Afghanistan 140-3 (Mohd. Shahzad 46) beat
Scotland 139-7 by seven wickets
Second Twenty20 International, Sharjah
Afghanistan followed up their 27-run victory in the first match with an even more comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Scotland in the second Twenty20 International in Sharjah.
Mohammad Shahzad played a starring role once again, blasting 46 in 25 balls as Afghanistan needed 17.3 overs to reach 140 for three in reply to Scotland's 139 for seven.
Scotland batted first and produced an improved performance to the first game, where they managed just 105 for seven, thanks to Matthew Machan's 39 in 28 balls, Callum MacLeod's 31 in 37 and Moneeb Iqbal's 31 in 25.
However, they were the only players to reach double figures as a haul from Hamid Hassan of four for 22 including a maiden, and a wicket apiece for Hamza Hotak, Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari, baulked their progress.
Afghanistan then burst out of the blocks in reply, Karim Sadiq hitting 34 in 29 balls and Nawroz Mangal 20 in 16 before they were dismissed by Preston Mommsen (1-23) and Iain Wardlaw (2-32) respectively.
Shahzad then thumped three fours and two sixes, only to fall 15 runs short of victory and the finishing touches were applied by Shenwari (25 not out) and Mirwais Ashraf (4 not out).
The two sides meet in two One-Day Internationals on Wednesday (6th March) and Friday (8th March) ahead of their ICC Intercontinental Cup clash beginning on 12th March.
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