SF 1: AFGHANISTAN POWER THROUGH


  • ACC U-19 Elite Cup Semi-Final Hong Kong v Afghanistan at Terdthai Cricket Ground, Bangkok
    Good morning
    Hong Kong have won the toss and have chosen to bat
  • Hong Kong's team: Miten Khatri, Nizakat Khan, Sagar Chandra, Vikash Gope, Kinchit Shah, Jason Lui, Aizaz Khan, Niaz Ali, Sunny Bhimsaria, Max Tucker, Simandeep Singh (12th Man: Suhaib Ahmed)
  • Afghanistan's team: Shir Shirzai, Najibullah Zadran, Aftab Alam, Rahmatullah Sahaq, Younas Khan, Mohibullah Paak, Noor-ul-Haq, Hashmatullah Shaidi, Afsar Khan Zazai, Abdul Rashid, Mohammad Yamin (12th Man Dawood Bahram)
  • Looks a good batting track, the sun's bright and strong this morning in Bangkok in comparison to other days, and the Terdthai wicket looks like it's going to play as well as ever, full of bounce and pace
  • Hong Kong will be looking to put up something in excess of 200 and then, along with their bowlers and fielders let the pressure of a semi-final run chase pay dividends
  • Both nations' U-19 teams went all the way to the World Cup in 2009-10, starting with the ACC U-19 Elite Cup in Kuwait, then getting through the U/19 World Cup qualifier in Canada and then to the World Cup in 2010 in New Zealand
  • But one of them will be knocked out in the semi-final of the ACC U-19 today
  • Just some news from the other semi-final in Bangkok, delayed start at AIT for Nepal v Qatar, no chance of play for at least half an hour more
  • Jason Lui and Vikas Gope are the openers for Hong Kong
  • Aftab Alam RMF is to take the new ball from the Airport End
  • Ball being kept right up to the bat by Aftab, a couple of minor alarms for the batsmen, but Hong Kong are 2 for 0 after 1 over
  • Hong Kong scoring steadily off Mohammad Yamin RFM's first over, seven off it, Hong Kong 9 for 0 after 2 overs
  • Two wides in the first two overs so far
  • Run-out chances, big appeals for lbw and catches behind - plenty of sound and fury signifying nothing
  • Aftab jags one in to Vikas, beats him as he plays neither front nor back and appeals for lbw but it was bouncing over the top, Hong Kong 12 for 0 after 3 overs
  • Hong Kong's openers Vikas Gope and Jason Lui running like two skittish Inzamams here
  • Mohammad Yamin, after an erratic first over, comes to the party, beating the tall Vikas Gope twice in two balls outside off
  • End of over 4, Hong Kong 13 for 0, Vikas 6* off 19 balls, Lui 1* off 6 balls
  • WICKET Aftab sends Jason Lui's off-stump a yard out of the ground as the batsman didn't see that ball hurled at pace, he goes for 1, Hong Kong 13 for 1 after 4.2 overs
  • The doughty Kinchit Shah RHB is the new batsman
  • And survives a yorker and then being run-out first ball, it's all happening here! Hong Kong 14 for 1 after 4.3 overs
  • Aftab attacking the stumps with just about every delivery, only a couple have strayed either side of the pegs
  • Headshots of the Hong Kong players available here index.php/tournaments/acc-u-19-elite-cup-2011/2083
  • End of over 5, Hong Kong 16 for 1
  • Kinchit Shah LHB looks a solid player, tough and unflustered, it's a tough battle out there for him and Vikas Gope but they're coping well against some testing bowling
  • End of the Yamin over, Hong Kong 17 for 1 after 6, Vikas Gope 8*
  • News from the other semi-final in Bangkok -
    Toss to follow shortly - play to start at 10-10 am - full 50-over match
  • Hong Kong trying to take runs at every opportunity but they aren't the best of runners!
