Afghanistan v Canada, Intercontinental Cup, Sharjah, 4th day February 23, 2010

Afghanistan chase down 494 with Shahzad double

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Afghanistan 264 and 494 for 4 (Shahzad 215*, Nabi 80, Mangal 70*) beat Canada 566 and 191 for 4 dec by six wickets
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There is no challenge too daunting for Afghanistan at the moment. Riding the momentum that led their charge to qualification for the World Twenty20, Mohammmad Shahzad's unbeaten 215 helped them pull off a sensational chase of 494 to beat Canada by six wickets in the Intercontinental Cup at Sharjah.

It was the ninth highest fourth-innings run chase in first-class cricket, which means Afghanistan now top the Intercontinental Cup table and can credibly lay claim to being one of the strongest Associate nations. That they would even be in a position to draw this match seemed unlikely after Canada racked up 566 batting first before rolling Afghanistan over for 264. It left Afghanistan facing a 302-run first-innings deficit, which, it turned out is the highest ever in a first-class game by a side batting second who went on to win.

A more likely prospect at the beginning of the day was survival, but 18-year-old Shahzad shared two century stands, first with captain Nowroz Mangal and then Mohammad Nabi, that set up and all-but sealed the victory which came with 2.2 overs to spare.

Having watched the openers lay a solid foundation, Shahzad and Mangal patiently constructed a third-wicket stand of 163, taking few risks, running hard and picking off the occasional boundary to keep the target, still unlikely, at least in sight.

When Mangal was eventually dismissed, caught and bowled by Ramesh David, there was still 212 needed, with approximately 37 overs left in the day. Yet such is the confidence running through the veins of Afghanistan cricket that they promoted the big-hitting allrounder Nabi up from No.8 to No.5.

Following on from his lusty, unbeaten 48 in the first innings, Nabi was slightly more dexterous to begin with on this occasion. Working the ball around and running hard to start with he then crashed successive boundaries off Khurram Chohan to bring up his 50 and signal Afghanistan's intent for the mammoth chase.

Together with Shahzad the pair added 178 in a little under 30 overs, with Nabi smiting Hiral Patel for a six over long on and a four to deep square-leg to take him into the 90s before he was smartly caught on the long off boundary two balls later.

His replacement, Asghar Stanikzai, only hastened the chase, clubbing his second ball out of the ground. With Shahzad continuing serenely to pass his double century from 242 balls, Stanikzai hit another six before sealing the victory by smashing Nitish Kumar through point for four. Yet again, Afghanistan have proved inspirational and the celebrations will reverberate all the way back to Kabul.

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  • Gulbaran on February 24, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    This is absolutely amazing and incredible. They are wonderful and praiseworthy. Like other local Afghans they learnt this game as a refugee in Pakistan with out having the basic facilities. In a very shour period of time they emerged as a rising star in the cricketing world despite the fact that they do not have even a small cricketing ground at home. Technically and financially they need a lot of help from ICC, ACC, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladishi cricket boards. Because the history this team is making is not just for Afghanistan, it is for the whole Asian countries.

    As compared to UAE and Candaian teams whose players mostly come from other countries, Afghanistan cricket team is more appreciable. They are in dire need of coaching services of international standards. They need time to flourish technically. My prayers are with my national team for further successes in the upcoming events.

    We are proud of them. Zina Abad Afghanistan!

  • on February 24, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Love you Afghanistan cricket team, i am proud to be an Afghan, congratulations to all afghans, thank you all those who has given great comments and have supported our team and afghanistan, i appreciate you all, i am very happy today, that i can't express my happiness in my words, they(cricket team) really helped in raising Afghanistan's name in the world, that was really an unbelievable win!!!! in last I kindly request ICC to build a stadium in Afghanistan, coz there is no stadium in Afghanistan.

  • on February 24, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    That is really really amazing. Way to go, Afghanistan. There's some serious talent there!

