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Afghan Cricket Team Bests Australia In U-19 World Cup

Monday, February 17, 2014

In a huge upset in Abu Dhabi, the country’s Under-19 cricket team has stunned Australia at the World Cup for that age division, beating the Aussies by 36 runs.

“I take my hat off to the Afghans” Australian coach Graeme Hick told The Guardian. “They played very well and put us under pressure from the start.”

Pressure is nothing new to the young players, the team’s captain Nasir Jamal said.

“I am very proud of our team,” Jamal said. “I don’t think many people expected us to defeat Australia but we did it and we did it convincingly. We hope the people at home are enjoying the victory as much as we are – we play for our country and our people and we love to make them happy and proud.”

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