Afghanistan v Australia, Under-19 World Cup, Abu Dhabi

Afghanistan stun Australia for first win

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 17, 2014

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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-19's Abdullah Adil celebrates the victory, Afghanistan v Australia, Under-19 World Cup, Abu Dhabi, February 17, 2014
Abdullah Adil and his team-mates set off on a celebratory run © ICC

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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Posted by AbdulMohamad731 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

Posted by Alee.Zaman 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.

Posted by Chris_P 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!

Posted by Chris_P 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by redneck 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!!!

Posted by MeijiMura 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).

Posted by WorldWideCricket 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?

Posted by WorldWideCricket 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (February 18, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

FYI: Bangladesh U19 records in this level are much better than ENG/NZ/SR.;type=trophy

Let the players play in the field and as cricket fans we can show respect to each other. If I or any Bangladeshi disrespect/insult Afghanistan, that will not make Bangladesh any better or will not make Bangladesh World Champion, it also true for Afghans also. So why hatred? I am pretty sure players of both countries do not hate each other, then why should we do that as FAN?

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (February 18, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

To All Afghan Brothers: A Very nice win against AUS, Congrat! As you are claiming that you are better than Bangladesh, but how could you still lose to Bangladesh by 10 wickets? Don't you think to prove you are better than Bangladesh, you need to BEAT Bangladesh? If you do not know, in cricket, 10 wickets win is a huge winning margin specially when chasing 200+ run and when it is chased by a team like Bangladesh ! Please prove yourself by playing cricket,by beating Bangladesh, not by talking or hype. If it could be done by talking, Bangladesh would be world champion by now because of its huge population.

Posted by WILDCAT14 on (February 18, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

Dear Kamal Andewal, Brother, there's a saying in Bangla which means, "when an elephant falls in a trap, even the tiniest ant dares to mock." You proved that afgans have the worst memory. You forgot that, without our support Afganistan wouldn't have qualified to play in the Asia Cup 2014. Fyi, BCCI was against Afgan participation in Asia Cup. I wouldn't say any further. We will see how Afgans handle the Tigers in the upcoming Asia Cup and WC T20. Best of luck......

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

Well done Afghan lads, all of your nation celebrated this victory inside and outside of Afghanistan. Congrats from Germany:)

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

@ Kamal Andewal Please! AFG wouldn't even have scored a hundred!

Posted by afghan_cric_lover on (February 18, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

@Abkhanisb ,,,,yes we lost the series in pakistan last month but we won the 3rd one day and we trashed pakistan by bowling them out for 52 nd winning the match by 214 runs in there own backyard ,, that match spoil the celebrations of pakistan winning the series after that match i dont think any of the pak 19 celebrated it instead they face a humiltion defeat and by end of that match everyone knows who more deserved the series

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

how amazing win was that, I totally surprised, that's why, Afghan has the ability to beat the most powerful teams of the cricket world if the chance is given to them Congru.................... to All Afghans, especially to Cricket fans

Posted by TJones68 on (February 18, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

@ OttawaRocks. It was a depleted Australian team, nonetheless. And you know the most entertaining fact of all? The majority of Canada's team were expats. So it was Canada, but not really Canada ;)

And 'lol' @ Winter Olympics. Gee, who would have thought? How much snow do you think falls on Australia? Did you hazard a look at the medical comparison for the Summer Olympics? It doesn't make for good Canadian viewing. Try looking at the rankings for many 'neutral' sports, too. By and large Australians rank higher.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

@Mahfujur Rahman :we will knock out a full member from the world cup main stage for the first time.Jus wait and see.your team even could not chase 180 against Sri Lanka .do you call it a team ? Afghanistan is far better team than Bangladesh!!!!

Posted by Kirk-at-Lords on (February 18, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

When will the ICC learn to keep the cameras constantly running on this Afghani team?! Yes, they lost to the Banglas in their 1st outing, but for every ordinary performance there is one (or even 2) stunners like this one. ICC may now be beyond redemption with the so-called "overhaul" which likely puts paid to the globalisation strategy of the past few years. The one incontrovertible success story of that little period has been Afghanistan. If ICC hasn't the sense to broadcast all the U19 World Cup matches, at least have all AFG matches broadcast! Certainly the Big Men in the Sky Boxes can find money in their deep pockets for that.

