Half-centuries by Mohammad Mujtaba, Ihsanullah and Hashmatullah Shaidi helped Afghanistan post a respectable 253 in 49.2 overs, before fast bowler Abdullah Adil and left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf shared seven wickets between them to bowl Australia out for 217.
Mujtaba (75) and Ihsanullah (63) added 126 runs for the second wicket and later Hashmatullah (57) provided a late impetus to Afghanistan's innings after it had elected to bat first.
In turn, Australia managed just one partnership of note when for the fourth wicket, Jake Doran (45) and Damien Mortimer (43) put on 70 runs as it was bowled out in 48 overs with James Bazley top scoring with 54 not out.
Abdullah returned figures of 9-0-45-4 while Sharafuddin had figures of 9-1-55-3.
In the other matches of the day, Bangladesh defeated Namibia by 52 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 1 and two-time former champion Pakistan recorded a comfortable 145 runs victory over Papua New Guinea (PNG).
After today's results, India has qualified for the quarter-finals from Group A while the second quarter-finalist will be confirmed after Wednesday's matches between India and PNG, and Pakistan and Scotland. At present, both Pakistan and Scotland sit with one win apiece.
In Group B, the situation has becomes extremely exciting following Australia's defeat. On Wednesday, Bangladesh will play Australia and Afghanistan will take on Namibia.


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