Pakistan U19 defeated Afghanistan U19 by 6 wickets in the Quarter-Final of the U19 World Cup. They will now face India in the Semi-Final of the U19 World Cup on Tuesday. 17-year-old Mohammad Huraira played a key role in Pakistan’s victory.
Pakistan U19 vs Afghanistan U19, Quarter-Final 4, U19 World Cup:
Afghanistan U19 won the toss and opted to bat first. Ibrahim Zadran scored 11 runs from 19 balls and Imran added 4 runs from 9 deliveries. Opener and skipper Farhan Zakhil scored 40 runs from 55 balls and remained the leading run-scorer from Afghanistan’s side.
Rahmanullah added 29 runs from 37 balls and Abid Mohammadi got run out after scoring 28 runs from 57 deliveries. Afghanistan’s Abdul Rahman added 30 runs from 41 balls towards the end of their innings to push his team as far as he could. Afghanistan finished their innings on 189 after losing all of their wickets in 49.1 overs. Mohammad Amir Khan took 3 wickets for 58 runs. Fahad Munir secured 2 for 29 runs. Tahir Hussain, Abbas Afridi, Aamir Ali, and Qasim Akram took 1 wicket each against Afghanistan.
Pakistan required 190 runs in 50 overs to win the match and qualify for the Semi-Final of the U19 World Cup 2020. The Openers: Haider Ali and Mohammad Huraira provided their team with a decent start. Haider Ali lost his wicket after adding 28 runs from 34 balls. Wicketkeeper-batsman and skipper Rohail Nazir added 22 runs from 35 balls.
The chase was going in Pakistan’s favor. They had scored 127 runs in just 23 overs for 2 wickets. Mohammad Huraira was on 64 runs from 76 balls, while Fahad Munir was standing firm at 2 for 18 balls. Afghanistan bowler Noor Ahmad lbw Fahad Munir on the 1st ball of the 24th over and dismissed Mohammad Huraira through mankading. Pakistan went from 127/2 to 127/4 and they had only 6 wickets remaining.
However, Qasim Akram and Mohammad Haris came to bat and finished the job with their 63-run partnership. Pakistan finished the chase in 41.1 overs.
Mohammad Huraira was named the “Player of the Match” for his brilliant batting performance.
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