Afghanistan v Scotland, WCL Championship, Sharjah March 8, 2013

Afghanistan hit Scotland World Cup hopes

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Afghanistan 261 for 5 (Nabi 51) beat Scotland 259 for 9 (Coetzer 133, Davey 64) by five wickets
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Afghanistan drew level with Scotland in second in the ICC's WCL Championship table after a five-wicket win that boosted their hopes of securing automatic qualification for the 2015 World Cup. A second defeat to the same opponents in three days, meanwhile, was a significant blow to Scotland's chances of finishing in the top two.

Despite Kyle Coetzer's run-a-ball 133, only three other batsmen got into double figures as Scotland made 259 from their 50 overs. Afghanistan put on several solid partnerships, with the lowest score among the top six being 28, and Mohammad Nabi rattled off 51 from 44 balls to put them on the brink of victory. A few blows from the powerful Gulbodin Naib were enough to finish the game with eight balls to spare.

Nabi had earlier taken two wickets but Scotland will rue not having made a more challenging total after reaching 144 for 1 in the 32nd over. Coezter and Josh Davey (64) had combined for a second-wicket partnership of 134 but Hamid Hassan broke the stand and Samiullah Shenwari (3-42) ripped out the middle order. Dawlat Zadran took two wickets and also ran out Coezter to prevent Scotland getting away.

Ireland lead the WCL Championship with 13 points, with Scotland and Afghanistan on 11, having played two games more. Netherlands, in fourth, face Namibia next month, while fifth-placed UAE host Ireland later in March. There will be a further two rounds of games, with the top two teams guaranteed a spot at the next World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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  • on March 10, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    afghanistan will be a part of world cup 2015 insha allah

  • loki897 on March 9, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    This is what is a called a team effort everyone

  • on March 9, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Hopefully waiting to see Afghanistan playing in World Cup . As far As they have been going it seems that they will soon qualify to the W.cup. Gooo Gooo Gooo Afghan We Love You

  • on March 9, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    good to see Mangal performing well in batting Shahzad doing good job on the top .Nabi and shinwari did well happy everyone perform well hope these guys win four days matche also .good luck team Afghanistan

  • on March 9, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    how Afghanistan can qualify for WC?

  • Akhtyarzai on March 9, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Very well played, that was a great match from both side players.

  • mihir_nam on March 9, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Ireland has proved their worth now Afghans are proving they are one of the best side out side elite club. But never have seen any such positive from Scotland team, Whereas Dutch have performed and beaten Bangladesh in ODI. and England in T20. Scots just beat BD in one off T20. Rest their performance is poor. Scotland is at same level which it was in 1999 world cup.Nor up or Nor Down. it is very hard for them to win outside European conditions . Hope they play well and remain in top two.

  • on March 9, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    What a interesting and amazing match played by Afghans. it looks like Afghanistan is improving nowadays especially in the batting section. I hope Afg win the remaining four matches to qualify for the 2015 world cup. ACB made a good decision to make Nabi as captain , he is the one of the talented player of the Asia. Norwaz seems improving in the batting. congratulation for all afghan.

  • on March 9, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Congrats to Afghan Team, But Scotland also played very well, we wish them best of luck next time...

  • maddy20 on March 9, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    The best part is Afhghans won this coz of collective effort. Everyone played a decent hand in the chase and made sure they won quite comfortably in the end!

  • on March 10, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    afghanistan will be a part of world cup 2015 insha allah

  • loki897 on March 9, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    This is what is a called a team effort everyone

  • on March 9, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Hopefully waiting to see Afghanistan playing in World Cup . As far As they have been going it seems that they will soon qualify to the W.cup. Gooo Gooo Gooo Afghan We Love You

  • on March 9, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    good to see Mangal performing well in batting Shahzad doing good job on the top .Nabi and shinwari did well happy everyone perform well hope these guys win four days matche also .good luck team Afghanistan

  • on March 9, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    how Afghanistan can qualify for WC?

  • Akhtyarzai on March 9, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Very well played, that was a great match from both side players.

  • mihir_nam on March 9, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Ireland has proved their worth now Afghans are proving they are one of the best side out side elite club. But never have seen any such positive from Scotland team, Whereas Dutch have performed and beaten Bangladesh in ODI. and England in T20. Scots just beat BD in one off T20. Rest their performance is poor. Scotland is at same level which it was in 1999 world cup.Nor up or Nor Down. it is very hard for them to win outside European conditions . Hope they play well and remain in top two.

  • on March 9, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    What a interesting and amazing match played by Afghans. it looks like Afghanistan is improving nowadays especially in the batting section. I hope Afg win the remaining four matches to qualify for the 2015 world cup. ACB made a good decision to make Nabi as captain , he is the one of the talented player of the Asia. Norwaz seems improving in the batting. congratulation for all afghan.

  • on March 9, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Congrats to Afghan Team, But Scotland also played very well, we wish them best of luck next time...

  • maddy20 on March 9, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    The best part is Afhghans won this coz of collective effort. Everyone played a decent hand in the chase and made sure they won quite comfortably in the end!

