Under-19 Asia Cup 2012, Kuala Lumpur June 26, 2012

Afghanistan knock Bangladesh out, make semis

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In an unexpected result, Afghanistan Under-19s made the semi-finals, knocking Bangladesh under-19s out of the tournament in a group B encounter. Afghanistan successfully chased a revised target of 220 from 42 overs following rain after Bangladesh had made 240 for 9.

Afghanistan captain Javed Ahmadi made 71 and Shabir Noori cracked an aggressive 57 to guide the chase that became a little tense towards the end due to a climbing run-rate and two wickets falling for three runs. However, Najibullah Zadran smashed three sixes and two fours in 18 balls to take his side into the semi-finals with nine deliveries to spare.

Bangladesh, led by opener Soumya Sarkar and No. 3 Salman Hossain, were going well at 159 for 4 but then collapsed to 185 for 8. A ninth-wicket stand of 49 runs in 4.3 overs provided them a competitive total to defend. Afghanistan achieved it eventually but not without glimpses of hope for Bangladesh.

In the other group B match, Qatar Under-19s lost by 87 runs to Sri Lanka Under-19s in a match reduced to 26 overs due to rain. Pabasara Waduge scored 71 to guide Sri Lanka to 124 for 2 in 26 overs before rain intervened. Facing a revised target of 188, Qatar were kept on a tight leash by the Sri Lanka bowlers, led by offspinner Tharindu Kaushal who took three wickets. A 45-run partnership for the eighth wicket was the only resistance Qatar could muster as they ended on 100 for 8.

Pakistan Under-19s followed up a thrilling one-run win over India by bowling Malaysia Under-19s out for 53 after amassing 302 in a group A game. Only Malaysia No. 7 Pavithren Nadaesan got into double figures as a combined effort by Mohammad Nawaz, Mir Hamza and Azizullah reduced the hosts to 36 for 9 before a last-wicket partnership of 17, the highest in the innings, took them past 50.

Malaysia's middle order crumbled as they slipped from 21 for 2 in the ninth over to 25 for 7 in the 19th. Nawaz, who scored a quick half-century and claimed three wickets, was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Pakistan's commanding batting performance was led by an 85-run opening stand between Sami Aslam, who had scored a century against India, and captain Babar Azam. A 69-run partnership for the second wicket and a 116-run partnership in 63 balls for the fourth wicket seemed to put the game beyond Malaysia's reach. Umar Waheed was the highest scorer of the match with 76 off 52.

India Under-19s had to struggle to reach 176 against Nepal Under-19s, before bowling them out for 91 in another group A match. The bowling performance was led by Delhi left-arm spinner Vikas Mishra, who took four wickets. Nepal were reduced to 20 for 5 at one stage after the target was reduced to 173 from 47 overs due to rain. A bit of a recovery ensued but proved insufficient.

The bowling covered up India's faults in batting, as besides Baba Aparajith (55) and captain Unmukt Chand (47), no one contributed anything of note. Left-arm spinner Rahul Vishwakarma, after a match-winning performance in Nepal's previous game against Malaysia, proved effective again with three wickets. Bhuvan Karki also struck thrice as India lost their last five wickets for 23 runs after having been 83 for 1 earlier.

In the semi-finals, Afghanistan will meet Pakistan on June 28 while India will take on Sri Lanka the next day.

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  • CricketIsNumber1 on June 29, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Many of the Indians are happy not because Afghanistan played good, rather they are happy because Afghanistan beat Bangladesh this time. These Indian supporters become fans of the teams who can beat Bangladesh even once. To these Indian fans, be aware. Don't get carried away regarding knocking Bangladesh out of test playing nations and advocating Ireland and Afghanistan to be elevated in this status. If it happens, then in few years these teams as well will start beating India consistently. Then you guys will have to scream again to relegate Ireland/Afghanistan from test playing nations and elevate Bangladesh to Test. For you it's better to be beaten by one team rather than two bottom ranked teams consistently.

  • siddiqur_md on June 29, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    21 years ................it is too long for international cricket mr ahmed hossain.bangladesh is not bagger in cricket.if boys are playing 100%professional cricket and make career as his future...................then might get result.then an indian man can say any word to bd cricket. good luck everyone.............

