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Shahzad, Nabi lead Afghanistan to big win

Rain-hit match goes visitor's way as Scotland collapses for 132 while chasing a D/L-revised target of 211

Shahzad, Nabi lead Afghanistan to big win - Cricket News
Afghanistan, which opted to bat in overcast conditions, managed to reach 178 for 6 in 37.2 overs before rain stopped proceedings, and Scotland's target was revised to 211 in 36 overs, but it was bowled out for 132 in just 27.1 overs.
Mohammad Shahzad took charge straightaway during Afghanistan's innings, contributing 23 in a 31-run opening stand with Noor Ali Zadran. Though Safyaan Sharif was disciplined and kept even Shahzad quiet, the dasher didn't hold back against the other bowlers, taking a special liking to Ruaidhri Smith, whose medium pace he smacked for two sixes. 
Javed Ahmadi (16 in 33 balls) and Rahmat Shah (26 in 31 balls) provided support acts, but it was Shahzad who was the star, with full-blooded shots mixed with some good running between the wickets. That he was denied a century was partly due to his over-exuberance, when he looked to pull Smith, but ended up edging to Matthew Cross, the wicketkeeper. His 91-ball 84 was studded with eight fours and those two sixes off Smith.
From 143 for 4 at that stage, Afghanistan slipped to 171 for 6 as Scotland clawed back with the wickets of Asghar Stanikzai and Najibullah Zadran. Rain came down soon after that, keeping the action on hold, but wasn’t enough to stop play altogether.

When play resumed, Scotland lost wickets in a heap at the start, with Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan all picking up a wicket each to reduce them to 86 for 4 by the 13th over despite Craig Wallace’s 15-ball 33 at the top.

Con de Lange and Richie Berrington tried to consolidate in the middle, but Nabi struck once again in the 18th over, removing Berrington for 19 in 38 balls.

The Afghanistan bowlers continued to dominate, crippling the Scotland batting unit by picking up wickets, and eventually bundling it out well short.

Nabi ended with 3 for 26 – the best by any bowler on the day, while Dawlat, Shapoor and Rashid Khan picked up two wickets apiece.