  • on March 9, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    Well played afg we are happy and proud on u guys go afg goooooo it is time tooo prove it self that we havesomething to say love you Afghanistan

  • on March 9, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    well done afghan boys we wish see our tame in the world cup soon

  • on March 9, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    welldon afghan we need test cricket plz icc plz

  • Azooz-Afgfan on March 9, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    2 More Rounds and Afghanistan is in World Cup. Well played Afghanistan I'm happy to see these guys batting once again,i mean everyone dominating. Best of Luck

  • Surajdon9 on March 8, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    Well Played AFG....Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rakesh_Sharma on March 8, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Good game . It is very freshning to see teams like Afghanistan,Ireland and Scotland. The ideal result would hae been 1-1 for both. One should keep in mind that whenever Afghanistan plays in UAE they basically get home pitch advantage. UAE i.e in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu dhabi is like playing at home for PAkistan,India , Afghanistan and Srilanka. So it is not a neutral venue by pitch condition. The same Scotland team is sure to get an upper hand when played in swinging conditions.

  • aby_prasad on March 8, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Wish countries like Scotland and Afghanistan and Ireland become superpowers in world cricket. Tired of the existing same few names over n over again :/ .

  • on March 8, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    what a great game I really enjoyed watching both AFG and SCOT they both well deserve to be where they are, of course AFG is much mature side and much more experience team then SCOTS but I liked they way SCOTS played too. Weldone Nabi, all rounder Shenwari of course Nawroz Mangal, and stylish Shehzad.

    Just want to thank ICC for broadcasting games live i hope to see more games life broadcast because this will really promote the game of cricket around the world.

  • on March 8, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    We wish this time afghan cricket team will be come to 2015 world cup in austerlia

  • Tromperie on March 8, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Afghanistan and Ireland are quite clearly the best of the non-Test playing nations, and I say that as a Scot. Congratulations to Afghanistan.

  • Stevros3 on March 8, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    @ Abdullah, each of the teams has two more rounds of games (4 games each) and the other teams apart from Scotland still have to play this round of 2 games (so each of them could get a possible 4 points). At worst case Afganistan would be 3 points off qualification after this round with a maximum of 8 points left on offer, however Afghanistan have got Kenya and Namibia as it's last two rounds, so should get a fair haul of points, plus all of the competitors for qualification have still to play Ireland in a round of matches. So there is still a good chance for them to qualify but will need Ireland (or somebody else to do them a favour and take some points off their competitors.

  • on March 8, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Well done Afghan tigers, and it showed a lot improvement in the batting play now. I hope ICC realize now that Afghanistan is no longer Affiliate member. They should be promoted to higher degree and should be given a chance to participate in next Asian Cup.

    Good luck boys.

  • on March 8, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Can somebody please explain what the chances are for Afghanistan to qualify directly? Is there going to be another match by Afghanistan or what?

  • on March 8, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan .Nabi was phenomenal today ,both with bat and ball .A very good start for his career of captaincy .Wish you all the best .It's my dream to watch Afghanistan playing against ICC Full Members at 2015 World Cup .

  • on March 8, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    great effort by mohammed shahzad.he played well in both all matches.

  • on March 8, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    This time is for AFGHANISTAN, sorry Scotland .....hope AFG qualify direct for Word Cup 2015...see u there

  • on March 8, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Hats off! Nabi captain inning cost Scottish hope our tigers white wash Nimbia as well to get spot in WC.

  • Hagi on March 8, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Well played Afghanistan was there in the stadium it was a great game of cricket. They are matured side now. Would love to see them battle against top test teams. WELL DONE AFGHANISTAN

  • on March 8, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    With Hopes, Afghanistan must have chances to qualify, directly.

    All the best for today playing. really great comeback from former caption and all team efforts.

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  • on March 8, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    With Hopes, Afghanistan must have chances to qualify, directly.

    All the best for today playing. really great comeback from former caption and all team efforts.

  • Hagi on March 8, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Well played Afghanistan was there in the stadium it was a great game of cricket. They are matured side now. Would love to see them battle against top test teams. WELL DONE AFGHANISTAN

  • on March 8, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Hats off! Nabi captain inning cost Scottish hope our tigers white wash Nimbia as well to get spot in WC.

  • on March 8, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    This time is for AFGHANISTAN, sorry Scotland .....hope AFG qualify direct for Word Cup 2015...see u there

  • on March 8, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    great effort by mohammed shahzad.he played well in both all matches.

  • on March 8, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan .Nabi was phenomenal today ,both with bat and ball .A very good start for his career of captaincy .Wish you all the best .It's my dream to watch Afghanistan playing against ICC Full Members at 2015 World Cup .

  • on March 8, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Can somebody please explain what the chances are for Afghanistan to qualify directly? Is there going to be another match by Afghanistan or what?

  • on March 8, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Well done Afghan tigers, and it showed a lot improvement in the batting play now. I hope ICC realize now that Afghanistan is no longer Affiliate member. They should be promoted to higher degree and should be given a chance to participate in next Asian Cup.

    Good luck boys.

  • Stevros3 on March 8, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    @ Abdullah, each of the teams has two more rounds of games (4 games each) and the other teams apart from Scotland still have to play this round of 2 games (so each of them could get a possible 4 points). At worst case Afganistan would be 3 points off qualification after this round with a maximum of 8 points left on offer, however Afghanistan have got Kenya and Namibia as it's last two rounds, so should get a fair haul of points, plus all of the competitors for qualification have still to play Ireland in a round of matches. So there is still a good chance for them to qualify but will need Ireland (or somebody else to do them a favour and take some points off their competitors.

  • Tromperie on March 8, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Afghanistan and Ireland are quite clearly the best of the non-Test playing nations, and I say that as a Scot. Congratulations to Afghanistan.