Afghanistan Creates History in ICC U-19 World Cup, Beat New Zealand to Enter Semis

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Afghanistan Creates History in ICC U-19 World Cup, Beat New Zealand to Enter Semis


India, Jan. 25 -- 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 vs?

AFGHANISTAN ICC U-19 WORLD CUP SCORECARD)

New Zealand, who were undefeated in the league stages and were favorites heading into the contest, were given a rude shock by Afghanistan who put up a brilliant show with both bat and ball 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 broken by Sandeep Patel but the stage was set for Bahir Shah to display his mettle. The 17-year-old 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 a vital 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.

New Zealand blown away

In response, New Zealand started off disastrously and was reduced to 20/4 with off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran picking up two early wickets. …

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