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    Afghanistan stuns Qatar in U-19 Asia Cup

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan handed Qatar a humiliating defeat, winning their first match by 191 runs in the Under-19 Asia Cup tournament featuring eight nations in the capital of Malaysia, an official said on Sunday.

    Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat in the 50 overs game, the team’s manager, Sher Aqa Hamkar, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The side managed to pile up 308 runs in 47 overs, he said.

    Noorul Haq Malakzai with 53 runs, Shabir Noori (51), Najib Zadran (49) and Mohibullah Pak (41) -- all emerged top-scorers for the team.

    While Hashmatullah Shahidi made 33 runs and Javed Ahmadi 27 runs in the game, the manager said.

    In response, the Qatari team could not reach the target and were all out for 117 runs, thanks to a five-wicket haul of Ahmadi. Aftab Alam and Noori shared two wickets each, with Zadran sending one batsman to the pavilion.

    Captain Ahmadi was declared the man of the match.

    Afghanistan is placed in Group B, along with Bangladesh, Qatar and Sri Lanka, while hosts Malaysia, Nepal, India and Pakistan are in Group A. The semifinals will be played on June 28 and 29 and the final on July 1.

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