Australia reached the under 19 ICC cricket world cup defeating Afghanistan by 6 wickets in the first semi-final on Thursday, 25th January 2018. It is an easy chase for the Kangaroos when the opponent team set the goal of 182 runs before them.
The Aussies beat the score with 12 overs remaining and by losing only 4 wickets. The Australians were champions of this tournament since three seasons.
Afghanistan, who showed an outstanding performance by defeating Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the group stages, is expected to win the tournament this time. This budding team beat the hosts New Zealand for 202 runs to make their place in the final four but their dream run came to an end due to the loss against Australia.
The Australian All-rounder Jonathan Merlo took four wickets off 24 runs and the opening batsman Jack Edwards made 72 runs.
Speaking about this Edwards said,” We did a bit of research on their spinners and thought it’d be a good idea to take the game to them.
“Try to get them before they get us. The pitch was pretty slow, probably gave us a bit of time to read the spin, which helped.”
Afghanistan chose to bat in hot conditions after winning the toss which surprised the crowds around. After losing the opening batsman Ibraham Zardan very early, they made a slow start.
To rebuild the innings, Ikram Ali Khil made a patient fifty out of 80 balls. Though he sweated hard on it, he did not get any partner that supported his efforts and the Afghans could not make any significant score due to the fall of wickets at regular intervals.
Afghanistan was at a critical stage when the score was at 86 runs for 4 wickets but their hopes for a good score was collapsed with the dismissal of Ikram at his score of 80 runs.
The Afghan Innings came to an end at the score of 181 runs all out in 48 overs.
Though the Afghans made a modest score, they could not make out of the conditions by their bowling. At the beginning of Australian Innings, Edwards was dropped when his score was 8 runs.
He made the victory of the team a cake walk by adding to the score and Param Uppal supported him with his score of 32 runs not out.
The Australians will encounter the winners of the second semi-final between India and Pakistan that takes place on Tuesday in the final battle of the tournament.