Afghanistan v Scotland, 1st Twenty20, Sharjah March 3, 2013

Shahzad, bowlers lead Afghanistan to win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan 132 for 7 (Shahzad 55, Machan 3-23) beat Scotland 105 for 6 (Machan 42*, Nabi 2-12) by 27 runs
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Afghanistan began their series against Scotland with a comfortable win in the first of two Twenty20 internationals in Sharjah. Mohammad Shahzad hit a fifty to lead Afghanistan to 132 and their bowlers tied Scotland down in the chase.

Afghanistan were in trouble at 5 for 2 after new captain Mohammad Nabi chose to bat. The man he replaced, Nawroz Mangal, departed fourth ball of the game to one of the four debutants for Scotland, Iain Wardlaw, while Karim Sadiq was dismissed by another debutant Neil Carter in the second over.

Afghanistan could have been bogged down just as Scotland were later, but Shahzad made sure that did not happen. He put on 79 with Asghar Stanikzai at over a run a ball. Shahzad hit seven boundaries during his 55 off 46 deliveries while Stanikzai provided valuable support with his 30 off 37. Yet another Scotland debutant, Matt Machan, restricted Afghanistan with a haul of 3 for 23, which included the wicket of Shahzad.

Scotland began their chase poorly, with Calum MacLeod being caught short of his crease by Afghanistan's lone debutant Hamza Hotak in the first over. Carter fell to Sadiq's second delivery in the third and Scotland could never get going. Machan's unbeaten 42 off 38 was the sole innings of note for his side. Kyle Coetzer and Preston Mommsen got slow starts, but that only served to increase the asking-rate, with Scotland falling short by 27 runs when the overs ran out.

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  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    verey nice keep going I like it i hoop next game we have the same result

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Congratulations Team Afghanistan!!!!Mubarak mo sha

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Good Performance, Always bowling spell is good, but batting so poor.

    Only there batsman who alive the team, Shehzad, Nabi and Stanik Zai.

    Best of luck for main matches One dyers.

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    the batting was poor by Afghan batsman specially nowroz mangal who is out of form and needs to be replaced . but the bowling was good. hope they can perform better in one day against Scotland on 6th of march.

  • Azooz on March 4, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Not a good display by Afghan,could have done better in Batting, Bowling was superb. Hope we see a better batting tonight.

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    first nice performance by all the team and congrats to all of them. secondly we would like to say that we want more consetration from karim sadiq and naoroz mangle they are our key player so i hope that they will not mind . our prayers are with all afghan team

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Nice going Aghan brothers!

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