ICC World T20: Afghanistan beat Scotland by 14 runs

In the second World T20 Qualifier in Nagpur, Afghanistan are heavy favourites to beat Scotland.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 8, 2016 11:02 pm
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Afghanistan continued their fine showing in T20Is since 2015 with yet another victory over Scotland. The Afghans extended their unbeaten streak to 6-0 over the Scots thanks in part to Mohammad Shahzad and then spinners followed by Scotland’s batsmen taking the foot off the gas after a strong start. Batting first, Shahzad scored 61 from 52 and Asghar complimented with 55 not out to set up a large target of 171. In reply, Munsey and Coetzer got Scotland off to a flier but quick wickets allowed Afghanistan to creep into the match. Machan got them back again but didn’t get the desired support at the other end.

AS IT HAPPENED:

2254 hrs IST: Needing an impossible 16 from final delivery, Scotland get another one. Lose by 14 runs.

2253 hrs IST: 17 runs from 2 balls. Another single.

2253 hrs IST: And that’s Afghanistan’s game now. Single again.

2252 hrs IST: Another short pitched delivery by Zadran with little room for the batsman. Good bowling this. Single would suit Afghanistan just fine.

2251 hrs IST: Played fine and it could have gone for a four but for beautiful fielding. 19 needed from 4 now.

2250 hrs IST: First ball is short and it is a good delivery. Dot ball. 21 from 5 balls.

2248 hrs IST: Final over. Scotland need 21 runs. Will they make it?

2246 hrs IST: WICKET! Nabi removes Machan for 36 with the leftie going for a big one but only managing to slice it for a sitter of a catch to Asghar. Need 22 runs from just 7 balls remaining.

2241 hrs IST: SIX! That’s what Scotland needed to help the equation. Machan hits Zadran for a six off a slower ball.

2237 hrs IST: Again six runs from the over. This won’t be enough for Scotland. With 39 required from 18 balls, they need big hits.

2232 hrs IST: Six runs from the 16th over. A possible drop on the last ball with the fielder diving forward but not getting his hands properly around the ball.

2230 hrs IST: Five overs left and Scotland are 120/4. They need 51 runs from five overs. Will they make it?

2223 hrs IST: Scotland have lost the way after the strong start. From 77/0 after 8 overs, they are 109/4 after 13 overs. That is 32 runs in 5 overs and more importantly four wickets gone.

2219 hrs IST: OUT! Close call by the third umpire to give Berrington stumped. His foot may have been inside the crease but not as per the third umpire. Scotland are now reduced to 109/4.

2208 hrs IST: RUN OUT! From once cruising to their target, Scotland lose three wickets in quick succession. MacLeod slips after turning for the second run and the keeper removes the bails at the other end.

2202 hrs IST: WICKET! And now Munsey departs as well. He’s caught lbw by Rashid Khan and Scotland have lost both set batsmen in a matter of three deliveries.

2158 hrs IST: WICKET! Massive break for Afghanistan. After a four, Coetzer departs to a poor delivery. Tries to hook away a short delivery for a big one but he doesn’t hit it cleanly and is taken in the deep. Scotland are 84/1.

2152 hrs IST: The boundaries fail to subside despite added protection. Two more fours and Scotland look destined to get to 171.

2147 hrs IST: An improved over to finish power play. Scotland are 60/0 after six overs. Afghanistan at this stage were 41/1.

2146 hrs IST: We hope so too! Because this is great batting!

2143 hrs IST: FOUR FOURS! Like the over prior, the fifth over also produces multiple boundaries – four of them now. Coetzer and Munsey both into the act as Gulbadin Nabi gets taken to the cleaners.

2135 hrs IST: FOUR, FOUR and FOUR! Flurry of boundaries going Scotland’s way. Giving Coetzer good company is left-hander Munsey who is striking the ball almost effortlessly. Timing the ball to perfection – much to Zadran’s displeasure.

2132 hrs IST: SIX! Good over for Scotland. 13 runs coming from the third over. Coetzer finishing it off with a nice, clean six.

2127 hrs IST: FOUR! Sweet timing by George Munsey to go past the mid-off fielder. Not trying to push it too hard but excellently struck.

