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Stanikzai, Shaidi centuries put Afghanistan ahead

Chasing 390 for its second win, PNG ends penultimate day of Intercontinental Cup match at 110 for 4

Stanikzai, Shaidi centuries put Afghanistan ahead - Cricket News
Asghar Stanikzai was caught behind to give Dai his second wicket, he had made 127 – his second century at this level.
A strong batting display by Afghanistan helped the side wrest control on the third day of the team’s Intercontinental Cup match against Papua New Guinea at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday (November 23).
 
Resuming its second innings on 284 for 3, Afghanistan added 256 runs in 94.2 overs before being bowled out for 540. At stumps, PNG, chasing 390 for a win, was 110 for 4, with Assad Vala and Mahuru Dai unbeaten on 32 and 27 respectively.
 
The day started with Hashmatullah Shaidi adding eight runs to his score to make his maiden first-class century. The overnight pair of Shaidi and Asghar Stanikzai ended up putting on 178 runs – equalling the country’s best fourth-wicket stand in first-class cricket, which had first come against Canada in 2013-14.
 
Shaidi fell in the 90th over for 112 when Dai had him caught by Vani Morea off a leading edge. Soon after that, Samiullah Shenwari was dismissed without scoring, but Stanikzai continued to build through a sixth-wicket stand of 46 runs with Gulbadin Naib.
 
By the time Stanikzai was caught behind to give Dai his second wicket, he had made 127 – his second century at this level. With Mohammad Shahzad having made 116 on Sunday, it was the first instance of three Afghanistan batsmen making centuries in a first-class innings.
 
Naib and Mirwais Ashraf made 75 and 54 respectively, and put on 77 runs for the seventh wicket. Quick runs towards the end propelled Afghanistan past the 500-run mark.
 
Starting its chase, PNG lost four quick wickets, with Yamin Ahmadzai accounting for three. At 54 for 4, Vala and Dai got together to resurrect the innings.
 
They had added 56 runs in 20 overs when play ended, leaving PNG with another 280 runs to record its second win of the competition.

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