Afg v Scotland, Intercontinental Cup final, 3rd day December 4, 2010

Afghanistan surge to Intercontinental title

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Afghanistan 171 and 124 for 3 (Shahzad 56*) beat Scotland 212 and 82 (Ashraf 3-8, Shenwari 3-15, Hassan 3-39) by seven wickets
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Afghanistan's rise through the cricket world continued as they secured the Intercontinental Cup in their first year of participation with a commanding seven-wicket victory against Scotland in Dubai. Mohammad Shahzad guided the pursuit of 124 with an unbeaten 56 after Scotland had been skittled for 82.

Scotland were facing an uphill battle at the start of the third day when they resumed on 64 for 6 and the lower order couldn't turn around their fortunes. The innings lasted just a further eight overs with Mirwais Ashraf claiming three quick wickets and Hamid Hassan completing a match-haul of eight when he removed Richie Berrington.

Karim Sadiq fell early in the chase, but Scotland needed more than one breakthrough to give Afghanistan a scare. Shahzad and Shabir Noori (35) added a brisk 55 to ease any tension in the dressing room. When Noori was caught behind, Narwoz Mangal hit four boundaries to take Afghanistan to the brink of victory.

Hassan was named Man of the Match and his coach, Rashid Latif, offered him high praise with comparisons to Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. "I kept wicket a lot with Wasim and Waqar who are both mentally and physically very strong and they used to bowl spells of 18 and 20 overs on the trot and to see Hamid come in and bowl 22 odd overs on the trot I think is amazing," he said. "I didn't think anybody could bowl 22 overs in a row, but Hamid did and it was simply great stuff."

Hassan, though, was more modest. " I don't know where I get the stamina to bowl 22 overs, I think I was just so desperate to make sure we won the final that I lost count of how many overs I had bowled," he said.

"It wasn't easy bowling as I've got a bit of a heel injury but all that mattered was that we won the final today. Credit should go to Scotland, they played well and particularly [Neil] McCallum who scored the century for Scotland on the first day."

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  • on December 9, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    well done Afghanistan

    It was great, Keep the spirit up,

  • Mehr00z on December 8, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    1. What is the ICC doing to help Pakistan at such a difficult time where they are being isolated not only in the international community but in the cricketing community as well?

    2. What is ICC's stance on Pakistan hosting cricket in the future? Do you feel Pakistan will be further isolated as a result of the recent match-fixing accusations?

    3. Why hasn't the ICC made a strong statement about backing the Pakistan national team's right to play cricket when some are calling for a short ban? What are your views on the calls for banning Pakistan?

    4. Do you think that the ICC should take responsibility for its failure in not protecting young players from falling into corrupt hands?

    5. What exactly is the role of ICC and ACSU in particular, when you have to rely so much on tabloids, sting operations, and police to carry on investigations? Will it be fair to say that the ICC is incompetent?

    6. Don't you as an organization believe in "innocent until proven guilty" or do have yo

  • on December 6, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    great job done by Afghanez. Soon Afghanistan will face with top 10 test playing countries

  • on December 6, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Well done to Afghanistan! Beating Scotland so convincingly shows that you are by far the best Associate nation in world cricket. The only thing I see wrong with how they play, and I may be wrong as all I have seen is the video above, is the failure of the non-striker to back up (walk down the pitch a meter or so as the bowler bowls) and if they are going to be successful in One-Day cricket (quick singles) and at a higher first-class, hopefully test level, they are going to need to do this. But well done Afghanistan! I enjoy following all your amazing success and you are an inspiration to us all!

  • Meety on December 5, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    Well done Afghans - my only concern is whether there is going to be a continuous production of talent to follow the current top players. Hamid is definately Test standard so is a couple of others like Shahzad. If the prospects of unearthing more talent is high - then they should be given Test status within the next 4 years. With Test status the bulk of their first 4 0r 5 years must be against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe & occasionly Pakistan.

  • BD_ROCKS_jisaan on December 5, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Congrats Afghan heroes!! they are surely the best outside test world. it's a pity that they won't be there in the next year's world cup.

  • on December 5, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Congratulatinos to all afghan

  • on December 5, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Congratulations Afghan Team, Keep up the upbeat spirit.

