Afghanistan v Kenya, 1st T20I, Sharjah September 30, 2013

Hassan, Shenwari star in big Afghanistan win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan 162 (Stanikzai 43, Ngoche 2-29) beat Kenya 56 (Hassan 3-4, Ashraf 2-6) by 106 runs Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kenya were dismissed for the lowest total in T20 internationals - 56 - as they crashed to a 106-run defeat against Afghanistan in the first game in Sharjah. Kenya's new low - worse than their 67 against Ireland in 2008 - was due to an incisive spell from fast bowler Hamid Hassan, who dismissed Morris Ouma, Collins Obuya and Irfan Karim to leave them rattled at 7 for 4.

Kenya, chasing 163, never recovered and continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. They managed just five boundaries throughout the innings, and with the exception of Rakep Patel and Nelson Odhiambo, none of the other batsmen made double-digit scores, as Afghanistan bowled them out in 18.4 overs. Pacer Mirwais Ashraf and legspinner Samiullah Shenwari picked up two scalps each.

Afghanistan, after choosing to bat, had put up 162 in 20 overs after Asghar Stanikzai had made a 34-ball 43. Stanikzai hit three fours and two sixes, and added 43 for the fourth wicket with Mohammad Nabi, to build on the good start from opener Mohammad Shahzad, who had smashed 36 off just 19 with four fours and three sixes.

Stanikzai was eventually stumped by Ouma off left-arm spinner Hiren Varaiya in the 17th over, but Shenwari, coming in at No.6, hit two fours and four sixes to add a late flourish to the innings.

The win gave Afghanistan an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match series. The second T20 will be played in the same venue on October 11th.

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  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Amazing cricket by Afghan! For sure this team will be considered a new threat to top 8 cricket nations very soon!

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    well done guys we are really proud of you, may ALLAH give you guys more and more success in sha ALLAH, our prayers are always with you all :D

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 18:34 GMT

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  • Android on October 1, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Afghanistan is flying all the time. watch out kenya keep yourself safe from the mountains lions. good luck Afghanistan

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Wish you good luck for ODIs against Kenya.

  • Steve on October 1, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    While it is great to see Afghanistan making steady progress towards elite status, it is disheartening to see Kenya who made 2003 WC semi-finals no less, going down hill big time last few years. This is where ICC should step in and ensure the standards are maintained in associate countries once they allowed international status (ODIs and T20s). It's not just money, but providing performance coaches, mandating tours to play in domestic tournaments in test playing nations, etc.

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    It's nice to see a Cricket team improving in such a pace surprising everyone. Their performances have been pretty impressive over the years since they formed the team.

  • Android on October 1, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    superb bowling by Hassan and fantastic batting at the end by shinwari it was gd performance by Afg hope Afg can win both ODI and qaulify to the world of luck team Afg

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Well done boys,especially Hamid Hassan. They way Hassan bowels, he remind me of Wasim Akram from Pakistan. Keep the fantastic performance boys, and our prayers are with you.