  • Aftab doesn't seem quite so comfortable bowling to left-handers, line and length suffering, Kinchit Shah the Hong Kong left-hander has only had two legitimate balls out of four so far
  • Aftab brings in a short mid-on from mid-off to the left-hander
  • End of over 7, Hong Kong 22 for 1, Vikas Gope still on 8*, Kinchit 3*
  • Afghanistan's Yamin probing away outside off, has settled into a good rhythm here but Vikas Gope's leaving the ones he doesn't need to play outside off
  • BIG APPEAL for lbw by Yamin against Kinchit Shah, the fullish ball thudding into the pads, umpire Batumalai says "not out", Hong Kong 25 for 1 after 8 overs
  • Vikas 9*, Kinchit 4*, seven wides so far
  • Aftab Alam to bowl his fifth over
  • Kinchit Shah LHB drives Aftab to mid-on, picks up two off a misfield, looks a good, solid batsman, technically sound, good off front and back foot - and has plenty of time to play. Good cricketer
  • Hong Kong 30 for 1 after 9 overs
  • FOUR, the first of the innings, Vikas Gope moves up to 13* with a fine square drive off Mohammad Yamin
  • FIVE to Kinchit Shah, a single plus 4 overthrows, and Hong Kong motoring here, 39 for 1 in the 10th over, (the benefits of being poor runners and testing fielders with strong arms!)
  • Another running scramble, Vikas Gope forced to dive head-first into the crease, to save himself as he went for a third off the fifth ball of this Yamin over, takes some treatment from physio Eunice Ee
  • End of the 10th over, fifteen off it, Hong Kong 45 for 1 - partnership of 32* so far
  • Afghanistan's captain Shir Shirzai RM is the NEW BOWLER replacing Aftab Alam 1-15
  • And strikes first ball, WICKET of Vikas caught by Younas at mid-on, soft dismissal, Vikas playing too early - and he's out for 12 off 33, Hong Kong 45 for 2 at the start of the 11th
  • New batsman is Hong Kong's star all-rounder and senior-team player Nizakat Khan RHB
  • Two off the over, Hong Kong 47 for 2, Kinchit 15*, Nizakat 2*
  • Noor-ul Haq OB replaces Mohammad Yamin 5-0-25-0 at the Bird Park End
  • Two off Noor's first over, Hong Kong 49 for 2 after 12 overs
  • Batting Powerplay's running, square-leg, fine leg and third man on the boundary, silly mid-off in close for the one that pops up
  • The wicket-keeper Afsar Khan Zazai's standing up to the wicket for Shir's medium-pacers
  • Hong Kong pass 50, and at the end of the 13th over, they're 51 for 2, Kinchit 21* off 27 balls, Nizakat 4*, wickets for Aftab Alam and Shir Shirzai
  • Steady progress by Hong Kong 55 for 2 after 14 overs, Kinchit 25*, Nizakat 4*
  • Fielders remaining interested by Hong Kong's running - as are we!
  • Kinchit Shah's played very well so far for his 25, Nizkat just seems to be biding his time, plenty of cricket left in the match
  • Brilliant pick up and throw by Najibullah to try to run-out Kinchit Shah as he was backing up, the batsman just beats the direct hit, Hong Kong 59 for 2 after 15 overs
  • Hong Kong not at all overawed by the situation - good cricket all round here as batsmen and bowlers and fielders try to assert themselves, two runs off the 16th over bowled by off-spinner Noor and Hong Kong go into DRINKS at 60 for 2
  • Afghanistan's captain Shir Shirzai RM to resume, from the Airport End, square leg, third man and fine leg on the boundary
  • Hong Kong 62 for 2 after 17 overs, Kinchit 27*, Nizakat 8*
  • Nizakat's first sign of aggression as he comes down the wicket to Noor and lofts it to midwicket for 2 runs, Hong Kong 65 for 2 in the 18th over
  • Hong Kong 67 for 2 after 18 overs, Kinchit 28*, Nizakat 12*
  • WICKET Shir gets his second, Kinchit getting an edge to one that pitched on a length and forced him to play, to Afsar standing up and the partnership of 22 ends with Kinchit out for 28, Hong Kong 67 for 3 in the 19th
  • Hong Kong's captain Miten Khatri RHB is the new batsman
  • Good innings by Kinchit but two soft dismissals for Hong Kong so far this innings just when the batsmen were looking good
  • Hong Kong 69 for 3 after 19 overs, run-rate dipping
  • NEW BOWLER Abdul Rashid SLA replaces Noor 4-0-12-0 at the Birdpark End
