Scotland v Afghanistan, Intercontinental Cup, Ayr, 4th day August 14, 2010

Hamid Hassan five-for seals Afghanistan win

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Afghanistan 435 (Shenwari 102, Stanikzai 93) and 249 for 5 dec (Shahzad 105*) beat Scotland 139 (Nel 36, Hassan 6-40) and 316 (Chalmers 67, Hassan 5-114) by 229 runs
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Afghanistan climbed to the top of the Intercontinental Cup table with a resounding win over Scotland, whom they displaced, on the fifth day in Ayr. Medium-pacer Hamid Hassan bagged five wickets to help Afghanistan beat their opponents, who had been set a target of 546, by 229 runs.

Afghanistan had bagged two wickets by the end of the third day but Scotland put in an improved performance in their second innings to make the bowlers fight for their wickets. Ewan Chalmers top scored with 67 and the middle and lower orders chipped in with important contributions, though in vain.

Scotland lost three wickets in quick succession, leaving too much for their lower order to achieve. Richie Berrington and Qasim Sheikh were dismissed by Abdullah, who bowled a miserly spell of ten overs, conceding just six runs and grabbing two wickets. Chalmers fell with the score on 158 and though the rest built promising partnerships, Hassan chipped away at them to secure a mammoth win.

Moneeb Iqbal contributed a patient 42, so did Matthew Parker and the last five wickets added 158 but the target they had been set proved way beyond them. Hassan completed a memorable game, finishing with 11 wickets. He had grabbed 6 for 40 in the first innings to give his team a decisive advantage in the contest.

Reflecting on his performance, Hassan said, "It was a big achievement for me to get a 10-wicket haul but I just focused on getting a victory for my team. In the first innings, I bowled very well as the ball was swinging both ways, which is why their batting collapsed. In the second innings they batted with confidence and gave themselves a real chance of drawing the match. But we were very determined to win the match and go top of the table.

"I was very worried about my ankle and I bowled 27 overs with the injury. But everybody was trying very hard to take wickets. I said to my colleagues that I was going to take a risk with my injury and do whatever it takes to take the wickets. The doctor told me not to bowl, but I wanted to, so he bandaged my ankle up to my knee which is why I was able to bowl. It was a very good game and I am very pleased with my performance.

"Everybody worked very hard in batting and bowling and we all gave it 100 per cent. We will be trying our best to get in the final and bring the ICC Intercontinental Cup back to Afghanistan."

Hassan said four-day cricket required a lot of patience and one needed to focus on all the areas of one's game. "You have to concentrate on bowling really good balls to get the batters out, while our batters have learnt to wait to hit the loose ball. For me, it is an enjoyable form of the game as you have to learn to be patient and we have learnt lots of things. It is good for us to play four-day cricket as it helps us improve in one-day cricket as well."

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  • on August 16, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    WEL DONE, Outstanding & Superb all round display.... Congratulations to each & every Fan of Warriors. This is called the mad passion & dedication to the game and willingness of a win that he bowled 27 energetic overs despite of being injured. Fantastic to hear some thing like that..... Wawooo AFGHAN LIONS Rock.

  • mkhalilz on August 15, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    c'mon Afghans u can do it... what a fantastic performance over all.. look at the matches against Canada and Ireland, terrific tactical planning and a full fledge team work. afghans r having their best ever form at the moment. i think they can easily beat today's limping Pakistan team if given chance... and i must appreciate Kabir Khan and Rashid Latif for their guidance and support... wish u best of luck Afghans

  • on August 15, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    common guys it is not the matter whether he is a fast bowler or medium pacer. the case is that he is a great bowler and he proved that. dear friends please dont forget the effort of our batsmen bcz they batted superbly agains the scotland attack and proved that the can play any bowling attack with ease.my allah help afghanistan to become one of the greatest cricket playing nation in the world and have great success in this regard aameen. rahmaniiu1