  • on June 29, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    @WorldWideCricket a little addition,apart from spending resources for development of Bangladesh cricket, BCCI never invited Bangladesh team to play full series in their own soil which other Taste playing nations already did

  • Bruisers on June 29, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    @sid8056 - Any cricketer of these eight countries is eligible to participate in this tournament if he was born on or after September 1 1991. Javed Ahmadi was born on January 2 1992, hence qualifies.

  • WorldWideCricket on June 29, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    @ Lord_Dravid: Srilanka got ODI status in 1975, and won world cup in 1996 which is 21 years later, and 6 years later test status. Is this "shortly after getting ODI status"? before 1996 SL was considered as minnows, no I am not saying SL was as bad as BD but surely they did not win world cup shortly after ODI status. History tells us.

    Using modern better facilities in the 21st century, other countries also improving in a faster rate, they are not STAND STILL.

    What BCCI is doing for Bangladesh Cricket? They did not spend single penny for Bangladesh cricket.

  • na_0408 on June 28, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    FACT: Bangladesh U-19 team is the 2nd best in overall winning ratios out of all other U-19 teams in the world.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/337074.html

    I do agree BD National side need to improve a lot more, but since this was an U-19 tournament, it is unfair and complete nonsense to single out BD and magnify their failure in an one-off match against Afghanistan.

    No doubt,Afghanistan is fast improving and I wish them luck to continue their progress.But surely this match was an upset. Nothing more.

  • r0ketman on June 28, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    @leagaleagle: Define Consistent poor cricket. No one is giving excuses, we are only saying BD is improving. But you are saying otherwise. BD swept NZ at home recently, that's "consistent" poor cricket? BD won against ENG in an ODI on England soil, something INDIA did not do last time they traveled to Eng. Yet, India is a "Consistently" great team, and BD is a "Consistently" bad team? BD won against current world champions and one former world champion, and came to within 2 runs of beating a 3rd world champion only 3 months ago. Is that "consistent" poor cricket? BD beat SA and Zim on foreign soil in T20 matches not even a week ago. Is that "consistent" poor cricket? We are not giving excuses, we are just pointing out the fact that BD is not a consistently poor performer, that statement may have been true 5 years ago. We are not making excuses, we are countering invalid arguments. There is a difference!:-)

  • Lord_Dravid on June 28, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    BD fans are just as funny as their cricket team. They always talk about india's losses in the last century to falsely console themselves of their everyday failure lol. Theres no match between a major team and bangladesh. India started playing cricket in an era where, especially in india cricket was hardly a phenomenon, only a few middle class people played the game, there were hardly any resources available and only a handful of games were being played. India and sri lanka won the world cup shortly after gaining ODI status. Whereas BD has had everything in the 21st century, play much more games with better facilities but barely any improvement. Time for ICC and and BCCI to divert all it's resources to afghanistan and ireland ASAP for the good of the game.

  • devistars1954 on June 28, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    How is Javed Ahmadi playing for the Afganistan u19 team even though he is 20 years and 178 days old( cricinfo claims this is his birth date)!!!!!!!

  • Bruisers on June 28, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - That's okay mate. I have absolutely nothing against Bangladesh team. In fact I would like to see Bangladesh and other lower ranked teams produce more better players so that they rise from the bottom and become one among the top Test sides. I don't post comments against Bangladesh cricket on my own unless one of my friends here starts pointing out India's performance in certain parts of the last century. And also I would like to remind you that cricket isn't the only sport in India. There are about 15 different sporting events in this Olympics that more than 80 Indians are participating in. So for a population of 1.2 billion, its not all about cricket, we have plenty of other sports too. A correction to my previous post. I should have rather said "stake his claim" not "claim his stake" :D

  • CricketIsNumber1 on June 29, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Many of the Indians are happy not because Afghanistan played good, rather they are happy because Afghanistan beat Bangladesh this time. These Indian supporters become fans of the teams who can beat Bangladesh even once. To these Indian fans, be aware. Don't get carried away regarding knocking Bangladesh out of test playing nations and advocating Ireland and Afghanistan to be elevated in this status. If it happens, then in few years these teams as well will start beating India consistently. Then you guys will have to scream again to relegate Ireland/Afghanistan from test playing nations and elevate Bangladesh to Test. For you it's better to be beaten by one team rather than two bottom ranked teams consistently.

