Nam v Afg, Intercontinental Cup, Windhoek, 2nd day August 5, 2013

Afghanistan build lead courtesy Stanikzai ton

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Afghanistan 345 for 8 (Stanikzai 127, Mangal 59, Scholtz 5-123) lead Namibia 190 (Baard 72, Nabi 6-33) by 155 runs
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Asghar Stanikzai scored an unbeaten century to put Afghanistan in command against Namibia at the end of the second day in Windhoek. Stanikzai, batting at No. 4, added crucial stands of 79 and 88 for the fifth and eighth wicket with Samiullah Shenwari and Dawlat Zadran respectively, to take the visitors to 345 for 8 at stumps.

Afghanistan, who began the day at 62 for 1, got off to a shaky start, losing three early wickets for just 31 runs. Opener Nawroz Mangal departed for a 100-ball 59, while Mirwais Ashraf and Rahmat Shah were dismissed in successive overs, to leave Afghanistan precariously placed at 93 for 4, trailing the hosts by 97 runs.

But Stanikzai steadied the innings with his knock of 127, turning the match in Afghanistan's favour. Stanikzai reached his hundred in 198 balls, and struck a total of eight fours and two sixes during the innings.

He was well supported by Shenwari, who made 32, and later by Zadran, who struck seven fours during his 96-ball 50, as Afghanistan pushed the lead to 155 with two more days of play left.

Left-arm spinner Bernard Scholtz picked up five wickets for Namibia, but had a relatively expensive day, conceding 123 runs in his 40 overs.

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  • Mir on August 6, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Congratulation to all afghan for wining first test match and hope for to win odi also

  • ahmad on August 6, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Well played youngster!! That was what they needed and thats what the win come from .

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Well done by Asghar Stanikzai

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Good job Afghan heroes hope to win these matches and join 2015 world cup

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Afghanistan team good job I wish you guys good luck all the best in sha allah

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    155 runs a good lead the way our players bat it shows the world that We are not only good in short format but we can play test cricket as well...

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Great work by Afghan cricket team. Superb!

  • ahmad on August 5, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    Excellent work from Afghanistan!! They played what they needed first good bowling especially from Nabi then bat was needed to lead the team . stankzai was a huge rock at the end of batting line. Best luck team Afghanistan.

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    well played Asghar hope we can make 200 runs to Namibia

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    I'm so happy that our Afghani team lead by 155 againest Nimbia and and now they are in second place with 70 total or jumped on scotland i want to say congertulat the first innings 6 point for all Afghans and we looking for 14 rest points we pray for our team to com with all sucecces back to home because they have more matches againist pakistan India Nepal and Kenya I also want to say for Nimibia team that they also had good perfomence and wish them all the best too.

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