Kenya v Afghanistan, Intercontinental Cup, 1st day October 2, 2010

Mangal ton leaves Afghanistan in charge

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan 440 for 6 (Mangal 168*, Ashraf 62*, Odhiambo 3-68) v Kenya

Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal powered his side to a formidable position with a bristling unbeaten 168 on the opening day of the Intercontinental Cup game against Kenya in Nairobi.

With Afghanistan's spot in next month's final against Scotland already secure, the batsmen had the freedom rattle along at almost five an over as Mangal was ably supported by Karim Sadiq, Mohammad Shahzad and Mirwais Ashraf, who all posted half-centuries.

There was plenty of punishment for the Kenyan bowlers but paceman Nehemiah Odhiambo emerged with some credit, taking 3 for 68 from 17 overs. Afghanistan's care-free approach threatened to undo them when, despite racing along, they lost their fifth wicket at 210 but led by Mangal, they stuck to their attacking instincts to finish the day well on top.

Having opted to bat first after winning the toss, the Afghanistan innings did not get off to the brightest start. Javed Ahmadi, making his first-class debut after impressing for the Under-19 side, was trapped in front by experienced paceman Thomas Odoyo for 11 but, in their contrasting styles, Sadiq and Shahzad scripted an impressive response.

Shahzad blazed boundary after boundary from one end while Sadiq held on resolutely at the other, as the pair added 104 in 22.1 overs. Shahzad reached 72 off 68 balls, thumping 12 fours and a six before becoming the first of Odhiambo's three victims.

Sadiq was out soon after for 55 and Asghar Stanikzai followed in the next over as the home side made an impressive comeback. Once again, though, Afghanistan rallied. Mangal, who had watched on helplessly as the wickets fell, found enough support from Mohammad Nabi to add 60 in 14 overs. Nabi only made 13 in the partnership but he stuck around long enough for Mangal to find his range as the Afghanistan captain upped the pace.

Samiullah Shenwari helped turn a potentially tricky 210 for 5 following Nabi's dismissal into a more commanding total with 45 from 64 balls while Mangal took charge from the other end. Mangal reached his maiden first-class hundred at almost a run a ball and continued to attack after Shenwari chipped back a return catch to Odhiambo.

In all Mangal struck 23 fours and a six in his 185-ball stay and together with Ashraf pushed the score well beyond 400. Ashraf took his cue from his captain and was similarly cavalier, reaching his first first-class half-century to end the day unbeaten on 62 off 77 balls. Having batted so positively, Afghanistan have plenty of time to try and push the score out of reach before unleashing one of the most potent attacks in the competition.

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  • Mohammed Tariq on October 3, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    to all afghan we should raise together and show to the world that we have talent and give us test status this is a new record in the history of the cricket to make 464 runs in a day isnt it a record so plz give us test status we better than some team that i dont want to mention it plz icc help afghan cricket team I want to say thanks to to inform us from our afghan team so thanks alot

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    As we have seen Afghanistan's performance in the ongoing cup. They are very talented, and can compete teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. ICC have to give'em a chance to play against these teams and prove themselves that they are capable of playing with teams like Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and others. We pray for them to get what they want their (DREAM).

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    afghanistan team is much at this stage is much stronger then those of other sides who were given test status i.e bangladesh zimbabwe etc so ICC must give afghanistan support and give them status of test cricket with the international teams like india srilanka pakistan etc

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    great team at all as compare to those bangladesh, zimbabwe ireland etc. icc must help to support the cricket in afghanistan. icc must give the oppertunity for afghan team to have match with the international sides e.g india pakistan and so on. may be afghanistan can do more in that games.

  • Rakesh on October 3, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    The Afghanistan team really brings out a special flair to cricket. Their fearless cricket reflects the warzone background from where they come. Considering the fact that the average age is less than 25, they can only improve. Important thing is that there is passion for cricket in Afghanistan , making it the most popular sport there. ICC must elevate Ireland to Test cricket immediately , while encouraging Afghanistan and subsequently helping them for Tests as well. The main thing in Afghanistan is forming First class structure. Same thing for Ireland, ICC must promote First class structure and help cricket in schools. Hopefully cricket can take out some amount of religious fanaticism out from Afghanistan.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Afghanistan was robbed of a challenging finale against a side like Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans had nothing to prove and alot to lose had they played against us in the final. I think that's the main reason for their decision to forefiet the game and hand the points on a plate to Scotland. Now we and the Scotts are stuck with a boring finale with nothing to prove either way.

  • Dinil on October 3, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    great work by the Afghans..and as expected Hamid hassan ran thru the Kenyans...these guys are destined for greater thingss :)..Go afghans Go

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Shame about the current situation of religious insanity in Afghanistan. Lets hope the pathetic fighting stops and Afghanistan can build a cricketing infrastructure, a good domestic set-up and then, maybe then we could see Test cricket being played Kabul within a decade. In the meantime, the ICC need to promote Ireland to Test status.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    congratulation to Mangal 168 I hope to complete 200 today, Inshallah Afghanistan will win this game and final.

  • Kairavan on October 3, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    440 runs in a single day's play against a decent side like Kenya in Kenya!!! and not to forget the 494 runs chased successfully in the 4th innings against Canada in Hot & Humid Sharjah. Well, I feel that this Afghanistan side is much better that test minnows Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. Alongwith Ireland, they should be granted test status immediately & can give teams like West Indies & New Zealand, a great fight.

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