Afghanistan XI v MCC, Mumbai

Gatting falls for a duck against Afghanistan

Cricinfo staff

March 23, 2006

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Afghanistan 356 for 7 (Nabi 116) beat MCC 185 by 171 runs

Mumbai was the setting for some memorable scenes on Wednesday and there was another notable occasion today. Hafti Gulabid, a fast bowler from Jalalabad, claimed the prize wicket of Mike Gatting for a duck as an Afghanistan side won their first ever match against MCC at Mumbai.

Gulabid, 22, induced an edge from Gatting's bat, and his brother Karim Khan Sadiq, 20, took the catch behind the stumps. "I am so happy, he's a senior player." said Gulabid. "I'm 22 - and he has probably been playing for longer than that."

Gatting was philosophical about his dismissal. "I got a decent ball," he said. "This isn't a game you just go out and play. If you don't have practice you don't do as well as you should."

The Afghanistan side posted a formidable 356-7 from their 40 overs against a team predominantly made up of minor counties cricketers from England. Mohammed Nabi top scored with 116. In reply, the MCC were all out for 185.

The match was played at a club ground in Mumbai as part of MCC's mission to popularise the game. Most of the Afghan team learned their cricket in Pakistan in refugee camps after fleeing the invasion by the then Soviet Union in the early 1980s before returning to organise tournaments at home.

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