Afghanistan v Scotland, 2nd T20I Sharjah

Shahzad, Hassan help Afghanistan make it 2-0

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 5, 2013

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Afghanistan 140 for 3 (Shahzad 46, Wardlaw 2-32) beat Scotland 139 for 7 (Machan 39, Hassan 4-22) by seven wickets
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Afghanistan wrapped up the Twenty20 series against Scotland 2-0 with another thumping win in Sharjah. Hamid Hassan picked up four wickets to restrict Scotland to 139, then Mohammad Shahzad produced another impactful innings to help the team achieve the target with 15 balls to spare.

Scotland chose to bat and lost opener Richie Berrington in the first over. They produced a better batting performance than the first match as Matt Machan and Calum McLeod steered the team to 74 for 2 in the 11th over. But once Machan was out to Samiullah Shenwari, regular wickets kept tumbling. Only Moneeb Iqbal's late runs helped them to 139, before Hassan collected two wickets off the last two balls.

Afghanistan started their chase at a frenetic pace with Karim Sadiq taking 15 runs off the second over. Sadiq put up a half-century stand with Nawroz Mangal, and once they were out, Shahzad continued his form from the previous match by scoring 46 off 25 balls. his innings included three boundaries and two sixes and though he was out in the 15th over, he had taken the team only 15 runs short of the win, which the other batsmen completed easily.

The two teams are now scheduled to play two ODIs in Sharjah followed by an ICC Intercontinental Cup match in Abu Dhabi.

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Posted by obaidulah on (March 5, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

well done guys love u you make us and our country pride wish u to win odi which is verz important for afghanistan

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Bravo...well done guys...I already see innovations from Nabi...stay blessed

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (March 5, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

Brilliant show by the heros once again Time to Close T20 page and focus on ODI's though it's important to win to get a berth in world Cup 2015. Ol da best team Afghanistan.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

Good but as we know Afghanistan Cricket team is good in T20s we need a good play in ODIs of 50s overs. the players need to stand and face the ball for a long time.

Posted by AemalAfghan on (March 5, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

Weldon AFG and congrats!

ICC has to pay attention to cricket in AFG and if the ICC provide more games to AFG they can play with each team in the world and providing more games for AFG will be the strengthening of cricket in the AFG and the world.

Wish best of luck and more success for AFG.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 5, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

Congrats Afg. They are far better than BD. If they play regularly, they can beat some of the major ODI teams too. All the best!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

Well done lads ! Wish u all the best for ODIs .

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

day day i am loving afgan cricket...bravo

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

outstanding performance guys proud of my team hope to keep the same form in next two ODI

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