  • siddiqur_md on June 29, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    21 years ................it is too long for international cricket mr ahmed hossain.bangladesh is not bagger in cricket.if boys are playing 100%professional cricket and make career as his future...................then might get result.then an indian man can say any word to bd cricket. good luck everyone.............

  • on June 29, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    @WorldWideCricket a little addition,apart from spending resources for development of Bangladesh cricket, BCCI never invited Bangladesh team to play full series in their own soil which other Taste playing nations already did

  • Bruisers on June 29, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    @sid8056 - Any cricketer of these eight countries is eligible to participate in this tournament if he was born on or after September 1 1991. Javed Ahmadi was born on January 2 1992, hence qualifies.

  • WorldWideCricket on June 29, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    @ Lord_Dravid: Srilanka got ODI status in 1975, and won world cup in 1996 which is 21 years later, and 6 years later test status. Is this "shortly after getting ODI status"? before 1996 SL was considered as minnows, no I am not saying SL was as bad as BD but surely they did not win world cup shortly after ODI status. History tells us.

    Using modern better facilities in the 21st century, other countries also improving in a faster rate, they are not STAND STILL.

    What BCCI is doing for Bangladesh Cricket? They did not spend single penny for Bangladesh cricket.

  • na_0408 on June 28, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    FACT: Bangladesh U-19 team is the 2nd best in overall winning ratios out of all other U-19 teams in the world.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/337074.html

    I do agree BD National side need to improve a lot more, but since this was an U-19 tournament, it is unfair and complete nonsense to single out BD and magnify their failure in an one-off match against Afghanistan.

    No doubt,Afghanistan is fast improving and I wish them luck to continue their progress.But surely this match was an upset. Nothing more.

  • r0ketman on June 28, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    @leagaleagle: Define Consistent poor cricket. No one is giving excuses, we are only saying BD is improving. But you are saying otherwise. BD swept NZ at home recently, that's "consistent" poor cricket? BD won against ENG in an ODI on England soil, something INDIA did not do last time they traveled to Eng. Yet, India is a "Consistently" great team, and BD is a "Consistently" bad team? BD won against current world champions and one former world champion, and came to within 2 runs of beating a 3rd world champion only 3 months ago. Is that "consistent" poor cricket? BD beat SA and Zim on foreign soil in T20 matches not even a week ago. Is that "consistent" poor cricket? We are not giving excuses, we are just pointing out the fact that BD is not a consistently poor performer, that statement may have been true 5 years ago. We are not making excuses, we are countering invalid arguments. There is a difference!:-)

  • Lord_Dravid on June 28, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    BD fans are just as funny as their cricket team. They always talk about india's losses in the last century to falsely console themselves of their everyday failure lol. Theres no match between a major team and bangladesh. India started playing cricket in an era where, especially in india cricket was hardly a phenomenon, only a few middle class people played the game, there were hardly any resources available and only a handful of games were being played. India and sri lanka won the world cup shortly after gaining ODI status. Whereas BD has had everything in the 21st century, play much more games with better facilities but barely any improvement. Time for ICC and and BCCI to divert all it's resources to afghanistan and ireland ASAP for the good of the game.

  • devistars1954 on June 28, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    How is Javed Ahmadi playing for the Afganistan u19 team even though he is 20 years and 178 days old( cricinfo claims this is his birth date)!!!!!!!

