Scotland dominate day three of I-Cup encounter
Day 3: Scorecard
The weather again failed to play ball on the morning of day three as play was delayed by persistent drizzle from 9:30am in the morning.
After several inspections Scotland’s first innings did eventually resume at 2:50pm.
Spinner Rahmat Shah made light work of the Scotland tail, picking up the wickets of Ali Evans and Matthew Cross, as the home side added 7 runs to their overnight score.
Scotland’s new ball pairing of Evans and Safyaan Sharif opened up and were causing the Afghanistan batsmen all sorts of problems; the first wicket came when Evans rapped the pads of Ahmadi for 2 in the second ball of the innings, before the dangerous Mohammad Shahzad edged the ball back onto his stumps from Sharif.
Scotland claimed another two important wickets before tea was taken. The dangerous Nawroz Mangal had his off-stump sent cartwheeling out of the ground by a delivery from Evans, who was in the middle of a firey spell, to leave the Afghani’s reeling on 9/3 in the 5th over.
Ashgar Stanikazi rode his luck when an outside edge went down in the slips off the bowling of Sharif, and for a while looked as if it might cost Scotland dear. The Afghanistan captain went on to make 26 before a drive in the air found the hands of Con de Lange at mid-off.
A quiet period after tea soon exploded into life as Con de Lange bowled his first over in international cricket - he struck with his first delivery, trapping Shah in front for 26.
Gavin Main then claimed the big wicket of Nabi, before de Lange returned to bowl Mirwais Ashraf, and then next ball saw Ali Evans take a great catch at leg-slip.
Dalwatzi negotiated de Lange’s hat-trick delivery, as he and Shinwari would hold strong for the final few overs of the day.
In the final day’s play, a result is unlikely, although the Scots will be eyeing two wickets in the morning to secure the points for a first innings lead.
Debutant Con de Lange, who finished with figures of 3/9 from his 9 overs, said after the game, “It was a bit of a dream come true, you play that first ball over in your head, and thankfully it worked out exactly as I hoped it would.
I’m an older lad, but the environment that has been created in the Scotland squad is really exciting, and I’m proud and honoured to be part of that and I’ll give my all during my time here.”