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

Afghanistan surge to Intercontinental title

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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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  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    well done Afghanistan

    It was great, Keep the spirit up,

  • Mehrooz 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

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2010, 10:39 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Andrew 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.

  • M.J.U. 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.

  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Congratulatinos to all afghan

  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Congratulations Afghan Team, Keep up the upbeat spirit.

  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    well done boys, keep it up

  • Syed 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.

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