Afghanistan Create History
Afghanistan won their first ever world cup match against Scotland at Dunedin. It was a thrilling contest between the two teams, Afghanistan eventually winning by a wicket. It was by far the most exciting and nail biting finish to a match in this edition of the World Cup.
Afghanistan won the toss and elected to fieldfirst. They bowled beautifully throughout the game, taking wickets at regular intervals. Dawlat Zadran bowled particularly well and took 3 wickets. He took the important wicket of Coetzer by bowling a peach of a delivery. It was a beautiful inswinger and Coetzer missed it completely.
Scottish batsmen got starts but were unable to capitalize on it to get big scores. 6 of their batsmen were out in late 20s or early 30s. A special mention to the partnership of 62 runs between Haq and Evans for the 9th wicket which saw Scotland finish their innings for a respectable total of 210/10 in their quota of 50 overs.
Scotland’s batsmen let them down Source
Afghanistan had a good start to their batting. Ahmadi looked good with the bat and played some brilliant cover drives. Though Mangal and Stanikzai fell cheaply, yet he kept making runs at a brisk pace. They were cruising towards their target and were looking good to win the match. The scoreline read 85/2 at the end of 17th over. But, then the Scottish bowlers made a dramatic comeback in the match. Afghanistan lost 5 wickets in a space of 12 runs and were toiling at 97/7. Shenwari somehow held his nerve and recovered from that situation before getting out for a well made 96. On Shenwari’s dismissal, 19 runs were needed of 19 balls with 1 wicket remaining. There on each and every bowl was exhilarating. Afghanistan finally won with 3 balls to spare courtesy a wristy flick by Shapoor Zadran that went to the boundary.
Ahmadi played some good shots Source
Shenwari was awarded the man of the match for his spirited performance with the bat.