January 30, 2018 10:21 IST

U-19 WC: Australia defeat Afghanistan to enter finals

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Electing to bat, Afghanistan rode on a half-century knock from their top order batsman Ikram Ali Khil (80) to score 181 runs in 48 overs. For Australia, barring off-spinner Param Uppal, all the bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals to keep the opposition on the back foot. Medium pacer Jonathan Merlo (4/24) was the stand out bowler for the side. Credit: MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
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In response, Australia chased down the target in 37.3 over with six wickets to spare. Chasing a low total, Australia lost their opener Max Bryant (4) early. However, Jack Edwards (72) steadied the ship by scoring a brilliant half-century. Credit: MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
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Edwards, whose innings was laced with eight boundaries and two hits over the fence, was involved in a 77-run third wicket stand with skipper Jason Sangha (26). Credit: MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
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Later, incoming batsmen Param Uppal (32 not out) and Nathan McSweeney (22 not out) remained unbeaten to clinch a comfortable victory for their side. Credit: MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
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Brief scores: Afghanistan 181 (Ikram Ali Khil 80, Rahmanullah 20; Jonathan Merlo 4/24) against Australia 182/4 (Jack Edwards 72, Param Uppal 32 not out; Qais Ahmad 2/35). Credit: MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images