Afghans storm into ACC Emerging Teams Cup semis
As a result of the impressive at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Thursday, Afghanistan went cruising into the semi-finals of the event by eliminating the pre-tournament favorites.
Set a target of 243, Afghanistan exhibited a lot of aggression right from the word go and mounted enormous pressure on the sub-continental giants, the cricket board spokesman said,
Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News Younas Ahmadzai smashed 51 and Sami Shinwari 50 to give Afghanistan a flying start. They helped the national side reach 146 for the loss of two wickets in 28th over.
After a middle-order collapse, Gulbadin Naib and Sharafuddin Ashraf chipped in with valuable 20 and 26 runs respectively. Aftab Alam, who came in after the dismissal of Naib, finished the match in style with a first-ball six. The Afghans romped home, with 3.3 overs to spare.
After winning the toss, India elected to bat, but they were restricted to 242 runs. Hanuma Vihari contributed an unbeaten 59 from 60 ballsm but other yop batsmen deal with a devastating spell from Naveenul Haq, who bagged four wickets.
Afghanistan, finishing second in Group A on the basis of a better run rate, qualified for the semi-finals. Sri Lanka and Pakistan gave also gone marching into the semis.
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