Twitter salutes Afghanistan U19 cricketers as they decimate the Kiwis into submission

Twitter salutes Afghanistan U19 cricketers as they decimate the Kiwis into submission

The Afghanistan side ran riot as they ousted hosts New Zealand in the quarterfinal of the U19 World Cup.

Afghanistan U19
Afghanistan U19. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Afghanistan cricketers have given their fans plenty to cheer ever since they forayed into international cricket. They have grown in stature as a cricketing nation and have given the best of teams a run for their money with their aggressive brand of cricket. While the senior team has earned praises and accolades for their jaw-dropping cricket, the junior team has been stupendous as well.

Their Under-19 squad is currently plying their trade in the World Cup in New Zealand and recently played their Quarter-Final contest against New Zealand. They humbled Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the league games to enter the Quarter-Final against the hosts at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Quite expectantly, the odds were heavily stacked against the Afghans.

A Kiwi hammering by Afghanistan 

However, they rose to the occasion, decimated the Black Caps by 202 runs and stormed to the semi-final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Their batsmen started off handsomely as Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran notched up a 117-run stand to kick-start proceedings for Afghanistan. However, both perished after scoring 69 and 68 each.

The Afghans lost a few wickets mid-way, however, Bahir Shah played a handy knock of 67 runs and injected momentum into their innings. Nevertheless, it was Azmatullah Omarzai’s blistering knock of 66 runs off 23 balls that propelled Afghanistan beyond the 300-run mark in the knock-out game. His onslaught with the fetched 83 runs for the Afghans in the last 35 balls and they ended with 309/9.

The chase was going to be a hefty task for the Kiwis, however, they had the firepower to trace down the target. Nevertheless, the sparking Afghans punched above their weight and bowled the hosts out for a humiliating 107 runs as Naveen-ul-Haq’s men marched to the semis of the prestigious tournament. 16-year old Mujeeb Zadran ripped apart the Kiwis with a spell of 8.1-3-14-4.

Qais Ahmad, Afghanistan’s gun bowler during the event, also nipped out four wickets to prolong the agony for New Zealand. The 66-run stand between Katene Clarke and Dale Phillips was the solitary saving grace for Kaylum Boshier’s men. Apart from that, the hosts were no match for the might of the Afghans. They will now face Australia in the semi-final of the tournament.

After their victory, Twitter hailed them and showered them with love and praises for their awe-inspiring performance at the global stage. Here are the Tweets.