PAKISTAN breezed into the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup final after facing little resistance from Afghanistan to post a 151-run win in the semi-finals at the Kinrara Oval yesterday.
Three Pakistan batsmen scored half-centuries as the 2010 Under-19 World Cup runners-up reached an imposing 296 total for the loss of three wickets from 50 overs.
Azizullah claimed four wickets while Ehsan Adil removed Afghanistan's two openers inside three overs before the surprise semi-finalists were dismissed for 145 in 40.5 overs.
Pakistan, who will play either India or Sri Lanka who meet in the second semi-final at Kinrara today, saw Sami Aslam and Babar Azam put on 69 for the first wicket before the latter was bowled by Shabir Noori for 33.
After Aslam (77) skied an Aftab Alam delivery at 145-1, Pakistan continued to score runs liberally before man-of-the-match Imam-ul-Haq was bowled by Sharafuddin for 69.
Umar Waheed and Mohammed Nawaz, unbeaten on 76 and 24 respectively, batted out Pakistan's remaining overs before Afghanistan's reply suffered a rocky start when Adil had Afsar Khan (5) caught with his fifth ball before dismissing Javed Ahmadi for 13 just two overs later. By Devinder Singh