Afghanistan leg breaks googly bowler, Shafiqullah Ghafari 6 wickets marked the first victory over South Africa. Seemingly a great contest of ICC under 19 World Cup ahead as cricket fans. They have witnessed a one-sided win by Afghanistan over the host Nation. It was quite a Nightmare for South African under 19 as the top order collapsed. The wrist-spinner Shafiqullah 6/15 bowling spell, SA lost the very first game of the tournament.
South Africa U-19 vs Afghanistan U-19 ICC World Cup 2020 – Afghanistan beat South Africa by seven wickets and topped the points table from the D Group. Shafiqullah Ghafari picked up his best bowling figure 6/15 and restricted South Africa to 129 all out in 29.1 overs. That is the best bowling figure he joined the 7th best record. With the best bowling figure in the history of the U-19 World Cup. He changed his bowling angle and bowled quite differently with maximum dot balls.
Afgh vs SA – Match 1
The celebration kids started playing on the grass beds side by the Kimberly Cricket Ground South Africa. Afghanistan under 19 teams did not celebrate the victory e perhaps the reflection of their confidence and self-belief. At the end of the game, both captains shook their hands the happier Farhan Zakhil and little disappointed Bryce Parsons. South Africa under-19s won the toss at Diamond Oval, Kimberly and decided to bat first.
It seems that they were already in the position if they win the toss will go for the batting option. Otherwise will ball first Afghanistan with others and opted to bat first. South African under 19 players are practicing and warming up themselves ahead of their opening game against Afghanistan. By taking deep catches, runnings, and fielding in the deep.
Shafiqullah Best Bowling Spelling 6/15 (9.1)
He conceded only 15 runs in his 9.1 overs bowling spell and wrecked up South Africa Under 19 to 129 all out. The team is lead by the Afghan test player Ibrahim Zadran and won the first match with seven wickets and 150 balls spare to the innings. Well, it’s not a big surprise by Afghanistan to beat South Africa as they have been regularly performing in the last couple of years.
In the most recent time Afghanistan under 19 tours of India 2019, they lost the ODI series by 3-2 in the five-match contest. Afghanistan cricket team has been a regular in the first-class cricket, and they are producing the best spin bowlers in recent times. The 15 years old not a month is recently featuring in the Indian Premier League 2020 season, who is the youngest player in the history of IPL.
Parsons and Beaufort 72 Runs Partnership
Former South African National side captain Graeme Smith and farmer under 19 captains Aiden Markram give tips to the youngsters before the start of the play. Only the third wicket partnership 55 runs between skipper Bryce Parsons (40)and Luke Beaufort (25) added half runs through to the scoreboard. Afghanistan skipper Farhan Zakhil brings two spinners to break the partnership.
Fazal Haq picked up two wickets in his very first over and followed by the magic from Ghafari 6 wickets bamboozled South Africa U-19. Ghafari removed the Levert Manje, Jack Lees, Khanya Cotani, Tiaan van Vuuren, Gerald Coetzee, and Achille Cloete. In the change of 129 runs, Afghanistan last the first wicket 26/1 in the fast start.
The second-wicket partnership between Imran Mir and the most experienced player in the squad Ibrahim Zadran of 72 runs for just 52 balls led the victory. Imran Mir scored his maiden half-century in the ICC U-19 World Cup 2020 and became the first to do so.
SA vs Afgh Teams Comparision
All these players of Afghanistan under 19 teams have been regularly playing first-class cricket for a couple of years. In a comparison of South Africa vs Afghanistan U-19 teams, only the top order six batsmen of South Africa have played first-class cricket. South Africa team led by Jonathan Bird, who is the slow left-arm chinaman bowler.
In the all playing 11 of South Africa, only two players Jonathan Bird and Bryce Parsons. Both have cleared the senior professional level T20 cricket so far. However, South Africa got the best bowling attack in terms of pace and spin bowlers but would have been worth it if they got 250+ on the scoreboard.
The opening day of ICC under 19 World Cup started with the ceremony at Diamond Oval. The local school kids attended the opening ceremony and after that play started between both teams. Afghan top-order batsman Abid Muhammad hit the winning Stroke in 25th over and named the victory to his country.