U-19 World Cup: Afghanistan thrash New Zealand, storms into semifinal

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U-19 World Cup: Afghanistan thrash New Zealand, storms into semifinal
Shukriya Pakistan

ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: Afghanistan beat New Zealand by 202 runs in the quarter-final and reach into the semi-final for the first time.

After opting to bat, four Afghanistan batsmen scored half-centuries – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (69), Ibrahim Zadran (68), Bahir Shah (67 not out) and the incredible Azmatullah Omarzai (66 off just 23). Thereafter, having posted a mammoth 309/6, Mujeeb Zadran (4/14), the mystery spinner, and Qais Ahmed (4/33), the leggie, ran through the line-up.

The New Zealand bowlers had a torrid time in the first innings, especially in the last five overs when Azmatullah’s belligerence ensured 77 runs were added. But perhaps it could all have been different had New Zealand held on to their chances.

However, Mujeeb Zadran and Qais Ahmad ran through their batting lineup. Both snared four-wicket hauls to inflict a humiliating loss on the Kiwis. The Kiwis capitulated like a house of cards and posed minimal threat to the Afghan bowlers.

The Afghans will now play Australia in the semis on Monday. Australia won their quarter-final in miraculous fashion, beating England by 31 runs after defending a total of just 127.

On the other side, Pakistan will face the winner of the game between India and Bangladesh in the semi-final on 30th January.

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