Afghanistan v Kenya, Intercontinental Cup, 2nd day October 7, 2013

Rahmat, bowlers take Afghanistan closer to win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kenya 162 and 93 for 8 (Baras 2-7, Shirzad 2-14) lead Afghanistan 234 (Rahmat 144, Aga 5-46) by 21 runs

Afghanistan took firm control of the Intercontinental match against Kenya in Dubai after a maiden century from Rahmat Shah and quick wickets by their bowlers. With two days left, they are now in touching distance of a win with Kenya only 21 runs ahead with their last two wickets remaining.

Sixteen wickets had fallen on the first day and 12 went down on the second, most of them in quick succession. But the difference between the situation of the two teams was due to a 122-run stand for the seventh wicket between Rahmat and Mohammad Nasim Baras. Rahmat, who had only one half-century in first-class cricket before this match, did the bulk of the scoring and went past the 100-mark for the first time in his career. He got ample support from Baras who played out 125 deliveries for his 32 in the partnership.

Once the stand was broken, the remaining batsmen didn't survive for long. Rahmat was the last batsman to be dismissed after scoring 144, that included five sixes, but his innings had ensured an important 72-run lead.

Kenya's second innings started the same way as their first: they lost their first two wickets within the first four overs and never recovered from that position. Their innings never really got going as the Afghanistan bowlers made regular strikes to put the team within sight of a huge win. Collins Obuya was the top-scorer in the innings with only 16 as four bowlers picked up a couple of wickets each.

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  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Mashallah, kudos to the young Afghan side. Well played under pressure. @Carlyle. Cheers for the lovely gesture. I have plenty of Sri-Lankan friends in Aussie and I love them. You guys are very friendly and very easy to get along with. I wish you all the best in life.

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    congratulation once again to my nation and our champinons.

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    @ Carlyle Walles.. Thanx for your impressive comment ..I translated into our National Language (Pashto) and posted your comment on my Facebook page in order to convey your regards and love to our people ..! We need such people on the earth in order to live in peace and harmony .. thank you once again ..May You are always bless... Love

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Less than a week ago, your talented ODI Cricketers got your Blessed Nation into the World Cup for 2015. Now, your U19 Cricket Team are doing you proud in a Match vs Kenya. How happy I am for your Blessed Motherland of Afghanistan - who have gone through so much pain and suffering and countless loss of lives, running into the hundreds of thousands. Youll's gallant effort will surely bring a smile of hope and joy. May Allah Bless you, my Beloved people. Best of wishes from a Sri Lankan Catholic

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    This is how i call #AfghanPower really we proud of guyzzz go ahead show to the world we can beat each and every team best of luck champs.....

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    It seems that the history is repeating but in an other way.

  • NOOR AHMED on October 7, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    its disapointng hw kenya is performing.dey r undr a free fall icc need 2 take quick stps 2 curb it.gud 2 c grt young tlnt in afghanistan.

  • Android on October 7, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    excellent bowling from young Afghan side they have only one Asghar stankzai who captain for this and others are all youngs players they bowled well and thanks to Rahmat for his 144 runs. bright future for these young telented players..well done proud of u guys....

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Salam & Tribute to Afghanistan Under-19 team debuts on such a big Game against experienced National Stage Players of Kenya Team, It's a good stand for Afghanistan National Team to Develop & Premote in Future ! Waheed Zadran Kabul Makroyan, Afghanistan

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