  • on December 5, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    well done boys, keep it up

  • Wafiullah on December 5, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Afghanistan played one of its most splendid games and outclassed Scotland on the 3rd day of the match with 2 more days to spare. I think Afghanistan really should be, and deserves, to awarded a One-Day International status. Afghanistan has been on the track of triumphs winning tournaments against all its Associate rivals. ICC should take immediate steps to providing Afghanistan with enough opportunity to play matches against other Test Nations. Afghanistan is the future Test Nation of Test Cricket World.

  • on December 9, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    well done Afghanistan

    It was great, Keep the spirit up,

  • Mehr00z on December 8, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    1. What is the ICC doing to help Pakistan at such a difficult time where they are being isolated not only in the international community but in the cricketing community as well?

    2. What is ICC's stance on Pakistan hosting cricket in the future? Do you feel Pakistan will be further isolated as a result of the recent match-fixing accusations?

    3. Why hasn't the ICC made a strong statement about backing the Pakistan national team's right to play cricket when some are calling for a short ban? What are your views on the calls for banning Pakistan?

    4. Do you think that the ICC should take responsibility for its failure in not protecting young players from falling into corrupt hands?

    5. What exactly is the role of ICC and ACSU in particular, when you have to rely so much on tabloids, sting operations, and police to carry on investigations? Will it be fair to say that the ICC is incompetent?

    6. Don't you as an organization believe in "innocent until proven guilty" or do have yo

  • on December 6, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    great job done by Afghanez. Soon Afghanistan will face with top 10 test playing countries

  • on December 6, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Well done to Afghanistan! Beating Scotland so convincingly shows that you are by far the best Associate nation in world cricket. The only thing I see wrong with how they play, and I may be wrong as all I have seen is the video above, is the failure of the non-striker to back up (walk down the pitch a meter or so as the bowler bowls) and if they are going to be successful in One-Day cricket (quick singles) and at a higher first-class, hopefully test level, they are going to need to do this. But well done Afghanistan! I enjoy following all your amazing success and you are an inspiration to us all!

  • Meety on December 5, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    Well done Afghans - my only concern is whether there is going to be a continuous production of talent to follow the current top players. Hamid is definately Test standard so is a couple of others like Shahzad. If the prospects of unearthing more talent is high - then they should be given Test status within the next 4 years. With Test status the bulk of their first 4 0r 5 years must be against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe & occasionly Pakistan.

  • BD_ROCKS_jisaan on December 5, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Congrats Afghan heroes!! they are surely the best outside test world. it's a pity that they won't be there in the next year's world cup.

  • on December 5, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Congratulatinos to all afghan

  • on December 5, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Congratulations Afghan Team, Keep up the upbeat spirit.

  • on December 5, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    well done boys, keep it up

  • Wafiullah on December 5, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Afghanistan played one of its most splendid games and outclassed Scotland on the 3rd day of the match with 2 more days to spare. I think Afghanistan really should be, and deserves, to awarded a One-Day International status. Afghanistan has been on the track of triumphs winning tournaments against all its Associate rivals. ICC should take immediate steps to providing Afghanistan with enough opportunity to play matches against other Test Nations. Afghanistan is the future Test Nation of Test Cricket World.

  • Wijdan1 on December 5, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    M.Dawood Vijdan

    Congratulations to All Afghan Nation and Afghanistan's fans All over the world blessing of Allah Tala , that we won this match we are prouding on afghanistan team specialy on Hamid Hassan

  • on December 5, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Afghan Heroes Salam to you all May Allah SWT bless you. Congratulation and Mubark you guys made your people proud, I am sure every sport loving men and women are praying for your success. We are hoping one day Inshallah you guys will bring the world cup home.

  • somabanam on December 4, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Congratulations to the Afghan team. Amazing performance. From the video, Mr.Parker seems really enraged. Not sure if the scot team took the defeat well.

  • on December 4, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    v.great performance by Afghanistan and i am very pleased with their performance and want to see them in world cup and this team has ability to make upsets as they beat Scotland in this finale. .. . .. . . ..

  • surajitkumar013 on December 4, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan

  • on December 4, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Thank you brothers for your best perfomince and thanks MR.Hamid Hasin & Mr. Mirwas jan. all afghan brothers and sisters and mothers are praying to yours sercusse best of luck to you alls well done the really afghan,/............. you are.

