Afghanistan February 10, 2010

Two wins out of two

Hamid Hassan

Hamid Hassan

Two wins out of two is the perfect start for us to the tournament and it was a very good performance with the ball against Scotland on Wednesday.

I was very worried whether we would manage a defendable score, but when we got to 130 I felt very confident. I told the coach during the innings break that I thought we had enough if we all bowled really well. My role in the team is to come on after about 10 overs and try and bowl quickly, which is something that I really enjoy, and it was nice to take wickets again today.

Our opening bowlers, Shapoor Zadran and Mirwais Ashraf were excellent – they only conceded eight runs in the first five overs, and really put a lot of pressure on Scotland and then our spin bowlers, Karim Sadiq and Mohammad Nabi, kept up the pressure.

There is a lot of attention ahead of our match against the USA tomorrow and it seems that everybody wants to talk to me about the game and what it will be like to play them. For us, it is just another cricket match and one more step towards qualifying for the World Twenty20.

I think that it is a great thing that cricket can bring people together and that players from Afghanistan and the USA can play each other in an international match. It also shows how global a game, cricket now is.

We are now travelling back to our hotel, which is about 20 minutes from the stadium in Dubai Sports City, and I will just rest and relax ahead of the game. I always like to go to bed early before a match so I will probably try and sleep at 8.30pm and get ready for another massive game on Thursday.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo