ACC U-19 Premier League: Four straight wins for ‘invincible’ Afghanistan

Continuing their winning streak in the ongoing Asian Cricket Council Under-19 Premier League, Afghanistan on Tuesday routed Saudi Arabia by 8 wickets.

In a match played at Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur, Saudi Arabia won the toss and elected to bat first. The odds, though, were heavily in favor of Afghanistan.

In a lop-sided contest, Afghanistan, which had already won three consecutive games against Kuwait, Nepal and UAE, required 158 runs to win their fourth consecutive match.

Openers Hazratullah and Naveed Obaid give their team perfect start, putting together 114 runs for the first wicket in just 10.3 overs before Naveed returned back to the pavilion.

Openers Hazratullah and Naveed Obaid give their team perfect start, putting together 114 runs for the first wicket in just 10.3 overs before Naveed returned back to the pavilion

After that, it was a mere formality as Hazratullah continued his explosive batting, smashing Saudi bowlers all across the park en route to his unbeaten 98 off just 60 balls.

Afghanistan reached the target in 16.5 overs for the loss of two wickets, earning them a comprehensive fourth straight win the competition.

Earlier, batting first, Saudi Arabia were bundled out for 157 runs in 39 overs.

Muslim Musa was the pick of bowlers for Afghanistan, claiming four wickets for 32 runs. Zia ur Rehman bagged three wickets for 40 runs.

Except for Farhan Patel (55 off 63) and Muhammad Zeyad (42 off 62), none of the Saudi batsmen managed to offered resistance against the top-quality Afghan bowling attack.

In a statement issued by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), Chairman Nasimullah Danish and CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai congratulated the team on four straight wins 

Afghanistan remains on top of the table with four straight wins. On Thursday, they will take on hosts Malaysia.

In a statement issued by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), Chairman Nasimullah Danish and CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai congratulated the team on four straight wins.

“It shows that Afghanistan has great cricket talent and the future of Ccricket is bright in Afghanistan,” said Mr. Danish.

Mr. Stanikzai also praised the performance of the team and wished them more success.

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