  • Bruisers on June 28, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - That's okay mate. I have absolutely nothing against Bangladesh team. In fact I would like to see Bangladesh and other lower ranked teams produce more better players so that they rise from the bottom and become one among the top Test sides. I don't post comments against Bangladesh cricket on my own unless one of my friends here starts pointing out India's performance in certain parts of the last century. And also I would like to remind you that cricket isn't the only sport in India. There are about 15 different sporting events in this Olympics that more than 80 Indians are participating in. So for a population of 1.2 billion, its not all about cricket, we have plenty of other sports too. A correction to my previous post. I should have rather said "stake his claim" not "claim his stake" :D

  • lankanlioncric on June 27, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    ICC should accept well playing nations into the international stage(ireland,afgranistan) and not be scared to kick out teams who have been constantly performing badly, except in 5 to 10 games in like 20 years(bangladesh). this way, we can make sure quality of cricket is high

  • on June 27, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    @Bruisers...I know but some of you Indians like usual deliberately and unfairly single out Bangladesh Cricket no matter what margin they lose by so I'm just retaliating and if it bothered you then I apologise but I am using reasonable logic. Yes I admit India are by far better than Bangladesh in Cricket but you guys seem to don't understand and like that we're new in Cricket and have a least improved.

  • Legaleagle on June 27, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Great job Afghans!! This is a great!! Bangladesh team is struggling at all levels. It perplexes me to see the defensive attitude of Bangladesh fans. First of all, excuses such as D/L is indicative of lack of understanding of the game! Give the credit where it belongs. Afghans outplayed Bangladesh and KNOCKED THEM OUT. That's the truth!

    Bangladesh has been playing consistent POOR cricket for past number of years. And they cannot make an excuses using other countries' failures. If Australia/South Africa/England/Pakistan/India lose in a game then Bangladesh fans cannot point that out to hide their own incompetence.

    I truly believe that it is time for Bangladesh to grow up! You cannot keep making excuses as a NEW member anymore nor compare yourself to other countries who have been playing cricket for 100 years. From that comparison- England "invented" the game but has NEVER won the One Day World cup- Bangladesh cannot use that excuse!! Just start playing better cricket!

  • Bruisers on June 27, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    @Rahane-fan - You are right mate. Unmukt is a really promising batsman, probably the most technically-sound 19-year old in the world. Australia's Nic Maddinson might claim his stake, but he is 20 :)

  • sshaque on June 27, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    It would be nice to have a way to complain/communicate to ICC or ACC via CRICINFO website, since this site is the best and one of it's kind for Cricket. Site admins of Cricinfo should look into this...so that we the fans can have an open communication channel to the governing committees... - just a thought.

  • Bruisers on June 27, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - Honestly it doesn't matter to us that Sachin's 100th ton came in a losing cause. He has single-handedly won so many matches for us over the years.

  • Herath-UK on June 27, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Lankan lads have shown more than what were expected of them and really could peak at the right time. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Bruisers on June 27, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - India A isn't the only team struggling at the moment. Sri Lanka A had a tough time against a rather inexperienced South African domestic side recently. Check this scorecard to see what I mean- http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/565854.html

  • Bruisers on June 27, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    @Chikki Kuppu - Really!!? Give me the name of just one Indian player in that squad whose age is more than 20. I suggest you have a look at this in which players' age is also mentioned clearly below the name of the player: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/squad/567270.html

  • Bruisers on June 27, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Lot of people here have made comments regarding the age of players. To them, there is a certain clause that ICC and ACC follow to stipulate the eligibility criteria for these players. The players won't get the nod if their age doesn't meet the criteria set for the tournament. Under-19 doesn't always literally mean your age should be under 19. So chill guys.

  • sshaque on June 27, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Is ICC or ACC going to investigate or take action against playing 19+ years old in U19 tournament? How is this fair to everybody - the players and the fans?

  • KhalMomin_Afghan on June 27, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    i am proude to be an Afghan and proude of them they have done such a good job and i pray fro them more the professinal also will win series from ireland to qualify for wordlcup odi. LOVE U ALL AFGHAN"S>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • r0ketman on June 27, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @rahane-fan: I am neither jelous nor do I have any malicous intent against Indian cricket team. I was responding to another post where an apparent Indian fan was pointing out to this BD U19 loss and making derogatory comments. The only time I have brought up history of Indian cricket here in cricinfo is when Indian fans have tried to point out the failures of a relatively new BD team. My arguments have always been that Indian Cricket team's past history is not so glorious either, and showing impatience with the BD team is double standards, as India (not unlike other international teams) have a rocky past, that took decades to overcome. That is my sole reason for bringing up history to show a similar result of the Indian team, and ask the question that why weren't same fans who are calling for BD'd head now, were not screaming for India to lose their international status only a few decades ago.

