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Match date · 2 Feb 2020 · 13:30 IST

Australia U-19 vs Afghanistan U-19 match prediction

Australia U-19 have been knocked cruelly out of the U-19 World Cup quarter-final thanks to their Indian counterparts. A similar fate beckoned for Afghanistan U-19 in their clash against Pakistan, who cruised past them on Friday. The two sides would fight it out against each other to salvage pride before heading home.

Potchefstroom would serve as the venue for the clash, with Afghanistan side losing to the Australians the last time they faced each other in the U-19 World Cup. The last encounter came in 2018 when the Afghan side were dismissed for 181 in fifty overs, giving Australia a clean passage into the finals. It took the Aussie side only 38 overs, with a valuable contribution from Jack Edwards and Jason Sangha to cruise home with a six-wicket victory. While it was the spin trio of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Qais Ahmed and Zahir Khan last time, the 15-year-old Noor Ahmad will be a potent weapon this time around.

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Sam Fanning has 136 runs in this tournament

One of Australia’s consistent batsmen in this U-19 World Cup is the opener, Sam Fanning. The 19-year-old from New South Wales has put on a show for the Australian team thus far with some genuinely breathtaking strokes in the tournament, including a 75 against India in a losing cause. In the other two occasions, the opener has put up scores of 30 and 31 after missing out on the opener against West Indies U-19. With 136 runs in this tournament, including an average of 68, it is one of the safest bets to go with the southpaw as the top-scorer in the Australian colours. Ahead of the World Cup, in the warm-up game against Asian side Bangladesh, the southpaw was the highest run-scorer with 46, showcasing fine batting against spinners. With spin the major weapon for the Afghanistan side, he would be crucial to Australia’s hopes of finishing fifth in the tournament.

Ibrahim Zadran high score of 87

After the loss against bitter rivals Pakistan in the quarter-finals, the Afghan side like their counterparts Australia would want to end the tournament on a high. Who better than the veteran player Ibrahim Zadran to take the Afghan side to a great start. The right-handed opener would be playing in his second U-19 World Cup after an impressive stint in the 2018 U-19 World Cup as a 16-year-old. Furthermore, the batsman from Khost has played for the national side in three games, where he averages 19.5 in three outings. This time in the U-19 World Cup as an 18-year-old, Ibrahim has scored 150 runs averaging 50, including a high score of 87. He has been the pillar of strength to his Afghan side, facing more balls than the rest of the team, at 212 scoring a 52, 87 before an 11 against Pakistan. Added to that, he has been the top-run scorer for the U-19 side in their last World Cup outing in New Zealand, scoring 186 runs in the tournament showing consistency.

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Scored 17 boundaries last World Cup

If Australia are to win the game against Afghanistan, their biggest challenge would be to stop the Afghanistan side from scoring boundaries. Thus far in the tournament, the Afghan side led by their star player Ibrahim Zadran have scored 58 boundaries, one more than their Australian counterparts. Ibrahim and Imran alone have accounted for 32 of their 58 boundaries, while Australia have scored 57 in the tournament. Given that Australia have faced tougher opponents and clear favourites India in the previous game, their tally of 57 looks better on paper. Further, last time when the two sides faced each other in the U-19 World Cup, Australia dominated the Afghan side, scoring 17 boundaries in their chase of 182 against Afghan’s 13 boundaries. Well, now that it looks more convincing, the odds are at 2.68 which makes it certainly an interesting market to conquer.

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