Afghanistan v Kenya, Intercontinental Cup, 3rd day

Afghanistan cruise to eight-wicket win

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 7, 2013

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Afghanistan 234 and 70 for 2 (Ahmadi 28) beat Kenya 162 and 140 (Varaiya 36, Shirzad 3 for 17) by 8 wickets
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Kenya's tail wagged feebly, but it served only to delay Afghanistan's eight-wicket victory on the third day of their Intercontinental Cup match in Dubai.

The day had begun brightly for Kenya with Hiren Varaiya and Shem Ngoche hitting a four each in the second over. Their stand fetched 30 runs for the ninth wicket before 19-year old seamer Sayed Shirzad bounced Ngoche out to claim his third wicket. No. 11 Elijah Otieno resisted as long as he could while Varaiya collected three of his six fours to push himself to 36 and Kenya to 140.

The target of 69 was always going to be straightforward with opener Javed Ahmadi taking Afghanistan eight runs short of victory before nicking to the keeper. The Odhiambo brothers, Nelson and Nehemiah, picked up a wicket each. Rahmat Shah, whose century proved the difference between the two sides in a match that featured 28 wickets falling in two days, was awarded the Man of the Match.

The next match for Afghanistan in the Intercontinental Cup is the final against Ireland in December.

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Posted by Akayar22 on (October 9, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

Congrats on the win and best of luck for the final!! I wish you could defend your title and if Allah j is willing nobody can stop you, step up an show the world what you are capable of!!

Posted by   on (October 9, 2013, 3:01 GMT)

Well done Afghanistan. Majority of the squad members were the u19 players, but still they proved to be more dominant. Inshallah now Afghanistan is in the position to upset strong international teams, just we are waiting for opportunities and chances to be given to us. We hope one day we will also get the test status and compete with the full members.

Posted by afghan_Niazai on (October 8, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

well played afghanistan ,,icc wht else do we have to do to prove ourselves icc dont gave us a chance to play zembabwe nd bangladesh or any other full members because they scared to lose to afg ,,we deserved to be in next Asia cup in 2012 BCCI said that its too late for afg to be included in asia cup 2012 but now Afghanistan is much improved because they scared from us now they closed all doors for asia cup what a shame ,,asia cup shouldnt be called asia cup it should be called 4 nation cup , pak , india , bangladesh , nd sirlanka ,,,its its called asia cup then include Afghanistan and UAE also at least we will have practice for world cup 2015

Posted by   on (October 8, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Brilliant from the young team of Afghanistan. What else does Afghanistan need to show to proof that they are capable of playing test nations? ICC should fix a few matches of Afghanistan with test nations such as Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. I am sure it will be a tight contest.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

A win with a day and half to spare is commendable. Despite resting top players, Afghans win was so easy and swift. It shows they have a pool of talent. In contrast the pipeline of talent in Kenya is drying up fast.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

Well done Afghanistan. Majority of the squad members were the u19 players, but still they proved to be more dominant. Inshallah now Afghanistan is in the position to upset strong international teams, just we are waiting for opportunities and chances to be given to us. We hope one day we will also get the test status and compete with the full members.

well done boys, fingers crossed for your success, and I pray to win the match against Ireland as well and defend our championship of the Intercontinental Cup.

I see both Afghanistan and Ireland has the same number of wins (5) matches and the same number of lost (2) matches, and their scores are almost level as well (116 Ire and 104 AFG).

impatiently waiting to see the tough competition between the two sides.

Best wishes,

Farooq Wafa

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