  • on June 27, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    we proud of our Afghan Cricket team which makes us cry for both winning and losing a match (A chemistry which is difficult to understand). I know it is difficult for a country with full ICC membership status to see an associate status inexperienced team winning from them but hard work always brings positive outcomes. BD national is one of my favorites against Afghan national because I think in the matches between them there will be proper and exciting competation because they are almost of the same level. BEST OF LUCK FOR THE NEXT MATCHES OUR NATIONAL HEROES

  • on June 27, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Indian team is no angel in age manipulation Apart from Aprajith, Rest of the Indian team is between 20 t0 24 years old!!! So much so in all age group tournament in India you'll hardly find one player with correct age Finally where they end up These people kill the actual talented kids

  • on June 27, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    There are certain people who seem to comment on the bases of hate,twisted facts and vindictive attitude towards Bangladesh.They seem to justify these attitudes by always looking for flaws in Bangladesh.Always trying to dis-credit Bangladesh by the methods of double-standard and bending the truth.I have no objection if people use truthful logical cricketing arguments against Bangladesh,in-fact I encourage it.Like it or not Bangladesh is a Test playing nation and will remain so,their constant dis-approval of this is futile,narrow minded and is like a broken tape recorder.Bangladesh as cricketing nation are improving and in future will be competing with the best and it seems,it is to much for some people to digest.

  • on June 27, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Javed Ahmadi is 20 and 177 days old. that basically means afganistan didnt play the match with their u19 they used older player. and ICC should look into it

  • on June 27, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    'Proper' win? Its funny you seem to not understand such basic terminology but no surprises. Bangladesh made 240 RUNS therefore should've been set 241 RUNS to win but because of D/L Afghanistan were set 220 to win therefore it wasn't a proper win and also less runs is much easier to chase compared to more runs and you know as well as I do know that there's debate about this D/L method so again don't let your ignorance get the better of you, you're not doing yourself any favour. This was an Under-19 Afghanistan Team not an Official Afghanistan team that's why you're getting a bit carried away because you know the real Afghanistan team will struggle against the real Bangladesh team the same team that knocked you out embarrassingly after all the hype about 100 100th in a LOSING cause :D

  • on June 27, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    @Rahnane-fan...lol I Why would someone be jealous of a nation of 1.2 billion people who loves Cricket so much but almost a 100 years of International Status and yet still can't dominate the Sport? Exactly! Ignorance has gotten the better of you yet again which is why you never have a valid case. You seem to not understand what UNDER-19 is? but funny India A lost to West Indies A by 10 WICKETS and is much similar to UNDER-19 level as compared to Senior International level am I right? Exactly but like usual you use DOUBLE STANDARDS which is why your arguments don't go anywhere :)))))

  • on June 27, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Congrats to Afghans!!!....I dare to say U-19 or even U- 20...lol....guys, please check the scorecard and click on the names of the Afghans, who had a fair impact on this game in both bowling & batting....2/3 of them are straight from the national side and close to 21 by the record and far above than that by the look for sure....:-)))...all other players are more than 20 except for 2/3...now, check with the Bd team...no one above 19.5 or so both by record & look...and even few players from best XI as below 17....it may depict the story apart from all cricketing analyses...but, still it's a win on Afghan part over Bd....many congrats to Afghan Men for a close win over Bd Teenagers....:-P....:-P....the Tournament Committee members must have a check up with an Eye- Specialist for arranging such a tournament..pity on them.....:-((...

  • on June 27, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    not suprised that AFghanistan won they have a few ODI players in their side, Ahmadi and Noori, and they are both 20 so how are they playing UNDER 19's lol

  • 30-30-150 on June 27, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain : Hmm, so you think Afghanistan couldn't have got 18 more runs in 57 balls with 7 wickets in hand to achieve a 'proper' win?? LOL. Define PROPER WIN.