Posted by ABKhanISB on (February 18, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

All the people who are saying that Afg U19 won in Pakistan, do not know the fact that Afg lost the series and only won the last match

Posted by OttawaRocks on (February 18, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

@TJones. A depleted strength team? Yes, Canada was a depleted strength team but not Australia. Eastern Canada beat an Ian Chappell led Aussies team in Toronto by 5 wickets. That Aussie team featured Dennis Lillee, Max Walker and Allan Hurst. Regarding other sports, Canada regularly outperforms Australia as evidenced by Canada's Winter Olympics record of 15 golds won in Vancouver. In Sochi, Canada already has 15 medals to Australia's 3.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

@ diamond2017 You do realize that they got thrashed by the team that you're suggesting to take the test status away from.

Posted by TJones68 on (February 18, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

@ A lot of the Afghanistan supporters here, it's an amazing achievement to get a win over an Aussie side - even if they are just under 19's. Well done. But it was still an upset. A big one. All this talk about Afghanistan getting full status is absolutely laughable. Wait to see what happens in the World Cup, and then you'll realise you still have a long way to go before your team can be mentioned alongside the powerhouses.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

By defeating Australia Yesterday, SL in the u19 Asia Cup and Pakistan in the PAK series showed and proved that Afghanistan are the Rising Stars and they can upset any major teams.

This is a very big achievement of Afghanistan to defeat the so called Founders of Cricket (Aussies).

we are looking forward to getting to the next stage and upsetting the other big names....

fingers crossed my boys...Go...Go...Go..

Posted by FazalRabi.Hameem on (February 18, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

Well-done!!! Proud of you our young tigers! Keep going on, until you own the world cup!

Posted by TJones68 on (February 18, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

@OttawaRocks. Hey guy, why so butthurt, eh? What's the hate all aboot? Most Canooks I've met get along famously with Aussies and Kiwis. And you were wrong - Canada beat Australia ONCE, and it was against a depleted strength team. Australia pummelled Canada in the subsequent games. But that's neither nor there because, like you said, it isn't Canada's national sport.

Perhaps we should look at other sports? Australia and Canada always punch above their weight in sports given population sizes, but you'll find there are Aussies outperforming Canadians in the vast majority of sports. Stick to your ice hockey, and if you happen to lose in the Olympics, just remember I'll be having a little chuckle at your expense ;)

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

@Mahfujur Rahman :we will knock out a full member from the world cup main stage for the first time.Jus wait and see.your team even could not chase 180 against Sri Lanka .do you call it a team ? Afghanistan is far better team than Bangladesh!!!!

Posted by Chris_P on (February 18, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

Good result for global cricket. @Meety, there is dispensation for associate teams, they can be 20 in these tournaments. It's a good idea & fully support it, so, in effect, it is U19 for the test countries & U20 for associates.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (February 18, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

@redneck: sorry buddy, but you're wrong. Canada defeated the Aussies 2 of 3 in ODIs in the mid-70s right before the inaugural World Cup in 1975. Yep it was the Aussies first team. And to boot, no one in Canada cares about cricket. Pretty pathetic effort from a country that actually cares about the sport, unlike Canada. By the way, good job Afghanistan, a country that has a bright future in cricket. Anyone beating Australia and NZ is good by me.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

ohh halfganistan , welcome to lose all match in asia cup

Posted by redneck on (February 18, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

congrats to afghanistan!!! great effort!!!! however i hope these 11 aussies are hurting, this is a pathetic preformance if ever there was one! can add 11 new names to people who should never get near a baggy green!!! couldnt care if the pitch was rolled mud there are no excuses to loose to a minow!!! @OttawaRocks dont know about that we've beaten canada every time we've played you and besides you have to have rocks in your head to think this in any way shape or form has any bearing to beating an australian first XI!!! hell after seeing ireland's performance in the west indies all 6 state sides would trounce you. @mishaq afghanistan will be facing the mitch at the waca in the world cup, keep dreaming buddy!!!