  • And Nizakat greets him with a shuffle down the track third ball for a hard-hit ondriven FOUR, Hong Kong 74 for 3 after 20 overs, Nizzkat 18*
  • Another FOUR to Nizakat, as he slams Shir Shirzai back past the bowler's right hand, Shir gets a fingertip to it, Miten Khatri ducks but the ball just powered to the long-on boundary, Hong Kong 80 for 4 after 21 overs
  • MAIDEN to Abdul Rashid SLA, settling into a teasing off-stump line right on a length
  • Mohibullah RM replaces Shir 6-0-17-2 at the Airport End
  • Fine leg, square leg, third man for him, 'keeper standing up
  • Three off the over, Hong Kong 83 for 3 after 23 overs, Nizakat 26* and looking in control
  • WICKET I spoke too soon. Nizakat: not the shot of the best batsman of the team, as he ran down the wicket and was STUMPED first ball of Abdul Rashid's third over, Hong Kong 83 for 4 after 23.1 overs
  • Nizakat made 26 of 45 balls with two 4s
  • Sagar Chandra RHB comes in
  • WICKET Second of the over by Abdul Rashid who has Miten Khatri (2 off 14) caught at slip, Hong Kong 87 for 5 after 24 overs
  • Abdul Rashid 3-1-9-2 so far
  • MAIDEN by Mohibullah RM, Hong Kong 87 for 5 at the half-way stage
  • Abdul Rashid SLA asking questions every ball
  • FOUR to Aizaz Khan RHB confident stroke past mid-on after five dot balls in the Abdul Rashid over, Hong Kong 91 for 5 after 26 overs
  • MAIDEN Just eight off the last four overs by Hong Kong as Afghanistan just getting on top herea the Terdthai Cricket Ground - a place ACC U-19 Elite final on the line
  • DROPPED Afsar clangs the Aizaz edge off Abdul Rashid, that one gripped and spun
  • Nevertheless a MAIDEN and Hong Kong remain on 91 for 5, after 27 overs, just eight runs off the last five overs
  • Runs off the bat this over, three so far, all singles, Hong Kong 94 for 5 after 29 overs
  • Silly point, slip and gully in for Abdul Rashid as he weaves his web
  • WICKET Abdul Rashid takes the return catch low to his left as Sagar Chandra falls for 3 and Hong Kong are 94 for 6 in the 30th over
  • New batsman is Niaz Ali LHB
  • Hong Kong 95 for 6 after 30 overs, Abdul Rashid 6-2-15-3 so far
  • Hong Kong's batsmen are Niaz Ali 0*and Aizaz Khan 5*
  • Three off the Mobibullah RM over, who's troubling the late-order Hong Kong batsmen, and Hong Kong are 98 for 6 after 31
  • Abdul Rashid SLA to bowl his seventh over, three wickets so far
  • FOUR to Aizaz, who calmly deposits Abdul Rashid over midwicket and that's Hong Kong past 100 in the 32nd over
  • Hong Kong 103 for 6 after 32 overs, Niaz Ali 0*, Aizaz Khan 10*
  • Aftab Alam comes back, 5-0-15-1 so far, as Afghanistan looking to knock over Hong Kong as early as possible. He comes on at the Airport End, Mohibullah bowled 5-2-8-0
  • Aftab not as fast as he was in the first two matches, nevertheless not easy to play
  • Noor ul Haq OB replaces Abdul Rashid 7-2-20-3
  • Hong Kong 103 for 6 after 33 overs
  • MAIDEN by Noor and Hong Kong are 103 for 6 after 34 overs, Niaz 3*, Aizaz 10* and its DRINKS
  • Hong Kong have scored just 23 runs in the last 13 overs for the loss of three wickets
  • Hong Kong looking for a total high enough to put some pressure on Afghanistan when they go out to bat
  • Aftab definitely not as fast as in previous matches here at the TCG but still quite a handful
  • Hong Kong move on to 105 for 6 after 35 overs
  • Shir Shirzai replaces Aftab Alam at the Airport End
  • Hottest day of the tournament so far, here in Bangkok, no clouds and just minimal haze in the sky
  • Hong Kong move on to 113 for 6 after 37 overs
  • Aizaz has been staking his all-rounder claims this tournament, now hits Noor for a sweet four strsaight down the ground, Hong Kong 119 for 6 and Aizaz is 17* off 36 balls
  • Hong Kong getting some much-needed acceleration, 120 for 6, seen off the last over
  • Seven off the last over, if Hong Kong can get to 160 it'll be challenging Afghanistan
  • WICKET Shir just slows his pace and left-hander Niaz doesn't get on top of the attempted drive and loops one square to Abdul Rashid at point, Niaz out for 5 off 27 balls and Hong Kong are 124 off 7 at the end of the 39th over
