Namibia v Afghanistan, WCL Championship, Windhoek August 11, 2013

All-round Afghanistan down Namibia

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan 199 for 5 (Shahzad 62, Nabi 46*) beat Namibia 193 (Baard 67, Pitchers 57, Hamid 4-32) by 5 wickets

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi's 23-ball 46 ensured Mohammad Shahzad's half-century and Hamid Hassan's 4 for 32 were match-winning efforts despite a middle-order collapse against Namibia in Windhoek.

Namibia began well, with Xander Pitchers involved in two half-century stands, with wicketkeeper Raymond van Schoor and No. 3 Stephan Baard. Baard took over after Pitchers was stumped for 57. Hamid Hassan brought Afghanistan back when he bowled top-scorer Baard for 67, which triggered a massive collapse. Namibia slumped from 174 for 3 to 193 all out as Hassan added three further wickets to his tally.

Chasing 194, Afghanistan began handsomely, Shahzad and Nawroz Mangal putting on 106 runs together. Namibia claimed three wickets in eight balls, including that of Shahzad who had struck seven fours and two sixes on his way to 62. But there were not enough runs to defend as No. 6 Mohammad Nabi smashed 20 in four balls against medium pacer Christi Viljoen and left-arm spinner Bernard Scholtz to quell Namibia's hopes. Nabi struck the winning runs, a six off Louis van der Westhuizen and sealed victory with 18 overs to spare.

Afghanistan are placed third on the World Cricket League Championship points table, with Netherlands above them. Table-toppers Ireland have already qualified for the World Cup 2015. All the teams have two matches left to play with the top two sides progressing directly to the showpiece event in Australia, while the rest would have to face-off in a qualifying event next year. The two teams reaching the final of that tournament will move on to the the World Cup.

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  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    What a performance by our heros, may Allah bring more success to our beloved country. I can't stop my tears. Jazakallah. May Allah bless you guys for bringing the joy to our war torn people's lives. I love every one my Afghanistan cricketers. I used to be a big fun of Pakistan team, but since my Country start playing, I become a big fun of my heros.

  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    The playing show of Afghani players were really outstanding in whole series and it had wide difference, it was not seeing like two associates were playing but it was seeing like one strong full member of ODI state plays against associate or affiliate team, so my personally request from ICC to kindly provide more support to Afghanistan team and give some matches with full member countries, because Afghan players have talents and ability and can challenge the full member states also.

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Over all the Afghan cricket team is improving. If anything needs to be done, its the fielding they have to improve and bring it to par with full members. One last point to be noted is that just because Hamid Hassan is back, this should not mean Dawlat Zadran can be ignored from here after. Dawlat was the guy who almost single handedly carried Afghanistan cricket team in the bowling department during the 18 months when Hassan was absent. The way Dawlat was ignored in the first match and eliminated in the second match is a cause for concern. Dawlat has proven himself more then enough to gain the confidence of the captain and the coaching team. If I could point one negative improvement since the change in captaincy, that is the lack of attention towards Dawlat and Samilullah lately. Hope its rectified in the future.

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Great rain of sixes by Afghan skipper in Namibia! How ever we have narrowly missed the second spot in the table,but it was a great all round performance by blue tigers.

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Great win. I am glad to see some of our players are in massive form. specially Mohammad Nabi and Hamid Hassan. if we win against Kenya in big margin then we will qualify without playing playoff rounds. well done Afghanistan and great all round performance by our captain Nabi

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    looking forward for future matches of Afghanistan , can any one let me know when will Afghanistan play remaining matches of WCL ? I really cant wait to watch them , best of luck Afghan Tigers

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    tigerzzzz keep this winning strike..... Inshallah we Afghan will qualify and our National anthem will be play in Australia in 2015 WC.... <3

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Congratulation to all Afghan cricket fans, two good wins place Afghanistan in a very good position in points table, hope they win against Kenya as well.. another good thing is that Netherland play Canada before Afghanistan vs Kenya So Afghanistan will know more about the net run rate....

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Brilliant Job Team Afghanistan, Need to work on batting line-up to have a stronger top 5 batting line with 2 all rounders in the team. Our bowlers are doing a fine job but have to keep this form ahead.

    Best of luck ACT/ACB


    Hameed Khaliqi

  • Azooz on August 12, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    It was a Successful tour for Afghanistan from all the aspects and a Brilliant Clean sweap though. A brilliant tour for Nabi and his teammen with lovely winning combination and a high jump to their NRR. I can now claim that, Afghanistan is improving very rapid, so FMs beware of it. Last round of WCL will be intresting. GAME ON ! Best of ov Afghan boys and make our dream come true. Congrates lads :-)

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