Under-19s Asia Cup 2013-14 December 28, 2013

Wins for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

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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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  • 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....

  • Yuosufahmed 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.

  • Yuosufahmed on January 2, 2014, 4:13 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • on December 29, 2013, 9:03 GMT

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

  • 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 .

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • Yuosufahmed 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.

  • Yuosufahmed on January 2, 2014, 4:13 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • on December 29, 2013, 9:03 GMT

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

  • 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 .

  • 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.

  • yoogi on December 29, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Well if Afghans finish better than bangladesh, and probably sri lanka, give them along with Ireland, test status.

  • sahmadzai on December 29, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Well done young Afghans, wish you best of luck against B-Desh today.

  • on December 29, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Afghanistan Under19 played more maturely than their seniors. The credit must go to their coach Rayes Ahmadzaiy .Well done my heroes ! I am very confident that you can beat Bangladesh today.... looking forward to your victory against bang. good luck!

  • Hamid79 on December 29, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Well done bravo U19 team..this explain why they are afraid to put Afghanistan in Assis cup... Looking forward to see Koch more.. I hope this will be a great motivation to both senior and U19 to start a cricketing year in style!!!

  • on December 28, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Afghanistan has a very bright future in cricket, once i was told by a friend that think about a team that has 11 Shahid Afridi working together, now i can see what he meant by that. Brava Afghan Lions keep the good work.

  • grahaam on December 28, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Wow this is a good competition, Asian Cricket will benefit greatly from this, why do the other side not hold this sort of competition? SA , AUS would cope here at this level, but I suspect Eng NZ ZIM and WI would find it difficult...Afgan U19 look very good on paper but the inability to host home matches will keep them as an associate member. The interesting thing here is that Ireland U19 are not getting any cricket at this level, of this quality .Asia are doing a good job for international cricket. With ZIM cricket in turmoil, the lower levels of Test cricket are open to suggestions...

  • on December 28, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Great performance by Afghan players the first win but I want Afghan Cricket Board to hire a batting coach as soon as possible because we have talent all we need is some one who can teach the right way that is it. Inshahallah we can beat Bangladesh again as we did it before so come on guys make it to the top of the table.Also one more thing ACC should include Afghanistan in Asia Cup I know some other countries don't want it but come on ACC do it for the game

  • on December 28, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Awesome cricket by Afghanistan under19, love u guys.

  • Fogu on December 28, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Well done young Afghans. Hopefully Afghanistan and Ireland can attain test status soon. Great start for my Tigers too. Keep up the great work. you have tougher tests ahead. Go Tigers!

  • RK204 on December 28, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    well done afghanistan.. :) from a BD fan.. and of course bravo tiger kids.. Keep playing like this.. Keep on improving.. :)

  • i_golam on December 28, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    The senior tigers are the current Asian runner-up ! The junior tigers have a great chance here & thats why hoping for a great results from Bangladesh U 19 ! From the recent forms of their ... I think the can win the hole tournament if just they can keep their head down & cool !! Come on boys ( Young - Tigers ) ... Lets show the world the " Tiger-Cricket " !!!

  • afghan_cric_lover on December 28, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    well done boys our future is bright ,,we want Afghanitan to be inculed in Asia cup

  • on December 28, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    want afghanistan in asia cup plz.

  • on December 28, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    congrats to afganistan.I am a sri lankan.Sri lanka's u-19 teams have never been up to the standards. But once they are picked for the national team,they perform unbelievably well.What is the secret behind it? This is not sour grapes..but not many people in sri lanka care about the u-19 team and their wins/losses...

  • Captainman on December 28, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    hahaha Sri Lanka lost to Afghanistan. Future is clear!!!

  • priceless1 on December 28, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    not surprised with the results at all, (if one take a look at the previous stats of the SL players )

  • on December 28, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Great Staff from Afghanistan U19 We want Afghanistan Senior team In Asia Cup as well

    Be ware Teams in WC

  • on December 28, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Welldone young tigers! All the best for upcoming matches!

  • on December 28, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    welldon hassan and all team

  • on December 28, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Afghanistan should make an application to be part of Asia cup but I think BCCI want a short tournament...

  • Sir_Ivor on December 28, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    One day Afghanistan will win the World Cup in one of the limited over formats. They have the pace bowling and enthusiasm to do so and I wish them luck.

  • on December 28, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Great stuff Afghanistan, disgraceful that they're not invited to take part in the men's Asia Cup.

  • Azooz-Afgfan on December 28, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Should we call this an upset ? No because Afghanistan is not surprising team. Watch for upsets in WC.

  • on December 28, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    we want afgans to play inthe asia cup plz

  • on December 28, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Well played! Afghanistan U19 with it's three left arm spinners specially Zia-ur-Rahman will make it really difficult for any opponent.

  • on December 28, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    well done afghanistan we love you

  • on December 28, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Afghanistan has a bright future, and today Afghanistan Young gins showed that. Similarly Afghanistan national team should also be given chance to play Asia in Asia Cup.

  • Mujahid22 on December 28, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    What a performence by Afghan u19. they beat a full member team. big challenge for other full member in next world u19 world cup.

  • on December 28, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Weldone bravo Afghanistan . Awnullah Kakar

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  • on December 28, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Weldone bravo Afghanistan . Awnullah Kakar

  • Mujahid22 on December 28, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    What a performence by Afghan u19. they beat a full member team. big challenge for other full member in next world u19 world cup.

  • on December 28, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Afghanistan has a bright future, and today Afghanistan Young gins showed that. Similarly Afghanistan national team should also be given chance to play Asia in Asia Cup.

  • on December 28, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    well done afghanistan we love you

  • on December 28, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Well played! Afghanistan U19 with it's three left arm spinners specially Zia-ur-Rahman will make it really difficult for any opponent.

  • on December 28, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    we want afgans to play inthe asia cup plz

  • Azooz-Afgfan on December 28, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Should we call this an upset ? No because Afghanistan is not surprising team. Watch for upsets in WC.

  • on December 28, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Great stuff Afghanistan, disgraceful that they're not invited to take part in the men's Asia Cup.

  • Sir_Ivor on December 28, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    One day Afghanistan will win the World Cup in one of the limited over formats. They have the pace bowling and enthusiasm to do so and I wish them luck.

  • on December 28, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Afghanistan should make an application to be part of Asia cup but I think BCCI want a short tournament...