Two days after Australia’s crushing defeat of South Africa, cricket’s top-ranked Test team, its under-19 side recorded another surprising result by losing to Afghanistan.
The Afghans’ 36-run victory, which cricket’s governing body called a “major upset,” took place in a one-day international at the Under-19 World Cup in Abu Dhabi. Australia, a three-time U-19 world champion, had lost only 12 of 61 matches in previous editions of the tournament, while Afghanistan had only ever managed four wins.
The Afghans scored 253 in 49.2 overs, including half-centuries by Mohammad Mujtaba, Ihsanullah and Hashmatullah Shaidi. Australia was dismissed for 217 as Abdullah Adil and Sharafuddin Ashraf got seven wickets between them.
The shock result follows closely on from the senior Australian team’s 281-run win over South Africa at Centurion in the first of a three-match Test series. The visitors are now on a six-match winning run in the game’s longest format, having beaten England 5-0 to regain the Ashes.
Australia next plays Bangladesh and Afghanistan meets Namibia as both seek to reach the U-19 quarterfinals.
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