Scotland gets stunned by Afghanistan

World Cup- 2015 1 56
It was match no. 17 of the #CWC15 and Afghanistan won a close encounter against Scotland by 1 wicket.

Scotland started off poorly, losing MacLeod for a duck. Coetzer and Gardiner then put up a small partnership, before Gardiner was trapped in front by Hassan. Coetzer, who was looking in great touch, got a gaffer that knocked his off stump over and Scotland were 40/3 at that stage.

Captain Mommsen then joined Machan at the crease and both of them steadied the innings for some time, before Machan had a brain fade and was out bowled, ending the 4th wicket partnership of 53. Mommsen also edged one soon after and half the Scottish side was back in the hut before the team had crossed 100.

The lower-order of Berrington, Haq and Evans made useful contributions. In fact, Haq and Evans put on a 62-run record 9th wicket stand for Scotland, to propel the score past 200. It is also the first time that they have registered a 200-plus score in World Cups.

For Afghanistan, every bowler chipped away with a wicket, but Dawlat Zadran was the pick of the bowlers. In his 10 overs, he picked up 3 wickets and went for only 29 runs. Shapoor Zadran picked up 4 wickets and was very economical.

Shenwari bats well to take Afghanistan to their maiden victory in #CWC15

Shenwari bats well to take Afghanistan to their maiden victory in #CWC15.

Ahmadi got Afghanistan to a flier. He played some delightful strokes, even though Mangal and Stanikzai fell cheaply, he carried on and added 39 runs with Shenwari. However, he threw it away just after reaching his 5th ODI fifty. That wicket open the floodgates for the Scottish bowlers.

Nabi was given out LBW, he reviewed it and Hawk-Eye showed it to be just clipping the leg-stump. Zazai, Najibullah and Naib played some poor strokes and threw their wickets away. Shenwari kept battling at the other end, stitched another crucial partnership with Dawlat Zadran, who went for the glory shot just before the batting powerplay and got out.

Hassan hung in there and Shenwari did all the scoring by farming most the strike. The latter choose which bowler to attack and which bowler to defend, he deserved a hundred but fell four runs short. Shapoor and Hassan held their nerve to finish the game off. The former hit a couple of crucial blows which also included the winning runs.

 

Final scoreboard.

Scotland 210 for 10 in 50 overs.

Afganistan 211 for 9 in 49.3 overs.

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