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ICC U19 WC wrap: Spinners help Afghanistan secure Super League berth

22 Jan 2020 CricBuzz

Afghanistan steamroll UAE with wristspin magic

Afghanistan cruised to a 160-run win at the Northwest University ground in Potchefstroom, after the UAE batting line-up failed miserably in a chase of 266. With this win, they also booked their place in the Super League.

Despite a steady start by the openers, who put together a stand of 61 runs for the first wicket, the rest of the batting line-up then collapsed as the next 44 runs cost them ten wickets. Shafiqullah Ghafari was the wrecker-in-chief, ripping the heart out of the top order and effecting a run-out, on his way to a five-wicket haul.

Earlier, after opting to bat first, Afghanistan got off to a slow start, after losing captain Farhan Zakhil early. However, the third-wicket stand of 112 between Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah formed the core of the Afghan total, each of them scoring their respective fifties to take Afghanistan to a commendable total, aided by Mohammaf Ishaq's cameo at the end.

Afghanistan remain the table-toppers in Group D with four points, having won both their games, followed by the UAE at the second spot, with two points from their win against Canada.

Brief Scores: Afghanistan U-19 265-6 in 50 overs (Ibrahim Zadran 87, Rahmanullah 81; Karthik Palaniapan 2-49) beat United Arab Emirates U-19 105 in 32.4 overs (Aryan Lakra 28; Shafiqullah Ghafari 5-23, Noor Ahmed 3-30) by 160 runs.

South Africa flatten Canada at Potchefstroom

South Africa defeated Canada by 150runs in a one-sided encounter at Senwes Park Potchefstroom, on Wednesday (January 22). Canada, faced with a gigantic total, were never really in the hunt, and continued to lose wickets at regular intervals even as Benjamin Calitz held on until the end for 62*. Eventually, it was all too much for Canada, who succumbed to the persistent South African bowling for a total of 199.

Canada had earlier asked South Africa in to bat first in their league fixture at Potchefstroom, and despite the early breakthrough by Rishiv Joshi, it was South Africa all the way through the innings. The second-wicket stand was dominated by Jonathan Bird, who scored 41 out of the 64 runs before being dismissed by Ayush Verma. Skipper Bryce Parsons then took over, stitching together a 93-run 3rd wicket stand, with Luke Beaufort playing a supporting role. Tyrese Karelse then joined Parsons at the crease to in a stand of 50 in 39 balls, which saw Parsons get to a hundred. Karelse eventually got to his half-century and stayed unbeaten on 60 off 51 balls, as Akhil Kumar wreaked havoc at the other end, but couldn't stop South Africa from posting a massive 349-8 on the board.

After this win, South Africa move up to the second spot in Group D, second to Afghanistan, who picked up a second win today, whereas Canada remain at the bottom of the group with two losses in as many games.

Brief Scores: South Africa U-19 349-8 in 50 overs (Bryce Parsons 121, Tyrese Karelse 60*; Akhil Kumar 4-56) beat Canada 199 in 41.1 overs (Benjamin Calitz 62*; Tiaan van Vuuren 2-24) by 150 runs


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