  • SalahuddinAsem on February 24, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    The word DRAW does not exsit in Afghan dictionary. They successfully managed to chase the huge target of 494 and proved that they are on the verge of becomming one of the best teams. They deserve to be given ICC test status. Chasing 494 in fourth inning and getting it , is not some thing you see every day.

  • Mosaweer on February 24, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    We are surely proud of our team, but it ICC and Cricket boards of other nations especially Indian Cricket Board should support the government of Afghanistan to work on the gross root of the cricket in Afghanistan , so that stars can be produced in the future.

  • on February 24, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    That is really a surprising win! We request ICC to look for their infrastructure and financial supports. Their dramatic victories has made lost of people to become fan of them. I trust they can beat India and SA in the forthcoming T20 :)

  • Rajit on February 24, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Mohammad Shahzad is 18!!! Doesn't look like....anyways..he deserves a pat for a monumental innings to chase down 494... Some comments on this article had a regional and religious flavour to it....but as cricket fan I have been following Afghan team since last year or so and honestly their rise to the top of the associate nations is incredible.It's certainly exciting to see new teams,new talent come up the ladder...I think ICC along with some of the stronger cricket boards should help these new nations like Afghanistan,Ireland,Holland,Canada develop the game at the grass root level.Also these teams should be invited to play in the domestic tournaments of Eng,Aus,Ind, SA etc.This will make Cricket a Global sport in true sense.

  • on February 24, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    what a win! an unbelivable win for afghanistan and the whole afghan nation. all afghan should be proud and be united. this is a great example of unity team work and doing some thing for your country. This is my request to all afghans around the world and in afghanistan, to be united and work as a one unit for your country, and you will write history as ur cricket team did.

  • on February 24, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Salam to Every body and Many Many thanks to All mighty ALLAH,

    Thanks for posting your comments and praising Afghanistan team. As an Afghan I am proud of my Team, they made an identity for Afghanistan in sports and specially in cricket. I request from ICC to help us and our team financially and technically. we need help to improve more as our players has the capability to shock the world. we need ground, we need assistance technically, and financially. I also ask our government to give them some honor and please don't ignore them. As was ignored before. they have made Afghanistan nation proud. Thanks for the support.

  • on February 24, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    congratulation afghanistan once again.i am proud of this kind of performance specialy shehzad he is briliant as he win the final of T20 and yesterday he shines again and as well as mangal and nabi which is my faviorit they also support well. shafiullahmateen thanks

  • Gulbaran on February 24, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    This is absolutely amazing and incredible. They are wonderful and praiseworthy. Like other local Afghans they learnt this game as a refugee in Pakistan with out having the basic facilities. In a very shour period of time they emerged as a rising star in the cricketing world despite the fact that they do not have even a small cricketing ground at home. Technically and financially they need a lot of help from ICC, ACC, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladishi cricket boards. Because the history this team is making is not just for Afghanistan, it is for the whole Asian countries.

    As compared to UAE and Candaian teams whose players mostly come from other countries, Afghanistan cricket team is more appreciable. They are in dire need of coaching services of international standards. They need time to flourish technically. My prayers are with my national team for further successes in the upcoming events.

    We are proud of them. Zina Abad Afghanistan!

  • on February 24, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Love you Afghanistan cricket team, i am proud to be an Afghan, congratulations to all afghans, thank you all those who has given great comments and have supported our team and afghanistan, i appreciate you all, i am very happy today, that i can't express my happiness in my words, they(cricket team) really helped in raising Afghanistan's name in the world, that was really an unbelievable win!!!! in last I kindly request ICC to build a stadium in Afghanistan, coz there is no stadium in Afghanistan.

  • on February 24, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    That is really really amazing. Way to go, Afghanistan. There's some serious talent there!

  • SalahuddinAsem on February 24, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    The word DRAW does not exsit in Afghan dictionary. They successfully managed to chase the huge target of 494 and proved that they are on the verge of becomming one of the best teams. They deserve to be given ICC test status. Chasing 494 in fourth inning and getting it , is not some thing you see every day.

