Scotland defeat Afghanistan by 150 runs
Scotland 213/7 (50 overs) Berrington 62, Davey 53*, Alam 3/48, beat Afghanistan 63ao (18.3 overs), Ghani 25, Davey 6/28, Wardlaw 4/22, by 150 runs [Scorecard]
Scotland’s third match in the Triangular series was a day/night encounter against Afghanistan at the Sheik Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Preston Mommsen called correctly to win his first toss of the tour, and elected to bat first. It was a milestone day for Majid Haq, who became Scotland’s most capped player, passing Fraser Watts record of 203 caps.
It was another slow start for the opening batsman, as Coetzer edged behind for 16 in the 6th over. Afghanistan were soon on top, as Scotland lost Freddie Coleman, Matt Machan and MacLeod with the scoreboard now showing 75/5.
Mommsen looked assured during his innings of 33 to help his side recover, before being bowled round his legs by the leg-spinner Samiullah Shenwari.
Matthew Cross injected more impetus into the innings with some clean hitting, but his knock came to an abrupt end when he pulled a ball straight to the fielder at short fine leg.
Josh Davey joined Richie Berrington to put on Scotland’s best partnership of the match with a stubborn 99. Berrington was the first batsman to reach 50 from 70 balls, with Scotland rebuilding the innings on 174/6.
Berrington was caught in the deep to give Aftab Alam his third wicket of the innings, after the batsman had added a vital 62 to the Scottish cause.
Davey’s efforts were also rewarded with a half-century coming just before the conclusion of the innings. Mohammad Nabi bowled a tight last over, finishing the innings with two dot balls, as Scotland finished on 213/7.
In reply, Afghanistan came out aggressively, but the introduction of Davey into the bowling attack instantly paid off when he bowled Javed Ahmadi for 21. That wicket then sparked a massive Afghanistan collapse.
Wardlaw’s first ball of his second spell claimed the wicket of Usman Ghani when the batsman feathered a hook shot through to wicket-keeper Cross. He soon picked up the Afghan captain, Nabi, when a full delivery struck his pads, leaving the umpire to raise the dreaded finger.
More drama was to unfold in the following over, with Davey removing Najibullah Zadran and Ashraf – both LBW – with Afghanistan wobbling at 52/7.
The game was all over four overs later, as the two Scottish seamers quickly dismissed the Afghanistan tail with minimal fuss.
Davey would finish the match as the first ever Scotsman to take an ODI five-wicket haul and score 50+ in the same match – finishing with figures of 6/28. Wardlaw would complete his day with 4/22, and mark the first time a team’s two opening bowlers has claimed all 10 wickets in an ODI.
It was a much needed boost for Scotland, following their first two defeats of the Triangular series, and now only have one more fixture against Ireland before heading to the ICC Cricket World Cup.