Netherlands v Afghanistan, ICC Intercontinental Cup 2016, Voorburg July 30, 2016

Zahir, Dawlat seal Afghanistan's innings win

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Afghanistan 312 (Shahidi 83, Shah 51, Jamal 43) beat Netherlands 117 (Seelar 38*, Ahmadzai 5-29, Dawlat 4-32) and 159 (Rippon 80, Zahir 4-29, Dawlat 3-45) by an innings and 36 runs
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File photo: Dawlat Zadran finished with career-best innings and match figures against Netherlands © ICC/Saleem Sanghati

Afghanistan's pace pair of Dawlat Zadran and Yamin Ahmadzai and chinaman bowler Zahir Khan played key roles in the side's innings-and-36-run win over Netherlands within two days in Voorburg.

The win gave Afghanistan 20 points and lifted them to the top of the points table of the ICC Intercontinental Cup, with 61 points, only one ahead of Ireland at 60. Zadran finished with a career-best match haul of 7 for 77, while Ahmadzai's five-for in the first innings and Zahir's four-wicket haul in the second bundled Netherlands out for 117 and 159 respectively.

Between them, Zadran and Ahmadzai took nine wickets in the first innings, after Afghanistan opted to bowl, inducing a slide so severe that Netherlands lost six wickets for 49 at one stage and were in danger of being bowled out for less than 100. They limped past 100 largely due to Pieter Seelaar's unbeaten 38 off 75 balls, which included five fours.

Afghanistan responded with a score of 312, taking a lead of 195 runs. Hashmatullah Shahidi anchored the innings with 83 off 184 deliveries, and shared two 50-plus stands, with Mohammad Nabi (50 for the sixth wicket) and Mirwais Ashraf (68 for the seventh wicket). Afghanistan also benefited from an 83-run second-wicket partnership, between Nasir Jamal and Rahmat Shah, that helped Afghanistan recover from a shaky 39 for 2 to 122 for 3.

Netherlands' openers, who had a partnership of 0 in the first innings, stitched together 57 in the second innings but another slide negated that effort. Netherlands went from 57 for 0 to 59 for 3 in three overs, and could only muster another 100 runs thereafter as Zahir and Dawlat struck. The only innings of note for Netherlands was opener Michael Rippon's 80 off 126 balls and he was the last man to be dismissed in an innings that lasted only 43.1 overs.

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  • MoneerAhmadIhsas on July 31, 2016, 5:57 GMT

    well done blue tigers ,the youngster's of blue tiger shown their talent and now the time is that ACB should have a reinspect in the team selection especially they must bring changing in captaincy and send back asghar stanikzai for domestic cricket to learn some more from new and talent youngsters,all the best blue tigers.

  • Lakpj on July 31, 2016, 4:39 GMT

    Afghanistan team should now try to have first class matches and ODI games scheduled with the A teams and national teams of test nations as much as possible. it seems like barring Ireland other associate nation teams are no match for them now.

  • KingofRedLions on July 31, 2016, 4:20 GMT

    The Dutch could really do with some batsmen.

  •   Lmar Khplwak Kharotay on July 31, 2016, 1:58 GMT

    Clinical performance by Blue tigers, they showed to ICC and world that they can be good prospect and potential for test in the near future, the greatest and happy news is the young and new talent performance which showing Afghanistan has well-set, well backup and strong domestic structure to produce such talent like N Zadran, Rashid Khan, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah, chainaman bowler and others. to ACB officials, please bring some new talent in fast bowling to grow for future team department.

  • DILSHADleo on July 30, 2016, 19:19 GMT

    well done Afghanistan .Shahidi played really well so did Rahmat .Zadran is the best bowler from Afghanistan and Yamin Ahmadzai is really coming good in longer format. But I think it was a team performance . By the way there are some non performer in the side too .Asghar stanikzai should be sent back to play domestic cricket. Give the captaincy to either Shahzad or Nabi.

  • R.Zwak on July 30, 2016, 18:46 GMT

    Well-done blue Tigers! Come home again with cups. Proud of you!

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