Wednesday 2 October 2013 

Afghanistan March On With Thumping Win

Hamid Hassan
Hamid Hassan took four wickets to help set up Afghanistan's win against Kenya
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Afghanistan 95-2 (Nawroz Mangal 52no) beat
Kenya 89 (Hamid Hassan 4-19) by eight wickets
ICC World Cricket League Championship, Sharjah

Afghanistan needed just 17.5 overs to chase down a target of 90 to beat Kenya by eight wickets in the first of two World Cricket League Championship One-Day Internatinals in Sharjah.

The crushing result puts them one win away from joining Ireland as automatic qualifiers for the 2015 World Cup.

Kenya were dismissed for just 89 in 37.5 overs as Afghanistan dominated the match from start to finish.

Only three players reached double figures as Hamid Hassan returned figures of four for 19, Shapoor Zadran two for 16 and Samiullah Shenwari two for 14.

Maurice Ouma top scored with 24 in 48 balls, Rageb Aga laboured for 51 balls to make 18 and Hiren Varaiya, batting at number 10, made a more sprightly 11 in 27 before he was the last man to fall.

Afghanistan then set about reaching their target as quickly as they could, nd were more than halfway there when lunch was taken.

Mohammad Shehzad was dropped by Nehemiah Odhiambo off Aga before he was dismissed by Varaiya for 33 and three balls later Hashmatullah Shaidi fell without scoring.

However, Nawroz Mangal stood firm with an unbeaten 52 in 60 balls, including the winning runs courtesy of a six, to hurry Afghanistan to another convincing win following their 106-run in the Twenty20 International two days ago.

The second and final match is in two days time.

© Cricket World 2013