Afghanistan v Australia, Under-19 World Cup, Abu Dhabi February 17, 2014

Afghanistan stun Australia for first win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan Under-19s 253 (Mujtaba 75, Ihsanullah 63, Valente 3-59) beat Australia Under-19s 217 (Bazley 54*, Adil 4-45, Ashraf 3-55) by 36 runs

Afghanistan Under-19s pulled off a major upset by defeating Australia Under-19s by 36 runs in Abu Dhabi. Afghanistan's top order were at the forefront of the victory, as Mohammad Mujtaba (75), Ihsanullah (63) and Hashmatullah Shaidi (57) all scored half-centuries to propel the team to 253.

The team had lost Usman Ghani in the first over of the innings, but Ihsanullah and Mujtaba steadied the innings with a second-wicket stand worth 126 that gave Afghanistan a solid platform to build on. For Australia, James Bazley and Cameron Valente picked up three wickets each.

Australia's captain Jaron Morgan scored 47 to give the team a decent start, but fell in the 20th over after being caught by Shaidi off his own bowling. Jake Doran and Damian Mortimer added 70 for the fourth wicket, but from 143 for 3 in the 37th over, the team were bowled out for 217 by the 48th. James Bazley blasted a 36-ball 54, but received little by way of support at the other end. Abdullah Adil was the pick of Afghanistan's bowlers, finishing with 4 for 45, while Sharafuddin Ashraf snared three scalps.

The victory was Afghanistan's first of the tournament, after they had opened with a loss to Bangladesh Under-19s on Saturday. Afghanistan and Australia are both tied in Group B with two points each, with Australia slightly ahead by virtue of a better net run-rate.

"I am very proud of our team, they played so well today," Nasir Jamal, the Afghanistan captain, said, "I don't think many people expected us to defeat Australia but we did it and we did it convincingly. We hope the people at home are enjoying the victory as much as we are - we play for our country and our people and we love to make them happy and proud. Now we have to put our heads down and try to achieve as much as we possibly can in this competition."

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  • Abdul on February 22, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    No point, Afghanistan needs to start playing tests and boards need to arrange more test matches against top team to improve

  • Mohammad Rahman on February 20, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Dear brothers why are we fighting here we all are cricket fans. Yes Afghanistan needs more improvement in cricket it's hard to tell now that Afghanistan is better than Bangladesh no way I truly believe there is a lot of talent in Bangladesh more than Afghanistan. Afghanistan is under War for more than 35 years even more then my age. I cannot express how proud I am to see my country is improving in cricket. Bangladesh fans trust me Afghans who love cricket knows Shakib-ul-Hassan Mushfiq-ur-rahim the wicket keeper and Abdur Razak and many more.

  • Peter on February 20, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    OttawaRocks. If you are going to quote stuff, get the facts right. The Aussies played 3 games and won 2! Look it up in the archives if still not convinced, selective memory, it's a great thing, isn't it? The games were played under a goodwill, picnic style laid back atmosphere with the Aussies giving Mash several overs to hone his leg spin!

  • Peter on February 20, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    @OttawaRocks, Winter Olympics? You are kidding right? Australia is the driest, hottest continent in the world yet we still win medals there! That's like saying, how many world surfing championships )or any events) have Canada won? Just how many Olympics have Canada won more medals that Australia? (One since 1896, if you're interest). Get your hand off it, lad.

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Hey guys, this is game and let's just put it that way. I really enjoyed the way Bangladesh played well against Afghanistan. and as one of you said, that this game is unpredictable, we have seen also that Afghans beaten Australians, it doesn't mean at all that Aussies are week side just because of one loss.So just watch and encourage the game, these comments shouldn't have place in cricket. We should all have mutual respect, no one is less then others and no one is more then others. Time is actually a good judge. there is always ups and downs in all aspect of life. So Cheers, and always Support cricket. Played Well Bangladesh and Played very Well Afghanistan my love.

  • hayden on February 19, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    @OttawaRocks seriously winter olympics comparisons???? thats the funniest thing ive ever heard. surprised you havent boasted about being better at making maple syrip and curling too??? australias a sunburnt country, cold and frostys what its not!!! find a sport not on ice that canada can beat australia at, i doubt you will find one!!!

  • Justin on February 19, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    Afghanistan would be hoping for a Bangladesh victory over Australia and a victory over Namibia to qualify in second place in the group. If Australia beat Bangladesh and Afghanistan beat Namibia then all three teams will be on 4 points and net run-rate will determine who qualifies for the quarter-finals and in which order they qualify. Under such circumstances if Afghanistan win the toss they should bowl first and either bowl Namibia out or restrict them to as low a score as possible and then aim to score the runs as quickly as possible in 40 overs or fewer to make sure their net run-rate will be good enough to get through. I can't believe today's TV game is India v PNG when Bangladesh v Australia is clearly the game of the day. That has happened twice now as before we had the great game Australia v Afghanistan yet India v Scotland was the TV game. In any case good luck to Bangladesh and Afghanistan. May they both win for the greater good of the game (sport).

  • Bangla on February 18, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    if cricket is an unpredictable game , then why all other AFG fans are shouting just for one win against AUS? Or is it predictable when AFG play?

  • Bangla on February 18, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    Dear last FB user (right above my last post) : Please do not talk about IFs and Buts. You are comparing Today's AFG with Today's BAN. If you know that you have not played TEST cricket like BAN, then why are you comparing AFG with BAN? Is it APPLE to APPLE? Are you GOD that you could tell what would happend if AFG played TEST cricket? Look at NZ, they have been playing TEST cricket long enough but still they are at #8, yes they have good players, but still at #8, where as Sri Lanka came late to TEST cricket, now look where they are now. Not every team is like Sri Lanka. I can guarantee that there will be no another Sri Lanka, not even Ireland would come close to Sri Lanka. By the way, we are talking about U19 world cup, not a single player in BAN team played TEST, but AFG U19 have the opportunity to play and practice in PAK system,, one of the best cricket system in the world.

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    I don't understand why you guys argue about Afghanistan and Bangladesh I am sure Afghanistan has a lot of fans in Bangladesh and let the argument of who is better to be seen in the playing field. Yes Afghanistan lost by 10 wickets to Bangladesh and yes it is a huge margin but remember cricket is an unpredictable game, good teams loose by big margin, but what is important is consistency one bad game doesn't tell whole a lot about a team. Yeah if Afghanistan played in the ICC test cricket like Bangladesh they would be much better team in terms of ranking then currently Bangladesh is. Sorry it is harsh but true.

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