  • Shir Shirzai RM 8-0-28-3 so far
  • Abdul Rashid comes back on, three wickets with his left arm spin so far today
  • And gets his fourth, Aizaz edges a fizzer behind and walks, plenty of revs on that ball, Aizaz out for a good 28 off 47 balls (three 4s) and Hong Kong are 128 for 8 after 40 overs
  • Abdul Rashid looking unreadable to the Hong Kong tailenders but somehow surviving and runs somehow coming too, Hong Kong 132 for 8 in the 41st over
  • Hong Kong 132 for 8 after 41 overs, Max Tucker 4* Sunny Bhimsaria 2*
  • Mohamad Yamin RFM back on
  • WICKET And strikes first ball, Max Tucker bowled for 4, Hong Kong 132 for 9 in the 43rd over
  • Simandeep Singh is the new batsman
  • Big turning point of the innings was Nizakat's dismissal just when Hong Kong were 83 for 3 and looking as if they had the measure of the bowling
  • MAIDEN by Yamin, Hong Kong 133 for 9 after 43 overs
  • Innings is wrapped up by Abdul Rashid, who gets his fifth of the day, last batsman out lbw and Hong Kong finish on 133 off 43.3 overs
  • Good bowling by Shir Shirzai (3-29) and Abdul Rashid (5-27) in particular as they kept the ball in the right areas time and time again and Hong Kong, though impressive in patches with Kinchit Shah (28), Nizakat Khan (26) and Aizaz (27), really didn't have much else to offer as Afghanistan threatened to take wickets almost every over
  • So, we go into the LUNCH interval with Afghanistan needing to score 134 to beat Hong Kong and get a place in the ACC U-19 Elite Cup Final
  • The teams have taken the field, Afsar Khan Zazai RHB and Hashmatullah Shaidi the two Afghan openers, Aizaz Khan RFM takes the new ball for Hong Kong from the Marsh End
  • Good carry for the loping Aizaz so far, and hurrying the batsmen, but no swing
  • End of the first over, Afghanistan 3 for 0
  • Niaz Ali LFM on at the Airport End
  • Niaz's first ball clipped for two off his legs by Hashmatullah
  • And then EDGED and dropped by Miten Khatri behind the stumps, low to his left, the ball just carried and finger-tipped out
  • Two more to Hashmatullah, flicked behind square
  • End of over 2, Afghanistan 8 for 0
  • FOUR to Afsar Khan Zazai driven over mid-on, a few bounces and over the ropes, can't overpitch on this wicket and can't bowl short
  • Afghanistan 12 for 0 after 3 overs
  • Hong Kong's only hope is to frustrate the Afghanistan batsmen out
  • SIX to Afsar, he tried the same shot the over before, this time he connects high over long-on off Niaz Ali
  • Niaz responds with a slower ball, Afsar forward, defiending and Afghanistan are 19 for 0 after 4 overs, Afsar 11*, Hashmatullah 6*, Target 134 (50 overs)
  • FOUR Afsar on fire, hits Aizaz back over the bowler's head and he's on 15* off 10 balls so far
  • Afghanistan 26 for 0 after 5 overs, chasing 134 with 45 overs to go
  • The right-hander Afsar wearing a bright red helmet and has certainly getting his head down today, made a century in his first match, against Thailand. Not enough of a target for him to do that today but looks in very good form
  • End of the 6th over, Afghanistan 33 for 0, Afsar 22*, Hashmatullah 7*, Target 134 with 44 overs to go
  • Nothing in the wicket at all for Hong Kong's seamers Aizaz and Niaz
  • Afghanistan's batsmen looking good - Nizakat Khan's off-spin has yet to be negotiated however, and there is turn in the wicket as Abdul Rashid showed for Afghanistan with his 5-27
  • WICKET Hashmatullah lbw to Niaz 9 off 21 balls, played down the wrong line to one full of a length and Afghanistan are 37 for 1 in the eighth over
  • New batsman is Noor-ul Haq RHB
  • Niaz Ali and Aizaz Khan have plenty of experience, both played in the Asian Games for the senior team in November and Aizaz also in the recent WCL Division 3 triumph
  • EDGE flies off Noor-ul Haq's bat, between first and second slip, Hong Kong groan
  • Aizaz the bowler doing well. Afsar Khan tries to hit him off his length, doesn't clear mid-off running back by much and flashes and misses at the next ball in this over. It's all happening!
