Afghanistan v Scotland, WCL Championship, Sharjah March 6, 2013

Mangal ton sets up comprehensive Afghanistan win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan 203 for 3 (Mangal 112*, Shenwari 55*) beat Scotland 199 for 8 (Berrington 51, Gulbodin Naib 4-31) by seven wickets

Afghanistan cruised to a seven-wicket win over Scotland, riding on an unbeaten maiden century from opener Nawroz Mangal and a fifty from Samiullah Shenwari, in their ICC World Cricket League championship match in Dubai.

Chasing a target of 200, Afghanistan suffered an early setback after Iain Wardlaw had opener Mohammad Shahzad caught behind in for 19 in the third over. Asghar Stanikzai and Rahmat Shah also fell cheaply and in the 13th over Afghanistan were 59 for 3.

Mangal and Shenwari dispelled any fears of a collapse, though, sharing an unbeaten, match-winning stand of 144 runs. Mangal raced to his century, going from 73 to 103 in the space of eight balls. He hit three sixes and a four, taking 25 runs off Preston Mommsen in the 30th over and then dispatched the fourth ball of the 31st over for a four to bring up his hundred. His positive intent rubbed off on Shenwari, who also opened up with a flurry of boundaries to bring up his fifty and take Afghanistan to victory in the 34th over.

Afghanistan's bowlers had played their part in the victory by stifling Scotland after they had chosen to bat, with Gulbodin Naib, Dawlat Zadran and Hamid Hassan making early inroads. Matt Machan and Richie Berrington tried to consolidate the innings by adding 99 runs in 160 balls, but Machan's wicket triggered a collapse as Berrington and Mommsen were dismissed in quick succession. Scotland were reduced to 141 for 5 from 133 for 2 and some tight bowling from Afghanistan ensured the batsmen struggled for runs in the final overs. Naib took 4 for 31 in nine overs while Hassan and Zadran picked up two wickets each.

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  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    i think mohammad nabi captancy is going well he must maintain the captancy for afghanistan and he is such star as well in afghan cricket team.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    First let me say that, Outstanding performance in all aspects, second congrats to all Afghans. I am just adding some recomendations to my cricket team that I have seen their matches. Since the time has arrived now, one thing the Afghan players should really work on, think about, and put in practice... is ones and twoes. They should promote and improve themselves in this particular area. To win and compete with Top teams, U need to work around the balls. Another aspect which is also important, is to have the patient to stay on the crees in order to play all their overs. At the end congrats to Nawroz for th Ton and hope to see you boys in Top level soon. Keep up the good work.

  • ali on March 7, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Deer kha azmaro. well done boyz, you made us proud. Good to see Nowroz getting into form as it will really boost Afghanistan's batting. I hope Nabi can handle the pressure of captaincy and still perform well. Lets hope Afghanistan win the next game by even a bigger margin to get ahead of scotalnd and qualify straight from the championship league if namibia wins both matches for netherlands and ireland win from uae. LETS GO AFGHANS LETS GO

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Well Playing, hope they win all matches, after that do they have chance for World Cup 2015, Anybody can share

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    welldon afghan we love u in the coming time u will be 1 in world

  • Wahid on March 7, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    They have done a great job ! love it.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan! Nawroz has played brilliantly and proved himself that he is a class player.

  • Azooz on March 7, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    I'm happy for NOWROZ that he is back in form after a long time ,because when Nowroz is in form he plays enormous inning such us yesterday's. Weldone boys keep the momentum!

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Congrats for all Afghans,the played very well......I guess all what Afghan team needs,is exposure to International cricket....matches with Pakistan and Bangladesh premier league really helped them gain experience...They have really talented players but experience is a must,whatever the talent may be....I hope Afghan team find more opportunities to play with Pakistan,India and Bangladesh cricket least with their A level teams......

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    For Nowroz better to play as team member than captain. Coz he plau well

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