Shehzad, Hotak give Afghanistan A big win

Afghanistan A 116 for 1 (Shahzad 58, Sadiq 36*) beat Hyderabad and Karachi 112 (Hotak 5-15) by nine wickets

A five-wicket haul from left-arm spinner Hamza Hotak helped Afghanistan A clinch a commanding nine-wicket victory over Hyderabad and Karachi at the Niaz Stadium. Hotak destroyed Hyderabad's middle order as they were bowled out for 112. In reply, wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad smashed a 35-ball 58 to help achieve the target in 18.4 overs.

After being put in to bat, Hyderabad lost their first wicket without a run being scored. A 29-run stand was then followed by a 30-run stand, which was the highest in the innings. But from 59 for 2 they slipped to 77 for 7, from which they couldn't recover. Seamers Dawlat Ahmedzai, Izatullah Dawlatzai and spinner Karim Sadiq were the other wicket-takers. For Hyderabad, No. 3 Mohtashim Ali top-scored with 21.

Sadiq followed his spell of 1 for 15 with an unbeaten 36, as Afghanistan made light work of the small target.