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Afghanistan thrash Sari Lanka, secure 7th slot

Afghanistan thrash Sari Lanka, secure 7th slot

Feb 27, 2014 - 16:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon thrashed Sari Lanka by five wickets in their playoff game in the UAE, securing the 7th position of the ICC Under-19 Cricket Worldinfo-icon Cup on Thursday.

Sri Lanka chose to bat first after winning the toss and were bundled out for a paltry 114 runs, thanks to outstanding bowling by Usman Ghani and Syed Sherzad, both clinching three wickets apiece, said Farid Hotak, the cricket board spokesman.

For Sari Lanka, Priyamal Perera top scored with 30 off 36 balls, including four boundaries.

In response, despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Afghanistan raced to victory in the 22nd over as Ghani contributed 27 crucial runs to the side, with Ihsanullah scoring unbeaten 37 runs. Another major run contributor was Hashmatullah Shaidi with 34.

Making astonishingly inroads to the quarterfinals, Afghanistan handed a shocking 45-run defeat to Australia, but were beaten comprehensively by South Africa by nine wickets in the knock-out clash. The Afghans outclassed Namibia, but lost to the West Indies by nine runs in the 5th Place Play-off game.



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