April 29, 2009

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Afghanistan end Nepal Under-19 dominance

Martin Williamson





Man-of-the-Match Aimal Wafa is lifted from the field after Afghanistan's win © ACC
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Afghanistan's cricketing fairytale just keeping rolling along, and in front of hundreds of supporters they beat Nepal to reach the final of the ACC U-19 Elite Cup. To put the result into context, Nepal have won every staging of this tournament since 2000, and until yesterday's loss to Hong Kong, had not lost an U-19 match in all that time.

Nepal batted on winning the toss, but while the first two overs produced 23 runs, two wickets fell and thereafter the innings struggled for any momentum. Only Prithu Baskota looked to take the attack to the bowlers, hammering three sixes on his way to 81. Some late hitting helped Nepal to 186 for 8, with 73 coming off the last ten overs after they had been 113 for 6.

Afghanistan also wobbled early on, and at 54 for 3 in the 16th over, Nepal appeared to be back on track. But Man of the Match Aimal Wafa (61*) and Asgher Hotak (478) came together at 84 for 4 and not only consolidated but also kept up with the required rate, adding an unbeaten 106 for the fifth wicket to see their side home.

There was less drama in the other semi-final where Hong Kong beat Qatar by 23 runs, despite only making 161 themselves.

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Posted by cactus on (May 26, 2009, 5:15 GMT)

no man,, its Nepal who is going to dominate U-19 cricket of non test playing nations in coming years too. Its wondering though about their national sides.Good luck Nepal.

Posted by sobu on (May 1, 2009, 5:56 GMT)

Afghanistan has a huge cricket potential. When the Talibs went down Cricket came up.

Posted by AHMAD WAQAR RIZWAN on (April 30, 2009, 7:35 GMT)

CONGARTS TO THE ALL AFGHANI BROTHER AND SISTERS IT 'S VERY HAPPY DAY FOR US we are very proud of our coutry cricket AFGHANISTAN CRIACKET TEAM WILL BE SUPAR POWR IN FUTUAR INSHAHALLAH-----dream_aswc@yahoo.com

Posted by c.b on (April 30, 2009, 3:51 GMT)

cheers afghanistan

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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