Afghanistan February 23, 2010

Afghanistan chase down 494 with Shahzad double

Afghanistan 264 and 494 for 4 (Shahzad 214*, Nabi 80, Mangal 70*) beat Canada 566 and 191 for 4 dec by six wickets Scorecard

Afghanistan 264 and 494 for 4 (Shahzad 214*, Nabi 80, Mangal 70*) beat Canada 566 and 191 for 4 dec by six wickets
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There is no challenge too daunting for Afghanistan at the moment. Riding the momentum that led their charge to qualification for the World Twenty20, Mohammmad Shahzad's unbeaten 214 helped them pull off a sensational chase of 494 to beat Canada by six wickets in the Intercontinental Cup at Sharjah.

They now top the table and can credibly lay claim to being one of the strongest Associate nations. That they would even be in a position to draw this match seemed unlikely after Canada racked up 566 batting first before rolling Afghanistan over for 264. However, needing to bat out the day to survive, 18-year-old Shahzad shared two century stands, first with captain Nowroz Mangal and then Mohammad Nabi, that set up and all-but sealed the victory which came with 2.2 to spare.

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Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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