Watch: Afghanistan stun New Zealand to enter U19 World Cup semis

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 25, 2018 10:46 hrs
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Afghanistan stunned hosts New Zealand to reach the last four of the ongoing U19 World Cup, sending a message to more fancied opponents that they were not a side to be taken lightly. The Afghan team dismantled the home side, New Zealand, in perhaps the most comprehensive manner imaginable, winning by 202 runs in Hagley Oval.

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After opting to bat, four Afghanistan batsmen scored half-centuries – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (69), Ibrahim Zadran (68), Bahir Shah (67 not out) and the incredible Azmatullah Omarzai (66 off just 23). Thereafter, having posted a mammoth 309/6, Mujeeb Zadran (4/14), the mystery spinner, and Qais Ahmed (4/33), the leggie, ran through the line-up, bundling the hosts for 106 to set up a semi-final clash with Australia.

Afghanistan’s margin of victory against New Zealand - 202 runs is the largest ever suffered by the Kiwis, and the second largest suffered by any Full Member at an ICC U19 World Cup, behind India’s 234-run victory over England in the semi-final of the 2006 competition. It is Afghanistan’s second largest victory, behind their 226-run thrashing of Fiji at the 2016 edition.

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