Associates T20 Series February 4, 2010

All-round Afghanistan clinch humdinger

Afghanistan 143 for 5 (Sadiq 42, Nabi 23, Baidwan 3-23) beat Canada 140 for 6 (Bagai 56) by five wickets

Afghanistan 143 for 5 (Sadiq 42, Nabi 23, Baidwan 3-23) beat Canada 140 for 6 (Bagai 56) by five wickets

It was another team effort from Afghanistan as they picked up their first win of the tournament, beating Canada by five wickets. It was still anybody's game when Afghanistan needed 36 off the final four overs, before Mohammad Nabi's cameo at No. 6 took them to the brink of victory, and a cool Samiullah Shenwari finished the job with a ball to spare.

Choosing to bat, Canada were propped up by a third-wicket stand of 63 between Abdool Samad and wicketkeeper-captain Ashish Bagai. Bagai went on to score 53 off 42 balls, hitting seven fours, as Canada finished on a disappointing total, given the recent high scores at the SSC.

Openers Karim Sadiq and Noor Ali, making his debut, ensured Afghanistan made a bright start, putting on 66 by the 10th over. But Canada fought back to take three wickets in three overs to reduce to Afghanistan to 105 for 4 in the 16th over. But three fours in Nabi's 12-ball 23 tilted the balance and it was left to captain Nowroz Mangal and Shenwari to see them home in a tight finish.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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  • testli5504537 on February 6, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    very good i hope as they win from canada they will win qulify for T20 cup

  • testli5504537 on February 4, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Yes , this was a big victory over canada in such country like afghanistan whether there are no grounds to play on ,but still our heros are playing for our country . I just proud of them i wish allah to be a best team in the world . Thanks .

  • testli5504537 on February 4, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    great Afghan Lions, I hope you do a great job in qualifier rounds. bakhair you will be in final and will qualify for the world cup

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