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All-round Afghanistan seal series victory over Scotland

Mohammad Shahzad gave a breezy start to Afghanistan innings.
Mohammad Shahzad gave a breezy start to Afghanistan innings.
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Afghanistan 178-6 (Shahzad 84) beat
Scotland 132 (Wallace 33) by 78 runs (DLS Method)
Second One-Day International, Edinburgh

A fluent 84 from Mohammad Shahzad and a top notch bowling display helped Afghanistan beat Scotland by 78 runs (DLS method) in a chase of 211 runs in the rain-affected second One-Day International in Edinburgh, thereby sealing a 1-0 series win.

Afghanistan won the toss and opted to bat first. After a brief 31-run opening stand, Noor Ali Zadran (6) was dismissed by Alasdair Evans (2-34).

A 53-run stand between Javed Ahmadi (16) and Shahzad (84) helped Afghanistan lay the platform for the innings. Soon after Shahzad completed his half-century, Ahmadi attempted to pull but holed out to mid-on.

Rahmat Shah (26) and Shahzad took the team to 116 for two at the halfway mark. Shah failed to capitalise on his start and fell in the 29th over while Shahzad was sent back to the hut in the 30th.

With two new batsmen at the crease, the Scotland bowlers were able to pile on the pressure and brought down the scoring rate while accounting for the wickets of Asghar Stanikzai (5) and Najibullah Zadran (11).

With the score at 178 for six after 37.2 overs, the rain came down, halting the play. The umpire’s called for an early lunch break and after nearly a three-hour rain interruption, Afghanistan’s innings was brought to a close and Scotland had a DLS revised target of 211 runs in 36 overs.

Scotland lost a wicket in the very first over but Craig Wallace (33) and Matthew Cross (24) batted aggressively. However, both Wallace and Cross fell in the space of six balls.

After 10 overs, Scotland were 77 for three and ahead of the DLS target. With the fall of Preston Mommsen (13) in the 13th over, Scotland fell behind the DLS target.

The pressure of keeping up with the climbing asking rate took toll on Scotland and they lost Richie Berrington (19), Michael Leask (3) and Safyaan Sharif (3) in the space of four overs.

After 20 overs, Scotland were reduced to 108 for six and they were unable to recover from the flurry of wickets and were eventually bowled out for 132 runs in 27.1 overs.

With this 78-run victory, Afghanistan sealed a 1-0 win in the two-match series.

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