  • Mosaweer on February 24, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    We are surely proud of our team, but it ICC and Cricket boards of other nations especially Indian Cricket Board should support the government of Afghanistan to work on the gross root of the cricket in Afghanistan , so that stars can be produced in the future.

  • on February 24, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    That is really a surprising win! We request ICC to look for their infrastructure and financial supports. Their dramatic victories has made lost of people to become fan of them. I trust they can beat India and SA in the forthcoming T20 :)

  • Rajit on February 24, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    Mohammad Shahzad is 18!!! Doesn't look like....anyways..he deserves a pat for a monumental innings to chase down 494... Some comments on this article had a regional and religious flavour to it....but as cricket fan I have been following Afghan team since last year or so and honestly their rise to the top of the associate nations is incredible.It's certainly exciting to see new teams,new talent come up the ladder...I think ICC along with some of the stronger cricket boards should help these new nations like Afghanistan,Ireland,Holland,Canada develop the game at the grass root level.Also these teams should be invited to play in the domestic tournaments of Eng,Aus,Ind, SA etc.This will make Cricket a Global sport in true sense.

  • on February 24, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    what a win! an unbelivable win for afghanistan and the whole afghan nation. all afghan should be proud and be united. this is a great example of unity team work and doing some thing for your country. This is my request to all afghans around the world and in afghanistan, to be united and work as a one unit for your country, and you will write history as ur cricket team did.

  • on February 24, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Salam to Every body and Many Many thanks to All mighty ALLAH,

    Thanks for posting your comments and praising Afghanistan team. As an Afghan I am proud of my Team, they made an identity for Afghanistan in sports and specially in cricket. I request from ICC to help us and our team financially and technically. we need help to improve more as our players has the capability to shock the world. we need ground, we need assistance technically, and financially. I also ask our government to give them some honor and please don't ignore them. As was ignored before. they have made Afghanistan nation proud. Thanks for the support.

  • on February 24, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    congratulation afghanistan once again.i am proud of this kind of performance specialy shehzad he is briliant as he win the final of T20 and yesterday he shines again and as well as mangal and nabi which is my faviorit they also support well. shafiullahmateen thanks

  • Kabul_Jan on February 24, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Congratulations!!!, it was amazing, you are great Shahzad,... we LOVE you

  • on February 24, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Congratulations to all Afghan people for wining the match from Canada I hop that they win the T20 Match from India and South Africa as well...... Fantastic Job..

  • on February 24, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Waw,that is really amazing, we really proud to such excellent player even though they do have some enough experience,but they had so high performance, and i thank from all Afghan player, and i do pray for their more success in the future, as well as i do special thank from Mohammad Shahzad(Afghan Hero) which he had nice performance, Allah Bless all of you

  • Boblaw on February 24, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    Afghanistan finally defeated the powerhouse from North America, CANADA! as i refer to them as Junior Indian Team.

    great win however!

  • on February 24, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    I to am am banladeshi, and also agree with JS82, but maybe they can play their matches in a different country until their infrastructure gets situated. And Well done Afgans. well deserved.

  • eternitymelb on February 24, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    Congrates to our team our nation our country they were just wonderful i was watching live scoreboard siting infront of my computer wish i could see the match at least on tv hopfully soon we will get to see them on tv congratulation boys you hve done a great job

  • pb10677 on February 23, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    Congrats Afghanistan on a fantastic win. 494 - outrageous! The key question is - if that was a test match, and England, or India, or South Africa were chasing that target - would we have seen the same. I don't think so - the goal would have been a draw. That illustrates the positive attitude the Afghans apply to their cricket - and not only is it brilliant to watch and hear about, it's WINNING them games. What more could you want!

  • viyyer on February 23, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    Congratulations for afghanistan team. I think they are getting close to becoming as test playing nation. 494 with whatever bowling attack in one day is quite an achievement.

