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Best performances - Batsmen

Samiullah Shinwari
Samiullah Shinwari
96(147) 7x4 - 5x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep shot
  • 18 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
1 4 13 3 23 3 14 35
Javed Ahmadi
Javed Ahmadi
51(51) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
7 1 2 5 12 5 5 14

Best performances - Bowlers

Shapoor Zadran
Shapoor Zadran
O10
M1
R38
W4
Eco3.80
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
RD Berrington
RD Berrington
O10
M0
R40
W4
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

Afghanistan sit above Sri Lanka and England, with a better run-rate. They should be proud. So should Scotland. They have provided a spectacle that will live long in memory as long as there is a World Cup. It's a pity it's over, but we should be wary of more such madness coming our way. This is Alagappan Muthu, elated that his fingers ache beyond description

"It was the time to save wickets, pitch wasn't that hard to bat on," Shenwari says to Star Sports. "We just needed to stay there and push the game in deep. It was big tension for me, my heart was beating so fast and I had to say to myself control it, control it, control it. Dawlat stayed with me, and that's what I said to him. Even if it's a maiden or a single, don't think about that. Just wait for the last five overs. He was always telling me I can hit, but I said I can hit and I am not hitting, so why do you want to?

"When he hit the shot, I told him why did you do it? Why did you do it? but he wasn't responding. That's why I was angry. I believed in them, we trust each other and that's why we got to the last over. All I said was give me company and I will do the job.

"The one thing, the wind was there and even if I hit it off the bottom of the bat, wind will take it over. We had two weeks here and it's a beautiful place to be."

Aaron: "I'm a New Zealander, and unless we lift the Cup next month I'm unlikely to ever see anything as heartwarming as an Afghan win at any World Cup."

Pawan: "Surprised. No one is talking about Hamid Hassan, great effort from number 10 to stay there for 75 mins and 40 odd balls."

SAGAR: "I did predict Scotland win but I am happy that at least a sub-continent team other than India defeated outside sub-continent team "

Mohammad Naveed: "The Celebration has started in Kabul, and lots of air firing on that occasion. "

titas kar: "I had fever today,but still came to my hospital. Fortunately very few patients turned up, and I kept cricinfo commentary on. Was so afraid of jinxing Afghanistan, that is didn't check out all the Whatsapp notifications that came in!! Shenwari had made me sweat in my chair!! And Al Muthu, hats off..... Your words have power!! "

nutsy: "if we look as a whole, nothing much to choose between these two teams..early wickets fell, then stability, then middle order collapse and then lower order come back...but Afg clamped the final nail..."

Keshav: "Cracker jack match. Shenwari deserved the hundred to take Afghanistan over the line, idea was right from him, but since he had got 3 sixes, he could have probably afforded to wait for the next over to go for another big shot, ah well, he won't have complaints now. Shows how much of a difference lower order runs can make. If Afghanisthan had shut down Scotland's tail they could have cruised this and likewise from Scotland. Superb match though, a good old fashioned slow burner, like a good Hitchcock movie amidst many contemporary poor thrillers. "

"This is our first win in the World Cup and everyone enjoys this one," says Mohammad Nabi, the winning Afghanistan captain. "The pressure was great. The boys didnt' bat well, four five wickets early but Sami [Shenwari] played very well. Good learning experience about handling the pressure and for our upcoming games, it';s good as well. Putting two points on the board. Hope we win more games, everyone would have enjoyed this game. its out first win in the World Cup. We've had good support here and also back home"

"Particularly difficult for us," says Mommsen, "We knew what to expect. We knew if we were patient we can take a couple of wickets and get more. We had them seven down, but we couldn';t do it. Obviously we were trying to take wickets the whole time. Those 8, 9, 10, but unfortunately it wasn't to be."

Shenwari is Man of the Match "Thanks to Allah, thankful to stay there in the end and give the win for Afghanistan. We lost five wickets early and I had the resposibility to stay there till the end. Poor shot, but I was trying to get a six. Good win for us in the tournament and we are looking forward to win more and get into the Super Eight"

R.Guru Sankar: "85/2 --> 97/8 --> 211/9. What a ride! "

ali jan Rafique: "I am in public metro station and i want to shouting that Afghanistan have done it"

Chris: "Forget the full-member nations. Let's leave them out of the World Cup (they have the Champions Trophy anyway). Let's just have 16 Associate teams. Those guys always provide the most memorable highlights of the World Cups."

