In an intensive showdown at Christchurch, Afghanistan U19 team thumped down New Zealand by a massive 202 runs. It was the Quarter-final of ICC U19 World Cup hosted by New Zealand. Electing to bat first, Afghanistan put up a strong score of 309 runs for 6 wickets. Four batsmen scored half centuries in the match attacking New Zealand bowlers.
In the chase, the latter faced an expressive blitz off Afghan bowlers, exhausting the inning in 107 runs. Bowler Mujeeb and Qais Ahmad took down four wickets each rapturing the defense completely. The score of 38 by KD Clarke was the highest, followed by 31 from DN Phillips. All Afghanistan needed was 30 overs to rout the inning.
So far Afghanistan won three matches in four it played in the tournament. The impressive bowling as well as batting form of the team is bolstered with players like Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb and other. In the match, Gurbaz scored 69, while Zadran struck 68. Bahir Shah, the middle order batsman remained not out hammering 67. At the lower middle order Azmatullah Omarzai plundered 66 runs hauling the target to challenging marks. There was flurry of boundaries in the inning, comprising of 10 sixes and 23 fours. Omarzai smashed 7 sixes and 3 fours in his 23-ball-strike, while Gurbaz plundered 7 fours apart from 3 sixes.
The chase was disrupted from the beginning. New Zealand began losing wickets since the second over and within 7 overs, 4 wickets were sent back for 20 runs. There were several ducks in the inning including that of top batsmen Rachin Ravindra and captain Kaylum Boshier.
After the early wobble, DN Phillips and partnered with the middle order steering the inning until the 20th over. However, his wicket brought the next slump in the inning. Phillips and Sandeep Patel both were removed in the over, followed by Clarke after a couple of overs. Form 85 for 5 in 19.2 overs, New Zealand dived to 107 all out in 28.1 overs.
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