Afghanistan v Scotland, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Abu Dhabi, 1st day March 12, 2013

Afghanistan take lead after bowlers dominate

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Afghanistan 150 for 4 lead Scotland 125 (Taylor 48*, Dawlatzai 6-57) by 25 runs

Izatullah Dawlatzai took career-best figures of 6 for 57 to dismiss Scotland for a paltry 125 in the Intercontinental Cup in Abu Dhabi. After Afghanistan chose to field, Mirwais Ashraf dismissed both the openers in his first five overs and Dawlatzai ran through the Scotland batsmen after that, starting with a double-strike in the 15th over. Ashraf struck again after that when he trapped Calum McLeaod lbw for a duck in the very next over.

Dawlatzai took two wickets in his next two overs, with wickets of David Murphy for a duck and Matt Machan for eight, leaving Scotland at 44 for 7. However, No. 8 Robert Taylor struck an unbeaten 54-ball 48 to take them past 100. He forged a 57-run stand for the last wicket with Safyaan Sharif to post 125.

Afghanistan got off to a cautious start with a 39-run opening stand but lost Nawroz Mangal in the 18th over. Shabir Noori (33) and Asghar Stanikzai (41) put on 48 for the second wicket but Noori fell to Majid Haq. They lost two quick wickets just after the 100-run mark, including that of Stanikzai, and finished the day 25 ahead of Scotland.

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  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Afganistan is a real team who deserves to play in ODIs. In 2011 they had the best win% in the year on ODIs. They were 100%.2Played 2Wins.

  • Shifaullah on March 13, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    wonderful Afghanistan tigers, we pray that Almighty Allah give us more success, as this match is not our ultimate goal, we have to deal with struggles coming up in the world cups and dominate Afghanistan over any nation of the world in the area of Cricket as well as other areas too. Special efforts from our new captain M. Nabi Esakhail, well done Afghan Man

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Afghanistan is one of the strongest side, they deserve to be in world 50 overs, and also in World T20, and ICC must give them matches with the 10 top teams like australia, india, England and etc, but for now i think if Afghanistan get a series of ODI, T20 with Bangladesh so that will be perfect and m sure that Afghanistan will impress them...

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    it was good performance for afghanistan they played very well and afghanistan will win the test series by very bravly and if afghanistan played today and tomarrow and then decleare it will good for our team afghanistan

  • Haji on March 13, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    Job well done for the 1st day Afghanistan. Now, build a lead and put pressure in the second innings.....WELL DONE AFGHANISTAN

  • Azooz on March 13, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Everything is going in Afgh favor. They have to bat the whole day today to build a decent lead for Scotland to get them out before finishing. A chance of an inning defeat. C'mon men in blue.

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    good bowling from Afghanistan Izat bowled really well..hope they give big target to Scotland now.

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