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

Afghanistan build lead courtesy Stanikzai ton

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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