ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, Group B, Dubai November 22, 2013

Shahzad powers Afghanistan to victory

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