Afghanistan beat Scotland in Sharjah
Afghanistan 171/6 (20 overs) Shezhad 42, Nabi 46, Goudie 3-0-29-2, beat Scotland 154/6 (20 overs) MacLeod 56, Machan 54, by 17 runs [Scorecard]
Afghanistan defeated Scotland in a thrilling encounter at Sharjah stadium on Saturday, in the second match of the 2013 T20 World Cup Qualifiers by 17 runs, despite spirited efforts from Matt Machan and Calum MacLeod.
Mohammad Nabi won the toss and elected to bat first in the hot afternoon sun.
Openers Mohammad Shazhad and Nawroz Mangal came to the middle and swung from the hip, putting on 55 runs from only 26 deliveries before Mangal gave Coetzer a catch at mid-off, departing for 20.
Shezhad continued his assault and made 42 runs from 22 balls until he was caught by Rob Taylor in the covers, to give Iain Wardlaw his first wicket of the afternoon, with the score reading 68/2 in the sixth over.
Majid Haq bowled Noor Ali for 9 as Scotland tried to get a foothold in the game. Mohammed Nabi looked to play a captain’s innings, striking 46 from 29, including some hefty sixes.
Eventually Nabi was well caught on the boundary by Machan from the bowling of Goudie at deep-square leg in the 16th over, as Afghanistan found themselves in a good position and with the score on 142/4.
Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod started off in a positive fashion putting on 34 in 4.2 overs. Berrington departed for 19, but MacLeod remained and, paired with Matt Machan, the two continued to bat sensibly.
After the game captain Kyle Coetzer said, “It’s been a tough day with some outstanding cricket being played by both sides. MacLeod, Machan and Haq all had great games and I’m just sorry that they have to be on the losing side today.
The wicket was a completely different type that we encountered yesterday, and it was as tough a T20 match as we will come across, but I thought we showed some real character today and I’m proud of my players.”