Davey, Wardlaw roll over opposition batsmen in just 18.3 overs to seal 150-run win
After an impressive performance against Scotland in the first match of the tri-series in the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan would have hoped to have a good time against the same opponents again, but on Wednesday (January 14) things went completely pear-shaped for it.
Having put up 213 for 7 after opting to bat, Scotland found in Josh Davey (6/28) and Iain Wardlaw (4/22) two pacemen in the mood for a demolition job, and Afghanistan was knocked over in 18.3 overs for just 63, Scotland winning the game at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi by 150 runs.
Most expected Afghanistan to use the familiarity of the conditions to its advantage, having played a four-match One-Day International series in the UAE a little over a month ago, but its batsmen let the match slip after an impressive performance from the bowlers.
Davey picked up his second career five-wicket haul, having earlier smashed a half-century to headline the Scotland batting effort. Wardlaw, meanwhile, accounted for Usman Ghani, Mohammed Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari and Gulbadin Naib. Ghani top scored for Afghanistan with a 33-ball 25 while eight Afghanistan batsmen failed to reach double digits.
Afghanistan was in control for much of the first half of the game. Aftab Alam got them off to a positive start, picking up the wickets of Kyle Coetzer and Freddie Coleman inside the first ten overs. Calum MacLeod, who had failed to open his account in the previous two games, failed to get going again and was out caught behind by Naib.
With the scorecard reading 25 for 3, Scotland was in dire need of a partnership. Instead, they slipped to 108 for 6 by the end of 33rd over. A 99-run stand between Richie Berrington and Josh Davey steadied the rocking ship, taking the score past the 200-run mark to give the team some hope. Berrington scored 62 off 84 balls while Davey took the aggressive approach and made an unbeaten 53 off 48 balls to complete his second ODI half-century.
Alam ended with 3 for 48 while Shenwari chipped in with 2 for 24.
Afghanistan now take on Ireland on Saturday in the next game of the tri-series.
To see the full scorecard of the match between Afghanistan and Scotland in Abu Dhabi, please click here.