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Afghanistan dominates day two

Scotland reaches 227 for 8 at stumps after no play on opening day

Afghanistan dominates day two - Cricket News
After the first day of the four-day match between the sides was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain, Afghanistan tied Scotland down to 227 for 8 on the second day of the ICC Intercontinental Cup at the New Williamfield No. 1 Oval in Stirling on Wednesday (June 3).

After a delayed start due to a damp outfield, Yamin Ahmadzai struck in the sixth over to dismiss Andrew Umeed (7), who made his first-class debut for Scotland, before Hamish Gardiner and captain Peter Mommsen came together to provide some stability to the innings. 

Gardiner, however, fell four short of a half-century after he was trapped right in front by Mohammad Nabi. But it wasn't before the pair added 68 runs for the second wicket.

Freddie Coleman's wicket fell on the brink of tea after he swept a rank full toss straight to midwicket to shift the momentum as clouds began to gather. 

Mommsen then went on to bring up his half-century - his second in first-class cricket. He, along with Calum MacLeod, put up 67 brisk runs in 14.2 overs before Mommsen was trapped by Samiullah Shenwari for 77.

A well-set MacLeod, however, didn’t last too long as he departed for 38 two overs later as Shenwari picked up his second wicket, leaving Scotland in a spot of bother at 180 for 5. Richie Berrington took his time to settle down but couldn't make the most of his time at the crease.

With 16 balls left in the day, Con de Lange miscued a shot into the hands of mid-off and in the next over, Safyaan Sharif was trapped on the front foot, giving Shenwari his third wicket. Scotland’s hopes now rest on Matthew Cross – who was unbeaten on 27 at stumps – to at least take the side over the 250-run mark.

The Afghanistan spinners did most damage by getting rid of the set batsmen and the pacemen complemented them well in what was a good outing for the side. With rain expected tomorrow, Afghanistan will hope to wrap up the Scotland innings early tomorrow and make a solid start with the bat.

The winner of the on-going Intercontinental Cup gets a chance to play the tenth ranked side on the ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 31 December 2017) in the four-match ICC Test Challenge in 2018. If the Associate Member wins the series, to be played on a home and away basis, then it will become the 11th Test nation.

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