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

Afghanistan knock Bangladesh out, make semis

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Sajedur 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.

  • rahman 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.............

  • Dummy4 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

  • Deepak 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.

  • Bangla 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.

  • Sazed Ahmed 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.


    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.

  • roket 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!:-)

  • Hira 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.

  • Devi Prasad 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)!!!!!!!

  • Deepak 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

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