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Afghanistan upsets Australia in ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014

India’s Kuldeep Yadav takes a hat-trick, Mossadek shines for Bangladesh, Imam and Sami star in Pakistan’s win

Afghanistan upsets Australia in ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 - Cricket News
Kuldeep Yadav in action.
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 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
 
*denotes broadcast match
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
 
Broadcast
The list of official broadcasters and their broadcast schedules can be found here.
 
Media Guide and tournament website
The tournament media guide contains information on the competing teams, tournament statistics and tournament information, and is available for download from here.
 
The official tournament website www.icc-cricket.com will contain match reports, an up to date points table, fixtures and tournament statistics, while the Playing Conditions can be downloaded from here.
 
Team contacts:
 
 
Team Team Manager UAE mobile number
Afghanistan Shir Hamkar +971 (0) 56 624 3595
Australia Angela Logan (media manager) +971 (0)56 67 9381
Bangladesh Nazmul Abedeen +971 (0) 56 624 1945
Canada Wijay Senathirajah +971 (0) 56 624 3378
England John Abrahams +971 (0) 56 624 2238
India R I Palani +971 (0) 56 694 3478
Namibia Polly Negongo +971 (0) 56 625 9589
New Zealand Kaushik Patel +971 (0) 56 625 9675
Pakistan Ali Zia +971 (0) 56 624 1996
PNG Greg Campbell +971 (0) 56 625 9662
Scotland Sam Scott +971 (0) 56 624 3471
South Africa Morgan Pillay +971 (0) 56 694 3391
Sri Lanka Shiran Abeysekera +971 (0) 56 625 9688
UAE Gopal Jasapara +971 (0) 56 799 3605
West Indies Altamont Solomon +971 (0) 56 694 2433
Zimbabwe Nick Singo +971 (0) 56 694 2255
 
The ICC Tournament Media Manager is Anisa Khan, who can be contacted on + 971 (0) 50 640 1107 or anisa.khan@icc-cricket.com.
 
Playing hours
 
·       All matches except Super League semi-finals and final at DICS:
·       First session - 0930-1300
·       Interval - 1300-1330
·       Second session - 1330-1700
 
·       Super League semi-finals and final at DICS:
·       First session - 1200-1530
·       Interval - 1530-1600
·       Second session - 1600 - 1930
 
Facilities at venues
 
There will is live, ball-by-ball scoring on http://www.icc-cricket.com/
 
For all group matches, semi-finals and finals, there will be tabled, sheltered, press box available to all accredited members of the media. The facilities include power points, wireless internet, all-day light refreshments, lunch/dinner served during the break in innings, access to scorers.
 
Unless there is significant demand, there will be no formal post-match press conferences. Through the venue manager or team managers, media can request interviews with players or coaches as appropriate.
 
Daily round-ups
 
Daily round ups of each match day of the ICC U19 CWC UAE 2014 will be circulated to media and will be available on the ICC website www.u19cwc.com/ as well as on the ICC Media Zone
 
The ICC Media Zone is free to access and available to all media. Media needing access to the ICC Media Zone can register itself athttp://www.icc-cricket.com/mediazone/ and obtain login credentials.
 
More information on the ICC U19 CWC UAE 2014 can be found here.
 
The full schedule of matches can be found here.
 
Media accreditation pass pick-up
 
For those members of the media who have successfully applied for event media accreditation, the passes can be collected from the match manager from the location nominated in your application form. On arrival at the venue, please ask for the match manager who will deliver the pass to you.
 
Twitter
 
The official tournament hashtag is #u19cwc.
 
Fans can keep up to date with the conversation on the #u19cwc via https://twitter.com/ICC/lists/icc-u19-cwc-2014  
 
Photography coverage
 
The ICC will also be providing images from the following matches free of charge, which will be available here. Any images used should be credited as 2014 © IDI/Getty Images.
 
18 Feb New Zealand v England Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
19 Feb Australia v Bangladesh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
22 Feb Super League QF 4 D1vA2 Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
22 Feb Super League QF 1 A1 v D2 Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
23 Feb Super League QF 3 C1 v B2 Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
23 Feb Super League QF 2 B1v C2 Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
24 Feb Super League Semi-final  1WSLQF1 v WSLQF4 Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
25 Feb Plate Semi-final 1WPQF1 vWPQF4 Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
25 Feb Plate Semi-final 2 WPQF2 v WPQF3 Abu Dhabi Oval 1, Abu Dhabi
26 Feb Super League Semi-final 2 WQF2 v WQF3 Dubai International Cricket Stadium
27 Feb Plate Championship Final Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
1 Mar Super League Final Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
 
 

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