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Shenwari stars in Afghanistan win in ICC World T20 2016 warm-up

Oman defeats Scotland by 16 runs in practice game in Mohali

05 March 2016 00:26 By Wisden India Staff

Afghanistan started its preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 2016 with a 16-run win against the Netherlands in a practice game on Friday (March 4) in Mohali.

Opting to bat first, Afghanistan got off to a flier, with Asghar Stanikzai (25), the captain, and Noor Ali Zadran (18) putting on 45 in five overs.

The Netherlands managed to claw its way back in the middle overs as Afghanistan slid from 50 for 2 to 84 for 5, but Samiullah Shenwari held the innings together with 42 off 39 balls. Alongside Shenwari, Shafiqullah hit a breezy 13-ball 24 to lift Afghanistan to 152 for 9.

The Netherlands faltered in the beginning of its innings as it lost Stephan Myburgh, the opener, early. Wesley Barresi (27) and Ben Cooper (14) then did their best to keep the side afloat, but young Rashid Khan struck and two quick wickets put the Netherlands on the back foot again.

Requiring 55 off 18 deliveries, both Roelf van der Merwe and Tom Cooper tried to bring the Netherlands closer to the target but fell short. Cooper remained unbeaten on 50 off 37 deliveries.

In the other warm-up match in Mohali, Oman left Scotland in a daze as it recorded a 14-run victory after piling up 161 for 6.

Scotland's chase never quite took off as it was reduced to 14 for 4 in a mere 3.2 overs. Preston Mommsen, the captain, and Richie Berrington put on 57 runs for the fifth wicket but, try as they might, they couldn't keep up pace with the required run rate.

George Munsey too gave it a shot, and though his 30-ball 48 was a valiant effort, Oman wasn't to be denied.

Earlier, after being put in, Oman got off to a perfect start with the opening pair of Zeeshan Maqsood (58) and Khawar Ali (29) putting together a partnership of 72 in 9.2 overs. The middle order nearly threatened to undo the good work as wickets tumbled, but Adnan Ilyas (26) helped Oman reach an impressive total.

Click here to view the scorecard for Netherlands v Afghanistan.

Click here to view the scorecard for Scotland v Oman.