Centuries from Mohammad Shahzad, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Asghar Stanikzai, and four-wicket hauls from Yamin Ahmadzai and Zahir Khan thwart Papua New Guinea
Afghanistan wrapped up a convincing 201-run win over Papua New Guinea on the fourth and final day of their Intercontinental Cup clash at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday (November 24).
PNG was set a target of 390 in the final innings and resumed on 110 for 4 before four-wicket hauls from Yamin Ahmadzai and Zahir Khan shot it down for just 188 in 61.5 overs. This is Afghanistan’s first win in the tournament and it now moves up to third place in the points table below Ireland and the Netherlands.
PNG chased down 305 in its maiden Intercontinental Cup clash against the Netherlands and took the field hoping to better its previous outing.
However, Mahuru Dai, who scored his maiden first-class ton in the first innings, fell soon after play started on Tuesdaywhen Sharafuddin Ashraf bowled him for a 75-ball 32.
Five balls later, Jack Vare was trapped lbw by Ahmadzai before he could open his account, leaving Assad Vala, the other overnight batsman, to wage a lone battle.
PNG failed to recover from the twin blows and though Vala battled hard for his 151-ball 81, after starting the day on 32, the team fell well short of the target.
On the third day, centuries from Hashmatullah Shahidi (112) and Asghar Stanikzai (127) helped Afghanistan post 540 in its second innings. Considering that it folded for just 140 in its first dig and then conceded a 151-run lead, this was a remarkable comeback that started with an aggressive century from Mohammad Shahzad (116) before Shahidi and Stanikzai took over.
With the win, Afghanistan earned 14 crucial points, while PNG was awarded six points for its first-innings lead.To see the full scorecard of this game, please click here.