Nabi helps Afghanistan chase down revised target after Papua New Guinea’s 167/6
Batting first, PNG put up a good total of 167 for 6, but Afghanistan’s chase was delayed by rain. On resumption it faced a target of 69 in seven overs, and a captain’s knock of 36 not out off 22 balls by Mohammad Nabi took the side home.
Electing to bat first, PNG got off to a fantastic start, putting on 76 for the opening wicket. Once Asad Vala (28) was dismissed in the eleventh over, Tony Ura added a further 46 runs with Kila Pala (20) before being caught off Dawlat Zadran. Ura was dismissed for 56 off 49 balls, having hit five boundaries and two sixes.
Following the dismissal of Pala off the very next ball, Geraint Jones played a cameo towards the end, scoring 24 off 9 balls, with the help of five boundaries, to take PNG to a healthy total at the end of 20 overs.
Samiullah Shenwari impressed with his legbreaks, finishing with figures of 3 for 23 off his four overs, while Zadran picked up 2 for 35 off his quota.
Afghanistan lost Nawroz Mangal off the fourth ball of the innings when it started its innings. Mohammad Shahzad, the wicketkeeper, and Nabi steadied the innings with a 44-run stand. However, with 19 runs needed, Afghanistan lost three quick wickets and slipped to 68 for 4, but Nabi was still there, and he completed a dramatic chase with a win off the last ball. This was Afghanistan’s second win in the tournament.
Afghanistan faces Bermuda on November 20.