ACC U-19 Youth Asia Cup 2017: Day 1 - Afghanistan v Pakistan

The Bayuemas oval saw Pakistan vs Afghanistan for the first ACC U-19 Youth Asia Cup match.

Pakistan batted first, sending Muhammad Arif in as their opening batsman. Before he could score any runs, he was dismissed at the 6th bowl, caught and bowled by Naveen Ul Haq Murid. At 1.2 overs, another wicket to Afghanistan, this time dismissing Muhammad Hammad Khan, bowled out by Mujeeb Ur Rahman for no runs. It did not get any better from there as Mujeeb takes another wicket just 4 bowls later, dismissing Abdullah Shafique for a duck.

Rohail Nazir and Mohammad Mohsin boosted Pakistan’s innings with a four at 2.5 and 4.4 overs. Mohsin then swung another four in the next over, bringing Pakistan’s total to 21 for 3. At 6.2 overs, Naveen Ul Haq took out Rohail Nazir for an lbw after scoring just 8 runs.

In the next few overs, Mohammad Mohsin contributed a few more runs for Pakistan before 10.3 he was dismissed caught by Azmatullah Omarzai off Yosuf Zazi for 12 at 10.3 overs. 10.4 Saad Khan dismissed caught by Yosuf Zazi for 4. Six wickets down, and Pakistan was at a staggering low, having scored only 31 runs.

Muhammad Hassan Khan swung a four and scored more runs with partner Muhammad Taha, bring the team to a total of 48 runs. Taha brought up the team 50 with a boundary at 16.6 overs.

The 18th over was excruciating for Pakistan, as Al Mujeeb Ur Rahman wrecks Pakistan’s innings with three wickets in one over. Muhammad Hassan was dismissed for 12, and replaced by Muhammad Ashar who got taken out for none, followed by his replacement’s dismissal; Shaheen Shah Afridi also for a duck. This marks Pakistan’s 9th wicket, with only 52 runs.

Muhammad Taha held his position for as long as he could, delivering a four at 19.2 overs before being dismissed lbw by Mujeeb at 19.6 overs. Pakistan’s innings ended, leaving Afghanistan to chase 58 to bag the match.

Afghanistan’s innings was short and sweet. They had a very strong start, with a four by Ibrahim Zadran in the first over. Rahmanullah Gurbaz then swung triple fours in the second over. Restricting Rahmanullah from causing more damage, he was dismissed caught by Saad Khan off Muhammad Hassan at 1.6 overs for 13 runs.

Into the third over, at 2.3 Ibrahim Zadran delivered a four. The fifth over saw his dismissal, bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi at 4.1 overs for 9.

Into the sixth over, Nisarul Haq Wahdat delivered two consecutive fours that passes the halfway mark of their chase. Afghanistan with 30 runs and still 8 batsmen remaining.

At 7.3 overs, Ikram Ali Khir swung a four before being dismissed bowled by Muhammad Hammad Khan at the fifth bowl of the same over. At this point Afghanistan only needed 18 more runs to win and it didn’t take long for them to reach their target. Nisarul Haq swung a six and two more fours in the 9th over. The 10th over saw a boundary-6 from Darwish Abdul Rasool, scoring Afghanistan their 62nd run and winning them the match by 7 wickets.

Day 1: Nov 10, 2017

Afghanistan v Pakistan at Bayuemas
Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field
Pakistan: 57 all out off 20 overs (M.Rahman 6-23)
Afghanistan: 62 for 3 off 9.1 overs

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Photos by Vincent Phoon
Filed November 10th, 2017