Player of the Match
Player of the Match

It's time for us to walk off as well. Thanks for your company and your comments. See you tomorrow

"Our country is praying for us and that's why we're winning," says Stanikzai, "Today was a great performance. Specially Shahzad and Nabi. Guys are doing well, hopefully we'll keep trying our best and if we win two more matches we will go straight away into the semi-final" Appreciates the crowd support after that and walks off

said bakhtiar s: "Unbelievable !!!!!!!! Fir works in jala abad and in all Afghanistan"

"In the end too many runs given away. Tough day. They came really hard, took their chances and came off for them," Preston Mommsen says, "That is the plan always, to target the opposition. Had specific plans for each batter. But they played spin better than we did. And they hit the big shots really well. We wanted to bowl the majority of overs with spin, left-arm spin. But we didn't keep the boundary could down. It is a tournament, it's quite a short one. The important thing is to peak at the right team. We were good against UAE, below par the last two days. We have a bit of a rest, go back to the drawing board, check the team combination as well"

Mohammad Shahzad is the Man of the Match for his 75 off 36 balls. "Happy that we've won, three consecutive wins as well. Straight boundaries were very short and I wanted to exploit that. And not hitting against the wind. Our targets was rotating strike and waiting for loose delivery to hit every ball out of the ground. [So was every ball a bad ball?] Ah, yes. [laughs] Pitch was very good for batting, that's why we got the 200. Hope we qualify to the World T20 on the back of this" The crowd fill onto the field, mostly Aghanistan fans who rush to their team for a few handshakes. Flags in tow. Selfie time, Celebration time. Contemplation time. "Come on," yells Shazad into the camera. It was his blistering innings that set this win up. Took the total too far beyond Scotland's reach. Indeed 210 is the most Afghanistan have ever made in a T20 game.

Scotland needed a big innings. They got a couple of cameos, strung some dangerous partnerships as well. But they were facing a much better bowling attack. The seamers were bowling full as epitomised by Hamid Hassan's yorkers, he got 3 for 29. He also seems to be struggling with a back problem. Mirwais Ashraf was hard to get away. And Mohammad Nabi bowled some clever off spin to finish with 3 for 25.

19.2
W
Dawlat Zadran to Sharif, OUT, is that it? Well taken at long-on. It's the slower ball again, legcutter. The batsman goes for a wild swing, mistimes it. Shafiqullah runs in and takes it nicely.

SM Sharif c Shafiqullah b Dawlat Zadran 8 (12m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

19.1
0
Dawlat Zadran to Sharif, no run, slower ball outside off, Sharif moves away to try and smear it over the off side. No connection

Dawlat for the last over

END OF OVER:
19 | 2 Runs 2 Wkts | SCOT: 173/9 (38 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.10, RRR: 38.00)

  • Safyaan Sharif8 (5b)
  • Mark Watt1 (1b)
  • Hamid Hassan4-0-29-3
  • Mohammad Nabi4-0-25-3

Hassan calls for some help from the dressing room as he limps off the field

18.6
1
Hamid Hassan to Sharif, 1 run, full toss outside off, he throws his bat at it and gets a bottom edge past the keeper
18.5
1
Hamid Hassan to Watt, 1 run, goes around the wicket to the left-handed Watt. Driven into the coveres
18.4
W
Hamid Hassan to Evans, OUT, another one, cleaned him up with a top-class yorker. Full on middle and off, Evans swings helplessly. Had no chance. Is something the matter with him though? Didn't celebrate at all, and went down on his haunches. A back problem?

AC Evans b Hamid Hassan 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.3
0
Hamid Hassan to Evans, no run, another excellent yorker just outside off, Evans swings and misses
18.2
0
Hamid Hassan to Evans, no run, bowls the yorker off the short run and gets it to reverse swing. Just about kept out

Evans at No. 10

18.1
W
Hamid Hassan to de Lange, OUT, off comes middle! Its full, it's straight, it's fast. The tailender swings and misses, the ball kisses the pads and deflects onto the stumps. de Lange walks back head down.

CD de Lange b Hamid Hassan 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Hassan's in for his last over... It's 40 from 12.... Short boundary on the leg side

END OF OVER:
18 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | SCOT: 171/7 (40 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.50, RRR: 20.00)

  • Safyaan Sharif7 (4b)
  • Con de Lange1 (1b)
  • Mohammad Nabi4-0-25-3
  • Hamid Hassan3-0-27-1
17.6
0
Mohammad Nabi to Sharif, no run, fires it on on middle and leg and the batsman can only punch it back at the bowler

Afghanistan were 178 for 4 at the same stage

17.5
2
Mohammad Nabi to Sharif, 2 runs, fires in on the pads, clipped away wide of long-on for a couple. Good shot
17.4
1
Mohammad Nabi to de Lange, 1 run, slog sweep again, but there is protection at deep square leg
17.3
1
Mohammad Nabi to Sharif, 1 run, full on the base of leg stump, pushed to long-off
17.2
4
Mohammad Nabi to Sharif, FOUR runs, another low full toss that's pushed to long-on
17.1
W
Mohammad Nabi to Leask, OUT, skis down the track, gets it on the full and flicks it down the throat of deep midwicket. Hit it well enough, but didn't pick the gap. Leask is utterly disconsolate as he stands in the middle of the pitch, while Shahzad exults wildly

MA Leask c Najibullah Zadran b Mohammad Nabi 10 (21m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

48 off 18 now...

END OF OVER:
17 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | SCOT: 163/6 (48 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.58, RRR: 16.00)

  • Michael Leask10 (8b)
  • Safyaan Sharif0 (0b)
  • Hamid Hassan3-0-27-1
  • Samiullah Shinwari2-0-18-0
16.6
1
Hamid Hassan to Leask, 1 run, full and pushed into the pads, he is very nervous behind it. Looks to nudge it away. has to settle for a leg bye

Sharif is in, which means we're into the Scotland tail

Ivo: "Not sure if it was the record, but the famous NL - Ireland match last year contained 30 sixes... 19 of which in the chase"

16.5
W
Hamid Hassan to Mommsen, OUT, that's the last nail in the coffin? It's a full toss, Mommsen this time gets under this a bit too much. Gets way too much height on the swipe over wide long-on. Shafiqullah runs to his right and takes a good, sliding catch

PL Mommsen c Shafiqullah b Hamid Hassan 44 (24m 20b 3x4 4x6) SR: 220.00

16.4
1
Hamid Hassan to Leask, 1 run, full and speared in on off stump, gets a thick inside edge to long leg. FIfty partnership again
16.3
1
Hamid Hassan to Mommsen, 1 run, shot! It's full and outside off, Mommsen heaves it away to deep midwicket

Scotland 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st10KJ CoetzerHG Munsey
2nd37KJ CoetzerCS MacLeod
3rd1CS MacLeodMH Cross
4th50RD BerringtonMH Cross
5th13RD BerringtonPL Mommsen
6th51MA LeaskPL Mommsen
7th1MA LeaskSM Sharif
8th8CD de LangeSM Sharif
9th0AC EvansSM Sharif
10th2SM SharifMRJ Watt