2121 hrs IST: Good start for Afghanistan with the ball. Amir Hamza concedes only two runs from the first over.

2118 hrs IST: Players are out in the middle and Scotland need to play out of their skin to chase this.

2058 hrs IST: Afghanistan finish at 170 after 20 overs. A huge target to chase for Scotland. Can they do it?

2056 hrs IST: FOUR! Asghar paddles it over the keeper for a boundary.

2054 hrs IST: WICKET! Tragic run out. Davey sees runner take off and bowls it down the leg side. Batsman on strike doesn’t move while Shafiqullah finishes a full stride. Keeper passes to bowler and its run out.

2051 hrs IST: FOUR AND FOUR! Good bowling by Scotland but luck doesn’t go their way. Shafiqullah first gets a bottom edge and then a top edge to get two consecutive boundaries to end 19th over. Afghanistan are 155/4 with six balls remaining.

2047 hrs IST: FOUR! Shafiqullah gets a much required boundary for the Afghans. There had been no boundary for four overs until Shafiqullah pierced the long-on and long-off.

2043 hrs IST: WICKET! With bails removed, Evans is quick to uproot the wicket and run out Nabi who is halfway down the pitch. Afghanistan have lost the way from once a good place. Afghanistan are 136/4 with 15 balls left.

2036 hrs IST: WICKET! And some catch! Gulbadin Naib goes for 12 as Josh Davey strikes. Naib tries to lift it on to the leg side but Machan dives forward and takes it well. Afghanistan are 128/3 after 16 overs. 

2027 hrs IST: Mohammad Shahzad: 61 runs (39 balls with 11 dot balls; 5 x 4, 3 x 6).

2026 hrs IST: Euphoric scenes in Kabul as Afghanistan cruise through.

2023 hrs IST: WICKET! Shahzad goes for 61 runs from 39 balls. Tried to go for another big one despite two fours already in the over. Afghanistan are 107/2 after 13 overs.

2021 hrs IST: Shahzad – the Afghan Dhoni – doing what Dhoni does well. Using the bat like a whip and hitting the ball all over the park.

2017 hrs IST: DROP! That’s a drop but a difficult chance. Asghar skies it and the fielder running back drops it after getting his left hand to it.

2016 hrs IST: FIFTY! Shahzad brings his fifty from 32 balls.

2010 hrs IST: FOUR! 10 overs gone and Afghanistan are 79/1.

2005 hrs IST: SIX AND SIX! Two sixes by Shahzad to spinner Machan. Steps out on both and clears the boundary with ease.

2003 hrs IST: HUGE SIX! Mohammad Shahzad hits Richie Berrington for a massive sixer. Goes over deep midwicket and its comfortably into the second tier.

2000 hrs IST: Afghanistan are past the 50 run mark. After 7.2 overs. Will it be enough to get a comfortable target in the end?

1946 hrs IST: SIX! Asghar steps down the wicket and hits it over deep mid wicket for a maximum!

1941 hrs IST: WICKET! Noor Ali goes for 17. Alasdair Evans with the wicket. Afghanistan are 25/1.

1936 hrs IST: Four! Next ball, its played beautifully through covers for a four.

1935 hrs IST: SIX! Second ball by Josh Davey and Noor Ali Zadran flicks it for a six!

1930 hrs IST: Scotland start with spin and Afghanistan start with a four.

1924 hrs IST: Battle of the openers

1922 hrs IST: Most statistics not looking good for Scotland.

TEAMS: 

TOSS: Afghanistan win the toss and opt to bat.

SCORECARD, COMMENTARY AND STATISTICS

Earlier today, Zimbabwe beat Hong Kong by 14 runs

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Despite a scare late on, Zimbabwe emerged victorious in the end after scoring 158 runs. Vusi Sibanda (59 from 46 balls) and Elton Chigumbura (30 from 13 balls) starred in the victory.

The build-up

Cheering for our nation would be the best memory from India: Afghan students

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Afghan students gathered to watch their team take on the Netherlands at Mohali; say Virat Kohli is a superstar in Kabul. Today they will look to create their own heroes.

Hoping to find their place in the World

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Associates have tried to shed ‘amateur tag’ as their players have gotten stronger but advancing from qualifiers won’t be easy.

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