Afghanistan v Netherlands, ICC WCL Championship, Sharjah March 31, 2012

Sadiq century leads Afghanistan to win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan 259 for 5 (Sadiq 100, Mangal 45*) beat Netherlands 256 for 9 (Swart 52, Cooper 52, Barresi 51, Dawlatzai 4-38) by five wickets

Karim Sadiq and Izatullah Dawlatzai starred as Afghanistan hit back with a five-wicket win against Netherlands after having been thrashed by nine wickets two days ago. Dawlatzai led with four wickets as Afghanistan restricted Netherlands to 256 for 9. Sadiq cracked 100 off only 74 deliveries at the top to leave the middle order with enough space to motor to victory in the 47th over.

Netherlands were left to rue several wasted starts with Nos. 2 to 5 departing for individual scores between 47 and 52. Dawlatzai, the 20-year old fast bowler, jolted Netherlands with a strike in his second over, the fourth of the innings, when he bowled Stephan Myburgh for 5. Michael Swart (52) and Alexei Kervezee (47) settled the innings but departed in the space of 16 runs. It was the turn of Tom Cooper (52) and Wesley Barresi (51) to put on another substantial partnership that took Netherlands past 200 from 112 for 3.

At 206 for 4 in the 42nd over, Netherlands were eyeing a big finish but Cooper fell to Javed Ahmadi and Dawlatzai took out Barresi in the next over. Netherlands could not get going at the death, but Afghanistan still had a testing target.

Sadiq launched the chase with a stroke-filled innings, hitting 12 fours and four sixes in an opening partnership of 141 inside 20 overs with Ahmadi (43). Though Sadiq was bowled by Peter Borren immediately after reaching his hundred, Mohammad Shahzad (37) and captain Nawroz Mangal carried Afghanistan past 200. Mangal remained unbeaten on 45 as victory was achieved with 22 balls to spare.

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  • Bob on April 2, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    The Netherlands have 3 Dutch players on their team, how ridiculous. They should call themselves the South African/Australian/Pakistan XI. The Dutch team 10 years ago was full of local talent, what went wrong?

  • Andrew on April 2, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Well done Afghans. Hope Hasan gets back soon.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Happy to see the win of Afghanistan.great match by afghanistan tigers we are proud of our cricket team.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    `Being a Bangladeshi I see this Afgans team will be a threat to many top ranking cricket teams, not only Bangladesh.Remember In the last Asian Games Bangladesh beat AFGs in the final & got the gold medal in the event but it was a hard fought match.In last 2 over Ban scored around, 23 runs & turn the match in favour of Ban,may be experience was the factor.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Karim Sadiq is the best opener, Izatullah Dawlatzai is the best bowler in Afghanistan team.

  • Tahir on April 1, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Now Afghanistan are well poised to have a shot at Indians. They gave tough time to Pakistan and can provide thrill to the cricket lovers.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    well done afghan lion we expect more from you and you need more like Sadiq and Shahzad and dawlatzai well done

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    congrated Afghan Tigers. We proud the way you played was very very great specially Karim Sadiq,Izatullha, Jawid and Nawroz Mangal. We are praying for Hamid Hassan that Allah give him a quick health to come back to his team.

  • Hashim on April 1, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Great Game... Just maintain your consistency....and be Calm.....Go AFG Goooo,...

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Happy to see the win of Afghanistan. Hope they will be new power in world cricket from Asia.

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