Antigua & Barbuda: Afghanistan Cricket Team reached new heights in the U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 as they created history by becoming the first Afghan team at any age level to reach a World Cup semi-final after beating Sri Lanka by 4 runs at Coolidge Cricket Ground on Thursday.

After a massive victory at the world stage and becoming the first bunch of players to achieve the feat, it definitely calls for some celebration. The Afghan colts performed the ‘Attan’, which is a traditional dance and has a very special place in Afghanistan culture.

On winning the toss first, the Lankan colts forced the Afghans to bat first as the latter team were bowled out for 134 in 47.1 overs. Sri Lanka’s Vinuja Ranpul was the pick of the bowlers with amazing figures of 5/10 in 9.1 overs. In reply the Lankan Lions were bundled out for 130 in 46 overs as 17-year old Noor Ahmad was adjudged as Man of the Match. Dunith Wellalage was the highest scorer for the losing side with 34 runs.

Afghanistan finished 2nd behind Pakistan from Group D and now will face England in the semi-finals on 1st February. The English team topped Group A and will be coming into the game on the back of a 6-wicket victory over South Africa.