CHRISTCHURCH: Australia have beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets in the first semi-final to reach U19 ICC World Cup final at Christchurch, New Zealand.
Earlier, Afghanistan opted to bat after winning the toss.
Australia’s disciplined bowling kept Afghan players in check and bundled them out on 181 runs in 48 overs. Ikram Ali Khil scored 80 runs from 119.
Australia’s Jono Merlo sent four Afghan players to pavilion.
When Australia came to bat, they required 182 to make it to final.
Kangaroos’ opener Jack Edwards, with his brilliant 72 runs turned the match in his team’s favour.
With his top-notch inning, the target was run down comfortably in 37.3 overs in 6 wickets in hand.
Naveen-ul-Haq, Afghanistan’s captain was disappointed with his team’s performance.
“We were 40-50 runs short. We had a couple of wickets down the leg-side; one was not-out I think. That’s part of the game. Proud to have them in the game.”
In the final , the three-time champions will face the winner of the second semi-final. India and Pakistan are to play the second semi-final on Tuesday.
Australia last played Afghanistan at under-19 level in a 2014 World Cup group-stage clash and lost by 36 runs.