  • Grutness on February 23, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    A brilliant win for Afghanistan - Shahzad shows once again that he is a name to watch after his excellent exploits in the shorter versions of the game earlier this year. Nabi also deserves congratulation for his innings. Commiserations to Canada - they are a relatively strong team, and there was ever a game where both teams deserved to win, this is probably it. I have to wonder, though, why the follow-on is being ignored when a team has such a big first innings lead; this isn't the first time recently that a team has put itself in trouble by not using it.

  • Pferder on February 23, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan, another great performance!

  • on February 23, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    MashAllah ! Good to see one more muslim country is going to recognized in International Cricket. :)

    Congrats Afghanistan & Good luck in upcoming events !

  • on February 23, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    Champions are not supernatural. They just fought for one more second when every one else quit... sometimes one more second of effort gives us the victory...............

  • qayoomzadran on February 23, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    CONGRATULATE & WELL DONE, Afghan Cricket team with your historical victory against Canada in Cricket history, Great performance from Afghanistan Hashim Amla Mohammad Shahzad, Nowroz Mangal, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ali & Karim Sadiq thanks boys you are awsome you done well & played amazing cricket and you deserve victory.

  • on February 23, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    what an incredible win! Give them a chance instead of the low lying kenya and zimbabwe, I am sure they will do better than them. Good luck........I am a fan of Afghanistan Team now....

  • JS82 on February 23, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Being a Bangladeshi myself, I definitely think Bangladesh should invite Afghanistan for ODIs and/or First Class matches. If Bangladesh national team cannot make the schedule then Bangladesh A team could play. It would be good to see another SAARC country improve in cricket.

    Speaking of granting full status to Afghanistan, let's not get over excited here. ICC looks into infrastructure as well. Afghanistan currently does not have the proper set up to hold international matches. If performance was the only measure, then Kenya's success in the 2003 world cup should have been enough for granting test status (they made it to the semi-fina)l.

    I am really excited for the Afghans though, you guys deserve it!

  • CavemanX on February 23, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS AFGHANISTAN

  • luck_by_Chance on February 23, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    wow, i'm impressed from the afghan cricket team. The story of the team looks like similar to the indian movie 'Chak de, India' with Shahrukh Khan as Kabir Khan. At First, the afghan coach names Kabir Khan. IF they win the T20 WC, i'm going crazy.

  • harktown on February 23, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan. Again, you have shown why you deserve your growing status as a very good cricketing nation. Look forward, (hopefully), to the Aussies playing you in the T20 WC.

  • on February 23, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    a remarkable match where afgan shows what is to be positive in cricket

  • on February 23, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    as a pakistani i am a great fan of afghan cricket and am really happy for them for what they have achieved. it started just a couple of years ago when tha afghan team used to travel to pakistan by road just to practice on our grounds because they lack proper ones at home plus good coaches who have int experience. much credit goes to the coaches who helped our afgan brothers get a name in the int stage and soon Inshallah they would rank with the likes of australia, pakistan and south africa.

  • Bonizzoni on February 23, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Afghanistan can upset India AS Bangladesh did in 2007. I think Afghanistan, with some time, can stay at same level as Bangladesh has today and get a Test status.

    But they need consistency. Although even Bangladesh didn't...

  • on February 23, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    This team is making me proud everyday. Last time the final of qualifications I thought then I was the most proud but this time they proved me wrong :D. The unbeaten 214 runs of our 18 years old cricketer, Mohammad Shazad Mohammadi was like wowowowowowoowowowowowo. I salute them and whenver I get the opportunity, I will support them at anyway possible. They will be comming to The Netherlands end June and I will for sure be in their all matches in Division one Tournamnet. Even I have my exams there but will skp all my exams for our team. An amazing progress right from Division 5 till where we are today. In a cricket history of only 4 years officially beating teams like Netherlands who has their own grounds for more than a century and are officially ICC member since decades. Awsome Job Afghan Cricket Team. Each and every Afghan member in the world is proud of you and salute you.

