Saturday 4 December 2010 

Afghanistan Win ICC Intercontinental Cup

 

Afghanistan 171 & 124-3 (Mohd. Shahzad 56no) beat
Scotland 212 (McCallum 104no) & 82 by 7 wickets
ICC Intercontinental Cup final, Dubai

Afghanistan overturned a first-innings deficit of 41, going on to bowl Scotland out for 82 in their second innings on their way to a seven-wicket victory in the final of the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Dubai.

Mohammad Shahzad's unbeaten 56 steered them past their victory target in the final innings of the match as Afghanistan added another title to their growing honours list.

Batting first in the match, Scotland were bundled out for 212 but the score would have been far lower were it not for an unbeaten 104 in 221 balls from Neil McCallum, one of only three players to reach double figures as Hamid Hassan returned five for 45, Mirwais Ashraf three for 53 and Shapoor Zadran two for 46.

Scotland hit back strongly as Matthew Parker and Majid Haq both claimed three wickets to dismiss Afghanistan for 171 after Nawroz Mangal had made 56.

However, their batting then failed dramatically as they were rolled for 82 in 47.3 overs as Hassan (3-39), Samiullah Shenwari (3-15) and Ashraf (3-8) tore through the line-up.

Scotland put up a brave fight having set Afghanistan a target of 124, which was duly reached for the loss of three wickets with Shahzad making 56 in 62 balls and Shabir Noori 35 in 54.

© Cricket World 2010

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