Afghanistan’s U-19 group created an enormous upset on Thursday as they beat Sri Lanka U-19 by 4 runs to enter the semi-final of the U-19 ICC World Cup. It was a dramatic end to a low scoring match as Afghanistan managed to defend a meagre rating of 134 runs. Sri Lanka obtained to inside 5 runs of victory, however their fourth run-out of the innings price Mathew the ultimate wicket and gave Afghanistan a dramatic victory.
Afghanistan produced a sensational fightback to edge a thriller with Sri Lanka and safe a spot within the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Males’s Cricket World Cup 2022. Regardless of solely setting a goal of 135, an outstanding efficiency with the ball means Suliman Safi’s facet simply did sufficient to progress from the Tremendous League quarter-finals. A composed late spell on the crease from Sri Lanka’s skipper Dunith Wellalage seemed for some time like he would pull his group over the road, nevertheless it was not meant to be as Afghanistan edged the low-scoring thriller to succeed in the ultimate 4, matching their achievement from the 2018 match in New Zealand.
Wellalage’s group elected to subject after the successful the toss on the Coolidge Cricket Floor and for the primary few overs it was tough to inform whether or not it was the right determination.
Afghanistan openers Nangeyalia Kharote and Bilal Sayedi seemed stable for the opening ten overs earlier than Traveeen Mathew struck with a depraved supply that eliminated Sayedi. Kharote departed within the very subsequent over and when skipper Suliman Safi was trapped LBW after making only one, Afghanistan have been reeling.
Ijaz Ahmadzai misplaced his wicket with out troubling the scoreboard, however fellow middle-order batsman Abdul Hadi was in a position to regular the ship with an important knock. The left-hander got here to the crease together with his group struggling, however he managed to make 37, together with 4 boundaries, earlier than he was stumped after a intelligent supply from Dunith Wellalage.
Vinjua Ranpul then helped clear-out the tail for Sri Lanka, ending with a five-wicket haul on the expense of simply ten runs. When he trapped Izharulhaq Naveed, Afghanistan have been all out for simply 134 runs.
The Sri Lankan reply was on shaky floor from the beginning. Opener Sadisha Rajapaksa went for a duck within the opening over, and his alternative Shevon Daniel went for simply 2 after he was clear bowled by Bilal Sami.
After 13 overs, they have been in a worse place than Afghanistan have been throughout their innings. Nor Ahmed then produced a cracking supply to take away Ranuda Somarathne and put Sri Lanka in actual bother.
From that time, their goals of lifting a primary ICC U19 Males’s Cricket World Cup have been fading quick. Nonetheless, the eight wicket partnership between captain Wellalage and Raveen de Silva seemed prefer it may save the day, taking Sri Lanka from 43 runs for seven to 112.
Kharote then took the essential wicket of the skipper, who performed cheaply, earlier than Naveed claimed the wicket of de Silva to set-up a nerve jangling end.
Afghanistan will now face England within the first Tremendous League semi-final on the Sir Viv Richards Cricket Floor on February 1.
(With ANI inputs)
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