Noori, Nabi star in close Afghanistan win
Afghanistan 213 for 8 (Noori 94, Patel 4-28) beat Canada 230 (Patel 62, Nabi 4-31) by two wickets (D/L method)
Afghanistan began their Intercontinental Cup One-Day campaign with a close win over Canada in a shortened game at King City. This result followed their commanding nine-wicket win over the same opposition in the four-day format of the tournament on August 5.
Afghanistan chose to bowl, but it was Canada who started strongly after their openers Ruvindu Gunasekara and Hiral Patel put on 75 within the first 10 overs. Gunasekara was severe on fast bowler Hamid Hassan, who went for 28 runs in his first three overs. Mohammad Nabi, however, struck to dismiss Gunasekara (57) in the 10th over. Patel held firm at the other end, though, and his 57-run fourth-wicket partnership with Rizwan Cheema carried the hosts to 181 for 3 before debutant Dawlat Zadran dismissed them in quick succession. The remaining batsmen failed to get going as Canada slumped from 188 for 5 to 230 all out. Nabi was the only Afghanistan bowler to concede less than four runs an over, taking 4 for 31.
Afghanistan's chase started poorly as they lost two wickets within the first three overs. Opener Shabri Noori steadied the innings with a 62-run partnership with captain Nawroz Mangal for the third wicket before rain interrupted play at the end of the 22nd over. At that stage Afghanistan, on 93 for 3, were ahead of the chase by five runs according to the D-L method.
When play resumed, Afghanistan's target was revised to 213 in 43 overs. They kept pace with the asking-rate, courtesy a 114-run stand between Noor and Nabi for the fourth wicket. Nabi was dismissed in the 34th over for 58 and Noori followed soon after for 94. Afghanistan suffered a hiccup in the 40th over, stumbling to 207 for 8, with Patel picking up three wickets. However Samiullah Shenwari, batting at No. 8, held his nerve to carry his team home.