Afghanistan Cricket Team has registered their first ever cricket world cup victory today against Scotland in an exciting thriller. Afghanistan beat Scotland by 1 wicket with 3 balls remaining at Dunedin. Man of The Match Samiullah Shenwari played 96 runs match winning innings for Afghanistan in this 17th game of cricket world cup 2015.
After losing toss Scotland got bad start in the match as they lost first wicket in the second over of match when Dawlat Zadran took MacLoed’s wicket.
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After this Scottish side got two more blows in the 11th and 12th over as Gardiner and Coetzer were dismissed. Machan and captain Mommsen tried to re-build the innings and both batsmen contributed 53 runs partnership for fourth wicket.
Afghanistan returned in 22nd and 23rd overs to dismiss Machan and Mommsen altogether. Afghanistan was struggling at 95/5 and lower order batsmen contributed some good runs at the end of Scotland innings to reach team’s total past 200. Scotland managed to put 210 runs on the scoreboard at the end of 50 overs for the loss of 10 wickets. Shapoor Zadran took 4 wickets for Afghanistan whereas Dawlat Zadran managed to out 3 Scottish batsmen.
In the chase of 211 Afghanistan got good start and openers Ahmadi and Mangal added 42 runs in 7 overs. But suddenly Afghanistan lost two wickets in the same 8th over and 4 runs difference. Mangal and then Stanikzai returned to pavilion. Javed Ahmadi and Samiullah Shenwari built good partnership for Afghanistan but after completing fifty Ahmadi was dismissed by Berrington.
Afghani team lost third wicket on 85 score and they lost 4 more wickets in just 12 runs difference. Now Afghanistan was in big trouble as they were on 97/7 in 24 overs. But the good thing was Samiullah was still there. He completed 50 in 113 balls just like in test style but it was good innings in terms of match situation.
The match went to the last over and Shapoor Zadran hit the winning boundary for Afghanistan before three balls of innings completion. Hence Afghanistan won by 1 wicket in their third game of debuting cricket world cup.