  • Afghanistan 42 for 1 after nine overs, Afsar 24*, Noor 2*, Target 134
  • Niaz finds the edge of Noor's bat but it drops wide and short of slip
  • After 10 overs Afghanistan are 43 for 1, chasing 134 with 40 overs to go
  • Aizaz Khan to continue, getting progressively faster with each over
  • But with that pace it comes off the bat even faster and Afsar hits a FOUR and then two over the top, to move on to 32 and Afghanistan reach 50 in the 11th over
  • Max Tucker RFM replaces Niaz Ali 5-0-22-1 at the Airport End
  • FOUR Noor-ul Haq creams the second ball of the Tucker over through mid-off, coming forward and driving on the up
  • Anything Noor can do, Afsar can do better, imperious off drive past the bowler's left hand, Tucker took five wickets in his last match against Malaysia
  • The tall Tucker finishes the over, 14 of it, Afsar 36*, Noor 11*, Afghanistan 64 for 1 off 12 overs, needing another 70
  • SPIN on, as Nizakat Khan OB comes on at the Airport End in place of Aizaz 6-0-28-0
  • Some bounce for the tall off-spinner but not much turn in evidence as yet
  • End of the 13th over, Afghanistan 66 for 1, Afsar 38*, Noor 11*
  • Max Tucker settling into a good line and length, pinning the batsmen on the crease, has a big appeal for lbw with the last ball of the over MAIDEN
  • Afghanistan still 66 for 1, 14 overs gone, 134 the target
  • Nizakat not finding it as easy against Afghanistan as he did the other teams in the group stage, Afsar hits him for three over the top and then Noor-ul Haq cuts, thumpingly, the bat booming like a bass drum for FOUR
  • Afghanistan 71 for 1 after 15 overs, Afsar 39*, Noor 15*, 63 more wanted 35 overs in hand
  • Platitude 2 of the day/Statement of the Bleeding Obvious: Just not enough runs on the board for Hong Kong
  • Max Tucker not bowling too badly at all, keeping the ball right up to the bat, but not much margin for error against these Afghan batsmen on this wicket
  • Afghanistan 75 for1 after 16 overs, Afsar 42*, Noor 15*, Tucker 3-1-17-0, Nizakat 2-0-7-0
  • Thing about getting into a rhythm as Max Tucker is doing is that the batsmen can get used to you, as Afsar Khan does, after four Tucker deliveries on middle on a full length Afsar comes down the wicket to hoist him over midwicket with some ferocity, the ball inches short of a six
  • Afghanistan 83 for 1 after 18 overs, Afsar 47*, Noor 17* needing another 51 with 32 overs to go
  • And at DRINKS Afghanistan are 85 for 1 after 19 overs
  • Niaz Ali LFM comes back after drinks, replacing Max Tucker (4-1-25-0)
  • MAIDEN by Niaz to Noor, Afghanistan still 85 for 1, 30 overs to go, 49 wanted to win
  • Nizakat OB to Afsar who's on 49*
  • And gets to 51 with with a push through point, (66 balls, five 4s and one 6)
  • Afsar Khan - SIX - the second and biggest so far, charging Niaz Ali and manufactures a full-toss, slamming it to the long-on boundary, he's on 56 and Afghanistan reach 100 for 1 in the 22nd over, Target 134
  • But Afsar goes for 57 off 74 balls, (6 fours, 1 six), bowled coming down the wicket to Niaz and missing the ball with the biggest of swings, the top of off-stump knocked back
  • Aftab Alam RHB, promoted up the order, an outright hitter, Afghanistan are looking to finish things in style
  • Noor-ul Haq hits a peerless stright drive, all along the carpet and holds the pose, left-elbow high, with bended knee for long enough for his portrait to be painted let alone a picture taken
