Mujeeb Zadran was economical © AFP
Mujeeb Zadran was economical © AFP

In the first match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018, Group D opponents, Afghanistan thrashed neighbors Pakistan by a handsome margin of 5 wickets. Once again Pakistan’s fragile batting was out to the task by Azmatullah and Qais Ahmad. The pair clinched 3 wickets each to down their opponents. For Pakistan, it was keeper-batsmen Rohail Nazir, who top-scored with 81. He was ably supported by Ali Zaryab.

Chasing 189 to win, Afghanistan Rahmanullah and Ikram Ali Khil gave them a steady start. After adding 38 runs, Rahmanullah departed for 31 to Hasan Khan. Ikram was joined by Darwish Rasooli. They snitched a 75-run stand for the fourth wicket. Mohammad Taha provided Pakistan the breakthrough getting rid of Ikram for 46. Rasooli remained unbeaten to help his side reach their target with 15 balls to spare with Azmatullah not out on 19.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 188 (Rohail Nazir 81, Ali Zaryab 30; Asmatullah 3 for 34) lost to Afghanistan 194 for 5 (Ikram Ali Khil 46, Darwish Rasooli 76; Hasan Khan 2 for 45 ) by 5 wickets.

In Group C tie, Bangladesh crushed Namibia by 87 runs. The match was reduced to 50-overs after rain played hide and seek. Batting first, Mohammad Naim and Saif Hassan added 97 runs for the second wicket that helped Bangladesh put up a mammoth total of 190 for 4. Naim made a 43-ball 60, while Hassan top-scored with 84, inclusive of 3 fours and 5 sixes.

Namibia managed only 103 runs in their 20 overs, courtesy Eden van Wyk’s 52-ball 55. The top-order managed merely 9 runs. Wyk was supported well by Lofie-Eaton, who made a quick-fire 24. For Bangladesh, Qazi Onik and Hasan Mahmud picked 2 wickets each.

Brief Scores:

Bangladesh 190 for 4 (Mohammad Naim 60, Saif Hassan 84; Dewald Nell 2 for 22) beat Namibia 103 for 6 (Eben van Wyk 55, Loftie-Eaton 24; Hasan Mahmud 2 for 12) by 87 runs.

In the second rain-truncated match, Group B opponents Zimbabwe powered past Papua New Guinea. They reached their target of 96 runs in just 14 overs. It was Greogory Dollar and Wesley Madhavere, who struck an unbeaten 98-run opening stand. While Madharvere notched his fifty, Dollar remained unbeaten on 41.

PNG managed just 95 runs, with 4 batsmen crossing double figure scores. Igo Mahuru and Ovia Sam scored 26 and 24* runs respectively. Madhvere also starred with the ball, picking 3 for 19 in his 4 overs. Mitlon Shumba also picked 2 wickets.

Brief Scores: 

Papua New Guinea 95 (Igo Mahuru 26, Ovia Sam 24; Wesley Madhavere 3 for 19) lost to Zimbabwe 98 for 0 (Gregory Dollar 41*, Wesley Madhavere 53*; Vagi Karaho 2 for 12) by 10 wickets.