February 23, 2010

Afghanistan

Afghanistan chase down 494 with Shahzad double

Sahil Dutta

Afghanistan 264 and 494 for 4 (Shahzad 215*, 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 215 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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Posted by Vikram Maingi on (March 20, 2010, 9:15 GMT)

When it comes to chasing a total in the fourth innings of a match, Afghanistan has a better temperament than many test-playing nations.

Posted by Maiwand Majboor on (February 24, 2010, 6:05 GMT)

I fully agree with Eng Haroon. I have been time and again making this point: The ICC is investing alot of money for the promotion of Cricket in the world. They are trying to inject Cricket in to the minds of people without much success. On the other hand, here is a country which is showing results of improvements with each single game, will top all the systems that the ICC has in place for affiliate and associate members yet have no funds. I do believe that now they need to show greater responsibality. At least on paper, we have one of the best grounds in the world as our home ground. They should help us put in place a strucutre for our first class cricket, and help us lay down a proper plan for the future. These boys are doing wonders now, but do we have the system to develop more players to continue the standards they are maintaining ? I am worried . The Asian countries should give us the opporutinity to play more with them, should invite players to play in thir domestic season.

Posted by Engr,Haroon(KUWAIT) on (February 23, 2010, 15:59 GMT)

congratulation once again to all wellwishers friends and afghans. I think it is the self determination,hard work and the full confidence of our heroes that enable them to accept any challenge and overcome the oponents easily.A team which was playing in division 5 two years back performing against the teams which are much experience and having much stronger past cricket history is admirable and no doubt if they are given chance against the big cricketing nations they can proof themselves very easily. I request the Indian friends to at least consider few of these talented young cricketers by giving them a chance of proofing themselves in IPL and iam sure that they will not disappoint their fans and the other concerns. I hope that the Assian cricketing big nations extend their full co-operation with afghanistan which iam sure it will not only make Assia stronger but also will develope cricket. well done afghnistan cricket team. you made us proud and we are proud of you.

Posted by ZD on (February 23, 2010, 14:43 GMT)

I am SOOOOO proud of my lovely country :) We are not big cricket nation, but we can make them upset I beleieve we can do, and our Great team can do that :) inshAllah :) Congrats once again and best of luck :)

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Sahil Dutta
Assistant editor Sahil Dutta grew up supporting England during the 90s. Despite this, he still enjoys the game. His unrequited passions for Graeme Hick and, in latter years, Vikram Solanki gave him a stoicism that guided him through an Economics degree and a stint working at the European Parliament. He maintains the purest love for Tests and the whims of legspin bowling and still harbours hope that he could be the answer to England's long search for a mystery spinner. As it is, his most exciting cricketing experience was planning a trip to Australia for the 2006-07 Ashes with two utterly indifferent friends. Unfortunately his lung collapsed shortly before his planned departure and the pair were left to wander around from Test to Test, unprepared and clueless. Any comparisons with England are far too obvious to make. That cancelled holiday inspired an Ashes blog which led, via some tea-making at the Wisden Cricketer, to the ESPNcricinfo towers.

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