Scotland secure winning draw against Afghanistan

05 Jun

Scotland eventually wrapped up a winning draw after taking the final two wickets at Stirling as the weather again interrupted proceedings.

Samiullah Shinwari rode his luck after Ali Evans had tested him with an energetic opening spell. Shinwari would reach his half century with a beautiful straight drive down the ground, much to the delight of a number of Afghani supporters who had travelled up from London.

The Scots might have been forgiven for getting a bit twitchy, as the pair dug in.

However, the breakthrough came when Dawlawzai drove into the hands of Freddie Coleman at cover, with less than 20 overs remaining in the match, and suddenly the Scots could smell victory.

Number 11 Sayed Shirzad could only block out two deliveries before Berrington sealed the first innings points for Scotland, trapping the batsman in-front, prompting umpire Haggo to raise the dreaded finger.

The captains shook hands as the players left the field with no prospect of a result on the final day.

Afghanistan will leave with 7 points, while the home side secured 13 hard-earned points.

At the conclusion, Grant Bradburn said, "Considering that we only got a short amount of play, to come away with those points today was be hard-earned and could be a hugely valuable six extra points here in Stirling."


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