2018 U19 World Cup

Afghanistan upset Pakistan by 5 wickets in U-19 World Cup

After being reduced to 50/3 chasing 189, the Afghanis, steered by Dwarish Rasooli’s unbeaten 78, sailed home with 15 balls to spare.

Afghanistan’s rise in international cricket took yet another surge after they stunned Pakistan by five wickets at Whangarei on Saturday in the first day of the Under-19 World Cup.

After electing to bat, Pakistan batsmen struggled with wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir waging a lone fight with a battling 81 as the team managed only 188. Medium-pacer Azmatullah Omarzai (3/34) and leg-spinner Qais Ahmad (3/38) wrecked the middle-order after Naveen-ul-Haq (2/30) wrecked the top order.

Afghanistan were in trouble after being reduced to 50/3 in the 15th over but the hard-hitting Darwish Rasooli (78 not out) and wicketkeeper Ikram Ali Khil (46) put up a valuable 75-run stand for the fourth wicket to put their side on course to victory. Rasooli rallied with the lower middle-order to take his side home with 15 balls to spare.

The Afghanistan U-19 side have been creating ripples in recent times. Leading up to the tournament, they once again beat Pakistan – by a mammoth 185-run margin – to clinch the Asia U-19 Cup in November last year. They had also beaten Rahul Dravid’s Indian side during their dream run in Kuala Lampur.

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