  • on August 15, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    I have been living in Glasgow Scotland for the last ten years and it was the happiest moment of my life when I witnessed the victory of my beloved country Afghanistan in Ayr yesterday. It was quiet emotional for me when I saw Afghans celebrating the victory. I hope that Afghans will be having these celebrations most often now. Afghan cricket player were brilliant and they played like proud afghans and I wish them all the best in their future. Specially brother Hammid Hassn with taking those 11 wickets reminded me the best ever bowler of the world. He is such a nice person and having a good personality too. I wish all of them a bright future and looking forward to see these loins playing in the coming one day matches on 16 and 17 of August. Inshallah, I will be definitely there in Ayr once again celebrating alongside all my brothers and sisters. Come on Afghanistan…. we can do it bring it for Afghans. Long Live Afghanistan.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 15, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    They keep going from strength to strength. Hope ICC will ensure that this generation of players fulfill their potential to the max.

  • on August 15, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Medium pacer? Are you sure, he was consistently above 85 mph in the World T20 and from accounts I've read of him, he rarely drops below that mark. I'd have him down as fast-medium at the very least.

    Another solid performace by the Afghans, shame their country is still screwed up because cricket could help heal that country. But this win shows they and Ireland are heads above the rest of the non-Test nations. Time to promote Ireland and a decade down the line look like doing the same to Afghanistan.

  • msabiri_hada on August 15, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    all Cridit goes to Rashid latif and kabir khan they are wonderful.

  • fawadaust on August 15, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    its pretty encourging im personaly loving the way AFG is playing i mean within few year they might just play TEST matches best of luck afg God bless

  • Naqibullah_Sherzad on August 15, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Fantastic!I love cricket and Love Afghan Cricket. Best of luck in the future to see you in big matches.

  • on August 15, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Congragulations! To all Afghans and all fans of Afghan National Cricket team. and well done Hamid!!! I want to give challenge to ICC and all the member teams, that if they give Afghanistan test status and arrange ODI's with full members, in the upcoming 4 years, Then Afghanistan Cricket team will be able to bring 2015 world cup to beautiful country of Afghanistan. But I think they are in fear from Afghanistan, that's why they are not playing with them. Best Luck Afghanistan Cricket Team, Be proud of your Success.

  • on August 16, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    WEL DONE, Outstanding & Superb all round display.... Congratulations to each & every Fan of Warriors. This is called the mad passion & dedication to the game and willingness of a win that he bowled 27 energetic overs despite of being injured. Fantastic to hear some thing like that..... Wawooo AFGHAN LIONS Rock.

  • mkhalilz on August 15, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    c'mon Afghans u can do it... what a fantastic performance over all.. look at the matches against Canada and Ireland, terrific tactical planning and a full fledge team work. afghans r having their best ever form at the moment. i think they can easily beat today's limping Pakistan team if given chance... and i must appreciate Kabir Khan and Rashid Latif for their guidance and support... wish u best of luck Afghans

  • on August 15, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    common guys it is not the matter whether he is a fast bowler or medium pacer. the case is that he is a great bowler and he proved that. dear friends please dont forget the effort of our batsmen bcz they batted superbly agains the scotland attack and proved that the can play any bowling attack with ease.my allah help afghanistan to become one of the greatest cricket playing nation in the world and have great success in this regard aameen. rahmaniiu1

  • on August 15, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    I have been living in Glasgow Scotland for the last ten years and it was the happiest moment of my life when I witnessed the victory of my beloved country Afghanistan in Ayr yesterday. It was quiet emotional for me when I saw Afghans celebrating the victory. I hope that Afghans will be having these celebrations most often now. Afghan cricket player were brilliant and they played like proud afghans and I wish them all the best in their future. Specially brother Hammid Hassn with taking those 11 wickets reminded me the best ever bowler of the world. He is such a nice person and having a good personality too. I wish all of them a bright future and looking forward to see these loins playing in the coming one day matches on 16 and 17 of August. Inshallah, I will be definitely there in Ayr once again celebrating alongside all my brothers and sisters. Come on Afghanistan…. we can do it bring it for Afghans. Long Live Afghanistan.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 15, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    They keep going from strength to strength. Hope ICC will ensure that this generation of players fulfill their potential to the max.

