Afghanistan registered it’s maiden ICC Cricket World Cup victory thanks to a narrow one-wicket win over Scotland in Dunedin on Thursday. The Afghans won the toss and sent the Scots in to bat and they were soon in trouble at 40/3. Dawlat Zadran was responsible for two of those scalps on his way to 3/29.
Namesake Shapoor Zadran did damage later on as he claimed an impressive 4/38. Matt Machan and Majid Haq both scored 31 but no other Scot could better that effort. In fact had it not been for a tailwagging partnership of 62 by Haq and Alasdair Evans, the Scots might not even have reached 210 all out in exactly 50 overs after finding themselves 144/8. The Afghan chase started well enough as Javed Ahmadi and Nawroz Mangal put on 42 for the initial stand.
However apart from Ahmadi’s 51 only one other Afghan batsmen in the top nine could reach double figures as the Scots ran rampant. Evans and Josh Davies took two sticks each while Richie Berrington helped himself to 4/40 as the batting effort collapsed to 97/7. Samiullah Shenwari took charge with an excellent 96 and Hamid Hassan hung around for 75 minutes for an unbeaten 15 as the last three partnerships saved face for the Asian nation.
There was only three balls left when the Associate nation crossed the line at the University Oval.