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Afghanistan in command after Shahzad century

Opener smacks 139 as team builds huge lead; Namibia slumps to 19 for 2 in second innings by end of Day 2, trailing by 143

Afghanistan in command after Shahzad century - Cricket News
Shahzad, overnight on 74, powered to 139 as Afghanistan put up 334.
Mohammad Shahzad’s fourth first-class century strengthened Afghanistan’s advantage on the second day of their International Cricket Council Intercontinental Cup match against Namibia, with the side ending play on Monday (April 11) leading by 143 runs after Namibia had reached 19 for 2 in ten overs in its second innings.
Shahzad, overnight on 74, powered to 139 as Afghanistan put up 334 in 118.5 overs in Greater Noida, for a first-innings lead of 162 after Mohammad Nabi had led the bowlers to shoot Namibia out for 172 on Sunday.
By the close of play on Day 2, Namibia had lost Stephan Baard, the captain, and Zane Green, both lbw to Nabi, as Afghanistan took complete control of the match.
Afghanistan began the day on 126 for 1, and Namibia had to wait for a while before getting a first breakthrough. Gerrie Snyman’s right-arm medium pace broke an 87-run stand, having Asghar Stanikzai, the Afghanistan captain, caught by JJ Smit at deep mid-wicket for 37.
Stanikzai’s scalp seemed to infuse new purpose in Namibia’s bowling and Afghanistan slipped from 166 for 1 before the captain fell to 258 for 7. Staunch lower-order resistance by Afsar Zazai, the wicketkeeper who made 49 not out batting at No. 8, pushed the total beyond 300.
Earlier, Rahmat Shah fell cheaply, and while Nabi took part in a rebuilding stand of 39 alongside Shahzad, the centurion was snapped up by Snyman, gloving a sweep to Gerhard Erasmus at leg slip as Afghanistan was four down for 225.
Hashmatullah Shahidi and Samiullah Shenwari too couldn’t contribute much and with Nabi castled by Tangeni Lungamen, Afghanistan was in danger of letting slip the advantage it had built through its bowlers.
However, Zazai found an able ally in Dawlat Zadran, who contributed 28 in a 63-run stand for the eighth wicket. Snyman and Zhivago Groenwald combined to take the last three wickets, but by then Afghanistan already had what looked like a winning lead. Snyman’s 4 for 78 in 36 overs were the best figures for Namibia, while Groenwald did his part with 3 for 84.
Namibia needed a good batting display in its second essay, but Nabi continued from where he left off in the first innings – that had netted him 5 for 25 – to take two quick wickets while bowling five overs for just four runs to stymie the visiting side.
At stumps, Pikky Ya France, Baard’s opening partner, was batting on 7 with Erasmus on 3.
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