Scotland v Afghanistan - Things evenly poised on day 2

03 Jun

Day 2 Stumps: Scorecard

Play finally got underway after lunch on day 2 after a big clean-up operation on the run-ups was completed. 

Afghanistan captain Stanikzai won the toss and elected to bowl first under fluffy clouds. 

Andrew Umeed and Hamish Gardiner opened the batting for Scotland, and put on 12 before Umeed was adjudged to have edged a delivery from Yamin Ahmadzai behind to Mohammad Shahzad. 

Preston Mommsen then joined Gardiner to put on a handy partnership worth 68.

Gardiner latched on to anything short, while Mommsen looked particularly strong when cutting through the point region. 

As Gardiner approached his half-century he was deceived by former-captain, Nabi, and was trapped in-front for 46. 

Mommsen continued to bat with purpose, although the loss of Freddie Coleman just before tea hampered Scotland's progress slightly. The captain would reach his half century from 102 balls, which included 6 fours. 

Mommsen had reached 77 before Samiullah Shinwari beat his defences and he was given out LBW, with the score on 169/4. 

MacLeod looked good during his innings, scoring 38 from 55 deliveries, although, unfortunately for Scotland, he became Shinwari's second wicket, edging to Mangal at slip. 

Matthew Cross batted sensibly ensuring he would remain at the crease at the end of day on 27*, although the late wickets of Con de Lange, who was making his Scotland debut, and Safyaan Sharif gave Afghanistan some impetus at the end of the day’s play.  

At stumps coach Grant Bradburn said, “We felt we were a little under par, although we are not totally unhappy with today. The outfield was slow to start with and it wasn’t an easy pitch to score on.

Any time you play sport at home you want to win, and if we can get two more days that allows to play, we can hopefully do that. We feel we are very much in it, and a lot will depend on how we bowl tomorrow. First of all we’ve got a little bit of work to do with the bat.”


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