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Bowlers help Scotland bounce back

Afghanistan ends day three on 96 for 8 in reply to Scotland’s tally of 233

Bowlers help Scotland bounce back - Cricket News
Scotland's bowlers reduced Afghanistan to 96 for 8 at stumps on the third day.
Afghanistan would have returned to the dressing room a happy side after Scotland was able to add only six runs to its overnight score before losing two wickets and being bowled out for 233 after a delayed start. But Scotland bounced back quickly to gain the upper hand by reducing Afghanistan to 96 for 8 at stumps on the third day of the ICC Intercontinental Cup at the New Williamfield No. 1 Oval in Stirling on Thursday (June 4).
Due to another spell of rain, the teams were forced to break for an early lunch. However, it took Afghanistan only six overs after the resumption of play to bowl Scotland, overnight 227 for 8, out.
Scotland lost Alasdair Evans in the day’s fourth over when he was cleaned up by Rahmat Shah. An over later, Matt Cross departed for 30 to end the Scottish innings. Rahmat Shah and Samiullah Shenwari played the lead roles for Afghanistan, picking up three wickets apiece.

Scotland, however, came out all guns blazing with the ball to take the attack right back to Afghanistan. Evans, who opened the bowling, struck with the second ball of the innings, trapping Javed Ahmadi in front. He created another chance off the next ball, but Mohammad Shahzad was granted a reprieve when a tough chance was grassed at fourth slip.  
Shahzad couldn’t make the most of the opportunity as he was bowled by Safyaan Sharif two overs later for 7. Evans struck in the next over to penetrate Nawroz Mangal’s defence and rattle the stumps, leaving Afghanistan struggling at 9 for 3.
Asghar Stanikzai and Shah then patiently began the rebuilding and put on 31 before Stanikzai was hit on the toe off a thick inside edge off Gavin Main. He hobbled around in pain before falling to the ground. After receiving treatment, he was dismissed off the next delivery, hitting one straight to mid-off for 26.  
Shenwari then ended up being witness to wickets tumbling regularly at the other end with Afghanistan losing 4 for 23. Con de Lange was on a hat-trick after dismissing Mirwais Ashraf and Yamin Ahmadzai in successive balls. Shenwari remained unbeaten on 29 on a day that saw ten wickets fall.
Scotland has six points up for grabs if it gets the first-innings lead, but with rain expected on the final day, it remains to be seen if it gets the time to polish off the Afghanistan innings. 

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