ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2017 – 2nd Semi-Final: Afghansitan Reached Final After Thrashing Nepal
Afghanistan reached the final of ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2017 after thrashing Nepal in the second semi-final of the tournament at Kinrara Academy Oval (Kuala Lumpur).
Afghanistan decided to bowl first after winning the toss. Nepal was bundled out for just 103 runs in 28 overs.
In reply, Afghanistan chased down the target successfully in just 20.3 overs after losing three wickets (108/3 in 20.3 overs).
During Nepal’s innings, only Anil Sah produced some fights against the Afghan bowlers while no other batsmen crossed the double-digit mark. Anil (50) was dismissed just after completing his half-century while total 14 extras were the second highest scorer of that innings.
16-years old Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran again became the star for his team as he took six wickets in this match with a brilliant bowling figure of 10-2-28-6. Among the other four wickets fallen during Nepal’s innings, two were taken by Qais Ahmad (2/23) while other two were dismissed through the run-out.
In reply, Afghanistan comfortably chased down the target. When Afghanistan was just 10-runs short of their target (94/1 in 18 overs), the rain stopped the game. After sometimes, the match restarted, and Afghanistan took only 2.3 overs to reach the target after losing two more wickets.
Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored most of the runs as he was dismissed after scoring 71 runs. Another opener Ibrahim Zadran was departed early after scoring just three runs while wicketkeeper Ikram Faizi scored 18 runs and put a superb 71-runs partnership for the second wicket.
Darwish Rasooli (12*) and Nisar Wahdat (0*) remained unbeaten at the end of Afghanistan’s chasing.
Among the Nepal bowlers, Sandeep Lamichhane (1/22), Kamal Singh (1/29) and Pawan Sarraf (1/2) were able to take a wicket each.
In the final match of ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2017 which will be played on this Sunday, Afghanistan will take on Pakistan at Kinrara Academy Oval (Kuala Lumpur). Earlier in the group stage (Group B) of this competition, they had met against each other where Pakistan had suffered a humiliating 7-wickets defeat after getting all-out for just 57 runs.
Nepal – 103 in 28 overs (Anil Sah 50, Pawan Sarraf 8, Mujeeb Zadran 6/28)
Afghanistan – 108/3 in 20.3 overs (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 71, Ikram Faizi 18, Pawan Sarraf 1/2)
Result – Afghanistan won by 7 wickets.
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