Rasooli helps Afghanistan upset Pakistan

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By 2018-01-14

Darwish Rasooli struck an unbeaten 78-ball 76 to lead Afghanistan to victory in their opening match of the Under-19 World Cup, beating Pakistan by five wickets.

Chasing 189, Afghanistan were reduced to 50 for 3, before Rasooli, in the company of wicketkeeper Ikram Ali Khil, staved off Pakistan's challenge. Rasooli shared partnerships of 75 with Khil (46), 42 with Nisar Wahdat (19) and 27 n.o. with Azmatullah Omarzai (12 n.o.) to carry Afghanistan home with 15 balls to spare. Prior to the start of their campaign, Rasooli had spoken about the ease with which he can hit sixes and so his concentration was on batting long and pulling his team out of trouble.

Scores:

Pakistan U-19: 188 (Nazir 81, Omarzai 3-34, Ahmad 3-38)

Afghanistan Under-19: 194 for 5 (Rasooli 76 n.o., Khil 46)

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