Afghanistan boosted their confidence ahead of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup with a 14-run win against the United Arab Emirates in Melbourne on Friday. The Afghans won the toss and batted but struggled to get any real partnerships going and moved along to 109/4 after 24.2 overs. Samiullah Shenwari was the best of the batters contributing 58.
Shenwari was the only Afghanistan batsmen to pass 50 with the next-best coming from Najibullah Zedran with 46. The World Cup debutants finished on 308/9 in their 50 overs with Amjad Javed the star UAE bowler taking 4/39 in his 10 overs. In response the Emiratis began well putting up a series of strong partnerships as they moved to 244/4 after 40.3 overs.
Khurram Khan hit a good 86 from 70 balls but no other Emirates batsman could reach a half-century as they lost their last six wickets for 50 runs in 46 balls to fall to a 14-run defeat. Aftab Alam took 3/43 in 6.2 overs for the Afghans.
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