The Afghanistan Under-19 team qualified for the quarter-final stage of the ongoing ICC under 19 Cricket World Cup after a 32-run victory against Sri Lanka in a rain-affected game in Whangerai.
Sri Lankan captain won the toss and decided to field first. Afghanistan scored 284 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs and set a target of 285. Afghanistan’s opening batsman, Ibrahim Zadran played an excellent knock of 86 with the help of five sixes and a boundary, that eventually earned him the Man of the Match award. Hard-hitting Darwish Rasooli, who was the player of the match against Pakistan U19 in the side’s previous game, shined again and scored his second consecutive half-century. Afghanistan’s wicket-keeper batsman, Ikram Alikhel was another half-centurion in the match scoring patient 55 runs off 79. For Sri Lanka, Nipun Malinga and T Rashmika took two wickets apiece.
Sri Lanka did not have the best of the starts as they first suffered a blow in the first over of their innings when the opening batsman, D Lakshan, was run out on 2 . Rain interrupted play twice at Cobham Oval, Whangarei that resulted in the revision of target to 235 runs in 38 overs, under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Jehan Daniel was the top scorer for Sri Lanka as he scored 48 of 57 deliveries. Afghan skipper Naveen-ul-Haq continued his great form by taking 4 wickets for 35 runs, while Azmatullah Omarzai and Qais Ahmad picked up two wickets each.