Afghanistan drubs Pakistan to clinch U-19 Asia Cup title

Ikram Ali Khil hammers a ton and Mujeeb Zadran scalps a five-for to help Afghanistan beat Pakistan in the final of the U-19 Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Afghanistan U-19 players celebrate their victory in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.   -  Asian Cricket Council

Afghanistan scripted history on Sunday as it clinched the U-19 Asia Cup title, beating Pakistan by 185 runs.

In Kuala Lumpur, off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran scalped five for 13 as Pakistan was dismissed for a paltry 63, while chasing down 249.

Zadran dismissed openers — Mohammad Arif (4) and Omair Yousuf (0) — inside the first five overs to leave Pakistan struggling 11 for 2. The side could not recover from there, despite a 19-run knock by Mohammad Taha.

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Taha lasted for 38 deliveries, but was unable to to find any support. Qais Ahmad sent Taha back to the pavilion.

Afghanistan had dismissed Pakistan for 57 in the league match earlier.

Earlier, a century by Ikram Ali Khil saw Afghanistan sail. Khil braved the odds even as the Afghan side suffered a late collapse.

Khil added 69 for the third wicket along with Darwish Rasool, who contributed just 18.

Brief scores: Afghanistan 248-7 in 50 overs (Ikram Ali Khil 107; Muhammad Musa 3-46) beat Pakistan 63 in 22.1 overs (Mujeeb Zadran 5-13) by 185 runs.

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