  • 30-30-150 on June 27, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Why are people bringing India's cricket history into every article?? I mean, this was an Under-19 game played between Afghanistan and Bangladesh. All I can say after reading so many comments against India on every article is that people are jealous of Indian cricket. Pity on them. Since I used the word 'jealous' maybe an argument will begin now against this post, reflecting on India's recent overseas performances (as they have nothing else to say against Indian cricket!). After S Rajesh, the greatest Statsguru has to be the great Mr.r0ketman, seriously.

  • AkDoN on June 27, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Congrates to AFGAN team they were really good y'day beating BD who are good for nothing as usaual.

  • HashmatGhani on June 27, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    AFGHANISTAN Deserve to win this cup..and they can do it. well done afghanistan...u will be one of the strongest team among the asian teams like pak, indi, sri lank, and bangla.

  • MaiwandAkbari on June 27, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    What a commanding performance by the Afghan boys!!! Another momentous day in the history of the Afghan cricket. They proved the world that they consistently deliver striking performance and are far better than the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The team is winning hearts as every day passes....

  • on June 27, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Inshallah Afghanistan will win the tournament because they deserve it and all afghans are praying for them.

  • AfghanIdeal on June 27, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    To all those who say that Afghan Team is from pakistan or PAkistan - 2...

    BAN is also Pakistan 2 as it was part of Pakistan annnnddd yeaah PAKISTAN is also INDIA -2 as it was once part of India.

    Now what say?,

    So please instead of appreciating the Afghan Team and their efforts, please dont make non-sense comments. & FOR UR INFO...AFGHANS have already beaten Pakistan Team in Asian GAmes in China....

    LONG LIVE AFGHANS and AFGHAN CRICKET TEAM......ALL D BEST

  • Perdes on June 27, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    I don't know why would you call it "an unexpected result"? Was Bangladesh the hottest favorite of the tournament? or is Afghanistan the weakest team of the tournament? If Qatar had beaten Bangladesh by seven wickets, you could have said this.

    On a separate note about the commentary, Afghanistan didn't need to win this match by a huge margin to qualify for semi-finals, but it was repeatedly stated in the commentary that "Afghanistan need to win and win by decent enough margin to pip Bangladesh on net run-rate". You could argue that the reason could be commentators' ignorance or lack of information, but I would say that it was getting under the nerves of Afghan players.

    Anyway, I am proud of our players and cricket is a game, we better enjoy it.

  • on June 27, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Afghanistan will become a cricketing force to reckon with.congats Afganistan..

  • on June 27, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    Very poor captaincy.A-Amin could be used more and noor hossain was useless.Al-Amin is one of the young stars of the country.

  • r0ketman on June 26, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @lord_dravid: "Nothing new about bangladesh cricket *sigh* ...." I think you have been living under a rock, dude!:-) In case you did not know, the BD boys actually won 2 games away from this month, something that maybe unfamiliar to you, given that India has been Thrashed overseas recently in every series played!:-) I guess that's really what is not new!! See anything about BD cricket is only 12 years old, so everything is actually "relatively" new. Where as India who got thrashed in the 1930's, thrashed in the 40's, thrashed in the 50's, thrashed in the 60's, 70's, the first two world cups, thrashed in the 80's - they are still getting thrashed in 2011! Now we can trully say "Nothing new about INDIA cricket *sigh*" !:-)

  • on June 26, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Kedar@~ Bangladesh also beat sri lanka ...... btw Great team pakistan have with guys like sami islam ...who can be nxt saeed anwar, but pakistan board will throw away that talent

  • on June 26, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan. Its just matter of time before we get to see them in senior World Cups performing consistently.

  • on June 26, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Congrats to Afghans, and thanks to all who support afghanistan and afghans in cricket.