Posted by R.Zwak on (February 18, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

Keep it up guys. we want to see you in next stage of the wc.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

This is a great victory by the Afghan Cricket Team. The Afghan cricket is progressing very nicely compared to other teams like Bangladesh who has been playing for a long time without any major success. Now, it is time to give full status to Afghan cricket in every format of the game.

Posted by ygkd on (February 18, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

This should come as no surprise. The Afghanis are repeatedly showing that they can play with passion and skill. Some of my fellow Australians may argue that unfamiliar conditions in Abu Dhabi played a part, and that would no doubt be true, but it would do the Afghanis a disservice whilst begging the question why Australians shouldn't play well there. Well, I could attempt to answer that one myself. Australian youth cricket loves pace bowlers who do well on bouncy tracks. It loves stiff-armed batsmen who thrive on bouncy tracks. It loves spinners who hit boundaries and wicket-keepers who do the same, not so much specialist spinners and the wicket-keepers who can handle them on low Asian decks. So good on the Afghanis. They've done the game a good turn and maybe even Australia one too, if they care to take it.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 5:26 GMT)

AFGHANISTANNNNNNNNNNNN,,,, We West Indians are proud of you. keep on winning until you meet with us

Posted by F.Hashimi on (February 18, 2014, 5:24 GMT)

Why are we even calling this an upset. It should say that Afghanistan beats Australia comprehensively. Cheers for Afghan team!!!!

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

To folks who are questioning the ages of Afghan cricketers,Associate member countries can field players who are under 20 .Full member countries have to field under 19 .

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 5:08 GMT)

Wow! Thats great ! Afghanistan ! Keep it up!

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 5:02 GMT)

these boys have been trained by pakistani coaches and they learn to play in pakistan when they were in muhajer kpk areas.inshlah there will be arfidi as well in coming days

Posted by kinkminos on (February 18, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

@nawab67: the age restrictions are slightly more relaxed for assoc/affiliate nations. this is what the rules for the U19 world cup state:

"To compete in the ICC U19 CWC Players from Full Member countries must be under the age of 19 on the 1st of September before the event takes place and Players from Associate or Affiliate Member countries must be under the age of 20 on the 1st of September before the event takes place."

i.e. if abdullah adil (4 for 45 in the match) turned 20 after the 1st of september 2013, he is eligible to play in this tournament.

Posted by kinkminos on (February 18, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

vah! these afghan boys are something special... both the senior and junior sides. esp considering the lack of organised cricket until very recently. they have got guts, determination and no shortage of talent. let's watch out for them in the asia cup.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

Proud to be Afghan, you guys made us proud . best of luck for next games

Posted by awsayad on (February 18, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

They have done a great job and it was not an upset. I am sure they can play much better than this victory.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

Well done our young lads!!!!! yesterday,s victory showed the depth of the cricket in Afghanistan.We were expecting this win and i hope people do not call Afghanistan,s victory as an upset.Our team is as strong as all other full members!!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

One thing I know that our U19 team is more competitive than our senior team, and if I was the one incharge of Cricket in Afghanistan I would probably target these guys n invest heavily for future of Afghanistan sport. they look much more promising. in next matches i hope Fareed plays coz he is a very good bowler. from a Afghan Sports Fan.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 3:52 GMT)

Well done Afghanistan! Can't say I'm pleased to lose, but I am certainly delighted at your progress on the international stage.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 2:27 GMT)

@nawab67 the players were of age during the qualifying stage of the tourtament, which was last year. Therefore, one or two players might be 20 years old now, even though they were 18 or 19 during the qualifying. If you go through other countries, you might find a few guys who are 20 as well

Posted by Big_Brother_of_Cricket on (February 18, 2014, 2:22 GMT)

This was on the cards if you remember recent from of Aus U19 team. They lost 3-0 in Sri Lanka and lost their warm ups as well. On the other hand, we all know how strong the sub continent under19 teams are. Good luck Afganistan and hope they'll go on make in roads at international level.

Posted by MeijiMura on (February 18, 2014, 1:47 GMT)

To progress to the quarter-finals all Afghanistan have to do is win their game against Namibia. The loser of the Bangladesh v Australia game will crash out of the tournament at the group stage. I expect that to be Australia as Bangladesh have a lot of talent at youth level and will start favourites given their superior form and the fact they are playing in more favourable conditions. If the results of the remaining matches go the way I expect them to then Afghanistan will play South Africa in their quarter-final. That will be a great game to watch!