  • on February 23, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    If Shazad is 18, he must be taking some magic potion

  • on February 23, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    well done lads,,,... i wanna see u guyz beat australia ..

  • on February 23, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Only the Afghanistan team would think about chasing 494 on the final day. I think they should arrange a four day match againist Bangladesh. That would be intresting.

  • East_West on February 23, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Mr Ali Shan, yes, they will beat Pakistan and Bangaldesh too..how about UAE? Dude, grow up and have some sense! You are so caught up in India, first clean your mess in your watan!

  • on February 23, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    graet shahzad well done u will beat india one day.

  • afgkunadhai on February 23, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    oh my Allah thank you its another big win for our country and our hurt ed and sad people ...its smashing that our team did well with the help of Allah and as far as i know if we seek help of Allah and also our people pray for us i know that Afghanistan is the team which will be able to face Australia but needs some practices..so lets see what happens inshallah ..as an afghan i really pray to my team Allah bless them always with victory..

  • nafzak on February 23, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Wow! Congrats to the Afghanistan team. I am not sure about the depth of the Afghan team, but most of these guys train in Pakistan and there are lots of Afghans there, so I guess that there is a lot of talent there.

    Now, I bet this team can give Bangladesh a good run. Hmmmm...

  • NEUTRAL_FAN on February 23, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Congrats to Afghanistan. That is what I like to see, a will to win with whatever resources you have. After fighting hard and coming close they find the extra effort to push the win. Bangladesh should take a leaf out of their book. This Afghan team not only believe they can compete...they believe they can win! I want to see ICC PUSH for Afghanistan. They have many players U-30 yrs. and hopefully they and Ire can get a push for full status. If Bangladesh can get 10 yrs, I don't see why teams like Afghan can't get a chance. It's time to bridge the gaps! You CANNOT encourage a gap between Bangladesh and other teams below them, whilst Bangladesh are not closing the gap between them and the other test nations...It looks awkward and leaves Bangladesh in a" better than the rest but not good enough" position!

  • on February 23, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    I got a feeling Afghan cricket team have the credintials to re-write sporting history of thier nation. Hope they show the world wts in store

  • on February 23, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Take my word. I told my friends one year back Afghans are capable cricket team. If they have the training facilities defanitly they will be a serious cricketing force. They already started to show the results & Pathan power.

  • on February 23, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Afghanistan is great threat to cricketing nations first time in 5 billion years since the Big Bang. Britsh may be blamed for this conspiricy. They seemd to be very kind to Afghani Players. They even have them in their country to defeat MCC. Afghanistan is monster it may very well start challenging their own mentors Pakistan where they learned to play cricket.

    What is that all about Pathan's with last name "KHAN" like Imran Khan, Yunis Khan, Shahid Afridi Khan, Yunis Khan, GhegezKhan, Kublai Khan, Tikka Khan and Boti Khan. They appear to have better muscle power what do they eat.

    I thougt there were no men left after 10 years of Bombing and it was the main motive behind the bombing that they should not be able to produce any decent cricketer.

  • dream_boy on February 23, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    to Wilkommen you are talking about bangladesh vs afghanistan lol let me tell you that afghanistan can upset india in icc world twenty20 cup now lets talk about the secret of afghanistans success first of all the player of afghan team is from afghan tribe one nation second they playing cricket like a war and they have to win it and they have josh and jazba junon and the world wants to see new champion all peoples are bored with the same team same cricketers honestly everyone is bored same australia same india same england same pakistan so everyone wants new faces new crickters and new nation this will be so exciting when afghanistan plays against india who have 100 years cricket experience

  • on February 23, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Well Done Afghanistan team. I want to CONGRATULATE the STAR OF THE TEAM today MOHAMMAD SHAHZAD who scored DOUBLE CENTURY. A very nice performance from the team as MOHAMMAD NABI and NOWROZ MANGAL along with NOOR ALI scored fifties. At last i should say that it was the best in Cricket History.

