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by John Pennington Friday 9 August 2013
Afghanistan 289-4 (M. Shahzad 113) beatNamibia 99 (M. Nabi 5-12) by 190 runsICC World Cricket League Championship, Windhoek
Mohammad Shahzad scored a century and Mohammad Nabi took five for 12 as Afghanistan thrashed Namibia by 190 runs in their first one-day game in Windhoek.
A crushing performance from the visitors first saw them rack up 289 for four and then dismiss Namibia for just 99 in reply.
Shahzad made 113 in 130 balls to score his fourth one-day century while Nabi's five-wicket haul was his first in one-day cricket and the victory has turned the fight to qualify for the 2015 World Cup behind Ireland into a four-team battle.
Netherlands, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates are still ahead of Afghanistan but another win in the second match in two days time will put them right back in contention.
Along with Shahzad, who struck 12 fours, there were also runs for Karim Sadiq (50 in 78) and Nabi, who blasted an unbeaten 81 in 45 deliveries including four fours and five sixes.
For Namibia, Jason Davidson, Christoffel Viljoen, Louis van der Westhuizen and Bernard Scholtz took a wicket apiece before their batting was blown away.
Stephen Baard top scored with 30 and only three other players reached double figures.
Hamid Hassan struck the first blow, finishing with two for 25, Sadiq, Dawlat Zadran and Hamza Hotak grabbed one apiece before Nabi ripped through the middle and lower order to instigate a collpse from 67 for two to 99 all out.
ICC World Cricket League Championship standings
Ireland 20 points, Netherlands, Scotland 15 points, UAE 14 points, Afghanistan 13 points, Kenya 10 points, Namibia 4 points, Canada 3 points
© Cricket World 2013
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