A one-man show by Afghanistan U19 player Reyaz Hassan ensured that Nepal U19 could not repeat an encore of their brilliant win over them couple of days back as Afghanistan U19 clinched the 3rd/4th play-off match in the U19 Quadrangular series at Ekana stadium in Lucknow.
Reyaz Hassan scored an unbeaten century opening the innings for Afghanistan and carrying his bat throughout the innings and then came back to pick up a 4-wicket haul to derail Nepal’s chase. What didn’t help Nepal’s case was that none of the batsmen could kick-on after reaching their twenties.
A crucial preparation for both Nepal U19 and Afghanistan U19 squads before the all-important Asian Cricket Council U19 Asia Cup in Bangladesh ensured good match-time in the middle for the players and one hopes that both the squads will have a similar look in the Asia Cup campaign as well.
Nepal U19 and Afghanistan U19 got to play against India U19 squad members as well and it’ll bode well when they face each other again as all the three countries are placed in the same group in the U19 Asia Cup with UAE U19 joining them as the 4th team in the group.
U19 Asia Cup Schedule:
29th Sep 2018: Afghanistan U19 vs UAE U19 @SKICS Academy ; India U19 vs Nepal U19 @SKICS Main ; Pakistan U19 vs Hong Kong U19 @M.A Aziz ; Bangladesh U19 vs Sri Lanka U19 @ZACS
30th Sep 2018: India U19 vs UAE U19 @SKICS Academy ; Hong Kong U19 vs Sri Lanka U19 @ZACS
01st Oct 2018: Afghanistan U19 vs Nepal U19 @SKICS Main ; Pakistan U19 vs Bangladesh U19 @ZACS
02nd Oct 2018: Nepal U19 vs UAE U19 @SKICS Academy ; India U19 vs Afghanistan U19 @SKICS Main ; Pakistan U19 vs Sri Lanka U19 @M.A Aziz ; Bangladesh U19 vs Hong Kong U19 @ZACS
04th Oct 2018: Semi-Final #1 (A1 vs B2) @ZACS
05th Oct 2018: Semi-Final #2 (A2 vs B1) @ZACS
07th Oct 2018: Final @ZACS
Afghanistan U19 244/8 in 50 overs (Reyaz Hassan 117 n.o, Basir Khan Shir 32, Arif Khan Sawlatzai 24, Sagar Dhakal 2/28, Pawan Sarraf 2/32, Samsad Alam 2/42) beat Nepal U19 173 all out in 45 overs (Lokesh Bam 25, Aasif Sheikh 25, Arun Airee 24, Pawan Sarraf 23, Reyaz Hassan 4/42, Rizwanullah Murad 2/12, Abdul Rahman Rahmani 1/28, Zakiullah Sultani 1/36) by 71 runs