  • After 24 overs, Afghanistan are 105 for 2, Noor is 28*, Aftab 1*, target 134
  • SIX to Aftab, hoists Nizakat over long-on, fielder posted there for the shot, no chance and Afghanistan are 113 for 2 after 25 overs, needing 21 more to win
  • Aizaz comes back for one last burst, Afghanistan 116 for 2 after 26 overs
  • Aizaz made runs earlier, and finding just a little swing now
  • Two off the over, Afghanistan 118 for 2 after 27 overs, 16 more wanted, Noor 34*, Aftab 3*, Aizaz 7-0-30-0, Niaz 9-1-38-2
  • Niaz finds the EDGE of Aftab's bat but wide and short of the Hong Kong keeper
  • Aftab's OUT, big swing and a miss and timber tinkles as he's bowled for 10 off 8 balls (1 six)
  • Afghanistan's captain Younas Khan RHB is the new bat
  • Afghanistan 124 for 3 after 28 overs, Noor 34*, Younas 0*
  • Afghanistan 125 for 3 after 29 overs, just ticking along to the target of 134
  • Nizakat OB on from the Airport End for his 8th over figures of 7-1-23-0 so far
  • MAIDEN only a bye off it, Nizakat having Younas Khan in quite a tangle at times with some bounce off a length, Afghanistan 126 for 3 after 30, needing eight more to win
  • Aizaz showing big heart in bowling five dot balls right up to the bat before he drops short with the last ball and Noor pulls it gleefully through square leg for FOUR
  • Just four more wanted, Afghanistan 130 for 3 after 31 overs, Noor 40*
  • FOUR Younas swings one round behind square leg, his team-mates field and Afghanistan have WON BY SIX WICKETS, chasing 134, with 113 balls to spare
  • Hong Kong showed great heart in the field but not much head with the bat, not that it was easy batting against the Afghan bowlers, who even with 14 wides, bowled with far greater consistency and discipline than in previous matches
  • Afghanistan's batsmen played pretty much as well as they pleased in chasing 134, losing two of their three wickets to big heaves
  • Man of the Match is hard to call - my vote's for Abdul Rashid who really pinned Hong Kong back with 5-28 and took a catch as well as fielding well, Afsar's 57 caught the eye and was just what his team needed so it's not easy to call but if it was down to just me I'd give it to Abdul Rashid for his match-turning bowling
  • News has come through that Nepal have beaten Qatar by six wickets, so it'll be Afghanistan v Nepal in the Final to be played on Thursday at the Terdthai Cricket Ground
  • Match Referee Richard Folds in his presentation praised the teams for "the great spirit in which they played such an important game," the winners go through not just to the Final but also the World Cup qualifier in Ireland in July. Hong Kong know what it feels like, but its Afghanistan and Nepal who will contest the Final

Video: Afghanistan U-19s: Young Men, Big Ambition

ACC U-19 Elite Cup 2011

Semi-Final 1: Hong Kong v Afghanistan at Terdthai Cricket Ground, Bangkok
AFGHANISTAN WON BY SEVEN WICKETS
Hong Kong won the toss and chose to bat
Hong Kong 133 all out off 43.3 overs (S.Shirzai 3-29, A.Rashid 5-28)
Afghanistan: 134 for 3 off 31.1 overs (A.K.Zazai 57, N.Haq 42*; N.Ali 3-44)
Man of the Match: Abdul Rashid (Afghanistan)
Scorecard

Photos by Jirada Chaisirichote

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Filed February 8th, 2011