Pakistan finish third after wash-out

Pakistan finish third after wash-out

Two-time champions Pakistan claimed third position at the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 after their third-fourth position play-off match against Afghanistan was washed-out on Thursday without a ball being bowled, here.

Afghanistan and Pakistan were in Group D and though Afghanistan defeated Pakistan in their opener, Pakistan topped the group after Afghanistan suffered a surprise defeat against Ireland in their last group match.

While this is Afghanistan's best finish in an ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup after they claimed 16th, 10th, seventh and ninth positions in the 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 events, respectively, this is the third time Pakistan have finished third after 2000 and 2010.

Pakistan's worst performance in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup was in 2012 when they finished eighth.

Pakistan, the only country to have won back-to-back titles, in 2004 and 2006, got past South Africa by three wickets in the quarterfinals but suffered a massive 203 runs defeat to India in the semifinals with the team bundled out for only 69 runs.

Afghanistan lost to three-time champions Australia by six wickets in the semifinals after a huge 202 runs victory over New Zealand in their last-eight fixture.

Pakistan coach Mansoor Rana said he was happy with the side's third-place finish and reflected on their performance in the tournament.

"We're happy but we would have liked to be in the final. Both teams wanted to play today and it would have been better if we had played and got these positions, said Rana following the wash out at the John Davies Oval.

Afghanistan coach Andy Moles was satisfied with his team's effort and saw a bright future for the players.

"We're pleased to finish fourth but would have loved to play Pakistan today. It would have been a chance to test our players against them," he said.

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