Cricket Match Predictions: ICC U19 World Cup 2022 - Pakistan vs PNG, Match 6 : 15th Jan
The 15th match of the ICC Under 19 World Cup 2022 will be played between Pakistan and PNG.
Only India have reached the ICC U19 Men’s CWC final more often than Pakistan, who have done so on five occasions in total.
The glory years came back in 2004 and 2006, with back-to-back titles in squads featuring the likes of future skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, as well as Wahab Riaz and Imad Wasim.
More recently, Shaheen Shah Afridi first caught the eye in the ICC U19 Men’s CWC, so the conveyor belt of talent has shown no signs of slowing down.
In the West Indies, all-rounder Qasim Akram will captain the side that is coached by Pakistan legend Ijaz Ahmed.
Qasim will be joined by top-order batter Muhammad Shehzad who is also back for his second appearances in the tournament.
After Papua New Guinea’s senior men’s team competed at the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the Under 19 team will make their ninth appearance in the ICC U19 Men’s CWC in the West Indies.
PNG are yet to make it out of the first round of the tournament but of their three previous victories, two have come against Group C opponents.
In 2010, PNG got the better of Afghanistan while two years later they got the better of Zimbabwe.
All-rounder Barnabas Maha will lead the side in the West Indies, having also captained the side during qualification for the 2020 ICC U19 Men’s CWC.
Pakistan - Qasim Akram (c), Abdul Faseeh, Ahmed Khan, Abbas Ali, Ali Asfand, Arham Nawab, Awais Ali, Faisal Akram, Haseebullah, Irfan Khan Niazi, Maaz Sadaqat, Mehran Mumtaz, Mohammad Shehzad, Rizwan Mehmood, Zeeshan Zameer.
Papua New Guinea - Barnabas Maha(c), Boio Ray, Sigo Kelly, Malcolm Aporo, Toua Boe, Ryan Ani, Aue Oru, Katenalaki Singi, Christopher Kilapat, Junior Morea, Peter Karoho, Patrick Nou, Rasan Kevau, Karoho Kevau, John Kariko.
Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Pakistan Under-19
Who will win? – Pakistan Under-19
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Muhammad Shehzad (Pakistan Under-19), Barnabas Maha (Papua New Guinea Under-19)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Qasim Akram (Pakistan Under-19), Barnabas Maha (Papua New Guinea Under-19)
Most Sixes – Muhammad Shehzad (Pakistan Under-19), Barnabas Maha (Papua New Guinea Under-19)
Player of the Match – Qasim Akram
Team Scores Batting first – Pakistan Under-19 250+, Papua New Guinea Under-19 130+
Match Handicap Pakistan Under-19
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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