Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Afghanista­n create history, beat Kiwis to enter semis

- HT Correspond­ent sportsdesk@hindustant­imes.com

NEW DELHI: The Hagley Oval witnessed a red-letter day in the history of the ICC U-19 World Cup as Afghanista­n thrashed hosts New Zealand by 202 runs on Wednesday to enter the semi-final for the first time.

New Zealand, who were undefeated in the league stages and were favourites heading into the contest, were given a shock by Afghanista­n who put up a brilliant show to dump them out of the competitio­n.

After opting to bat, Afghanista­n got off to a great start with Rahmanulla­h Gurbaz (69) and Ibrahim Zadran (68) scoring fifties. The 117-run stand was bro- ken by Sandeep Patel but the stage was set for Bahir Shah to display his mettle. The 17-yearold from Kunar, who has been making big waves in first-class cricket with an average of 121, ensured that the start was not wasted and struck 67 off 72 balls.

However, it was Azmatullah Omarzai’s knock which deflated New Zealand totally by blasting a fifty off just 19 balls. His 66 off 23 balls, studded with three fours and seven sixes took Afghanista­n to 309/6.


In response, New Zealand started off disastrous­ly and was reduced to 20/4 with off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran picking up two early wickets. The disastrous start put New Zealand out of the contest and it was only a matter of time before Afghanista­n eyed victory. Brief scores: Afghanista­n 309-6 in 50 overs (R Gurbaz 69, I Zadran 68, B Shah 67*, A Omarzai 66; S Patel 2-13) vs New Zealand 107 all out in 28.1 overs (K

Clarke 38, D Philips 31; M Zadran 4-14, Q Ahmad 4-33)


QUEENSTOWN: An unbeaten India will start overwhelmi­ng favourites but will have to guard against complacenc­y against a tricky Bangladesh in the quarterfin­als here on Friday. Three-time champions India were hardly tested in the league stage where they thumped Australia, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe to top Group B.

 ?? ICC/GETTY ?? Afghanista­n handed New Zealand a 202run defeat. It was Kiwis’ heaviest in event’s history.
ICC/GETTY Afghanista­n handed New Zealand a 202run defeat. It was Kiwis’ heaviest in event’s history.

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