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World Youth Cup (50 overs) 2018 - New Zealand
« on: January 25, 2018, 10:26:39 AM »

Afghanistan rout host New Zealand


Afghanistan, after Pakistan, become the third team to seal their spot in the semifinals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, following a clinical 202-run win over hosts New Zealand at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

After they opted to bat, a great partnership for the first wicket between Rahmanullah (69) and Ibrahim Zadran (68) set the platform for Afghanistan with the pair adding 117 at almost a run a ball. They were pegged back by the loss of some quick wickets, but an unbeaten half-century from Baheer Shah, and a Man-of-the-Match cameo from Azmatullah worth 63, comprising of as many as seven sixes and three boundaries in the 23-ball knock, propelled them to 309.

A big chase was always going to be tough in a World Cup knockout, and the pressure demanded calm from the hosts, but they were undone not just by that, but also by the Afghanistan spinners, who made the most of the dryness and grip on the surface. They tore through New Zealand's line-up, setting them onto the back foot from the onset by reducing them to 20 for 4 in the seventh over.

Katene Clarke (38) and Dale Phillips (31) resisted the Afghanistan onslaught for a fifth-wicket stand that yielded 66 runs but there was another collapse thereafter as New Zealand could only manage 107 in 28.1 overs before being bowled out. Mujeeb Zadran and Qais Ahmad both registered four-wicket hauls. What made Zadran's returns so effective was his containment of runs; giving away just 14 in 8.1 overs.

Afghanistan will now meet Australia in the first semifinal on Monday (January 29).

Brief scores: Afghanistan 309/6 in 50 overs (Rahmanullah 69, Ibrahim Zadran 68, Baheer Shah 67*, Azmatullah 66; Sandeep Patel 2-13) beat New Zealand 107 in 28.1 overs (Katene Clarke 38, Dale Phillips 31; Mujeeb Zadran 4-14, Qais Ahmad 4-33) by 202 runs.

Namibia vs Kenya, Plate Playoff Semifinal 2

In Lincoln, Namibia registered their first win of the tournament with an eight-wicket beating of Kenya, chasing 177 in the second Plate Playoff Semifinal.

Opener Aman Gandhi led the way with a half-century after Kenya were asked to bat, sharing a 73-run stand with Aveet Desai (32) for the second wicket after the early loss of Dennis Musyoka.

Once Desai was dismissed, however, Kenya failed to put on any substantial partnerships as only one batsman reached the 20-mark figure. They were eventually bowled out for 176 in 46.5 overs with late contributions from the tail. Petrus Burger returned a five-wicket haul for Namibia, conceding just 24 in his quota of ten overs, while Ben Shikongo had three.

Skipper and wicketkeeper, Lohandre Louwrens starred in Namibia's chase with a stellar century that came in quick time as well. Louwrens fell when two runs were required for victory after having raced away to a 76-ball 114 - a knock that saw 13 fours and three sixes. Namibia only required 27 overs to chase down the target in the end.

Brief scores: Kenya 176 in 46.5 overs (Aman Gandhi 52, Aveet Desai 32; Ben Shikongo 3-29, Petrus Burger 5-24) lost to Namibia 180 for 2 in 27 overs (Lohandre Louwrens 114) by eight wickets.

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