Under-19 World Cup 2014 February 19, 2014

Afghanistan pip Bangladesh to quarter-finals

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan Under-19s 196 for 6 (Shaidi 52, Mujtaba 50, Wessells 4-58) beat Namibia Under-19s 192 for 9 (Erasmus 84, Musa 3-35) by four wickets

Afghanistan added another cricketing achievement to a rapidly growing list when they reached the quarter-finals of the Under-19 World Cup. Afghanistan's senior team will play their third straight World T20 next month, and will feature in a 50-over World Cup for the first time next year. The Under-19 side's achievement adds further credibility to the country's cricketing strength and depth.

Afghanistan Under-19s, who had stunned Australia in their previous game, ensured their progress after beating Namibia Under-19s in their last Group B match. The win took Afghanistan to four points, and the fact that they reached their 193-run target in just 25.3 overs moved their net run rate above that of Bangladesh, who lost to Australia in the other Group B match of the day.

Namibia, who elected to bat, were in trouble early after Sharafuddin Ashraf struck twice in one over to reduce them to 6 for 2. Their captain Gerhard Erasmus scored 84 off 119 balls, with eight fours, but none of the other batsmen in the side made more than 25. Namibia finished on 192 for 9, with medium-pacer Muslim Musa taking three wickets.

Mohammad Mujtaba and Hashmatullah Shaidi made half-centuries at over a run-a-ball, as Afghanistan sprinted with an eye on their net run rate. Mujtaba scored 50 off 30 balls, and added 65 with opening partner Usman Ghani before both fell with the score at 65. Ihsanullah then added 42 in 40 balls with Shaidi to take Afghanistan past 100 well before the 15-over stage.

They lost two wickets quickly after that, but Shaidi found an able ally in captain Nasir Ahmadzai, and the pair put on 63 to take them to within 20 runs of victory. Shaidi made 52 in 43 balls, with six fours and a six, and Ahmadzai finished on an unbeaten 32-ball 39. For Namibia, seamer Bredell Wessells picked up four wickets.

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  • Naimur on February 22, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Afghanistan need to play more tests against top teams urgently. Afghanistan Cricket Board are not doing anything, need to arrange more test matches.

  • Khondker S on February 21, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Good like AFG from BD fan....

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Viva Afghanistan team.... they should Thank and show appreciation towards Pakistan and Pak cricket team and coach, who help them succeed.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Congratulations to Afghanistan, now it is obvious that Afghanistan are the Rising Stars, they have a very bright future.

    they can be champions soon inshallah.....

  • Android on February 20, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Viva Afghanistan, today all eyes are on us. Wishing you all the best of luck in QF. love from Germany :)

  • Edrees on February 20, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    The expectations are high from this new born team; however they don't let the fans down, if they can keep their consistency, they will go all the way to be one of the best side soon. Good luck against South Africa lads.

  • Andrew on February 20, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Great stuff Afghanistan. Said it before (as an Ozzy), if Oz can't win - I want Afghanistan to win!

  • Manoj on February 20, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Many congratulations Afghanistan! Ban was quite unlucky here. They would have got through in any other group except Group A. Ban has the best team after Ind, Pak, SL and SA.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Very fine cricket by brave afghans, wish my team to play the semi finals, and thanks for the wishes of friends all over the world we love you too.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    awww!! so upset for Bangladesh team nd for there supporter!! how was it be great If Afghanistan and Bangladesh both entered to quarter final .. by the way good luck for Bangladesh team in Asia cup!!!

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