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U-19 WC: Australia enters final

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SYDNEY, Sept. 17, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Participants jog during the Bridge Run of the Sydney Running Festival in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 17, 2017. Around 34,000 runners took part in the event. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei/IANS) by .
Participants jog during the Bridge Run of the Sydney Running Festival in Sydney, Australia (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei/IANS)

U-19 WC: Australia defeat Afghanistan to enter finals … reports Asian Lite News.

SYDNEY, Sept. 17, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Participants jog during the Bridge Run of the Sydney Running Festival in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 17, 2017. Around 34,000 runners took part in the event. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei/IANS) by .
SYDNEY — Participants jog during the Bridge Run of the Sydney Running Festival in Sydney, Australia. Around 34,000 runners took part in the event. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei/IANS)

Australia produced an all-round performance with the bat and ball to register a 6-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the semi-final contest at the Hagley Oval here on Monday and enter the U-19 World Cup Super League final.

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.

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.

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).

Later, incoming batsmen Param Uppal (32 not out) and Nathan McSweeney (22 not out) remained unbeaten to clinch a comfortable victory for their side.

For Afghanistan, Qais Ahmad (2/35) was the most successful bowler.

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).

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