  • on August 15, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Medium pacer? Are you sure, he was consistently above 85 mph in the World T20 and from accounts I've read of him, he rarely drops below that mark. I'd have him down as fast-medium at the very least.

    Another solid performace by the Afghans, shame their country is still screwed up because cricket could help heal that country. But this win shows they and Ireland are heads above the rest of the non-Test nations. Time to promote Ireland and a decade down the line look like doing the same to Afghanistan.

  • msabiri_hada on August 15, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    all Cridit goes to Rashid latif and kabir khan they are wonderful.

  • fawadaust on August 15, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    its pretty encourging im personaly loving the way AFG is playing i mean within few year they might just play TEST matches best of luck afg God bless

  • Naqibullah_Sherzad on August 15, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Fantastic!I love cricket and Love Afghan Cricket. Best of luck in the future to see you in big matches.

  • on August 15, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Congragulations! To all Afghans and all fans of Afghan National Cricket team. and well done Hamid!!! I want to give challenge to ICC and all the member teams, that if they give Afghanistan test status and arrange ODI's with full members, in the upcoming 4 years, Then Afghanistan Cricket team will be able to bring 2015 world cup to beautiful country of Afghanistan. But I think they are in fear from Afghanistan, that's why they are not playing with them. Best Luck Afghanistan Cricket Team, Be proud of your Success.

  • on August 15, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Well done Hamid Hasan .. proud to have afghan Cricketer like you ... Fantastic job ...

  • on August 15, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    Very well played Afghans!! Trust me this team can beat Bangladesh BIG time if they were to play a series!! Hameed Hassan is a fast bowler blood, don't call him a mediumm pacer plz.

    Everytime he comes on as a 1st changer, he's taken wickets,how good can be a bowler that sends cartwheeling the stumps of the openers of top Associate teams!! Daz wat am talkin aboutm u knw, Hameed Hassan :)

    Apart frm dis, all da praise to our top order who had their own contributions in the victory. Loved the game all the way,however, the 1st inningsa total of Scotland SHOULD NOT have been more than 100 :( Get the weakness?

  • on August 15, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    C'mon, Hamid Hassan is a fast bowler and not medium... He was bowling above 90 Miles Per Hour in the T20 WC... And u still keep Ishant Sharma as a Fast bowler... :(

  • on August 15, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Congratulations for the remarkable Afghan team. They showed how far they've come by beating Scotland in Scotland. Well done.

  • on August 15, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    YaY, yet another win for Afghanistan.

  • CricketCritik on August 15, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Awesome Afghanistan !!! Great to see them rise at an international level, especially with their limited resources back home. Go Afghans go, wouldn't be long to see you guys among the test playing nations.

  • Dashgar on August 15, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    Great work Afghanistan. Proving they're a class above the other associate nations at the moment. That said we can't get carried away, they need time to develop.

    So far the only times they've played test nations was at the T20 world cup. I'd love to see them play some first class matches against 'A' teams as well as some ODI's against full test nations.

    If they perform well against these teams then they'd have to start being considered for test status because lets face it, with 40 million residents seeing these guys as heroes they can only improve.

    As for Ireland I'm not going to make any judgements, only an observation. What does your local off the street in Ireland think of Irish cricket. If they love it and believe their country should have test status then consider them. If they've never even heard of Eoin Morgan and couldn't care less about cricket then Ireland should never be a test nation. Test nations need cricket to be the biggest summer sport in their country.

  • on August 14, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    Hamid haseen is the tiger of Afghan cricket team long live fro him

  • Meety on August 14, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Go Afghanistan! I would like the ICC to announce what Ireland & Afghanistan need to do get Test status, (I'm not saying either are there yet). I think Ireland if they were allowed to have their poached players play for them would be ahead of Bangladesh. I think Afghanistan needs to have a relationship with Pakistan like Ireland does with England. By that I mean Afghan players could play for Pakistan. Or at the very least maybe play Afghan sides in Pakistan's first class structure. I would imagine the Afghans would be the only nation prepared to tour Pakistan at the moment. Pakistan should @ least play some ODI's against them. It would give Pakistan fans a chance to see their team play @ home?????

