ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, Group B, Dubai

Shahzad powers Afghanistan to victory

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November 22, 2013

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Afghanistan 78 for 1 (Shahzad 43*) beat Nepal 73 for 3 by nine wickets

Mohammad Shahzad smashed an unbeaten 43 to guide Afghanistan to victory, Afghanistan v Nepal, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, Group B, Sharjah, November 22, 2013
Mohammad Shahzad struck an unbeaten 43 off just 22 balls © ICC
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After heavy rains had shortened the match to a seven-over shootout, Afghanistan emerged as victors with a nine-wicket win over Nepal, which was powered by Mohammad Shahzad's unbeaten 43. Nepal batted first, with the openers putting on 34 for the first wicket before wicketkeeper Subash Khakurel was dismissed for 16. Paras Khadka, the Nepal captain, followed just an over later for 4. Sagar Pun was removed in similar fashion to his fellow opener, Khakurel, getting bowled by seamer Mirwais Ashraf as Nepal ended up fronting 73 for 3 in their innings.

Afghanistan's openers needed to get the side off to a good start, and Mohammad Shahzad and Nawroz Mangal responded by adding 52 in just 4.2 overs. Mohammad Nabi, the captain, then joined Shahzad, who continued attacking the Nepal attack. The first four bowlers all went at an economy rate over 10 as Shahzad sealed the match with a six to take Afghanistan to a memorable victory. He remained unbeaten on 43 off just 22 balls, with three fours and three sixes.

Scotland 165 for 4 (Machan 67*, Taylor 41*) beat Netherlands 150 for 6 (Barresi 70*, Haq 3-20) by 15 runs

Scotland won their third match from six games, a 15-run victory against the then-Group B table-toppers Netherlands. After scoring 165 for 4, Scotland restricted Netherlands to 150 for 6 despite a fiery 70 off 49 from Wesley Barresi.

Scotland's charge to a challenging total was led by the fifth-wicket stand between Matt Machan and Rob Taylor. Opener Richie Berrington scored a 31-ball 38 but three batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores. Machan and Taylor came together at 93 for 4 in the 15th over and boosted Scotland with a partnership of 72 off just 35 balls. Both Machan and Taylor were unbeaten, on 67 and 41 respectively. While Machan struck six fours and a six, Taylor faced only 19 balls to smash four fours and two sixes.

Netherlands were in the hunt until the 11th over when Michael Swart and Wesley Barresi had taken them to 76. Then they lost three wickets in four overs and were reduced to 89 for 4. With little support from the middle and lower order, Barresi tried to take them home with an unbeaten 70 off 49 but fell short by 16 runs. Offspinner Majid Haq took three wickets in his four overs, conceding 20 runs.

Match abandoned Denmark v Papua New Guinea

The match between Denmark and Papua New Guinea was abandoned without a ball bowled due to heavy rain. As a result, one point each was shared by the two teams.

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Posted by statmatt on (November 23, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

Unlucky for PNG to have their match againt the whipping boys rained off. Good luck against Bermuda! Scotland really seem to be hitting form just in time, and now look well placed to qualify after an awful start.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

Unbelievable victory over NEPAL, AFG team looking as they are strong side compare to others >>>>>>, so ICC need have to step up and grant AFG Full membership, which will be a good decision.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

with powered attacking AFG got victory, so now i think Afghanistan is the team to have Full membership and ICC have to grant it.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

The samashing win and histrical victory . we all afghanistan proud of you .keep it up. inshallah you are the winner of this cup

Posted by   on (November 23, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

Well done Afghan team, this was fantastic victory! congratulations to all Afghans

Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

What a great achievement by afghans heroes

Posted by Mohammad-Fayaz-Sadat on (November 22, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Good Job Afghanistan!!!! Inshallah Afghanistan will be in the top of all 16 qualifier teams and we believe that Afghanistan is able to qualify to T20 World Cup 2014. LOVE YOU AFGHANISTAN CRICKET TEAM!

Posted by M-Soultani on (November 22, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

Was a great win by afghan team. Also NEPAL played really good too. 73 of 7overs is a good target. Good played both teams. Love my ACB

Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

As always, very exciting match between Afghanistan and Nepal. These two teams rival the qualities seen in nerve wracking matches between test playing nations as in Ashes and Border Gavaskar Trophy. Good luck to both the teams and would love to see both in Bangladesh WC T20 next year.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

I think its just pressure of not having won against Afghanistan that gets to Nepal time after time. Nepal should invite Afghanistan for a seven match series and they should only keep one target in mind and that is to win at least one match against Afghanistan. Once this talism that Afghanistan holds over them is broken, they will flourish beyond recognition.

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