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Batsmen give Afghanistan win over Scotland

Scotland batsmen fail to capitalise on good start, fall 17 runs short of Afghanistan’s 171/6

Batsmen give Afghanistan win over Scotland - Cricket News
Afghanistan register their first win in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.
Afghanistan beat Scotland by 17 runs in the 16th match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday (November 16). 
An opening stand of 55 runs between Mohammad Shahzad and Nawroz Mangal gave Afghanistan a promising start after batting first, before Mangal was dismissed by Gordon Goudie for 20 in the fifth over. Shahzad went on to score 42.
Mohammad Nabi, the captain, scored a 29-ball 46 and put together 53 runs in just six overs for the fourth wicket with Samiullah Shenwari (31*), to power Afghanistan to 171 for 6 in 20 overs. 
Iain Wardlaw picked up 3 wickets for 40 runs for Scotland, while Goudie took 2 for 29. 
Richie Berrington was dismissed for 19, but Scotland had a good start with Calum MacLeod (56) and Matt Machan (54) putting together 76 runs in ten overs. However, Dawlat Zadran struck to dismiss MacLeod, and from 110 for 1 in the 15th over, the Scottish batsmen lost their way. 
Rob Taylor, the allrounder, who made his debut for Scotland, bowled two overs and was run out for 6. Apart from Scotland's top three, the rest of the batsmen scored only 17 runs put together. Machan and Goudie were dismissed in the last over and Scotland fell 17 runs short, ending at 154 for 6. Shapoor Zadran picked up two wickets, while Zadran and Shenwari picked up a wicket apiece.

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer, though disappointed, was all praise for his players, who showed great character chasing a stiff target. “Very disappointed, Afghanistan came hard at us up front, but we showed some great character out there today, some of our boys, especially Callum MacCLeod and Matt Machan, played outstanding innings and deserved to be on the winning side.”

Coetzer was also quick to admit that the team’s inability to accelerate during the middle overs proved critical in the end. “Afghanistan bowled well in the middle overs and made it hard for our guys, even our set players. Though we played well and had the opportunity to chase it down in the end, but they bowled well in death overs”, he said.
After the consecutive defeats, Coetzer said that Scotland wouldn’t be thinking too far ahead and was hoping it could register a win soon and subsequently build some momentum.

“We just have to take next game as it comes and not think too far ahead. We will take every day on its own , get our first win and build our momentum from there.”

Meanwhile, Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi was thrilled with his team’s performance, coming off a huge seven-wicket defeat to Netherlands on Friday. 

“Our first match was not good,  we had a major collapse in batting.  People were very disappointed as they believe we are a good T20 team. We had a meeting last night on how to overturn the situation and make a comeback. We sent our main players at the top and our openers gave us a good start which helped us put a decent total to take us to a win.”

Man of the Match Dawlat Zadran, pleased with his performance, was glad with the faith shown by the coach and his teammates and was hoping to win more matches for Afghanistan in future.

“Our batsmen played well and set us a good total to defend.  I gave my best effort and bowled with my heart out. My coach and teammates believe a lot in me and I hope and will try to bowl even better and win matches for my team in the tournament.”
Afghanistan will now play Papua New Guinea on Sunday while Scotland faces Nepal on Monday.

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