Nam v Afg, Intercontinental Cup, Windhoek, 3rd day August 6, 2013

Dawlatzai hat-trick caps off big win

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Afghanistan 354 (Stanikzai 127, Scholtz 5-123) and 5 for 0 beat Namibia 190 and 168 by 10 wickets (Dawlatzai 5-23)
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Medium-pacer Izatullah Dawlatzai capped off a perfect day for the bowlers with a hat-trick as Afghanistan pummelled Namibia by ten wickets in Windhoek with a day to spare and maintained their second position, behind Ireland, in the ICC Intercontinental points table. Dawlatzai cleaned up the last three wickets in his 11th over to complete his third five-wicket haul in two matches and wrap up Namibia's innings soon after they had taken a lead. The openers then took just seven balls to get to the target of five runs to continue Afghanistan's unbeaten run in the tournament.

Afghanistan started the day at 345 for 8, already 155 ahead of Namibia, but Asghar Stanikzai was dismissed by Jason Davidson in the second over of the morning without making any addition to his score of 127. The innings folded on 354, but Afghanistan had taken the bonus points for the 164-run first-innings lead and a strong hold of the game.

Faced with the task of avoiding an innings defeat, Namibia openers started cautiously, but Rahmat Shah provided the first breakthrough in the eighth over of the innings when he got though the defences of Xander Pitchers. The following batsmen didn't get many opportunities to score as the bowlers kept the pressure up and the wickets kept falling. When Dawlatzai picked his first wicket, that of opening batsman Pikky Ya France, Namibia were tottering on 84 for 4 in the 39th over.

The situation got worse for Namibia as they lost two more wickets with the addition of 22 runs to the total, still 56 runs short of making Afghanistan bat again. A face-saving 55-run stand for the seventh wicket between Sarel Burger and Christi Viljoen helped Namibia reduce the deficit to one run. But the dismissal of Viljoen almost brought an abrupt end to the innings as Dawlatzai mopped the tail, while Burger remained stranded at the other end on 44.

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  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    That is just an indicator of how well we are progressing! Another 10 to 15 years and we will be a strong International side who has the potential of winning at world stages.

  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Congrats Afghan Cricketers! Well played My stylish and favorite cricketer Asghar stanikzai.He has really shown how to play test cricket.

  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Congrats to all Afghans Superb win by our heroes and hopefully Afghanistan maintain their win records. Best of Luck Team Afghanistan.

  • Dummy4 on August 7, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    What a match by all players like in batting shabir noori keeping wicket nawroz proceeding score to 59 runs asghar 127,dawlat 50 sami 33, shezad 37 bowling nabi 7 wickets rahmat 3,dawlatzai 5 with hit-track,shapoor 1 and dawlat 1 wicket. Congrats to all afghans

  • Azooz on August 7, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    So the defending champs continue their unbeaten run in intercontinental Cup,also proved they are the best team playing First Class beyond test. You guys are worth watching then many test teams. Welldone Lads !! Looking forward to WCLC matches,hope insha Allah they maintain the same performance to grab 4 full points in order to strenghten their chance for the second spot from wclc. Best ov luck Afghanano ♥♥♥

  • Android on August 6, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    excellent. considering cricket was introduced to Afghanistan just recently as compared to Namibia (Rhodesia)

  • abdulhanan on August 6, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    very well played afg nabi dawlat asghar dawlatzai especially done the greate job

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    i think now time is for all world team it take to series vs Afghanistan because they can now every kind of cricket Afghanistan team is ready for ODI T20 and test they have strong bowls good batting and nice fielding ...... Afghanistan so strong from Zimbabwe Bangladesh and other ......... we pray for them u say Amen

  • Ishaan on August 6, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Hats off to Afghanistan great performance from them. I cant wait to see them play test matches great team best of luck to them. From an indian fan

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan, for securing the second position. And best luck for your upcoming matches. Long life Afghanistan and Afghanistan Cricket, be succeed Afghan Heroes.

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