Dubai: Afghanistan caused a major upset in the under-19 World Cup when they defeated three-time champion and last edition runner-up Australia by 36 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 2 on Monday.
Half-centuries by Mohammed Mujtaba, Ihsanullah and Hashmatullah Shaidi helped Afghanistan post a respectable 253 in 49.2 overs, before fast bowler Abdullah Adil and left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf shared seven wickets between them to bowl Australia out for 217.
Mujtaba (75) and Ihsanullah (63) added 126 runs for the second wicket and later Hashmatullah (57) provided a late impetus to Afghanistan’s innings after they had elected to bat.
In turn, Australia managed just one partnership of note when for the fourth wicket, Jake Doran (45) and Damien Mortimer (43) put on 70 runs as they were bowled out in 48 overs.
In the other matches of the day, Bangladesh defeated Namibia by 52 runs and Pakistan recorded a comfortable 145 runs victory over Papua New Guinea.
Afghanistan U-19 253 in 49.2 ovs (M. Mujtaba 75). Australia U-19 217 in 48 ovs (J. Bazley; A. Adil 4/45). Afghanistan won by 36 runs
Bangladesh 233/5 in 50 ovs (M. Hossain 70 ..). Namibia 181 in 49 ovs. Bangladesh won by 52 runs
Pakistan 283/8 in 50 ovs (Imam 88). PNG 138 in 30.5 ovs (Z. Gohar 4/35). Pakistan won by 145 runs