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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • M 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

  • Dummy4 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 allah help afghanistan to become one of the greatest cricket playing nation in the world and have great success in this regard aameen. rahmaniiu1

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dre 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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

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

  • fawadsharifi 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 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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