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

Afghanistan hit Scotland World Cup hopes

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan 261 for 5 (Nabi 51) beat Scotland 259 for 9 (Coetzer 133, Davey 64) by five wickets

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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  • Dummy4 on March 10, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    afghanistan will be a part of world cup 2015 insha allah

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

    This is what is a called a team effort everyone

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    how Afghanistan can qualify for WC?

  • Khalid on March 9, 2013, 9:50 GMT

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

  • Mihir 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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...

  • V.L 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!

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