Afghanistan v Papua New Guinea, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Sharjah November 24, 2015

Afghanistan overturn deficit for 201-run win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan 144 (Vanua 4-36) and 540 (Stanikzai 127, Shahzad 116, Shahidi 112) beat Papua New Guinea 295 (Dai 129, Vala 62, Zahir 3-44) and 188 (Vala 81, Ahmadzai 4-41) by 201 runs

File photo - Asghar Stanikzai smashed 13 fours and six sixes in his 127 off 163 balls © ICC/Helge Schutz

Afghanistan completed a stunning comeback win as they overcame a 151-run first-innings deficit to thrash Papua New Guinea by 201 runs in Sharjah. Asghar Stanikzai (127), Mohammad Shahzad (116) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (112) all struck centuries as Afghanistan piled on 501 in their second innings - along with handy lower-order fifties from Gulbadin Naib and Mirwais Ashraf - to set PNG a target of 390.

PNG were never in the chase at any point as they lost wickets in clumps to succumb for 188. Assad Vala struck his second half-century of the game and offered some resistance with his 81 but it was not close to enough. Zahir Khan and Yamin Ahmadzai both picked up four wickets to break the back of the PNG chase.

Earlier, it was PNG that dominated with both bat and ball as they bowled Afghanistan out for 144, with Norman Vanua doing most of the damage with figures of 4 for 36, and then put up a total of 295 through Mahuru Dai's 129 and Vala's 62 to earn a lead of 151. Zahir and Ahmadzai were again the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets apiece.