Afghanistan v Canada, Associates T20 Series, Colombo

All-round Afghanistan clinch humdinger

Cricinfo staff

February 4, 2010

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Karim Sadiq improvises during his innings, Afghanistan v Canada, Associate T20 Series, Colombo, February 4, 2010
Karim Sadiq top-scored for Afghanistan before Mohammad Nabi's cameo innings sealed the game © International Cricket Council
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Afghanistan 143 for 5 (Sadiq 42, Nabi 23, Baidwan 3-23) beat Canada 140 for 6 (Bagai 56) by five wickets

It was another team effort from Afghanistan as they picked up their first win of the tournament, beating Canada by five wickets. It was still anybody's game when Afghanistan needed 36 off the final four overs, before Mohammad Nabi's cameo at No. 6 took them to the brink of victory, and a cool Samiullah Shenwari finished the job with a ball to spare.

Choosing to bat, Canada were propped up by a third-wicket stand of 63 between Abdool Samad and wicketkeeper-captain Ashish Bagai. Bagai went on to score 53 off 42 balls, hitting seven fours, as Canada finished on a disappointing total, given the recent high scores at the SSC.

Openers Karim Sadiq and Noor Ali, making his debut, ensured Afghanistan made a bright start, putting on 66 by the 10th over. But Canada fought back to take three wickets in three overs to reduce to Afghanistan to 105 for 4 in the 16th over. But three fours in Nabi's 12-ball 23 tilted the balance and it was left to captain Nowroz Mangal and Shenwari to see them home in a tight finish.

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Posted by Khushal_Azami on (February 4, 2010, 17:58 GMT)

I am very happy about the outstanding rise of the Afghan team. This gives hopes to those nations which have been failing for many years in cricket arena.wish to see them in twenty20 world cup. Afghanistan vs Australia. Wow what a match would be that.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2010, 13:37 GMT)

Afghanistan is very new to cricket, but looking to their achievment it looks as if they have been playing cricket for decades. looking forward to ICC T20 qualifications. Hopefully Afghanistan qualifies for T20 WC.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2010, 11:53 GMT)

D.V.C. I think the author said that this is Afghanistan's 2nd win of the tournament because they won their practise match against Sri Lanka A.

Posted by D.V.C. on (February 4, 2010, 11:18 GMT)

The article says this is Afghanstan's 2nd win of the tournament, yet the tournament points table shows that they have only 1 win. Can someone explain this to me?

Posted by   on (February 4, 2010, 11:05 GMT)

looking for Afghans matches in d 20 20 qualifiers in UAE.. wher can i catch those matches from UAE live on which TV channel in India???

Posted by   on (February 4, 2010, 10:30 GMT)

go afghanistan...go.,.so others who u r :D

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