Pakistan Under-19, Afghanistan Under-19, Darwish Rasooli, Whangarei
Darwish Rasooli smashed unbeaten 76 to take Afghanistan past Pakistan in Under-19 World Cup. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Prolific Afghanistan youngsters have done it again in style against Pakistan Under-19 team in the opener of the ICC 2018 U-19 World Cup in New Zealand while sealing the match by five wickets and 15 balls to spare, as Twittersphere hailed the efforts of Afghan colts.

Pakistan Under-19, Afghanistan Under-19, Darwish Rasooli, Whangarei
2018 U-19 World Cup: Darwish Rasooli played a brilliant knock to deliver for Afghanistan in the Under 19 World Cup. Getty Images.

In the first game of the Group D at Whangarei Afghanistan chased down the target of 189 comfortably in 47.3 overs, as Darwish Rasooli remained unbeaten on 76 off 78 deliveries. His innings was comprised of four boundaries and two sixes.

The pick of the bowlers for Afghanistan was Azmatullah Omarzai and Qais Ahmed, who bagged three wickets each with fast bowling spearhead Naveen-ul-Haq claimed two wickets and Zahir Khan and Nisar Wahdat picked wicket apiece.

In morning, Pakistan skipper Hasan Khan won the toss and opted to bat first which further saw the side was bundled out on 188 in 47.4 overs.

Pakistan Under-19, Afghanistan Under-19, Darwish Rasooli, Whangarei, 2018 U-19 World Cup
2018 U-19 World Cup: Afghanistan restricted Pakistan under 200. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The young team has risen to the occasion and did wonders in recent Pakistan and it could not be termed an upset win in any way for the unit from war-torn country Afghanistan.

Moreover, Pakistan U-19 team had a miserable start when Muhammad Zaid Alam was dismissed by Naveen on the very second delivery of Pakistan innings.

However, the only hope for Pakistan was wicketkeeper-batsman Rohail Nazir, who scored 105-ball 81 which saw him registering nine boundaries as on the other side, the wickets kept falling at regular intervals.

Pakistan Under-19, Afghanistan Under-19, Darwish Rasooli, Whangarei, 2018 U-19 World Cup
2018 Under-19 World Cup: Afghanistan camp was jubilant after flooring Pakistan U-19. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Interestingly, it was the third-straight win for Afghanistan over Pakistan in the recent past fixtures.

Earlier, in November 2017, promising Afghanistan thrashed Pakistan U-19 by 185 runs in the Asia Cup final at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

The emerging 16-year-old star Mujeeb Zadran has bamboozled Pakistan with the spin-bowling which simultaneously saw him scaling figures of five for 13 – to see Pakistan U-19 being dismissed on 643 after Afghanistan U-19 team post 248 on board.

With so much on an offer during the ongoing twelfth edition of U-19 World Cup and third overall in England, Afghan lads have a lot to prove and their potential has already grabbed the headlines in the Asian Cricket Council’s U-19 World Cup 2017.

This is what unfolded over after Under-19 Afghanistan team opened the account following thorough all-round performance:

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    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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