  • on December 4, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    I too have been following them since they first came to the international scene and they are really just getting better and better! its a pity they couldnt qualify for 2011 world cup! I am very sure they would have beaten some of the more fancied teams!!

  • on December 4, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    wow i realy love this amazing news about my country

  • Saud.kdr on December 4, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Sallam, Afghans this is blessing of Allah Tala , that we won this match. may Allah tala bless us and our Team.

  • on December 4, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    great performance from Afghan side,,,good luck for future

  • on December 4, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Congratulations to All Afghan Nation and Afghanistan's fans All over the world, We are proud of you and you are really National Heroes waiting to See this Cup in Kabul my Favorite Hamid Hassan the Tiger of Afghanistan Cricket Team and Request to ICC to pay ful attention to Afghanistan's Progress

  • Zahidsaltin on December 4, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan and Rashid Latif. All of these wins will inspire new talent to come forward. Wasim Akrams and Tandulkars will be born in Afghan cricket too.

  • on December 4, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Afghanistan cricket team has proved that they are the best associate & desereve a tets status now.

  • SagirParkar on December 4, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    i have been following the rise of Afghan cricket since they first came into our collective conscience a few years ago... and i must say that i am very impressed with their rise and consistent improvement... This will be a team to watch for in the future and i sincerely hope that they get a few good players along the way who can challenge the big boys of cricket... my best wishes to the Pathans... :)

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Congratulation and well done Afghanistan for grabbing this big title.

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Well done!! Afghan Lions, You have done a great job, CONGROTULATIONS!!! to all Afghans and their proudious team

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan!!! I am a Sri Lankan and I was really impressed about their performance in the Asian games. I hope they do well in future and be able to defeat test playing nations soon.

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    congratulation afghanistan we proud of u AFG TIGERS'

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Salam alikom absolutely fantastic and well done by our Loins. They are in the right track now :) So inshalah i hope this wining will give a new hope for the upcoming stars in Afghanistan:) We need this Trophy and waited for long time now . Now time is 2 tnx dear Allah and the victory should be celebrated by everyone in AFG.

    Congurat 2 u everyone:)

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Congrats to all the Afghans !!! Long Live Greater Afghanistan !

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Congratulation to All Afghans we all feel proud and happy as nations players defeat the scotland in the final and won the cup for the first time

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    Congratulation to Afghanistan team...

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    fantastic wining by our loins

  • on December 4, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Congratulations to all Afghans and specially to our beloved team and hard working players for bringing the greatest ever trophy and title to AFGHANISTAN. We all are proud of you. Beating Pakistan and bringing Intercontinental Cup Trophy home are truly historic moments and historic achievements. Keep Rockin!!!

  • Hashmatsaadaat on December 4, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    well done Afghanistan.but u have to work hard,u had some weeknesses that u have to decrease those.i wish u play all the time and against big teams.best of luck

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  • Hashmatsaadaat on December 4, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    well done Afghanistan.but u have to work hard,u had some weeknesses that u have to decrease those.i wish u play all the time and against big teams.best of luck

  • on December 4, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Congratulations to all Afghans and specially to our beloved team and hard working players for bringing the greatest ever trophy and title to AFGHANISTAN. We all are proud of you. Beating Pakistan and bringing Intercontinental Cup Trophy home are truly historic moments and historic achievements. Keep Rockin!!!

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    fantastic wining by our loins

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    Congratulation to Afghanistan team...

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Congratulation to All Afghans we all feel proud and happy as nations players defeat the scotland in the final and won the cup for the first time

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Congrats to all the Afghans !!! Long Live Greater Afghanistan !

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Salam alikom absolutely fantastic and well done by our Loins. They are in the right track now :) So inshalah i hope this wining will give a new hope for the upcoming stars in Afghanistan:) We need this Trophy and waited for long time now . Now time is 2 tnx dear Allah and the victory should be celebrated by everyone in AFG.

    Congurat 2 u everyone:)

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    congratulation afghanistan we proud of u AFG TIGERS'

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan!!! I am a Sri Lankan and I was really impressed about their performance in the Asian games. I hope they do well in future and be able to defeat test playing nations soon.

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    Well done!! Afghan Lions, You have done a great job, CONGROTULATIONS!!! to all Afghans and their proudious team