Afghanistan retain ACC U-19 Premier Cup title
KABUL (Pajhwok): Holders Afghanistan scored their fifth triumph in a row to retain the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-19 Premier Cup title on Thursday, an official said.
The defenders trounced hosts Malaysia in the final showdown by seven wickets Kuala Lumpur, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman said.
Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News Malaysia elected to bat first, struggling to post a meagre total of 105 runs in the stipulated 50 overs.
Naveenul Haq, displaying fierce speed and swing, bagged six wickets and Rashid Khan three to give their side the upper hand in the all-important encounter.
Hotak said Afghanistan lost three batsmen to achieve the target in the 19th over, with Hazratullah Zazai hitting a breezy 60 and Wahidullah Shafaq contributing 23 runs.
Afghanistan grabbed 10 points from the five matches they played to retain the title in a befitting manner. Haq and Zazai shared the Man of the Match Award.
Meanwhile, ACB Chairman Nasimullah Danish and Chief Executive Shafiqullah Stanikzai congratulated the players on their outstanding performance during the event.
They claimed cricket was fast becoming a popular sport in war-hit Afghanistan, where the game had a brilliant future.
The six-nation cup featured Afghanistan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The winners will qualify for the Under-19 World Cup scheduled to take place in Bangladesh in 2016.
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