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We avenged senior squad's loss: says Pak U-19 captain

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Lahore, Feb 22 (UNI) For Pakistan colts, avenging the senior side's loss to Rahul Dravid's men was as important, if not more, as winning the Junior World Cup.

In a memorable final on February 19 in Colombo, the Pakistan under-19 squad pulled off a sensational 38-run victory against the arch rivals after being bundled out for paltry 109.

Dedicating the junior team's memorable triumph to the national senior squad, Sarfraz Ahmed, the skipper of Pakistan's victorious under-19 World Cup side, said his team had vowed before the final against India to clinch the trophy and make up for Inzy's squad's ODI series loss.

''We were deeply disappointed to learn that our senior team was defeated in the one-day series. Each of us then pledged that we would try our level best in the Under-19 World Cup final and avenge the loss,'' he said.

The junior Pakistan captain paid tribute to his pace bowlers for bundling out India for 71.

''All three of them (Anwar Ali, Jamshed Ahmed and Akhtar Ayub) were simply magnificent when we took the field. Our main worry was to get the main Indian batsmen quickly,'' he said.

The Pakistan skipper also heaped praise on prodigious Piyush Chawala and felt that the Indian leggie was also a competent batsman and had a bright future ahead of him.


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