(Cricket) Afghanistan win Youth Asia Cup

Ruben Hill
November 19, 2017

Kuala Lumpur - Afghanistan on Sunday managed to win first-ever Asian Cricket Council Under-19 Youth Asia Cup 2017 title after beating Pakistan with a huge margin of 185 runs at Kuala Lumpur.

Pakistan U-19 were eventually bowled out for 63 runs in just 22.1 overs. Afghanistan won the final by a whopping 185 runs.

Mujeeb Zadran removed both Pakistan openers early on and Pakistan never really recovered as Mujeeb went on to grab a five-wicket haul.

Interestingly, in their previous encounter in the group stage of the tournamnet, Pakistan were bowled out for just 57. While Pakistan beat Bangladesh in the first semi-final, Afghanistan had got a victory against Nepal in the second semi-final. But Ikram foiled its plans with his brilliant knock to singlehandedly carry Afghanistan past 200. Musa, who troubled the top and middle-order batsmen with figures of 3 for 46, was ably supported by Shaheen Afridi, the left-arm pacer who bagged 2 for 42 to inflict some late damage.

And Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah tweeted, though he is out of Afghanistan on an official trip, "I feel proud to congratulate our nation on this very unique, rare and prideful occasion of our country's cricket as Afghanistan's U19 clinches historic win over Pakistan at the ACC U-19 Asia Cup and lifts the trophy for the first time in the history".

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