Pakistan had won two of three league matches and finished    Getty Images
Pakistan had won two of three league matches and finished Getty Images

Persistent rains in Queenstown saw the 2018 U-19 World Cup third-place playoff between Pakistan and Afghanistan called off without a ball being bowled. As Pakistan had a better net run rate than Afghanistan, they finished at the third spot. Pakistan lost their first game against Afghanistan by 5 wickets. However, they had followed it with wins against Sri Lanka and Ireland to take the top position in Group D. In the semi-final, India thrashed them by 203 runs.

Afghanistan, on the other hand, won almost every game until Ireland stunned them by 4 runs. They were then beaten by Australia in the first semi-final by 6 wickets. Overnight showers delayed the toss and after several inspections the match was abandoned. Afghanistan had a good run against Pakistan prior to the U-19 World Cup. Afghanistan had defeated them in the Asia Cup final last year that they comfortably won by 185 runs.

This was the penultimate clash of the U-19 World Cup. It will be over to the much-anticipated final between India and Australia at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.