Under-19s Asia Cup 2013-14

Wins for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 28, 2013

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Afghanistan Under-19 pulled off a three-wicket victory, after Zia-ur-Rehman's five-for restricted Sri Lanka Under-19 to 191 for 9. Sri Lanka had made a steady start, with opener Hashan Dumindu scoring 61, but the innings faltered after the first-wicket stand of 64. They lost wickets in clutches, with Rehman jolting the top and lower order while Sharafuddin Ashraf, who took 2 for 30, hurting the middle. Rehman finished with 5 for 33 in ten overs. Afghanistan's chase also slipped after a steady start: they went from 63 for 0 to 78 for 3 and then limped to 165 for 7. The asking rate was never an issue, though, and the captain Nasir Ahmadzai scored an unbeaten 28, and Ashraf hit 15 off eight balls, to take Afghanistan to victory with 15 balls to spare.

Bangladesh Under-19 made short work of Malaysia Under-19 in their opening game of the Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi, winning by nine wickets and 39.4 overs to spare. Malaysia lasted only 25.2 overs after they chose to bat and were dismissed for 50. Ahmad Tajudin Ismail was their top scorer with 15 and the only batsman to score in double figures. Bangladesh left-arm seamer Abu Haider finished with figures of 8-4-8-5. The Bangladesh top order did not waste time in the chase, achieving the target in 10.2 overs. Opener Shadman Islam was unbeaten on 25 off 26 balls.

A hundred from Akhil Herwadkar and rapid half-centuries from Sanju Samson and Ricky Bhui led India Under-19 to a match-winning total against UAE Under-19. After India won the toss, Herwadkar made 101, while Samson scored 65 off 47 balls and Bhui 54 off 38 to amass a score of 320 for 4. UAE's chase never got going and eventually only two of their batsmen made it into the 20s, and neither of them passed 30. Seamer Deepak Hooda took 4 for 21, while spinners Aamir Gani and Kuldeep Yadav took three and two wickets each for India. UAE were dismissed for 131 in 40.1 overs, giving India victory by 189 runs.

Pakistan Under-19 batsmen Sami Aslam and Hasan Raza scored centuries to sink Nepal Under-19 by 132 runs. Aslam made a run-a-ball 108 while Raza contributed 100, and the innings was given boost by Zafar Gohar, who scored 50 off 26 balls to lead Pakistan to 311 for 6 in 50 overs. Nepal's openers added 76 but they took 22.4 overs to do so and the asking rate soared. The innings fell away after Amit Shrestha's 60 and Nepal were restricted to 179 for 7. Pakistan trialled as many as eight bowlers and left-arm spinner Kamran Ghulam was the best of the lot, taking 4 for 36 in ten overs.

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Posted by BAHADURI on (January 2, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

I can clearly see talent, power, motivation and commitment in Afghan U19 team! They have capable pacers, spinners, batsmen and the only thing they need is a bit experience which could be gain by playing test nation teams.They would rock in Asia soon. Go Afghanistan Go....

Posted by Yousufahmed11 on (January 2, 2014, 4:13 GMT)

Ban is so ordinary at all levels even they failed to qualify for semi finals from the group of mediocres. Even Nep would have beaten them easily considering how Nep played against strong Ind and Pak.

Posted by Yousufahmed11 on (January 2, 2014, 4:13 GMT)

SL took the Afg match lightly by leaving our best bowler Ramesh Mendis out.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

BD is becoming worse than Afganistan. What our development coaches are doing. this is not accepted. the performance of our u19 teams are really harse.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

Bangladesh Under-19 made short work of Malaysia Under-19 in their opening game of the Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi, winning by nine wickets and 39.4 overs to spare. Malaysia lasted only 25.2 overs after they chose to bat and were dismissed for 50. Ahmad Tajudin Ismail was their top scorer with 15 and the only batsman to score in double figures. Bangladesh left-arm seamer Abu Haider finished with figures of 8-4-8-5. The Bangladesh top order did not waste time in the chase, achieving the target in 10.2 overs. Opener Shadman Islam was unbeaten on 25 off 26 balls.

Posted by sirnayem on (December 31, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

Good Luck Afghanistan! carry on with good cricket.. Good Luck for Bangladesh too.. nobody talks about our glorious victory against Malaysia:(

Lets grow Asians!!!

Posted by QTS_ on (December 30, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

There is a extensive record of promising players from U19 stage disappearing without reaching the national stage. Afghanistan needs to be careful of it.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

Great job by Afghan under 19, their cricket future is bright. Best luck for upcoming matches.

Posted by Tamimfan on (December 29, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

we can expect great things from afghan cricket team ( senior and junior) they have hunger and passion to perform . i think they can create another upset today . it shouldn't be called upset if they beat bangladesh because they are on par with bangladesh if not slightly better than bangladesh . i would like to see bangladesh senior vs afghan senior odi series .

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

Brilliant performance from Afghanistan against Sri Lanka. Winning this match shows the ability and the hardwork of Afghan players, and it witnesses how stronger and bright future Afghanitan has. in u19 level they can upset full members, so it is clear that.....they can upset.... Thanks to ACB for providing such opportunities for associate nations to express their talent and ability in an international arena.

Afghans are the raising stars, and they are unpredictable, they can upset strongest sides.

Hope ACB will include Afghanistan in Asia Cups as well. Playing in Asia Cup is really crucial for Afghanistan for the sake of getting more mature playing with full member nations. Afghanistan has the ODI status once again, they are qualified for both world cups t20 and 50 over, and they have to get ready for the upcoming world cups, so it is really worthy for Afghanistan to play more games with different countries, and chances should be provided by ACB and ICC.

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India U19 v Pakistan U19 at Sharjah - Jan 4, 2014
India U19 won by 40 runs
Afghan U19 v Pakistan U19 at Sharjah - Jan 2, 2014
Pakistan U19 won by 2 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
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