 96 balls as McFayden and Radhakrishnan struck a 100 run partnership to virtually win the game for Australia. In the 36th over Umer Eman removed Radhakrishnan ,who made 59 off 85 balls with 9 fours. Umer struck again in his next over to take the prize wicket of McFayden who made an aggressive 59 off 57 balls with 9 fours and a maximum. With 11 runs needed Australia lost two more wickets but won the game in the 43rd over at the cost of 7 wickets. Ahmed Khan and Umer Eman took two wickets each for Pakistan.
Noah McFayden was declared Man of the Match for his match winning performances with both bat and ball.
Australia U16 beat Pakistan U16 by 3 Wickets
Pakistan U16: 191/7 (50 Overs)
(Ahmed Khan 55*, Aseer Mughal 44, Kashif Ali 31, N McFayden 3/42 N Radhakrishnan 2/24, K de Koker 2/32)
Australia U16: 192/7 (42.1 Overs)
(N McFayden 59, N Radhakrishnan 59, Umer Eman 2/27, Ahmed Khan 2/32)