    LONG LIVE AFGHANISTAN DEATH TO WARLORDS AND TERORRISM

  • mautan on February 23, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Amazing really...I feel for Canada. They are not a bad team. However Afghanistan story should now rank as almost the most inspirational of all the cricketing stories ever. I have been fortunate enough to follow them right from the start of Div 5 when they were playing countries like Bahrain, and they said we want and will to qualify for the WC! I said, okay, lets see the fun. And Fun it has been indeed!!! I am now, pretty sure, they will give run for money to Bangladesh, Zim or even the WI. It is not anymore about class, but just pure human spirit. I mean, even India with its team will struggle to score 450 on the last day even against Zim! But Afghans, who had NEVER played 3 day cricket, let alone 4 days, have now beaten Ireland, Holland and Canada in IC. With Sharjah being given to them as a home ground, the possibilities are endless. How about India or Pakistan letting them in for Qaide azam trophy or Duleep trophy? Finally I salute these amazing cricketers, they deserve eveything

  • santhoshkudva on February 23, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    guys, check out their videos on youtube. they have a decent leggie, a good left arm orthodox, a keeper who effects stumpings with one hand, and some decent bats with good technique to last against good bowling attacks. i saw one guy play a controlled lofted straight drive when he realised the ball wasnt pitched up! the follow through was controlled so perfectly one would think it had a mathematical calculation to go with it. and there is one guy who plays a late cut off a medium pacer like mohd yousuf would.

  • dream_boy on February 23, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    salam alikum all brothers and sisters this win over canada was unbelievable when i saw the target was 494 it was very hard in my thoughts but afghanistan done it what a historic win afghanistan is the romantic team in the cricket history before 18 months afghanistan was at devision 5 but now alhamdulilah they are on top of associate and afliate member nations afghanistan is playing always a dramatic very fun and drama tommorrow our team may reach afghanistan we will go to the airport and celebrate the winss and qualify for icc world twenty20 in jalalabad city maybe 5 million people will join us in celebration

  • Nabi007 on February 23, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! Its amazing cricket from Afghanistan, I am living in Eastern Region of Afghanistan here people are on roads dancing and celeberatiing the victory and all our region is waiting for Afghan Heros to come back Home I can't say how much i am happy with words i can't explain my happiness and i wish alot of Victories over good nations.

  • CricCionado on February 23, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Afghanistan! You are going places! Way2Go! Hope you match up these performances in the T20 WC and give a stiff challenge against the top contenders!

    Adios, Vivek

  • LIRIN on February 23, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    I'm looking forward to the day when Afghanistan will start playing tests. I've been following Afghanistan's progress to international cricket with more enthusiasm than i've been following australian summer or the indian tour of South africa. Today afternoon when i was checking out the match i was hoping for a good draw, with the afghani boys going out with their heads held high. But when i reached home and checked out the result, i can just say this " HATS OFF to you boys. You deserve to play major teams now" I'm expecting a few upsets in the T20 world cup this april..Watch out rest of the world. You'll be dancing to our music instead of the calypso.

  • dravidrules on February 23, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Canada should have enforced follow-on rather than bat again. but a good show from Afg. i would really like to see a test match, as Wilkommen suggested, between Afg. and Ban.

  • CricketingStargazer on February 23, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Is there any limit to what these guys can do??? The only thing that would stop them thinking seriously about playing Test cricket in 10 years would be the impossibility of scheduling home games.

    Amazing stuff and thanks to CricInfo for carrying live ball-by-ball text of the last session so that I could follow the end of the chase.

  • fakhy on February 23, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    congrats Afghanistan and all the best in this tournament and the T20's :)

  • on February 23, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Brilliant! Congratulations Afghanistan. Who would have predicted such a run-chase, completed with just 14 balls to spare?! Canadian players must be feeling pretty down.

  • SpottedHyena on February 23, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Wonder how long before England give this man Shahzad "asylum" - they love stealing/buying players like this.

