Shahzad, bowlers help Afghanistan seal series

Afghanistan 160 for 4 (Shahzad 60, Shafiqullah 32, Maqsood 2-20) beat Oman 148 for 8 (Khawar 38, Ahmadzai 3-34) by 12 runs

Mohammad Shahzad struck 60 off 46 balls and the bowlers throttled the chase as Afghanistan beat Oman to take the T20 series 2-0 in Abu Dhabi.

Having been inserted, Afghanistan had a strong start despite the early loss of Usman Ghani. Shahzad was circumspect early on before launching sixes off Ajay Lalcheta and Mohammad Nadeem. Shahzad then went onto reach his fifty off 38 balls with a lofted six over midwicket. Asghar Stanikzai and Karim Sadiq assisted Shahzad with useful contributions before Shafiqullah gave more impetus at the death with an 18-ball 32. Afghanistan plundered 51 off the last five overs to finish with 160.

After picking up two wickets, Zeeshan Maqsood started the chase with a six and four fours but was dismissed in the third over for 24. Aaqib Sulheri's scratchy innings came to an end three overs later. Khawar Ali and Jatinder Singh fought but struggled to keep up with the asking rate. Yamin Ahmadzai took three wickets while Rokhan Barakzai and Sayed Shirzad collected two wickets each as Oman eventually came up short by 12 runs.

Oman 2nd innings Partnerships

1st25Zeeshan MaqsoodAqib Ilyas
2nd16Khawar AliAqib Ilyas
3rd44Jatinder SinghKhawar Ali
4th19Adnan IlyasJatinder Singh
5th14Adnan IlyasAamir Kaleem
6th1Sultan AhmedAdnan Ilyas
7th22Adnan IlyasAV Lalcheta
8th6Mohammad NadeemAV Lalcheta
9th1AV LalchetaBilal Khan