Afghanistan Go Top After Beating Defiant Scotland
Afghanistan 435 (Samiullah Shenwari 102) & 249-5 dec. beat
Scotland 139 (Hamid Hassan 6-40) & 316 by 229 runs
ICC Intercontinental Cup, Ayr
Afghanistan moved to the top of the ICC Intercontinental Cup table by beating Scotland by 229 runs, having to work hard to complete victory on the final day in Ayr.
Despite being bowled out for 139 in their first innings in reply to Afghanistan's 435, Scotland almost saved the game but they were eventually dismissed for 316 in their second innings with Hamid Hassan taking five for 114 to complete a match haul of 11 wickets.
His six for 40 in Scotland's first effort handed Afghanistan a huge lead as Scotland underwhelmed with the bat, only reaching a semi-respectable score thanks to Dewald Nel top scoring with 36 from number 11 in the order.
When Afghanistan had batted first, four players passed 50 as they took early control of the match. Samiullah Shenwari (102), Asghar Stanikzai (93), Karim Sadiq (67) and Mohammad Shahzad (54) were the players in form while only the final three batsmen failed to reach double figures.
Having secured a lead of 296, Afghanistan decided not to enforce the follow-on, declaring their second innings on 249 for five after Mohammad Shahzad scored an unbeaten 105, his second century of the competition.
Scotland were therefore set 546 to win and while their chances of victory were slim, they battled desperately hard to at least avoid defeat.
However, despite Ewen Chalmers' 67 and 42 apiece from Moneeb Iqbal and Matt Parker, Afghanistan proved too strong.
Standings: Afghanistan 77 points, Scotland 69, Zimbabwe XI 63, Kenya 43, Ireland 32, Netherlands 15, Canada 9
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