Posted by Meety on (February 18, 2014, 1:47 GMT)

@Nawab67 on (February 17, 2014, 18:09 GMT) - I think it is possible to be over 19 in this comp. I think you have to be under 19 at certain time prior to the W/Cup - could be a month could be a year prior - I can't remember. I would also be prepared to be flexible when it came to Associates. @CherryWood_Champion on (February 17, 2014, 19:32 GMT) - I think if they got Test status now, they would cop some hammerings, but against the lower Test nations - they would be very competitive. They would probably have the same issues Pakistan has - not being able to play home Tests. There seems to be enuff talent coming thru to suggest they will be even more competitive in 5 or 6 yrs from now. Quite remarkable considering there was no such thing s cricket in Afganistan 12 yrs ago!

Posted by Meety on (February 18, 2014, 1:42 GMT)

I second what Biggus said. (I am Ozzy too). Well done Afghanis - great result for world cricket. The way I see it, IF the Afghans are producing cricketers @ U19s level who can beat Test playing nation players of the same age - they MUST have a good funnel for production of quality cricketers. Back in the early 2000s - Kenya had a cricket side that was competitive in ODIs & could of beaten a few test teams from time to time - however they didn't have a flow of new talent coming thru. Bangladesh didn't either when they started - hence their very poor results when they first got Test status (changing now). I am convinced that Afghanistan has what it takes to be given provisional Test status. That means the ability to play one off Tests versus sides like Bangladesh & Zimbabwe & special dispensation to play Pakistan (purely for the fact they are neighbors). IF Oz can't win this Cup - I want Afghanistan to - I am on the bandwagon. Well done boys!

Posted by MrKricket on (February 18, 2014, 1:19 GMT)

Well done guys. Brilliant effort. Can't be long before we see Test matches in Kandahar...

Posted by oval77 on (February 18, 2014, 0:26 GMT)

Congrats to Afghanistan - they're going to be a proper force in world cricket soon.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 0:06 GMT)

Congratulations BOYS. Well Played

Posted by avmd on (February 18, 2014, 0:04 GMT)

Test Status ??, take it easy boys, is it not the same team which lost to a team by 10 wickets whose own test status is very questionable, Bangladesh. Yes, a great victory and Afghan team made their countrymen really proud. They are making very good progress.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 23:34 GMT)

Congrats Afghanistan from Sri Lanka!

Posted by OttawaRocks on (February 17, 2014, 22:48 GMT)

Oh I get it now. The reason why Australia and New Zealand didn't want the Associates playing in the 2015 World Cup is because they can't actually beat them. Congrats Afghanistan, you deserve all the plaudits! From a Canadian fan.

Posted by Diamond2017 on (February 17, 2014, 21:16 GMT)

What a game by the Afghanistan team! Congrats boys. Time to take test status from Bangladesh and give it to Afghanistan.

Posted by ygkd on (February 17, 2014, 21:14 GMT)

Youth cricket, at least in Australia, has become a little typecast, predictable and stale, as well as over-rated. Well done to the Afghan lads for putting some life back into it.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

Afghan cricket is progressing impressively, hope we will count them as a major side soon in international cricket.

Posted by Hamid79 on (February 17, 2014, 20:51 GMT)

This is not an upset rather it is fairly expected result.. Remember they bet BD, Sirilanka, India and Pakistan recently so why would you consider this as an upset? You may call the last Mach as upset where the same team lost to BD by 10 wicket ... It will be disappointing if they don't progress to next stage due to any reason ... Many congratulations Afghan tygers. Keep the good work, our prayers are with you!!!

Posted by Biggus on (February 17, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

Well done Afghan cricketers from this Australian! The progress of your cricket teams is really impressive.

