Under-19 World Cup 2014

Afghanistan pip Bangladesh to quarter-finals

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February 19, 2014

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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 Under-19 opener Mohammad Mujtaba top scored with 75, Afghanistan v Australia, Under-19 World Cup, Abu Dhabi, February 17, 2014
File photo - Mohammad Mujtaba scored 50 off 30 balls © ICC

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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Posted by naimurchowdhury32 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.

Posted by Shajadul on (February 21, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Good like AFG from BD fan....

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.....

Posted by android_user 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 :)

Posted by Edrees.Nawabi 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.

Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by Yuosufahmed 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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!!!

Posted by Ruminate on (February 20, 2014, 2:17 GMT)

Well done Afghanistan, excellent work!

For the other posters herein, there's no need to knock other developing cricket nations like Bangladesh and Ireland, the more countries playing at a higher standard the better our great game will be for it! Keep it positive guys!

Posted by jeffb23 on (February 20, 2014, 0:32 GMT)

Wonderful result and world cricket is the beneficiary of this. Add Ireland's great win against the West Indies and the status quo is well and truly shaken in cricket's shorter form of the game.

Without getting too political I hope and pray that the political climate in Afghanistan allows for the development and growth of the great game (and I mean cricket not the other historical 'great game'.

Posted by MeijiMura on (February 20, 2014, 0:01 GMT)

Interesting comments by some who say that Ireland shouldn't be given Test status because they didn't qualify for the u19 World Cup. It should be noted that Ireland have just defeated the West Indies in the 1st T20 in Jamaica. In any case the title of this article is misleading. Afghanistan didn't pip Bangladesh at all. If anything I'd say that Australia pipped Afghanistan to finish top of the group because there was almost no difference between their net run-rates. There was a huge difference between Afghanistan's net run-rate and Bangladesh's net run-rate thanks to Afghanistan's magnificent performance in running down Namibia's total with 24.3 overs to spare! Afghanistan is such an exciting cricket team these days. I really hope they beat SA because I want to see Afghanistan on TV! If they make the semi-finals their match will be televised. It is something to really look forward to if it happens. Cricket in Afghanistan has a really bright future.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 22:30 GMT)

Well done Afghanistan. Haven't seen such a fairy run at all tiers in cricketing history. You guys inspire me a lot. Stay blessed and keep up the good job. Dhera love from Pakistan

Posted by Adnan-Ahmed on (February 19, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

Very happy for them...I hope they suceed (except whenever they face Pakistan) and have a bright cricketing future...and most importantly, the country finds peace and harmony.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 21:01 GMT)

I am happy about these bunch of lads than our seniors as they are our future. While our seniors are doing a great job, the Juniors seem to have Cricket and all associated rules embedded within more comprehensively.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 19, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

Very impressive. How long before Afghanistan and Ireland start playing Tests against the weaker Full Members? It has to be soon.

Posted by Hamid79 on (February 19, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

Many congratulations Afghanistan ... South Africa be ready we are comming, you are the next one!!!!

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

I will be surprised if ICC still considering the Ireland to give them the chance to play test cricket. Afghanistan cricket is in real development and that is proven in the different steps U-17, U-16 and now U-19 and the seniors. while Ireland's U-19 even didn't qualified to the the under nineteen worldcup.

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

Well done Afghanistan! What a fabulous victory! I'm sure this will be good for the country as well. Shame about BD though, as they let the side down.

Posted by android_user on (February 19, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

nothing will happen mate, now bangladesh will play four series against BIG 3.... thats wht all they want

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

This was an AMAZING performance by Afghan U19 team. Well-done! Surely, you deserve to be where you are now and for that we bow for you. To get to the target 193 in just 25.2 overs it takes some fantastic cricket. Strong team, Strong nation and strong fan base Afghanistan we all love you. I am Canadian and I support Afghanistan Cricket. Let ICC know that don't let Afghanistan chance to slip away.

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (February 19, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

I hope afghan devolap themselves more.then asia will have 4 strong teams.india bangladesh srilanka and afghanistan.

Posted by i_golam on (February 19, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Well ... our juniors follow the A squad's footsteps now! what happens with BD cricket at this moment !! neither luck or tailwind nothing gets them away !!!

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Good Job Afghanistan: wish you best of luck in the quarterfinal

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

With Afghanistan in the same qualifying group as Bangladesh for the World T20, Bangladesh may struggle to qualify for the main event. Afghanistan almost surprised Pakistan in Sharjah in one off T20 played between the two teams.

Posted by mensan on (February 19, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Great chase by Afghanistan. Very professional indeed. Soon we will see Afghanistan in top 8 in ODI and T20, and Banlgadesh and Zimbabwe out.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

Well done Afghanistan :) shame the 2 Asian teams couldn't qualify. Bangladesh like their senior team let a chance slip.

Posted by Firdous.Ghani.Staniczai on (February 19, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

Afghan players rock!!! Congratulations on a fabulous win, and the very best of luck at the tournament. It has been such fun watching you surprise everyone in the world. You really deserve to win! Good luck!!! Bring it home!!! You can make it guys!

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (February 19, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

Feel pity for BD bros for not making into the super eight tbh u guys deserve to be in super stage better luck next time. Porteas are now kinda of worried facing Afghan boys in the quarter final. I'm shocked still we don't have text commentry for the matches by cricinfo. Viva Afghan boys ;-)

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (February 19, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

Looks like there are a lot of Afghan cricket supporters. The senior players seem to be good enough to compete and the junior's are front runners. It would be good if they can progress to be a test team in the future, we need a bigger base of teams in cricket.

Anyway, watch out for Jake Doran. This guy is the next Ricky Ponting.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

well played guys, a big victory for afghanistan cricket team hope u guys learn from the previous mistakes and play well in matches ahead.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

God luck Afghanistan . You have great future in front. just make two three class stadiums and pitches, Start first class tournament and you can be next test status team. You are learning very quick.

Posted by mishu01710 on (February 19, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

Great Wishes for Afghanistan from Bangladesh. Hope they will go to semifinal insallah.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 19, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

These guys are wonder kids, thats an amazing performance!!!

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

Afghanistan proved to be a truly cricketing nation. well Done Afghans

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

great work guys best of luck keep more harder and harder to bring the world cup home inshlllah keep it up .

Posted by Lakpj on (February 19, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

This is really great, country that had been destroyed by war for decades is finally having something to be happy with. Hope their senior teams does well in the few international tournaments that they will play in the couple of months to come

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

Well done Afhani guys and good luck for big matches to come. Hope you make to last 4

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