  • santhoshkudva on February 23, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    seriously, Canada are no pushovers. it is time each of the big nations adopts one associate nation and nurture its cricket, let them participate in the domestic competition on a rotational basis. for eg if Afghanistan plays in India one season, it could play in south Africa the next. that way, they get acclimatised to the big nations. also how about letting them participate in the premier league, with a reservation of minimum two players per match? we have such rules for the overseas players, don't we?

  • ravikant.kisana on February 23, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    UNBELIEVABLE!!! Last night I saw the score - 40 for no loss and prayed that the match was a draw. I didn't want the Afghans to lose to Canada of all teams! I mean c'mon, its Canada! 30 years and still not a decent 11.

    Today evening I just checked on a lark & nearly fell out of my seat. I told everyone in office, and they looked at me as if I was crazy - Afghanistan vs Canada? Was this cricket I was following? Why?

    I cannot explain. But the Afghan rise through cricket ranks is such a thrilling story for people like me. This is our very own Rocky-Meet the Titans kinda story rolling here. Great job Afghanistan.

    You make cricket exciting!!

  • Wilkommen on February 23, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    The Afghanistan juggernaut continues. How long before they are flagged as the next test playing nation? They would need to continue to improve, but I have no doubt that they are capable. I would love to see a match between them and Bangladesh. I am sure it would be a tight contest.

  • abidirshad on February 23, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Long Live Afghan Cricket..We the pashtoon of pakistan are proud of you...Insha Allah one day Afghanistan cricket team will reach to the top of cricket world.....

  • on February 23, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    wonderful batting from our hero side proud of u guys welldone

  • on February 23, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    What a great story, just how far can this team go?

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  • on February 23, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    What a great story, just how far can this team go?

  • on February 23, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    wonderful batting from our hero side proud of u guys welldone

  • abidirshad on February 23, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Long Live Afghan Cricket..We the pashtoon of pakistan are proud of you...Insha Allah one day Afghanistan cricket team will reach to the top of cricket world.....

  • Wilkommen on February 23, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    The Afghanistan juggernaut continues. How long before they are flagged as the next test playing nation? They would need to continue to improve, but I have no doubt that they are capable. I would love to see a match between them and Bangladesh. I am sure it would be a tight contest.

  • ravikant.kisana on February 23, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    UNBELIEVABLE!!! Last night I saw the score - 40 for no loss and prayed that the match was a draw. I didn't want the Afghans to lose to Canada of all teams! I mean c'mon, its Canada! 30 years and still not a decent 11.

    Today evening I just checked on a lark & nearly fell out of my seat. I told everyone in office, and they looked at me as if I was crazy - Afghanistan vs Canada? Was this cricket I was following? Why?

    I cannot explain. But the Afghan rise through cricket ranks is such a thrilling story for people like me. This is our very own Rocky-Meet the Titans kinda story rolling here. Great job Afghanistan.

    You make cricket exciting!!

  • santhoshkudva on February 23, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    seriously, Canada are no pushovers. it is time each of the big nations adopts one associate nation and nurture its cricket, let them participate in the domestic competition on a rotational basis. for eg if Afghanistan plays in India one season, it could play in south Africa the next. that way, they get acclimatised to the big nations. also how about letting them participate in the premier league, with a reservation of minimum two players per match? we have such rules for the overseas players, don't we?

  • SpottedHyena on February 23, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Wonder how long before England give this man Shahzad "asylum" - they love stealing/buying players like this.

  • on February 23, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    Brilliant! Congratulations Afghanistan. Who would have predicted such a run-chase, completed with just 14 balls to spare?! Canadian players must be feeling pretty down.

  • fakhy on February 23, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    congrats Afghanistan and all the best in this tournament and the T20's :)

  • CricketingStargazer on February 23, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Is there any limit to what these guys can do??? The only thing that would stop them thinking seriously about playing Test cricket in 10 years would be the impossibility of scheduling home games.

    Amazing stuff and thanks to CricInfo for carrying live ball-by-ball text of the last session so that I could follow the end of the chase.