The Afghanistan national cricket team secured their first victory in ICC World Twenty20 match by defeating Scotland by 14 runs, in a challenging opening match as the Afghan bowlers struggled to restrict the aggressive Scottish batsmen.
Afghanistan set a target of 171 runs after winning the toss and electing to bat first with Mohammad Shahzad scoring 61 runs from 39 balls.
Despite losing Noor Ali Zadran in the early overs of the match, it was Asghar Stanikzai who helped the Afghan team to build a satisfactory target.
Stanikzai remained not out after scoring 55 runs from 50 balls and by hitting 2 Four and 1 Sixes.
Gulbadin Naib scored 12 runs, Noor Ali Zadran 17 runs, Mohammad Nabi 1 run, Shafiqullah 14 runs, and Dawlat Zadran remained not out after scoring 3 runs.
The scottish batsmen appeared strong and continued to chase the given target aggressively, losing their opening batsman, KJ Coetzer at the end of 8th over where Scotland had already scored 84 runs.
However, Scotland could not maintain the momentum and lost its second wicket shortly after Coetzer, during the first ball of the 9th over.
The Afghan bowlers finally managed to restrict the Scotland batsmen to chase the given target who could only score 156 runs by losing 5 wickets.
On the bowling side, Rashid Khan took 2 wickets by bowling 4 overs and giving 28 runs, Mohammad Nabi took 1 wicket by bowling 4 overs, and Samiullah Shenwari 1 wicket in 4 overs.
The bowlers, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, and Gulbadin Naib could not take any wicket.-KP