Shahzad, Nabi give Afghanistan huge win
Mohammad Nabi's all-round performance handed Namibia a crushing 190-run loss in the WCL Championship in Windhoek, giving Afghanistan two points and keeping them at fifth place in the points table, one point behind UAE
Afghanistan 289 for 4 (Shahzad 113, Nabi 81*) beat Namibia 99 (Nabi 5-12) by 190 runs
Mohammad Nabi's all-round brilliance handed Namibia a crushing 190-run loss in the WCL Championship in Windhoek, giving Afghanistan two points and keeping them at the fifth place in the points table, one point behind UAE. Nabi scored an unbeaten 81 off 45 and bagged a five-wicket haul, his first in List A matches, to bowl out Namibia to 99.
Afghanistan lost Nawroz Mangal early after they were asked to bat but Mohammad Shahzad and Karim Sadiq put together a 110-run stand in 23.3 overs. Sadiq was bowled for 50 and Asghar Stanikzai scored only 12 before Nabi joined Shahzad in the 35th over at the score of 158. Shahzad marched to his century, scoring 113 off 130, and Nabi smashed four fours and five sixes from there to lead Afghanistan to 289 as they scored 89 in the last ten overs.
Namibia couldn't get any sizable partnership going from the beginning once Hamid Hassan broke the opening stand in the ninth over. Only four of their batsmen reached double figures, Stephan Baard top-scoring with 30, as their middle order crumbled with the introduction of Nabi's offspin in the 17th over. His 8.1 overs included two maidens which helped stifle the Namibia batsmen as he gave only 12 runs for his five wickets.