Afghanistan's Afsar Khan Zazai, the ACC U-19 Elite Cup's first centurion

  • Thailand U-19 v Afghanistan U-19, Terdthai Cricket Ground: Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat
  • Cloudy day here in Bangkok, sun struggling to get through. Captains Vichanath Singh and Shir Shirzai both think the wicket's full of runs
  • Thailand strike first, pace-bowler Aman Dubey getting the breakthrough and Afghanistan are 4 for 1 after 2 overs
  • Afghanistan rebuilding here after Hashmatullah fell early, Asrar and Younas have taken them to 26 for 1 after 6 overs. Thailand's bowlers look threatening however
  • Afghanistan getting ahead now, exploiting the wide open spaces during the opening Batting Powerplay on this seemingly vast Terdthai Cricket Ground, 61 for 1 after 12 overs
  • Afghanistan 73 for 1 after 16 overs. Spin on from both ends now, Thailand's captain Vichanath Singh (SLA) and Jai Bhagwat (OB). Thailand's fielding holding up, one difficult chance missed
  • Afsar gets to 50 with a four and then a six, top shots and Afghanistan are 110 for 1 after 22 overs
  • Afghanistan motoring on, Jai Bhagwat drops a sharp chance at mid-on, low down and at the half-way stage are 130 for 1
  • Younas falls for 41, Afghanistan's captain Shir Shirzai comes in, but Afsar (helmetless against them medium-pace now) motors on, he's on 75 and Afghanistan are 150 for 2 after 27 overs
  • Afsar looks a pretty sharp cricketer - excellent runner between the wickets and seems to have plenty of time to play, with good technique. National team prospect
  • Afghanistan 151 for 2 after 28 overs, Afsar 88*, Shir 1*
  • Afghanistan just milking the singles in this mid-innings stretch, firm drives and pushes into the gaps, Afsar 97*, Shir 3*, Afghanistan 166 for 2 after 30 overs
  • Afsar gets to 100 off 97 balls with 10 fours and 3 sixes, fine innings from the young man; Afghanistan 172 for 2 in the 31st over
  • Ishan Kalra (RMF) comes on from the Marsh End, Afsar still helmetless, Afghanistan 191 for 2 at the start of the 34th over
  • 300 is possible for Afghanistan, no real opening of the shoulders yet by the batsmen, Thailand will do well to keep them to 270. Afsar has time to get to 150
  • Daniel Leach (RMF) the fastest bowler in the Thai side on from the Airport End, 6 overs for 18 runs so far, Afsar Khan Zazai still helmetless
  • Leach inducing a couple of streaky strokes from Afsar outside off but Afghanistan comfortable on 207 for 2 after 35 overs, Afsar 121*, Shir 17*
  • Successive boundaries from Afsar to end the Ishan Kalra over, he moves on to 130* and Afghanistan are 219 for 2 after 36 overs in this ACC U-19 Elite Cup opener v Thailand in Bangkok
  • Thailand in some damage limitation here, Afghanistan 233 for 2 after 37 overs, Afsar 133*, Shir 29*
  • Thailand still up to the task in the field, showing good commitment
  • Afsar finally falls for 135 off 118 balls, 15 fours and 3 sixes. Top knock. Afghanistan 241 for 3 after 38 overs
  • Shir Shirzai falls for 33 caught by Weerachai off Vichanath Singh and Afghanistan are 245 for 4 in the 40th over
  • Ishan Kalra takes a good catch low down at cover to dismiss Najib for 6, driving at Daniel Leach and Afghanistan are 250 for 5 in the 41st over, Thailand fighting well
  • Afghanistan take their Batting Poweplay at the start of the 43rd over
  • Ishan Kalra takes another catch and Vichanath Singh gets another wicket, Afghanistan losing their impetus here as Thailand fight back well, 251 for 6 in the 43rd over
  • The Rock cracks, Noor ul Haq out for 1 bowled by Ishan Kalra's first ball in this new spell and Afghanistan are 251 for 7 in the 44th over
  • The last five Afghan wickets have fallen for just 19 runs. And there'd have been more, three catches have been dropped in the deep in this Ishan Kalra over!
  • Number 8 Aftab Alam 22*, senior team player, hitting about well and after 47 overs Afghanistan are 289 for 7. 300, maybe 310 on
  • Jai Bhagwat (OB) taking some punishment from Aftab and Afghanistan are 301 for 7 48 overs
  • Aftab hits his second 6, he moves on to 43 off 21 and Afghanistan are 307 for 7 after 48.2 overs
  • Both batsmen Aftab and Dawood without helmets against Ishan Kalra RFM and after 49 overs Afghanistan are 313 for 7
  • This 8th wicket partnership is worth 62 off 41 balls so far, Aftab and Dawood have done well and got Afghanistan's innings back on the up after Thailand had knocked them back with five quick wickets
