U-19 World Cup: Australia beats Afghanistan by six wickets in semi-finals

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QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 23: Australian players celebrate the dismissal of Fin Trenouth of England during the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Quarter Final match between England and Australia at John Davies Oval on January 23, 2018 in Queenstown, New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Christchurch: Australia defeated Afghanistan in the semi-final contest at the Hagley Oval here on Monday and entered the U-19 World Cup Super League final.

After winning the toss Afghanistan chose to bat and scored 181 runs in 48 overs. Australia successfully chased down the target of 182 in 37.3 over with six wickets to spare.

It was their top order batsman and Ikram Ali Khil, who resisted the Australian attacked with a brave 80 off 119 balls. Except him, all the batsmen failed to perform well.

For Australia, barring off-spinner Param Uppal, all the bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals to keep the opposition on the back foot. Medium pacer Jonathan Merlo (4/24) was the stand out bowler for the side.

Australia lost their opener Max Bryant (4) early but Jack Edwards scored a solid 72 runs including eight boundaries and two hits over the fence. Edwards along with skipper Jason Sangha added 77 runs in the second wicket partnership and took away the game.

Later, incoming batsmen Param Uppal (32) and Nathan McSweeney (22) remained unbeaten.

For Afghanistan, Qais Ahmad (2/35) was the most successful bowler.

Brief Scores: Afghanistan 181 (Ikram Ali Khil 80, Rahmanullah 20; Jonathan Merlo 4/24) against Australia 182/4 (Jack Edwards 72, Param Uppal 32 not out; Qais Ahmad 2/35).

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