Afghanistan too strong for Scotland

Cricket bat (Gallo Images)
Cricket bat (Gallo Images)

Nagpur - In the second match of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament, favourites Afghanistan rode on an entertaining fifty from Mohammad Shahzad to beat Scotland by 14 runs.

Choosing to bat, Afghanistan built on an 82-run second wicket partnership between skipper Asghar Stanikzai (55 not out) and Shahzad (61) to post 170 for five.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Shahzad brought the house down with his colourful strokeplay, including the trademark 'helicopter shot' borrowed from his favourite player MS Dhoni.

His 39-ball stay, laced with five boundaries and three sixes, gave the side enough momentum to keep the total out of the reach of Scotland, who could only muster 156 for five in their 20 overs.

The Preston Mommsen-led side got off to a flying start only to lose the plot after the departure of their openers George Munsey (41) and Kyle Coetzer (40).

At 84 for no loss, Scotland looked set to overhaul their target but spinners Samiullah Shenwari and Rashid Khan had other ideas.

The leg-spin duo shared three wickets between them to hurt the Scotland chase by stifling the flow of runs amidst the growing run-rate.

Though guilty of a few slip-ups in the field, Afghanistan also produced a crucial run out in the 11th over as Scotland lost three of their batsmen in the space of 10 deliveries.

Matt Machan then tried hard to get the chase back on track with a hard-working 36, but Afghanistan kept their nerves to get an expected result in their favour.

Bangladesh will play Netherlands, while Ireland will meet Oman in the two Group A matches on Wednesday.

The top sides from Group A and B will move into the Super 10 stage involving the eight established teams of world cricket.

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