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Ghani, Ahmadzai star in Afghanistan win

Asians beat ACT Comets by five wickets in ICC High Performance Programme tour match

Ghani, Ahmadzai star in Afghanistan win - Cricket News
Usman Ghani scored an unbeaten 61 to help Afghanistan chase down a 234-run target with five wickets in hand.
Afghanistan rode on an unbeaten 77-ball 61 from Usman Ghani, the opener, to chase down a 234-run target set by ACT Comets in 49.2 overs with five wickets in hand in an ICC High Performance Programme Tour of match at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Sunday (September 28). 
 
In the first half of the game, Yamin Ahmadzai's 4 for 50 from nine overs restricted Comets to 232 for 9 after it elected to bat. 
 
In reply, Ghani scored 46 for the opening wicket with Javed Ahmadi off just 8.1 overs to get Afghanistan off to a steady start. 
 
Nathan McAndrew, Comets' best bowler with 3 for 44 from his eight overs, provided the opening breakthrough when he had Ahmadi caught for 19. Ghani and Asghar Stanikzai then added 40 for the second wicket before Ghani had to retire on 39. 
 
Samiullah Shenwari then joined Stanikzai and the duo added 21 more before Blake Dean removed the latter for 27. Najibullah Zadran (46) and Shenwari's 58-run stand took the game further away from the Comets, before Ghani returned to complete his half-century and, along with Gulbadin Naib (23 not out in 12 balls), took his team over the line. 
 
Earlier, Comets' top-order got their team off to a good start. Jono Dean (36) and Matthew Cordon (41) put on 47 for the opening wicket. Following Dean's dismissal, Nathan Price (32) joined Condon to add 61 more for the second wicket. At 108 for 1, Comets looked set for a good total. 
 
But Afghanistan's bowlers made some quick strikes to reduce Comets to 146 for 5. A 49-run stand between Dean (32) and Vele Dukoski (34) followed, and that took the Comets close to the 200-mark. However, some more strikes by Afghanistan's bowlers restricted Comets to just 232 for 9.
 
Ahmadzai found good support from Mohammad Nabi, the captain, who took 3 for 39 off his nine overs, while Naib and Shenwari took a wicket each. 

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