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (February 17, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

Time to give them test status ... I am pretty sure they will give all other teams a run for their money.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

Hats off out Asian big 3..I sense of a upset in Asia cup with their national team :)

Posted by Nawab67 on (February 17, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Few of the Afgan players ages look suspect....especially guy who took 4 wks. His bio says he is 20 years

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

It is not fare to call this victory an upset as Afghanistan is by far better team than people think. We were expecting this win. if they play better soon we will see our team in Semi final.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

yeah bro (ramz_01) you are right this wasnt a upset cause Afghanistan U19 is a solid group they are not in here to just cause a upset, they are here to compit and I am sure they will do so. Good luck and we all support you Team Afghanistan. Seeing Afghanistan rise bring tears and love back to cricket world.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

As an Afghan I see one thing only and that is the bright future of cricket in Afghanistan! ICC should pay more attention to cricket in Afghanistan!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

Brilliant Victory for Afghan Lads Stay tunned with AFG U19 for more upsets in the tournament IN SHAA ALLAH

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Afghanistan fought hard to pull off an upset victory over Australia. And looking at the form of Bangladesh and keeping in mind Australia's fragilities against spinners in these conditions, I think Afghanistan has every chance of progressing towards the next stage.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

All the way Afghanistan- You guys made all Afghans proud.

Posted by DD_f0rever on (February 17, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

@ ebad

wht has religin to do with Cricket ? :)

Posted by shinewindies on (February 17, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Many many congratulation to all people of the proud nation of Afganistan, best of luck for rest of the tournament from all of India.

Posted by JamKam on (February 17, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Congratulations to Afghanistan from a BD fan.Wishing you all the best in Asia Cup and WC20/20

Posted by rony1008 on (February 17, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Congratulations Afghanistan from Bangladesh. This win shows that despite limited resources, Afghanistan has bright future in Cricket. And ICC should serious consideration for countries like Afghanistan, Ireland to play in the big league because they are no pushovers.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

congratulation to the people of Afghanistan. its a big upset in this major tournament. the icc need to provide more opportunity to Afghans teams to grow more in international level.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

we are proud of you guys we love you & your team ... Proud to be Muslim & afghan....i am sure we are going to beat Namibia by big margin & are going to the quarter finals......great win....

Posted by fr600 on (February 17, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

I still recon it's not going to be easy for Afg to leave Aus behind to reach the next round. Ban will lead the group I think.

Posted by ramz_01 on (February 17, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

this is not a mighty upset for me.thy beat sri lanka recently and pakistan by massive 200 run magin so dis is not a upset. all the very best from SRI LANKAN fan.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

this win send a clear message to ICC/ACC that Afghanistan need your support specially the Big Three. at least play warm up match with Afghanistan before the start of each international series which will help Afghanistan to improve more it's skill

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

Master class by these young afghan tigers, this crop of youth will represent will afghanistan in future and i see a bright furure for these young lads, here u go champs!!!

Posted by afghan_cric_lover on (February 17, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

really happy with this victory over aussies ,,imagine if we didnt had wars today we would be one of the best team in the world

Posted by NextSana on (February 17, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

Aussies are in a bad patch. Lost to SL 3-0. No chance in this year I guess.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

The way Afghanistan is going, they will be a major force in international Cricket in the next 10-15 years. They need the support from other countries too though. Good luck !- A Sri Lankan Fan

Posted by mishaq on (February 17, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

Afghanistan cricket is rising and growing fast which is good sign for them and this win can boost them to defeat more major teams in world cricket like England South Africa Pakistan India Srilanka and new Zealand . i hope that national team also defeat Aus in cricket world cup 2015 Best of luck Afghan Boys keep it up

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

If AUS lose to the Afghans like this, they don't stand a chance against BD.

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (February 17, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

Absolutely stunner by youngsters it's a mighty upset. I have mentioned to BD lads yesterday that we gonna thrash Aussies today and we did it. one win and we are in the next stage of big boys.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

Proud to be an Afghan! you are the future of world Cricket keep it up!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

Afghanistan Cricket is Rising & rising quite well, hope this win can be starting milestone for more wins to come against big nations. i hope in coming years Afghanistan & Ireland will and should get Test Status.

Posted by Matadore on (February 17, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

cngr8z.. Australia r in trouble now.. only victory against bangladesh is not enough.. they'v to win by a good distance. at the same time afg or ban also can b out...

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