  • on June 26, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    I don't understand why some people are getting carried away, This is an UNDER-19 Tournament not an Senior Tournament so this win by Afghanistan is good for them but not an upset because most you critics already label Bangladesh as minnows anyway so otherwise you're being ignorant and contradicting yourself. If Afghanistan beats Pakistan tomorrow then it will be a special win for them. Don't forget this match was one by D/L method so really wasn't a proper win don't forget it wasn't that long ago that the young India A side lost by 10 WICKETS to West Indies A so fair is fair but credit to Afghanistan, I'll be proud if they can win the Tournament.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on June 26, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    @avmd Lol these r U-19 tournament and BD also Beat Zimbabwe and South Africa recently not that they just lost to them....they also beat them...and ur comment will not make any impact in anything haha

  • on June 26, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Cricket is the language of peace and unity in my country "Afghanistan". The performance of our U19 heroes brings smile to my lips, tears to my eyes, Love and passion to my heart and my soul calls peace and peace !!!

  • fataquie on June 26, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    As a Pakistani, as much as I hate to say it, Afghan will beat Pakistan in the semis as they play Pakistan style of cricket, except more consistently.

  • britishcricketfan on June 26, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    its so funny that the indian fans are talking about the bng team again, it seems as if thats all they do these days. they never look at their own team, especially considering their teams arent too great either. congrats to afgan btw! but bng should have closed out the game.

  • on June 26, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    That is so strange all Most of the bowlers from nepal are above 19 i though the tournament clearly says under 19. one of them is shown as 19 yrs 357 days on crickinfo itself ( dont know which calander crick info is following)

  • ShankarKR on June 26, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    This tournament is for Under 19 . Most team have players older than 19. Even Afghanistan captain Javed Ahmadi is 20 years 176 days. It is highly ridiculous to give chances to players who are older than 19 years in the Asian Cricket Council Under-19s Asia Cup 2012

  • India_Rules_Everybody on June 26, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    What happened to "Tigers" ? They have become little kittens. LOL .. Great going Afghanistan. Best of luck with the rest of the tournament.

  • -Murad- on June 26, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Afghan players were mostly national regulars. Most of them are over 20 and looks like close to 30. was this under 30 or under 19 competition?

  • on June 26, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Here is what i think of the final : Pak vs. Ind

  • on June 26, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    As I had predicted Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have shown Bangladesh their place.Any one with a cricketing brain knows beating Qatar is no big deal ..Any club side of top Cricket playing nations can trash them ...but the way Bangla fans were ranting was ridiculous.

  • avmd on June 26, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    What's wrong with BD team, senior team could not beat Zimbawe and juniors lost to Afghanistan. ICC and other countries have invested too much on BD without any result. Forget about BD, now Afghanistan deserves more recongition and support and will be 4th ranked team from Asia behing Pak, SL and Ind. They should play more cricket in Pakistan and I'm sure we will see the result soon. Well done Afghanistan, keep up the good work.

  • MasudRUETeee091040 on June 26, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Afgan should get more chance to play with others to prepare themselves.

  • Desihungama on June 26, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    I am sorry but it was expected. The name of the team may be Afghanistan but we all know it's really Pakistan 2. These cricketers live in Pakistan, they were born in Pakistan and they learned their cricket in Pakistan.

  • on June 26, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    afghan cricket team is depend only pakistani player .so this is possible to play such a game...otherwise....

  • serious-am-i on June 26, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    well done all the winning teams, really each deserved their wins. 3 wins were predictable even before the match started while Afghan win against Ban shows really how good BD are. BD always get carried away by a single win, its been always their case nothing changes. Hopefully BD fans realize their team's real capacity and not overestimate by 1 or 2 wins here and there. I am eagerly waiting for teams such as Afghan, Malaysia and Nepal more at the senior level, it will improve their skills.

  • on June 26, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    The main reason why Bangladesh lost is to Asif Ahmed's terrible captaincy.When Afghanistan on the 37th over required 8 runs per over he brought back Noor Hossain to bowl,who all ready was giving away over 8 runs per over especially when the Afghans was finding it difficult to score from other Bangladeshi bowlers.He should be stripped of the captaincy and never be allowed to captain again.He is full of ego and Bangladesh will do far better without him.

  • MasudRUETeee091040 on June 26, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Go ahead Afghanistan.I hope you will do better in future.

  • Natesan333 on June 26, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    That's BD cricket (juniors or seniors doesn't matter) in a nutshell. They win against a weak team and pound their chest, calling themselves the greatest. Then back to reality.

