One of the biggest wins by an associate side over a full member took place in Lahore today as Afghanistan Under-19s thrashed Pakistan Under-19s by 214 runs in the final match of a three match one-day series. And it was Fareed Ahmed who won the game for Afghanistan with a remarkable opening four overs.
After Afghanistan lost the first two matches in the series, the second by a margin of just 17 runs, Afghanistan were mostly playing for pride in this third match, and they were put in to bat when Pakistan captain Sami Aslam won the toss.
Afghanistan's opening pair of Usman Ghani and Ihsanullah got their team off to a good start, putting on 77 in 13 overs. Another big partnership came for the third wicket, with Hashmatullah Shaidi and Younas Ahmadzai putting on 70.
It was Shaidi who ended up as the top scorer, ending the innings unbeaten on exactly 100, scored from just 85 balls. Afghanistan had scored 266-5 from their 45 overs.
And then came the carnage.
After no runs were scored from the first over of the Pakistan reply, bowled by Abdullah Adil, the second over saw Fareed Ahmad have three batsmen caught behind from his left arm fast medium bowling. Another maiden from Adil was followed by Fareed Ahmad going for two runs in his second over.
Ten runs were taken from the fifth over - Adil's third - and Pakistan must have thought that their worries were over. Fareed Ahmad had other ideas though and promptly bowled a double wicket maiden to leave them well on the back foot on 14-5.
Two runs from the next over before Fareed bowled his fourth over, taking another two wickets. Having taken just one wicket in his previous two matches for Afghanistan Under-19s he had taken seven wickets for just five runs in only four overs. A remarkable display of bowling by any standards.
He was kept on for another two overs, his captain no doubt giving him a chance to take all ten, but he tired and began conceding more runs. He eventually finished with figures of 7-21 from seven overs.
Only two of the Pakistan batsmen managed to reach double figures, and they were eventually bowled out for just 52, a loss by 214 runs.
The win, and the manner in which it came, will have given the Afghans great confidence ahead of the Under-19 World Cup that gets underway in three weeks time. They are in the same group as Australia, Bangladesh and Namibia, and it would be a brave person who completely ruled them out of reaching the quarter finals.
Pakistan Under-19s lost to Afghanistan Under-19s by 214 runs
Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore, 24 January
Afghanistan Under-19s 266-5 (45 overs, Hashmatullah Shahidi 100*, Usman Ghani 52)
Pakistan Under-19s 52 (17.5 overs, Fareed Ahmad 7-21)