LAHORE - Pakistan’s Under-19 Cricket team on Thursday defeated Afghanistan by 151 runs and qualified for the U-19 Asia Cup 2012 final at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first and piled up 296 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Umar Waheed played sizzling knock of unbeaten 77 runs while Sami Aslam also made 77 for the green shirts.

Sami Aslam hit eight fours and two sixes in his 84-ball knock of 77. He and captain Babar Azam made a cautious start and associated for 69 runs in 14.4 overs. Waheed, batting at number four, scored more than run-a-ball. He took 69 balls for 77 with seven fours and a six.

It was a lopsided semi-final where Pakistan proved to be too strong for their opponents and now they will play winner of India-Sri Lanka second semi-final to be played today (Friday). The final will be held on Sunday.

Afghanistan’s Aftab Alam, Sharafudin and Shabir Noori took one wickets each. Chasing a big target of 297 runs, Afghanistan were blown away for 145 runs in 40.5 overs. Azizullah was the pick of the bowlers with a four-wicket haul. By the 18th over, Afghanistan were out of the match. They were tottering at 78/5 in 17.3 overs. They could never recover from these early blows and surrendered.

Pakistan’s Azizullah took four wicket while Nawaz and Ehsan Adil got two wickets each.