Singapore, Aug 22: Afghanistan created history by beating a Test playing nation in any format of the game on Thursday when they stunned India Under-23 by 28 runs in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup one-day tournament here.
Afghanistan made 184/7 in 50 overs and restricted India U-23 to 156/9 in 50 overs. However, Afghanistan failed to secure semi-finals' berth with India and Pakistan progressing from Group A.
This was India's first loss in the tournament after winning against Pakistan and Nepal in previous league games. All three teams, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan had two wins apiece but Afghanistan lost out on net run rate.
India will face United Arab Emirates in the semi-finals tomorrow (August 23) while Pakistan meet Sri Lanka in the other last-four encounter. The final is on Sunday (August 25).
Barring opener KL Rahul's 51 and Ankit Bawne's 39, Indian batsmen failed to achieve the target of 185 at The Padang ground. India Under-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand failed with the bat scoring just 10. Another Under-19 World Cup winner, Baba Aparajith made 5. Ashok Menaria was out for 5 and Suryakumar Yadav for 15 in the middle order. India were struggling at 106/5 in 36.3 overs.
Mohammad Nabi took three wickets for Afghanistan while Rahmat Shah had two. It was a fine all-round performance by Nabi as he had earlier scored 25.
Earlier, Samiullah Shenwari top scored for Afghanistan with 43 not out. Opener Mohammad Shahzad contributed 38 runs. Karim Sadiq scored 25. Shenwari was adjudged Man-of-the-match.
Afghanistan 184/7 in 50 overs (Samiullah Shenwari 43 not out, Mohammad Shahzad 38, Karim Sadiq 25, Mohammad Nabi 25, Akshar Patel 2/33, Baba Aparajith 2/16) beat India 156/9 in 50 overs (KL Rahul 51, Ankit Bawne 39, Mohammad Nabi 3/32, Rahmat Shah 2/40)