Dubai, Feb 17 IBNS | 10 months ago

Afghanistan caused a major upset in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 when it defeated three-time champion and 2012's runner-up Australia by 36 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 2 here on Monday.

Half-centuries by Mohammad Mujtaba, Ihsanullah and Hashmatullah Shaidi helped Afghanistan post a respectable 253 in 49.2 overs, before fast bowler Abdullah Adil and left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf shared seven wickets between them to bowl Australia out for 217.

Mujtaba (75, 102b, 5x4, 2x6) and Ihsanullah (63, 78b, 8x4) added 126 runs for the second wicket and later Hashmatullah (57, 64b, 7x4) provided a late impetus to Afghanistan's innings after it had elected to bat first. In turn, Australia managed just one partnership of note when for the fourth wicket, Jake Doran (45) and Damien Mortimer (43) put on 70 runs as it was bowled out for 217 in 48 overs with James Bazley top scoring with 54 not out.

Abdullah returned figures of 9-0-45-4 while Sharafuddin had figures of 9-1-55-3.

In the other matches of the day, India's left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav became his country's first bowler and second overall to record a hat-trick in the history of the tournament as the defending champion survived a scare to beat Scotland by five wickets in front of Star Sports cameras at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh defeated Namibia by 52 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 1 and two-time former champion Pakistan recorded a comfortable 145 runs victory over Papua New Guinea (PNG).

After today's results, India has qualified for the quarter-finals from Group A while the second quarter-finalist will be confirmed after Wednesday's matches between India and PNG, and Pakistan and Scotland. At present, both Pakistan and Scotland sit with one win apiece.

In Group B, the situation has becomes extremely exciting following Australia's defeat. On Wednesday, Bangladesh will play Australia and Afghanistan will take on Namibia.

If Afghanistan and Australia win their matches, then there will be a three-way tie between Afghanistan, Australia and Bangladesh with net run-rate to decide which two sides advance from this stage. At present, Bangladesh has a net run-rate of +0.924, Australia +0.650 and Afghanistan -0.031.

On Sunday, South Africa from Group C and Sri Lanka from Group D had sealed their places in the quarter-finals after recording back-to-back victories.

While the top two sides from each Group will progress to the Super League, the bottom two sides will feature in the Plate Championship.

Yadav, the 19-year-old from Kanpur, took a split hat-trick when he dismissed Nick Farrar, Kyle Stirling and Alex Baum off his successive deliveries.

He later picked up the wicket of number-10 batsman Mark Watt to finish with figures of 10-1-28-4 as Scotland was bowled out for 88 in 29.4 overs.

Yadav received excellent support from Banaras' 19-year-old off-spinner Aamir Gani who returned figures of 9.4-1-28-4, while Scotland opener Andrew Umeed was the only batsman to offer some resistance when he scored 44 that came off 77 balls and included four fours.

India, chasing a modest score, almost made a mess of things when it slipped to 22 for five with left-arm spinner Chayank Gosain (three for 31) and fast bowler Gavin Main (two for 20) causing the damage.

However, Sarfaraz Khan and Deepak Hooda put on 70 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket to steer India home without any further hiccups. Khan remained unbeaten on 45 from 51 balls with five fours and a six while Hooda contributed 24 from 40 balls with two fours.

Pakistan bounced back from Saturday's loss against India, to beat PNG by 145 runs.

Openers Imam-ul-Haq and captain Sami Aslam put on 125 runs for the first wicket - their second successive century partnership -as Pakistan posted 283 for eight in 50 overs. Imam top scored with 88 that came off 117 balls and included nine fours, while Sami hit 10 fours in a 78-ball 62.

In turn, PNG was dismissed for 138 in 30.5 overs with opener Kiplin Doriga scoring a 56-ball 51 that included three fours and a six. For Pakistan, left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar was the pick of bowlers when he returned figures of 8.5-0-35-4, while fast bowler Zia-ul-Haq took two for 26.

Bangladesh's Mossadek Hossain produced a quality all-round performance as the Asian side carved out a comfortable 52 runs victory over Namibia.

Mossadek first scored a 70 not out from 76 balls with four fours to lift Bangladesh to 233 for five and then returned figures of 10-0-29-3 as Namibia was skittled out for 181 in 49 overs.

Other star performers for Bangladesh were opener Shadman Islam (65) and left-arm fast bowler Musrafizur Rahman who batted three for 24.

Scores in brief:

In Group A, India beat Scotland by five wickets at Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Scotland 88 all out, 29.4 overs (Andrew Umeed 44; Aamir Gani 4-28, Kuldeep Yadav 4-28)

India 92-5, 22.3 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 45 not out, Deepak Hooda 24 not out; Chayank Gosain 3-31)

Man of the match - Kuldeep Yadav (India)

In Group A, Pakistan beat Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 145 runs at ICC Academy 1

Pakistan 283-8, 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 88, Sami Aslam 62, Hasan Raza 44; Kabua Morea 3-45, Alei Nao 2-55, Riley Hekure 2-57)

PNG 138 all out, 29.2 overs (Kiplin Doriga 51; Zafar Gohar 4-35, Zia-ul-Haq 2-26)

Man of the match - Imam-ul-Haq (Pakistan)

In Group B, Australia beat Afghanistan by 36 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 2

Afghanistan 253 all out, 49.2 overs (Mohammad Mujtaba 75, Ihsanullah 63, Hashmatullah Shaidi 57; Cameron Valente 3-59, James Bazley 3-69)

Australia 217 all out, 48 overs (James Bazley 54 not out, Jaron Morgan 47, Jake Doran 45, Damien Mortimer 43; Abdullah Adil 4-45 ; Sharafuddin Ashraf 3-55)

Man of the match - Mohammad Mujtaba (Afghanistan)

In Group B, Bangladesh best Namibia by 52 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 1

Bangladesh 233-5, 50 overs (Mosaddek Hossain 70 not out, Shadman Islam 65, Litton Das 31, Joyraz Sheik 22, Nazmul Hossain Shanto 22; Jano Coetzee 2-29)

Namibia 181 all out, 49 overs (Xander Pitchers 40, Gerhard Erasmus 37, Jaen Kotza 35; Mustafizur Rahman 3-24, Mossadek Hossain 3-29, Nihaduzzaman 2-37)

Man of the match - Mossadek Hossain (Bangladesh)

Tuesday's fixtures (first round)

South Africa v Zimbabwe, Zayed Cricket Stadium

West Indies v Canada, Abu Dhabi Oval 1

Sri Lanka v UAE, Sharjah Cricket Stadium

New Zealand v England, Dubai International Cricket Stadium

(Posted on 18-02-2014)

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