7.10 pm Two teams that have laid it all and then some more on the line. The Scottish have been so resilient. Alasdair Evans and Majid Haq needed to rewrite a national record for the ninth wicket and they bowled their skins out. It was a small total, they had to contend with Javed Ahmadi racing off at the top. And then came the double-strikes, a middle-overs collapse engineered by spectacularly disciplined bowling, full of belief and will. Richie Berrington is a dibbly-dobbly medium pacer but he bowled seriously well. Forced Afghanistan to 96 for 6 and Shenwari was wondering what he could do to stop it. He was consuming too many balls. He was not picking the gaps as he wanted. But then he buckled down. He told himself this was the World Cup. This is the occasion he had waited for so long and took control of the situation. Calculated blows, frantic running, pure unbreakable belief from him as well. And he won out, thanks to a little help from the phenomenal Shapoor Zadran

49.3
4
Wardlaw to Shapoor Zadran, FOUR runs, he's done it! Shapoor has the vicroty and races off to one corner of the ground in his trademark celebration. The Scots are heartbroken, Shenwari is delirously happy! He wanted a yorker, ends up with a low full toss on leg stump and it's been picked off. Shapoor had stopped running as soon as the ball beat the short fine leg fielder. Spread his hands out wide and fell onto the turn in joy! What a match! What a performance! What theatre! This is how good the World Cup can be! This is how good it should be!

Four of four! But only two fielders are outside the circle

49.2
0
Wardlaw to Shapoor Zadran, no run, slower ball ball on middle and leg, Shapoor nudges it into the leg side and sets off. There's no single there though and Machan bounds in and delivers an underarm throw, but it misses its mark! Whoooa, the tension is getting to me!! Time for a break for Shapoor as he gets some magic spray on his left hand

Mini conference between captain and bowler. Actually six in the circle

49.1
1
Wardlaw to Hamid Hassan, 1 run, curling yorker on off stump and it gets a thick outside edge to deep third man. Hamid did very well to protect his stumps. They're nailing their death overs discipline here, both teams

Six balls left, five runs needed for Afghanistan, one wicket for Scotland. This is the World Cup at it's best. Eight men up on in the ring!

END OF OVER:
49 | 9 Runs | AFG: 206/9 (5 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.20, RRR: 5.00)

  • Shapoor Zadran8 (8b)
  • Hamid Hassan14 (38b)
  • Richie Berrington10-0-40-4
  • Alasdair Evans10-1-30-2
48.6
4
Berrington to Shapoor Zadran, FOUR runs, he's found the boundary at fine leg! This is why the extra ball matters and Shapoor got inside the line of the short slower ball and pulled it away very cheekily. Goes on a long, animated monologue with Hamid about the shot as they hug each other and contemplate....
48.6
1w
Berrington to Shapoor Zadran, 1 wide, looks for the wide yorker, but Berrington has slid it wider than the tram lines allow. Pressure mounts, pressures shows
48.5
1lb
Berrington to Hamid Hassan, 1 leg bye, good length ball on middle and leg, looks for a flick but only lobs off the thigh pads towards point. And the keeper races after it himself. Brilliant commitment, but can't stop the single

Last-gasp finish

5

Number of one-wicket wins in World Cup cricket. There were two in 2007, and one each in 1987 and 1975

Ninth wicket to the rescue

2

This is the second instance of the 9th wicket adding more than 100 runs in a World Cup game (over both innings). First instance: Ind v Zim, 1983

A new high

1

Number of 200-plus scores for Scotland in 11 World Cup innings. Their previous best was 186, v South Africa in 2007

Giving nothing away

3.5

ER of Afghanistan's bowlers in the first 10 overs of an ODI innings, the best since 2001 for any non-Test nation (min. 10 innings)

Looking to get off the mark

0

Number of World Cup matches that either Scotland or Afghanistan have won.