  • Mr_Asaan95 on June 26, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    What happened to all the Bangladesh fans saying they had the best team in this competition after the huge win against Qatar? Pakistan or India would have crushed them even if they did make it out of this group.

  • Htc-Android on June 26, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    i think the those guys from qatar played cricket for the first time in their life when they faced bangladesh. thats why bangladesh hammered them by 328 runs.

  • Lord_Dravid on June 26, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Nothing new about bangladesh cricket *sigh* ....

  • on June 26, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    wow, Afghanistan really doing well........ It is really astonishing to see , well done, hope they go better in the tournament....

    It is really refreshing to see new teams coming forwards....

    Anyways, Pakistan is a tougher opponent........

  • yoongguns on June 26, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    oh...i just wrote before 5 days that good teams(india, pakistan,srilanka) will make it semis for sure...but also told Afghanistan will make it....minnow lost against minnow....good for cricket

  • naumianas on June 26, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    BD-19 team following senior team one big win flying in the sky and next match come back to earth lol :P

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    By the way its Vikas Mishra not Vikas Sharma. Please correct it. This is not the first time this has happened. Few months ago Amit Mishra was wrongly written as Amit Sharma.

  • on June 26, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Congratulations to all Afghan nations!

    Now the ICC and ACC should think seriously about Afghanistan cricket and they should provide with more chances in cricket arena, I am sure the day will come that this team and their seniors will beat very good cricketing nations.

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Unmukt Chand is the next Virat Kohli for sure. He opens the batting and can also bat at 3 & 4. Zol, Aparajith and Vikas Mishra are exciting talents too. Wonder why Pawan Negi wasn't selected in this team...

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on June 26, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    ouch! That hurts. Well played greens we are always proud of you.

  • on June 26, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    our Team Played well today and hope they will perform better against pak in Semi final we are much happy for thier win against Bdish

  • on June 26, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    *well played to the indian bowlers !!! indian batters should perform on more regular basis *the bangladesh performance shows just how poor they are !!! just saying that we are the best doesn't make you the best bangladesh !! *pakistan looking like a very tough team to beat !! would love to see a india pakistan final *srilanka always the dark horses goes unnoticed and peaks at the right time :) *afganistan well played ! it will b interesting to see how they perform in the semis !!!

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  • on June 26, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    *well played to the indian bowlers !!! indian batters should perform on more regular basis *the bangladesh performance shows just how poor they are !!! just saying that we are the best doesn't make you the best bangladesh !! *pakistan looking like a very tough team to beat !! would love to see a india pakistan final *srilanka always the dark horses goes unnoticed and peaks at the right time :) *afganistan well played ! it will b interesting to see how they perform in the semis !!!

  • on June 26, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    our Team Played well today and hope they will perform better against pak in Semi final we are much happy for thier win against Bdish

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on June 26, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    ouch! That hurts. Well played greens we are always proud of you.

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Unmukt Chand is the next Virat Kohli for sure. He opens the batting and can also bat at 3 & 4. Zol, Aparajith and Vikas Mishra are exciting talents too. Wonder why Pawan Negi wasn't selected in this team...

  • on June 26, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Congratulations to all Afghan nations!

    Now the ICC and ACC should think seriously about Afghanistan cricket and they should provide with more chances in cricket arena, I am sure the day will come that this team and their seniors will beat very good cricketing nations.

  • 30-30-150 on June 26, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    By the way its Vikas Mishra not Vikas Sharma. Please correct it. This is not the first time this has happened. Few months ago Amit Mishra was wrongly written as Amit Sharma.

  • naumianas on June 26, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    BD-19 team following senior team one big win flying in the sky and next match come back to earth lol :P

  • yoongguns on June 26, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    oh...i just wrote before 5 days that good teams(india, pakistan,srilanka) will make it semis for sure...but also told Afghanistan will make it....minnow lost against minnow....good for cricket

  • on June 26, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    wow, Afghanistan really doing well........ It is really astonishing to see , well done, hope they go better in the tournament....

    It is really refreshing to see new teams coming forwards....

    Anyways, Pakistan is a tougher opponent........

  • Lord_Dravid on June 26, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Nothing new about bangladesh cricket *sigh* ....