Afghanistan notched a major milestone in their country’s cricket history today with a thrilling one wicket win over Scotland.
Looking dead in the water after losing their ninth wicket with 19 runs still to get, Afghanistan pulled off one of the most miraculous victories in recent memory.
In an interesting move, Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss and elected to send his Scottish opponents in to bat.
His decision proved to be a master stroke as Shapoor (4/38) and Dawlat Zadran (3/29) ripped through Scotland’s top order, leaving them hanging precariously at 5/95 in the 23rd over.
On a positive note for Scotland, late contributions from Rana Haq (31) and Alasdair Evans (28) got their score to 210 from their 50 overs, and this was also their first ever score over 200 in a World Cup tournament.
With both countries looking for their first World Cup victory, Afghanistan’s run chase got off to a blistering start thanks to a quick fire 51 from Javed Ahmadi.
Scotland weren’t going to lay down without a fight, as some good bowling from Evans (2/30) and Richard Berrington (4/40) reduced Afghanistan to 8/132 in the 35th over.
But with Samiullah Shenwari smashing his way to 96, the momentum shifted back Afghanistan’s way.
Shenwari was dismissed however in the 47th over with his team still needing 19 runs to record a historic win.
Just when it looked as if Scotland were going to sneak to victory, Afghanistan’s number 11 and chief wicket taker Shapoor Zadran smashed 12 off 10 balls to get his team home with three balls to spare.
Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget