Afghanistan beat Pakistan in group match


ACC U19 Asia Cup 2019
news desk
The Afghanistan U19 team beat Pakistan U19 by 85 runs on Thursday in their opening Group A match of the ACC U19 Asia Cup 2019 at the P Sara Stadium in Colombo.
Pakistan were bowled out for 78 runs in 19.4 overs, after Afghanistan set them a 164 (DLS method) target for victory. The team got off to a poor start, losing their first five batsmen for 48 runs in just under 11 overs, and were eventually bowled out with 158 balls to spare in the 46-over match.
Captain Rohail Nazir scored 16 while Mohammad Irfan Khan top-scored with 19 off 30. Shafiqullah Ghafari took three wickets for the Afghan teenagers.
Earlier, the Afghanistan batsmen were restricted to 162 for nine in their 46 overs after Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl first after rain and a wet outfield delayed the start of the match.
Pakistani spinners Aamir Ali and Fahad Munir shared six wickets, with Aamir taking three for 34 while Fahad claimed three wickets for 23 runs. Pacer Abbas Afridi took two wickets for 26 runs, while fellow new-ball bowler Naseem Shah took one wicket and conceded only 13 runs in his nine-over spell.
Sediqullah Atal (29 off 42 balls) and Rahmanullah (27 off 66) were the only batsmen to reach twenties.
Scores in brief:
Afghanistan U19: 162-9 in 46 overs (Sediqullah Atal 29, Rahmanullah 27; Fahad Munir 3-23, Aamir Ali 3-34)
Pakistan U19: 78 all out in 19.4 overs (Mohammad Irfan 19, Rohail Nazir 16; Shafiqullah 3-15, Noor Ahmad 2-12)
Pakistan is set to play their next fixture on Saturday against India.