Afghanistan seal U19 World Cup spot

Afghanistan won their sixth and final fixture against Nepal remaining unbeaten through the ICC U19s CWC 2018 Division 1 Qualifiers and booking their place for New Zealand 2018 while Malaysia beat Singapore to make it one a piece in their two head to head contests during the event.

Afghanistan won the toss at the Indian Association and chose to bat and with the rain surprisingly staying away for the duration of the tournament in tropical Singapore, a good batting track would have prompted such a decision. 

Obaid and Zadran started things off for Afghanistan and with Obaid departing for 22 (33) at 36-1, Nepal looked to have found their edge and pressured the Afghans and snared two further wickets, leaving the Afghans in a very unfamiliar position of 49-3 within the power play overs. The quick off spinners of Dipendra Singh Airee proving to be the potent choice of bowling option as he dismissed all three batters. 

Opener Ibrahim Zadran got through the testing period and with the support of Mahbob coming in at five, looked to have weathered the storm up till Mahbob was sent on his way by Pawan Sharraf for a seemingly docile 10 of 30 balls. 

Never having found themselves in such a position of being 5 wickets down before reaching a 100, Afghanistan seemed to have ridden the second wave of pressure well, largely thanks to Zadran who kept going with his sensible approach to batting as he notched up a useful 74 run partnership with keeper Ali Khil. 

Khil fell for 24 (50) becoming the sixth victim of the Nepalese bowling attack and Zadran the seventh , but only after scoring his well-deserved 101 (114) in the 40th over making it 179- 6. 

The Nepalese rallied well towards the end and polished off the Afghan batting line up in the 47th over for 195, left arm spinner, Shahab Alam, playing big part with his 4-30 off 8.5 overs.