05 February 2016
Karim Janat stars in big win for Afghanistan
Side posts 340 for 9 before Rashid, Masood take three wickets each to dismiss Fiji for 114
Afghanistan beat Fiji by 226 runs.
Put in, Afghanistan amassed a mammoth 340 for 9, with Karim Janat scoring a 132-ball 156. In response, Fiji's lower and middle order displayed commendable fight. From 18 for 5, they reached 114 in 31.2 overs at the Sheik Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazar on Friday (February 5).
Fiji began well: Karim had added 40 runs for the opening wicket with Ihsanullah Janat (7) when Peni Vuniwaqa, the medium pacer, struck. Vuniwaqa scalped Tariq Stanikzai for nought later in the same over, before in his next, he had Rashid Khan (6) dismissed. Afghanistan were reduced to 47 for 3.
However, that was the last bit of cheer for Fiji. Perwez Malakzai joined Karim in the middle, and the two put on a 130-run stand for the fourth wicket that had Fiji chasing leather. They scored at over six an over, and by the time Cakacaka Tikoisuva, the medium pacer, had Malakzai walking back for a 69-ball 74, Afghanistan already had 177 on the board.
All of Waheedullah Shafaq (29), Ikram Faizi (11), Shamsurrahman (11), Muslim Musa (16 not out) and Nijat Masood (14) were involved in brief partnerships, contributing in Afghanistan’s hefty total.
Fiji, who is making its tournament debut, lost Delaimatuku Maraiwai without a run on board; T Veitacini followed suit two overs later after scoring seven. Saimoni Tuitoga and Vuniwaqa both scored five each before falling to Nijat Masood, the medium pacer, and when Samuel Saunokonoko became Musa’s second wicket, Fiji was five down for just 18.
Resistance came through Malakai Cokovaki, who took charge and put away four fours and a six, with Tikoisuva dead batting at the other end. The two associated for a ball short of ten overs, putting on a fine 50 for the sixth wicket; the stand was ended when Rashid was introduced and he had Tikoisuva dismissed for a 38-ball 18.
In the next over, Cokovaki was deceived by Zakir Khan, the chinaman bowler, the batsman falling for a 28-ball 25. Josaia Baleicikoibia then hung around to add 29 in 40 balls, but for all their effort, Rashid ran through the tail to end the innings.
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