Afghanistan reach semi-final
KABUL: Afghanistan U-19 cricket team on Tuesday defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets and will face Pakistan in semi-final on Thursday.
Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first. Bangladesh managed to score 240 runs in 50 overs while losing nine wickets.
Afghan skipper Javed Ahmadi and Najibullah Zadran each sent three players to the pavilion, while Shabir Noori took two wickets.
Due to rain, Afghanistan has to chase 220 runs in 42 overs. Partnership of 77 runs was ended when Afsar Khan was dismissed on 41 runs. However, Ahmadi scored 71, Noori made 57 and Najibullah Zadran 33 runs and chased the target in 40.3 overs. Ahmadi was called man of the match.
Media Officer of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), Ahmad Farid Hotak told Afghanistan Times that Afghan squad in semi-final would face Pakistan. “It is going to be a tough match.”
He while terming Pakistan as a strong team said, Afghan U-19 players have the ability to fight against their Pakistani rivals.
Afghanistan lost its opening match against Sri Lanka on Saturday and defeated Qatar on Sunday.
The tournament began on June 23 and would end early next month. Total eight Asian nations are participating in the event. Afghanistan is placed in group B along with Sri Lanka, Qatar and Bangladesh, while host country Malaysia, Nepal, India and Pakistan are part of the group A.
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