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Imam inspires Pakistan triumph

A magnificent 120 from Imam-ul-Haq set up a for Pakistan Under-19s against England in the tri-series at Sleaford.

Pakistan were frustrated as rain forced a no-result against Bangladesh at Loughborough yesterday but displayed imperious form in the hosts' first outing of the tournament.

England won the toss but, despite Yorkshire’s Matthew Fisher dismissing Imran Butt with the score on 46 in the 12th over, it was a decision stand-in skipper Jonathan Tattersall would come to regret as opposite number Sami Aslam and Imam went about compiling a match-winning partnership.

By the time Aslam fell for 60 to Fisher’s county colleague Will Rhodes in the 40th over the score was 191 for two, while Imam remained for a brisk late stand with Farhan Nazir before both men were bowled by Josh Shaw. The latter struck an explosive 46 from 22 balls, featuring three fours and four sixes, as Pakistan posted 288 for five from their 50-over allocation.

Rhodes followed figures of 2-55 with a magnificent century of his own - 105 from 83 deliveries - but, aside from a patient 50 from Harry Finch he was afforded precious little support.

The duo put on 134 for the sixth wicket but both fell to seamer Mohammad Aftab - the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with 4-60 - before England were all out for 242 with two overs remaining.