result
17th Match, Group 2 (N), Sharjah, Oct 25 2021, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(10.2/20 ov, target 191)60
Afghanistan won by 130 runs
Player Of The Match
5/20
mujeeb-ur-rahman

9.15pm That's all we have from another one-sided game from this group. Afghanistan right on top for now, and tune in for a double-header tomorrow: SA vs WI and NZ vs Pakistan. Until then, it's goodbye and good luck. Stay safe everyone.

Sathyanarayanan: "While I am happy for Afg, the NRR of Afg could haunt India"

Prakash: "Everyone saying group1 is game of death but yesterday's pak and today afg made their point and certainly there wont be obvious winners"

Nabi: This was our plan, to bat first and put a big score. The way our openers started really well, finished the powerplay with a good score and then Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Najibullah Zadran rotated the strike really well. Everyone knows Rashid and Mujeeb are among the best in the world. It's a really nice team and hopefully we'll keep winning. When they bowl in the nets we hit them everywhere, no respect in the nets (laughs). When we play the local tournaments like Shpagheeza or APL, me and Mujeeb and Rashid are the expensive bowlers. It was Mujeeb's first game in T20 World Cup and he got the Man of the Match, it's fantastic.

Coetzer: Clearly not one of our better days. We have been playing some good cricket to get here, but sometimes things don't go to plan. This was against a very good Afghanistan team on a potentially tricky pitch, we have to give them credit and some good ones from our guys too. Mark Watt was really good. We fought hard in the field. It's just a level check to see where our standards are. We'll be better for it in the next game. We have a great bunch of players and belief in the side. Belief among the players is key. It's not like we'll be locked up in separate rooms. We'll come together in the hotel. We have to keep moving forward.

Mujeeb is the Player of the Match (obviously): Congratulations to our nation and it's my first Player of the Match in a World Cup. The people supporting us here gave me a lot of positive energy. Fans have been supporting us and that's one reason we've played well (the crowd roars).

Malli: "I thought 4/9 would be Rashid's best, oh my it's 5/3 his best!"

Imad M: "Most teams struggled to make 130 runs in sharjah few days ago and see AFG won it by that many runs"

Vrushabh Shetty: "This is utterly poor display of batting by Scott's.... What a win for Afghanistan!!!! They can be giant killers!!!!!!!!"

8.53pm That's a massive win for Afghanistan, and what a comprehensive performance that is, by a whopping 130 runs! First their belligerent batting delivered and then Mujeeb led the demolition job in the powerplay, finished off by Rashid Khan just around the halfway mark. The Scotland batters had no clue which way the ball was going to go after pithing, and they just about lasted 62 balls. A sharp fall after their recent performances. Afghanistan lead the table with a NRR of....wait for it...6.5! Handshakes and hugs all around the Afghan players, their fans are dancing in the stands, waving the flags. Rajesh tells me it's Afghanistan's biggest T20 win by runs

10.2
W
Rashid Khan to Wheal, OUT

and he makes it four! Wraps things up with a googly that turns in from just outside off and sneaks through the gate of Wheal's defences

Brad Wheal b Rashid Khan 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Five for Mujeeb earlier, and three for Rashid now. Can easily become four too

Sheldon Smith: "Afghanistan is about to get a huge NRR boost. It may prove valuable later on"

10.1
W
Rashid Khan to Davey, OUT

hits him right in front past the reverse swat, it's given out lbw but Scotland review it. The ball turns in, goes past the bat to hit him on the thigh right in front of middle, and ball-tracking says it's hitting leg. No edge too

Josh Davey lbw b Rashid Khan 4 (17m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Rashid into his third. How long will Scotland last?

end of over 106 runs
SCOT: 60/8CRR: 6.00 RRR: 13.10 • Need 131 runs from 60b
Josh Davey4 (6)
Safyaan Sharif3 (4)
Karim Janat 1-0-6-0
Rashid Khan 2-0-9-2

Time for some drinks

9.6
1
Karim Janat to Davey, 1 run

slightly shorter to end the over and he swats it to square leg for one

9.5
Karim Janat to Davey, no run

132kmh, angles it sharply into the pads, Davey can't get it away

9.4
1
Karim Janat to Sharif, 1 run

pushes the length ball with the angle down to long-on for one

9.4
1w
Karim Janat to Sharif, 1 wide

another wide past the pads down the leg side

9.3
1
Karim Janat to Davey, 1 run

on middle and leg again, clipped of the pads for a single

9.3
1w
Karim Janat to Davey, 1 wide

strays down the leg side for a wide

9.2
1
Karim Janat to Sharif, 1 run

wider outside off now and he pushes into the covers for one

9.1
Karim Janat to Sharif, no run

starts on middle and leg, tucked to the leg side

Only leftovers for me now. Except this stat from Sampath: Mujeeb is the second youngest player to take a five-for in men's T20 World Cup. And Karim Janat into the attack

end of over 98 runs • 1 wicket
SCOT: 54/8CRR: 6.00 RRR: 12.45 • Need 137 runs from 66b
Safyaan Sharif1 (1)
Josh Davey2 (3)
Rashid Khan 2-0-9-2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4-0-20-5

Over to Vishal for the last rites.

8.6
1
Rashid Khan to Sharif, 1 run

fuller, drifting into him, flicked through midwicket

8.5
W
Rashid Khan to Greaves, OUT

no escaping that one. This time the sweep that doesn't connect with the ball is played in front of the stumps, and the googly strikes him right in front. No point reviewing that I think. And Greaves doesn't.

Chris Greaves lbw b Rashid Khan 12 (16m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100
8.4
1
Rashid Khan to Davey, 1 run
8.3
1lb
Rashid Khan to Greaves, 1 leg bye

Rashid thinks he has a wicket but the umpire says that's not lbw. Another googly, another sweep, another ball hitting pad. Looked close enough but Afghanistan don't review

8.2
4
Rashid Khan to Greaves, FOUR runs

another reverse sweep, the length was full enough to connect well and he hits it in the gap too, at deep point

Mohammad Shahzad with the perfect gesture for Mujeeb's fifer. Makes the 'you can't see me' John Cena gesture.

8.1
1lb
Rashid Khan to Davey, 1 leg bye

googly, down the pads, flicks the pad on the way to short fine leg

Scotland still have Rashid to contend with. But at least no more Mujeeb.

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