Afghanistan caused a major upset in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2014 when they defeated three-time champions and 2012 runners-up Australia by 36 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 2 yesterday.
Half-centuries by Mohammad Mujtaba, Ihsanullah and Hashmatullah Shaidi helped Afghanistan post a respectable 253 in 49.2 overs, before fast bowler Abdullah Adil and left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf shared seven wickets between them to bowl Australia out for 217.
Mujtaba (75) and Ihsanullah (63) added 126 runs for the second wicket and later Hashmatullah (57, 64b, 7x4) provided a late impetus to Afghanistan’s innings after they had elected to bat first. In turn, Australia managed just one partnership of note when for the fourth wicket, Jake Doran (45) and Damien Mortimer (43) put on 70 runs as it was bowled out for 217 in 48 overs with James Bazley top scoring with 54 not out.
Abdullah returned figures of 9-0-45-4 while Sharafuddin had figures of 9-1-55-3.
In the other matches of the day, India’s left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav became his country’s first bowler and second overall to record a hat-trick in the history of the tournament as the defending champions survived a scare to beat Scotland by five wickets at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh defeated Namibia by 52 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 1 and two-time former champions Pakistan recorded a comfortable 145-run victory over Papua New Guinea (PNG).
After yesterday’s results, India have qualified for the quarter-finals from Group A while the second quarter-finalists will be confirmed after tomorrow’s matches between India and PNG, and Pakistan and Scotland. At present, both Pakistan and Scotland sit with one win apiece.
On Sunday, South Africa from Group C and Sri Lanka from Group D sealed their places in the quarter-finals after recording back-to-back victories.
Today, West Indies will hope to seal the second quarter-final spot in Group C when they face winless Canada.
Group A, India beat Scotland by five wickets
Scotland 88 all out, 29.4 overs (Andrew Umeed 44; Aamir Gani 4-28, Kuldeep Yadav 4-28) vs India 92-5, 22.3 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 45 not out, Deepak Hooda 24 not out; Chayank Gosain 3-31)
Man-of-the-Match - Kuldeep Yadav (India)
Pakistan beat Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 145 runs
Pakistan 283-8, 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 88, Sami Aslam 62, Hasan Raza 44; Kabua Morea 3-45, Alei Nao 2-55, Riley Hekure 2-57) vs PNG 138 all out, 29.2 overs (Kiplin Doriga 51; Zafar Gohar 4-35, Zia-ul-Haq 2-26)
Man-of-the-Match - Imam-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
Group B, Afghanistan beat Australia by 36 runs
Afghanistan 253 all out, 49.2 overs (Mohammad Mujtaba 75, Ihsanullah 63, Hashmatullah Shaidi 57; Cameron Valente 3-59, James Bazley 3-69) vs Australia 217 all out, 48 overs (James Bazley 54 not out, Jaron Morgan 47, Jake Doran 45, Damien Mortimer 43; Abdullah Adil 4-45 ; Sharafuddin Ashraf 3-55)
Man-of- the-Match – Mohammad Mujtaba (Afghanistan)
Bangladesh best Namibia by 52 runs
Bangladesh 233-5, 50 overs (Mosaddek Hossain 70 not out, Shadman Islam 65, Litton Das 31, Joyraz Sheik 22, Nazmul Hossain Shanto 22; Jano Coetzee 2-29) vs Namibia 181 all out, 49 overs (Xander Pitchers 40, Gerhard Erasmus 37, Jaen Kotza 35; Mustafizur Rahman 3-24, Mossadek Hossain 3-29, Nihaduzzaman 2-37)
Man-of-the-Match - Mossadek Hossain (Bangladesh)
South Africa v Zimbabwe, Zayed Cricket Stadium
West Indies v Canada, Abu Dhabi Oval 1
Sri Lanka v UAE, Sharjah Cricket Stadium
New Zealand v England, Dubai International Cricket Stadium.