Result
17th Match, Dunedin, Feb 26 2015, Pool A, ICC Cricket World Cup
210
(49.3/50 ov, target 211)
211/9
Afghanistan won by 1 wicket (with 3 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Report by Andrew McGlashan

History for Afghanistan, heartbreak for Scotland

Afghanistan's last-wicket pair hauled them to a famous one-wicket victory in Dunedin against Scotland, following an epic innings by Samiullah Shenwari

Match centre 
Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Alagappan Muthu
Scorecard summary
Scotland210(50 overs)
Matt Machan31 (28)
Majid Haq31 (51)
Afghanistan211/9(49.3 overs)

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
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 499 runs
AFG: 206/9CRR: 4.2 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 5 from 6b
Shapoor Zadran8 (8)
Hamid Hassan14 (38)
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
48.4
Berrington to Hamid Hassan, no run
fuller and slower outside off, tapped into the covers. Dot ball, precious dot ball
48.3
1
Berrington to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run
and once it is pushed through point, up goes the roar and Afghanistan have their 200. They need 11 more but Scotland are in no mood to give them. What a match!

The ground has lost it's fervour now. It's all silent in Dunedin. Everyone is glued to the ball

48.2
1
Berrington to Hamid Hassan, 1 run
shortish and outside off, eased to deep third man for a single early in the over

Midwicket comes up, Mid-off is up. Scotland are fiddling with the field and taking their sweet time doing it. Slip is also in. They're slowing the game down, good job that

48.1
1
Berrington to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run
back of a length on middle, Shapoor goes right back in his crease and clips it to deep square leg and then has a chat with his partner

Afghanistan need 14 off 12 now! Scotland need only one wicket, and Berrington is searching for a five-for

Astavirs: "@Kiran - As House.M.D says, if you want fair, you picked the wrong species."

Sukrit Khatri: "Weirdly enough - winner and loser are the same in this match - Cricket. Can't digest that either of them might not play in 2019. "

end of over 485 runs
AFG: 197/9CRR: 4.1 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 14 from 12b
Shapoor Zadran2 (5)
Hamid Hassan13 (35)
Alasdair Evans10-1-30-2
Majid Haq10-0-45-1
47.6
1
Evans to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run
goes back and punches a back of a length delivery through point. Looked quite capable that time
47.5
1
Evans to Hamid Hassan, 1 run
back of a length on off stump, tapped into the point region and Hamid has to sent Shapoor back. Makes it in time before the direct hit from Berrington, but the ricochet allows the overthrow
47.5
1w
Evans to Hamid Hassan, 1 wide
banged in short with a great big grunt from Evans and that means it's sailed too far over the head of the batsman. Wide called for height

17 off 14 now as Shenwari hugs his helmet

47.4
1
Evans to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run
full on leg stump, Shapoor moves across and clips it through midwicket and gives the strike to the better batsman

Kiran: "Life is so unfair. There is no body who deservs a 100 more than Shenwari. Anyway, I hope he retains the tape of the game so that his grand kids know the legend of their grandfather. "

47.3
Evans to Shapoor Zadran, no run
sliding down leg and they go up in unison for an appeal. Umpire shakes his head and Mommsen goes for a review. Is this it? Nope, impact was off the thigh pad before Cross dived to his right and pouched a great take

Point goes back, Evans is bowling around and has two slips

47.2
Evans to Shapoor Zadran, no run
shortish and outside off, Shapoor flails and misses. Shenwari can't watch
47.1
1
Evans to Hamid Hassan, 1 run
back of a length and outside off, slid down to third man. Lots of those and the odd boundary is what's needed

The equation reduces to 19 off 18, Scotland need one more wicket. Both teams on the cusp of their maiden World Cup win. Time for Evans to step up again. 9-1-25-2. Mommsen has a slip, a deep point, a mid-off. a point and a cover

Rajendra: "What a fight back .. spell bound"

Salman: "Samiullah Shenwari could be second Misbah-ul-Haq, based on his average and of course for leaving right after bringing the match closer :-)" And missing centuries

Cameron: "Remember Shapoor smashed an unbeaten 40-odd in an exhibition match a year or two back? Afghanistan aren't out yet"

end of over 4719 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 192/9CRR: 4.08 • RRR: 6.33 • Need 19 from 18b
Shapoor Zadran0 (1)
Hamid Hassan11 (33)
Majid Haq10-0-45-1
Iain Wardlaw9-0-56-0
46.6
Haq to Shapoor Zadran, no run
tossed up on middle and Shapoor blocks

All is not lost for Afghanistan, even if Shenwari has his helmet in his hands in the dug out. What can Shapoor Zadran do? Can Scotland make their play here? Slip in place

Raja: "Don't worry Afghanistan. Hassan will rescue you. 19 off 18 is doable."

Best performances - batsmen
Samiullah Shinwari
96 runs (147)
7 fours
5 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
sweep shot
18 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
141332331435
Javed Ahmadi
51 runs (51)
8 fours
0 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
pull
13 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
7125125514
Best performances - bowlers
Shapoor Zadran
O
10
M
1
R
38
W
4
Eco
3.80
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
RD Berrington
O
10
M
0
R
40
W
4
Eco
4.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
University Oval, Dunedin
TossAfghanistan , elected to field first
SeriesICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Player Of The Match
Samiullah Shinwari
Match numberODI no. 3614
Season2014/15
Hours of play (local time)11.00 start, First Session 11.00-14.30 Interval 14.30-15.15, Second Session 15.15-18.45
Match days26 February 2015 (50-over match)
Umpires
Simon Fry
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
Chris Gaffaney
Match Referee
David Boon
PointsAfghanistan 2, Scotland 0