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Bukhari sizzles on wicket-filled day

In all 21 wickets fell on the opening day of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match between Netherlands and Afghanistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Bukhari sizzles on wicket-filled day - Cricket News
Bukhari picked up six wickets.
In all 21 wickets fell on the opening day of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match between Netherlands and Afghanistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

On Monday, Afghanistan after opting to bowl first, managed to bowl out Netherlands for 133 in 44.3 overs. In its reply, Afghanistan fared no better being bowled out for 129 in 42.3 overs and thereby handed a four run lead.

When stumps was drawn for the day, Netherlands were struggling at 7 for 1.

Earlier, Dawlat Zadran (4-45) and Izatullah Dawlatzai (4-24) combined well to dismiss Netherlands. Tom Heggelman (29) was the top-scorer for Netherlands.

In its reply, Afghanistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Afghanistan was in danger of being bowled out for a much lower score than what they finally ended at.

Skipper Nawroz Mangal (67: 80b, 8x4, 1x6) held the innings together. He added a crucial 37 runs for the last wicket with Izatullah Dawlatzai. Mangal was the last man out.

Mudassar Bukhari (six for 43) bowled a brilliant spell to snatch the initiative for Netherlands. Peter Borren (2-26) and Ahsan Malik (2-32) were the other wicket-takers.

At stumps. Michael Swart and Tom Heggelman were at the crease for Netherlands after the fall of Stephan Myburgh.

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