Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka at Under-19 Asia Cup
The Afghanistan Under-19 team have marked themselves as a team to watch in this tournament - and at the Under-19 World Cup next year - after recording a three wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Under-19 Asia Cup in the UAE today.
Sri Lanka won the toss in Abu Dhabi and elected to bat first. The opening pair of Hashan Dumindu and Sadeera Samarawickrama put on 64 before the later was dismissed for 31 by Zia=ur-Rehman, the first of five victims for the left-arm spinner, who doesn't turn 16 until Monday.
Dumindu stayed in to score 61 before he was fifth out in the 37th over, with the score on 117. There was then a fifty run partnership for the sixth wicket between Priyamal Perera and Anuk Fernando. Perera scored an unbeaten 47 as he shepherded the tail towards a total of 191-9 from their 50 overs.
Afghanistan's reply started in similar fashion to the Sri Lankan innings, with the opening pair of Shahidullah and Abdur Mangal putting on 63 before Mangal was run out. Shahidullah was out soon afterwards having scored 47.
A 16 ball duck by Hashmatullah Shahidi slowed the Afghan chase a little, but they still managed to pull off a famous win, winning by three wickets with 2.3 overs to spare.
It wasn't such a good day for the other three associate representatives in the tournament though.
Pakistan scored 311-6 against Nepal, with Sami Aslam and Hasan Raza both scoring centuries. Nepal were then restricted to 179-7, losing by 132 runs, with Amit Shrestha top scoring with 60.
Hosts UAE, who beat the England Under-19 team just two weeks ago, conceded 320-4 against India at Sharjah, with Akhil Herwadkar scoring 101. The UAE were then bundled out for 131 in reply, losing by 189 runs.
Malaysia had the worst day, getting bowled out for just 50 by Bangladesh, with Abu Haider taking five wickets for just eight runs. Ahmad Ismail was the only Malaysian batsman to make double figures. Bangladesh knocked off the required runs in 10.2 overs to complete a 9 wicket win.