01 February 2016
Musa, Shamsurrahman star for Afghanistan U19
Stanikzai leads chase with 56 as Canada U19 goes down by four wickets
Musa returned figures of 3 for 31 in 10 overs, while Shamsurrahman picked up 3 for 21 in eight. They were supported well by Rashid Khan, the leg-spinner whose quota of 10 overs fetched him two wickets for just 20 runs. Their efforts ensured that Afghanistan bowled Canada out for 147 in 50 overs
The top three then made solid contributions with No. 3 Tariq Stanikzai top-scoring with 56 as Afghanistan reached 149 for 6 to chase the target down in just 24.1 overs at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
The win was Afghanistan's first of the tournament. Canada, on the other hand, ends its group campaign without a single win after three matches. Both teams will now take part in the Plate championship.
Canada's decision to bat first quickly backfired as Afghanistan reduced it to 31 for 4 in 9.1 overs. Musa, who opened the bowling with Karim Janat, drew first blood when he castled Sarbot Sivia, the wicketkeeper-batsman, for no score.
As many as three Canadian batsmen fell without opening their account. Amish Taploo was run out in the next over before Musa struck for a second time, having Akash Gill caught at first slip.
Arbaash Khan, the captain, led a brief recovery alongside Arslan Khan, putting on 62 for the fifth wicket. But it was slow going as the duo used up 19 overs. The partnership was broken by Rashid, who dismissed Arslan for 38, the highest individual score of the innings, off 52 balls that included four boundaries and a six.
Arbaash would depart soon after for 33 and Canada once again lost wickets in a flurry. Kurt Ramdath offered some resistance at No. 9 with 20 off 34 balls but Afghanistan's bowlers wiped out the rest in quick time.
Karim Janat and Ihsanullah, the captain, started the chase rapidly, putting on 46 in just 6.2 overs. Harsh Thaker, the off-spinner, was taken apart for 14 runs in his first over, while Abdul Haseeb also proved to be very expensive as both batsmen found the fence at frequent intervals. Both Haseeb and Thaker finished with identical figures of 4-0-32-0.
The breakthrough came in the seventh over when Janat gave an easy catch to mid-on off Shlok Patel, the left-arm spinner. Janat made 29 off 24 balls.
Ihsanullah added 23 more in quick time with Tariq before falling to the same bowler for a 27-ball 31 that included four boundaries and two hits over the fence.
Thereafter, Tariq held the key as he stitched together brief but useful partnerships with Waheedullah Shafaq and Musa. Tariq fell with Afghanistan 14 short of victory before Ikram Faizi, the wicketkeeper, and Shamsurrahman took it over the line.
Miraj Patel, the off-spinner, picked up 3 for 17 in 3.1 overs, while Shlok finished with 2 for 31 off eight overs.
For full scorecard of the match click here.
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