Afghanistan stun Pakistan to bag their first U-19 Asia Cup title
Afghanistan stunned favourites Pakistan by a massive 185 runs to clinch their maiden Under-19 Asia Cup title yesterday
Afghanistan stunned favourites Pakistan by a massive 185 runs to clinch their maiden Under-19 Asia Cup title yesterday. The Afghans rode on an unbeaten 107 from Ikram Ali to post a competitive 248 for seven after being asked to bat. In response, Pakistan was bundled for just 63 in 22.1 overs with off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran returning with brilliant figures of five for 13.
Mujeeb had taken six for 23 in the league match between the two sides, which too Afghanistan had won, by seven wickets. Mujeeb, who finished the tournament with 20 wickets from five matches, removed openers Mohammad Arif (4) and Omair Yousuf (0) early in the chase to hand Afghanistan control over proceedings. The early wickets triggered panic in the Pakistan camp and Afghanistan bowlers took full advantage of the situation.
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