  • speengher on August 14, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Congrates to Afghanistan cricket team.... If ICC is serious about Assocaite countries they should grant test status to the top two teams from division one ... Afghanistan need to play with international teams ...although they have oneday status but they still have to wait for their first one day match against full members..

  • on August 14, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Weldone Afghanistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Fifthman on August 14, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    I can only go on what I read, but I think within a few years Afghanistan will be knocking at the door of Test cricket. They have had to overcome huge difficulties in their native land to progress this far, and I for one wish them every success. They seem to have the nucleus of an excellent side, and Hamid Hassan in particular looks very handy.

    I'll be watching their progress very closely. Go the Afghanis!

  • on August 14, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Hamid Hassan is not right arm medium!!! everyone saw him bowling speeds in excess of 90 mph in the T20 world cup, please change him to RFM or RF

  • Hagi on August 14, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Congrats Afghanistan Team for winning a important match. I hope they beat Kenya as well and play final here in Dubai where I live....i am eagerly waiting for the final...

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  • Hagi on August 14, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Congrats Afghanistan Team for winning a important match. I hope they beat Kenya as well and play final here in Dubai where I live....i am eagerly waiting for the final...

  • on August 14, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Hamid Hassan is not right arm medium!!! everyone saw him bowling speeds in excess of 90 mph in the T20 world cup, please change him to RFM or RF

  • Fifthman on August 14, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    I can only go on what I read, but I think within a few years Afghanistan will be knocking at the door of Test cricket. They have had to overcome huge difficulties in their native land to progress this far, and I for one wish them every success. They seem to have the nucleus of an excellent side, and Hamid Hassan in particular looks very handy.

    I'll be watching their progress very closely. Go the Afghanis!

  • on August 14, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Weldone Afghanistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • speengher on August 14, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Congrates to Afghanistan cricket team.... If ICC is serious about Assocaite countries they should grant test status to the top two teams from division one ... Afghanistan need to play with international teams ...although they have oneday status but they still have to wait for their first one day match against full members..

  • Meety on August 14, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Go Afghanistan! I would like the ICC to announce what Ireland & Afghanistan need to do get Test status, (I'm not saying either are there yet). I think Ireland if they were allowed to have their poached players play for them would be ahead of Bangladesh. I think Afghanistan needs to have a relationship with Pakistan like Ireland does with England. By that I mean Afghan players could play for Pakistan. Or at the very least maybe play Afghan sides in Pakistan's first class structure. I would imagine the Afghans would be the only nation prepared to tour Pakistan at the moment. Pakistan should @ least play some ODI's against them. It would give Pakistan fans a chance to see their team play @ home?????

  • on August 14, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    Hamid haseen is the tiger of Afghan cricket team long live fro him

  • Dashgar on August 15, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    Great work Afghanistan. Proving they're a class above the other associate nations at the moment. That said we can't get carried away, they need time to develop.

    So far the only times they've played test nations was at the T20 world cup. I'd love to see them play some first class matches against 'A' teams as well as some ODI's against full test nations.

    If they perform well against these teams then they'd have to start being considered for test status because lets face it, with 40 million residents seeing these guys as heroes they can only improve.

    As for Ireland I'm not going to make any judgements, only an observation. What does your local off the street in Ireland think of Irish cricket. If they love it and believe their country should have test status then consider them. If they've never even heard of Eoin Morgan and couldn't care less about cricket then Ireland should never be a test nation. Test nations need cricket to be the biggest summer sport in their country.

  • CricketCritik on August 15, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Awesome Afghanistan !!! Great to see them rise at an international level, especially with their limited resources back home. Go Afghans go, wouldn't be long to see you guys among the test playing nations.

  • on August 15, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    YaY, yet another win for Afghanistan.