Cox’s Bazar: Afghanistan qualified for the ICC Under-19 World Cup’s Plate Championship final with an eight-wicket win over New Zealand here on Tuesday. (Read more cricket stories here)
Aniket Parikh’s all-round display of 48 and two for 20 went in vain as the Afghans bowled out New Zealand for 135 and then raced home in the 28th over.
Tariq Stanikzai scored 50 and captain Ihsanullah Janat made 47 as Afghanistan set up the Plate final against Zimbabwe in Cox’s Bazar on February 12.
“I think we have done well to reach the Plate final and hope the team continues to play good cricket in the final also,” said Ihsanullah.
Pakistan bounced back after the quarter-final loss to the West Indies to rout Nepal by 122 runs in Fatullah and ensure itself of a top-six finish in the 16-nation tournament.
Hasan Mohsin hit 117 and took four for 42 as Pakistan made 258 for eight after being asked to bat, and then bowled Nepal out for 136.