  • Aftab gets to 50 off 24 balls with a massive 6 into the marshes over long-on
  • Aftab falls, stumped off Jai Bhagwat (OB) from the last ball of the innings and Afghanistan finish on 326 for 8 off their 50 overs. Should be too tough a task for young Thailand but they are fighters. Join us after the completion of lunch at 0630 hrs GMT
  • The Thai bowlers and fielders did well, Vichanath Singh the pick of the attack with figures of 10-3-29-2 and if Afghanistan's centurion Afsar Khan Zazai had been caught early on off Daniel Leach, things could well have been different. 327 looks a tough ask however and Thailand will want to get close to set up themselves up for the other matches ahead.
  • Witsanukorn Thapthimthai (Boo to his frends) goes out to bat with Pranav Parakh as they seek to get close to Afghanistan's 326
  • Just 1 off the bustling Aftab Alam's opening over, Thailand 1 for 0 after 1 over
  • Boo (Witsunakorn Thapthimthai) goes without scaring too many, beaten by Aftab Alam's pace and Thailand are 3 for 1 at the start of the 3rd over. Aftab looks a class above any of the bowlers seen today so far, and so he should, having bowled so well in the Asian Games Final against Bangladesh.
  • Thailand 6 for 1 after 3 overs
  • Thailand's squad cheering on their batsmen with gusto and lusto
  • Mohammad Yamin impressing during his second over, Pranav Parakh a match for him, a maiden and Thailand remain at 6 for 1 after 4 overs
  • The differences so far between Afghanistan and Thailand: Afghanistan's bowlers are faster and more stump-threatening, and Thailand's batters don't hit full-tosses to the boundary
  • Thailand 12 for 1 after 5 overs
  • Thailand 17 for 1 after 7 overs
  • Jainam Sanghavi is yorked and goes for 7 off 26 balls, Aftab gets the breakthrough in his fifth over and Thailand are 20 for 2
  • New Batsman for Thailand is Daniel Leach RHB
  • And is yorked by Aftab Alam the first ball he faces, Thailand 25 for 3 in the 10th over
  • Aftab Alam really is better than anything seen today so far, pace and just a little bit of late movement
  • Mohammad Yamin strikes, Pranav Parakh after a doughty little innings falls for 4, bowled like the others, and Afghanistan are 27 for 4 after 10 overs
  • All Afghanistan as Jai Bhagwat is given out lbw for 0 off 3 and Thailand are 32 for 5 in the 12th over, Mohammad Yamin gets his second wicket
  • Aftab Alam brings his spell from the Airport End to a close with figures of 7-1-18-3. he's replaced, Abdul Rashid SLA replaces him, Thailand 41 for 5 after 14 overs
  • Five around the bat for Abdul Rashid as he seeks to snaffle the last Thai batsmen
  • No boundaries off the bat so far - Thailand wickets falling in a flurry, good catch by Shir Shirzai close in to get rid of Ishan Kalra for 6 off 21 and then Kushal Shah is run out by Mohammd Yamin with a direct hit for 7 off 31 balls and Thailand are 47 for 7 in the 22nd over. Extras top-scoring with 21 up to now
  • Thailand's captain drives his and his team's first boundary, classy drive through long-off and follows it off with a cut through point for 2 and Thailand are 60 for 7 after 26 overs
  • Afghanistan's 326 looks way, way too far away - almost where Shrek and Fiona live - but Thailand are playing for pride here and their captain wants his team to come out of this team with their confidence not too dented
  • Consecutive boundaries from Vichanath Singh, the first a sweep, the second a pull to midwicket but he falls two balls later to Dawood Bahram, caught by Yamin at mid-on, he's out for 16 off 20 balls, Thailand 70 for 8 in the 28th over
  • Dawood Bahram doing some damage here, he gets his second wicket, the gutsy Weerachai Maneerat goes for 14 off 59 balls and Thailand are 71 for 9 in the 30th over
  • The Thai innings ends with a super catch in the deep by Aftab Alam off Noor -ul Haq, good day for Aftab, good day for Afghanistan as they win by a massive 249 runs

Video: Afghan U-19s: Pushing On

ACC U-19 Elite Cup 2011

Group B: Thailand v Afghanistan at Terdthai Cricket Ground, Bangkok
Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat
Afghanistan: 326 for 8 off 50 overs (A.K. Zazai 135, Y. Ahmadzai 44, S. Shirzai 33, A. Alam 58)
Thailand: 77 all out off 30.5 overs (A. Alam 3-18)
Man of the Match: Afsar Khan Zazai (Afghanistan)

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Filed February 1st, 2011