ICC Intercontinental Cup December 4, 2010

Afghanistan claim Intercontinental Cup title

Afghanistan's rise through the cricket world continued they secured the Intercontinental Cup in their first year of participation with a commanding seven-wicket victory against Scotland in Dubai

Afghanistan's rise through the cricket world continued they secured the Intercontinental Cup in their first year of participation with a commanding seven-wicket victory against Scotland in Dubai. Mohammad Shahzad guided the pursuit of 124 with an unbeaten 56 after Scotland had been skittled for 82.

Scotland were facing an uphill battle at the start of the third day when they resumed on 64 for 6 and the lower order couldn't turn around their fortunes. The innings last just a further eight overs with Mirwais Ashraf claiming three quick wickets and Hamid Hassan completed a match-haul of eight when he removed Richie Berrington.

Karim Sadiq fell early in the chase, but Scotland needed more than one breakthrough to give Afghanistan a scare. Shahzad and Shabir Noori (35) added a brisk 55 to ease any tension in the dressing room. When Noori was caught behind, Narwoz Mangal hit four boundaries to take Afghanistan to the brink of victory.

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Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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