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U-19 World Cup: Afghanistan Crush NZ, Storm into Semifinals

CHRISTCHURCH: Hosts New Zealand’s hopes dashed to the ground following a crushing defeat at the hands of Afghanistan by 202 runs in the second quarterfinal.

With this win, Afghanistan became the third team after Pakistan and Australia to qualify for the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup semifinals.

They’ll face Australia in the first semifinal on January 29.

Afghanistan won the toss and opted to bat. They displayed a brilliant performance with the bat. Four Afghanistan batsmen smashed half-centuries – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (69), Ibrahim Zadran (68), Bahir Shah (67 not out) and Azmatullah Omarzai (66 off just 23).

After posting a giant total of 309-6 on the board, the man in Blue then restricted Kiwis to just 107, setting up their date with Australia in semis.

The mystery spinner Mujeeb Zadran (4/14) and the leggie Qais Ahmed (4/33) ripped through the New Zealand batting.

In the second semifinal, Pakistan will take on either India or Bangladesh on Tuesday, January 30.

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