Afghanistan v Kenya, WCL, Sharjah October 2, 2013

Hassan, Mangal seal eight-wicket win

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Afghanistan 95 for 2 (Mangal 52*, Shahzad 33) beat Kenya 89 (Ouma 24, Hassan 4-19) by 8 wickets

Afghanistan did one half of their job in their pursuit of a 2015 World Cup berth as they beat Kenya by eight wickets in Sharjah, thanks largely to Hamid Hassans' 4 for 19, and Nawroz Mangal's unbeaten 52.

Kenya won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision they would come to rue. In the first over, Hassan removed Irfan Karim, followed soon by Obanda's wicket in the 4th over.

Kenya lost wickets like they were going out of style as some tight bowling from Hassan and Shapoor Zadran kept them in check. In fact, only three batsmen were able to pass double figures, with Maurice Ouma top-scoring with a doughty 24 off 48 balls. Hiren Varaiya's wicket in the 38th over signaled the end of Kenya's innings, where they finished on 89.

Afghanistan's reply, in contrast, was calm and considered as they cantered to 79 without any wicket. Mohammad Shahzad holed out to Dhiren Gondaria of the bowling off Varaiya in the 16th over, followed by Hashmutallah Shadi being removed for a three-ball duck. But by then, Afghanistan had done enough, as they were able to knock off the remaining 9 runs to seal an emphatic eight-wicket win, with 32.1 overs to spare.

"I seriously enjoyed bowling today, 10 overs, 18 runs, four wickets - just missed the five wickets, but that's alright," Hassan said after the game. "We got the win and hopefully on Friday we'll do the same," he said.

If Afghanistan win their next match against Kenya on October 4, then they guarantee themselves a spot in the 2015 World Cup. If not, they will then have to travel to New Zealand for another chance at qualification.

"If we win on Friday, the whole nation will be celebrating," Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi said. "We will now try even harder for our next game to play positively."

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  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Congratulation to Team Afghanistan and Nation Afghanistan, Well done my heroes, witnessing another heartwarming chapter in the nation's cricketing story. They have outplayed the five-time World Cup participant Kenya in all three games played, which show Afghan strength in their competence on international level. Be ready Cricketing champions we are coming to Australia for WC 2015. (Bareewal)

  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Agree with deeblaque, there's still a big gap between Zim, Ban and the associates, although arguably Ireland and Afghanistan are better now than Bangladesh were when they got promoted to Test Cricket

  • MATTHEW on October 3, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    l am suprised people still underestimate Zim & Bangladesh.These two teams are a level ahead of these associates.we wouldnt mind hosting them against our A teams or U19s.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    afghanistan is now an excellent team in the world, i believe they can beat full membership countries too.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Afghanistan should play in the upcoming Asia cup against India,Pakistan, Srilanka and Bangladesh. They will fight well. Look forward for a positive response from the Indian,Paksitan, Srilankan and Bangladesh cricket boards. Cricket and other sports is the main weapon of peace in Afghanistan.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan! They outplayed Kenya once again, Just one win more then Afghanistan will their ticket for 2015 WC. Best of luck for the next much

  • Daud on October 3, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Afghanistan have the ability to upset any full member nation. The ICC should push to schedule a series between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, or even add Bangladesh for a tri-series.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Proud on Our younger team and congratulation to all Afghanistan. Hassan, Nowroz and the reset of the team played very well. base on your performance which you presented against Kenyia we are now strongly believed on your success to WC and in the next short time Afghanistan will be the best team in World of Cricket

  • Mike on October 3, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Afghanistan are an ordinary team. This team hasn't even beaten a full member yet. Ireland are much much better team than them.

  • Pushpakumara on October 3, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    congratulations Afghanistan!Really love to see you playing 2015 world cup.Good luck for remaining games.I rate their fast bowling is second best in asia after Pakistan,in terms of raw skills. Concentrate more on batting.

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