U-19 World Cup: Afghanistan stun Sri Lanka by 4 runs in low scoring thriller, makes semis

Afghanistan qualifies for semi-finals after defending the small 135-run target by rolling out Sri Lanka for just 130 runs

By Web Desk
January 28, 2022
Afghanistan players celebrate after beating Sri Lanka.    Photo Source: Twitter/Cricket World Cup  

Afghanistan qualified to the semi-finals of the ICC U-19 World Cup 2022 after stunning Sri Lanka by four runs in a sensational and low-scoring thrilling quarter-final match and will lock horns against England in the first semi-final on February 1. 

Sri Lanka, bowling first after winning the toss, rolled out Afghanistan for just 134, the total which never looked threatening, but Afghanistan bowlers came all guns blazing as they sent half of the Sri Lankan batting line-up back to the hut with the score of just 30.

Though Sri Lankan captain Dunith Wellalage played a composed 34-run knock to bring his team back into the game, he vanished leaving his team 23 runs behind the finishing line. 

The remaining two batters brought them closer, but the serious misunderstanding resulted in the run-out, putting Afghanistan camp in sheer jubilation and the Sri Lankan team in disbelief. 

Bilal Sami took two wickets, while other bowlers took one wicket each. 

Sri Lankan bowlers did well to restrict Afghanistan to a paltry total, with Allah Noor (25) and Noor Ahmed (30) remaining the notable scorers.

Vinuja Ranpul was the pick of the bowlers with brilliant figures of 5-10 in 9.1 overs.