Ikram Faizi’s unbeaten 107 and a five-for from offspinner Mujeeb Zadran secured the lady Asia Cup title for Afghanistan Under-19s, with a 185-run prevail upon Pakistan Under-19s in the last in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
Mujeeb came into the last having taken six wickets against Nepal Under-19s in the semi-last and a six-for against Pakistan in the side’s initially match of the competition. His mastery over the rivals proceeded – having rejected Pakistan’s openers by the fourth finished, Mujeeb returned in his second spell to get three lower-arrange wickets without surrendering a run. His 5 for 13 took his general wicket count in the competition to 20. Mujeeb was very much upheld by legspinner Qais Ahmad, whose three wickets included Mohammad Taha – the main run-getter in the competition – and wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir. Taha and commander Hasan Khan were the main two Pakistan batsmen to score in twofold figures in an innings that kept going 22.1 overs.
Prior, having been placed in to bat, Afghanistan’s main three did the greater part of the scoring. The openers, Rahman Gul (40 off 53 balls) and Ibrahim Zadran (36 off 76), started with a 61-run opening association before Faizi assumed responsibility of the innings, crushing 10 fours and two sixes on the way to his 113-ball 107. He secured two fifty or more stands with Darwish Rasooli (18) and Qais (14) for the third and 6th wickets separately, discrediting a great part of the effect of the strikes from Muhammad Musa and Shaheen Shah Afridi, who took five wickets between them. Having hit just 14 off his initial 50 balls, Faizi quickened rapidly – he raised his century with a six in the penultimate over, while crushing 18 keeps running in a 26-keep running over knocked down some pins by Munir Riaz.