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Afghanistan remain alive in World Cup Qualifiers with five-wicket win over UAE

Rashid Khan picked a five-wicket haul against UAE
Rashid Khan picked a five-wicket haul against UAE

Afghanistan 178-5 (Naib 74no) beat
United Arab Emirates 177 (Anwar 64) by five wickets
6th game, Super Sixes, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Harare

Rashid Khan claimed a five-wicket haul while Gulbadin Naib and Najibullah Zadran slammed unbeaten half-centuries as Afghanistan managed to remain alive in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers tournament with a five-wicket win over United Arab Emirates in Harare.

UAE won the toss and decided to bowl first. Mujeeb ur Rahman (1-26) and Dawlat Zadran (3-45) bowled a terrific spell with the new ball as they claimed the wickets of Rohan Mustafa (4), Ghulam Shabber (6) and Mohammad Boota (3) and conceded just 18 runs in the first 10 overs.

Chirag Suri (22) and Shaiman Anwar (64) showed some resilience but Rashid (5-41) had the former caught behind. With wickets tumbling at the other end Anwar completed a 69-ball fifty with a six and a four.

But, it was a matter of time before Rashid showed his dominance and completed a five-wicket haul including the scalp of Anwar to bowl UAE for 177 in 43 overs.

In response, Mohammad Naveed (2-37) and Qadeer Ahmed (2-38) claimed two wickets apiece as Mohammad Shahzad (3), Rahmat Shah (16), Samiullah Shenwari (2), Asghar Stanikzai (4) and Mohammad Nabi (6) were dismissed in the first 12 overs to leave Afghanistan reeling at 54 for five.

However, Naib (74 not out) and Najibullah (63 not out) shared an unbeaten 124 run stand for the sixth wicket with the duo sharing nine boundaries and four maximums between them to guide them to the target in the 35th over with five wickets in hand. Naib was named the man o the match for his unbeaten 74 as Afghanistan move to the fourth position in the table.

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