KUALA LUMPUR: Afghanistan U-19 humiliated Pakistan U-19 in the final of Asian Cricket Council U-19 Asia Cup by 185 runs while defending a moderate target of 248 runs.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first. On the big occasion, Afghanistan’s young openers, Rahman Gul and Ibrahim Zadran, had a decent start as they had a 61-run opening stand.
Gul was the first batsman to get out after scoring 40 (53), his partner fell after an addition of 30 runs in the aggregate total at an individual score of 36 (76).
Afghanistan’s one-down batsman, Ikram Faizi was the hero for his team with his fighting ton. He remained not-out for 107 (113) runs, his inning comprised of ten 4’s and two 6’s.
Other than him, none of Afghanistan’s batsmen could score much. Apart from the top three batsmen, Darwish Rasooli was the highest scorer with only 18 runs.
Faizi’s extraordinary inning took Afghanistan to a fighting total of 248/7.
Mohammad Musa was the pick of the bowler for Pakistan with three wickets to his name for 46 in 10 overs.
Pakistan had a poor start to their inning and never looked like chasing the target set by the opponents.
The men in green lost their opener, Omair Yousuf, early in the inning who got out for naught.
It was the second time in the tournament when Pakistani batsmen were struggling miserably against Afghani bowlers, the whole team got out on just 63 runs.
Muhammad Taha was the highest scorer for his team with 19 runs, while Hasan Khan was the second highest run-getter of the inning with 10 runs. There were three batsmen in their line-up who failed to score a single run.
Mujeeb Zadran picked five wickets for 13 runs in 7.1 overs, whereas, Qais Ahmed struck thrice in the inning for 18.
Ikram Faizi was named a man of the match for his brave inning, while Mujeeb won the man of the series award.