Afghanistan 181 (Ikram 80, Merlo 4-24) lost to Australia 182/4 (Edwards 72, Uppal 33*) by 6 wickets
The first semi-final between Afghanistan and Australia turned into a no-contest with the Aussies steamrolling Afghanistan by at Hagley Oval to a secure a berth in Saturday's final in Mount Manganui. They will play the winner of Tuesday's second semi-final between India and Pakistan.
Afghanistan's decision to bat first backfired, as they were bowled out for 181 with medium pacer Jonathan Merlo picking 4 wickets. With their only hope of causing a stir in the Australian camp hinging on their mystery spinners, they unleashed Mujeeb Zadran. This move was met with a spectacular counter-attack from opener Jack Edwards, who smashed him for 14 in the eighth over on his way to a 40-ball half-century.
Australia lost Jason Sangha and Merlo to Qais Ahmed's legspin, but Edwards' charge meant Australia were far too ahead to panic. Param Uppal and Nathan McSweeney shared an unbroken 53-run stand and ran down the target comfortably in 37.3 overs.
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