Shapoor Zadran leads Afghanistan to its historic first world cup victory. Afghanistan beat Scotland by 1 wicket as Shapoor smashed a four at the eleventh hour...
Samiullah Shenwari produced a brilliant rearguard action to guide Afghanistan to their first World Cup victory with a dramatic one-wicket win over Scotland in their Pool A clash in Dunedin on Thursday.
Shenwari, who had been positively pedestrian for his first 40 runs, was dismissed for 96 after taking charge of his side’s chase to 211 runs for the victory at University Oval.
The 28-year-old was dismissed with 19 runs still required from 19 balls but last pairing of Shapoor Zadran and Hamid Hassan managed to get their side to the target with three balls to spare.
Richie Berrington and Josh Davey had ripped through the middle of Afghanistan’s order to reduce them from 85 for two in the 19th over to 97 for seven in the 24th.
Mohammad Nabi’s side had been well placed to chase down Scotland’s 210 all out with Javed Ahmadi well set on 51 before Berrington and Davey struck with five wickets for 12 runs between them.
Shenwari, however, managed to farm most of the strike in a 35-run partnership with Dawlat Zadran and 60-run stand with Hamid Hassan and threatened to get his side home with a maiden century.
He belted three sixes off Majid Haq in the 47th over to get to 96 runs before he was caught in the deep attempting his fourth.
Shapoor and Hassan got their side home, however, Shapoor hitting the winning runs with a four to spark delirious celebrations among the team and a small group of Afghanistan fans.
Afghanistan’s pace bowlers, ably supported by Nabi’s gentle off-spin, probably felt they had done enough when they dismissed Scotland for 210 on the final ball of the innings.
Shapoor (4-38) and Dawlat (3-29) were the pick of the bowlers, putting pressure on Scotland’s batsmen with their accurate line and length even if there was little movement in the air or off the pitch.
Scotland’s innings was one of fits and starts as they lost wickets in bunches, consolidated with promising partnerships, only to again lose batsmen in quick succession.
Haq (31) and Alasdair Evans (28) ground out a 62-run ninth-wicket partnership to ensure the Scots lasted the full 50 overs and had something of a target to defend.
Here are live updates of Cricket world cup match between Afghanistan and Scotland in Dunedin:
50th over – Shapoor is almost run out on the first ball but manages to flick Wardlaw to the square leg fence to win the game with three balls remaining.
49th over – Shapoor Zadran pushes a Berrington delivery into the off-side to bring up the 200 for Afghanistan and then flicks the last ball of the over to the fine leg boundary. AFG: 206-9
47th over – Shenwari belts Haq for three sixes but then holes out to mid-wicket attempting to hit his fourth to be dismissed for 96. Third umpire checks Scotland had four fielders outside the circle and is satisfied. AFG: 192-9
45th over – Hamid Hassan attempts to get off strike with a quick single and while both batsmen stutter in their run, Haq is too slow to remove the bails. AFG: 170-8
43rd over – Haq bowls four dot balls, upping the pressure before Shenwari belted a six over mid-wicket. AFG: 161-8
40th over – Haq concedes five runs from the final over of the batting power-play, which yielded 21 runs in five overs. AFG: 153-8
37th over – Shenwari pulls a short ball from Berrington to mid-wicket for two runs to bring up his ninth half century. AFG: 136-8
35th over – Dawlat produces an attacking shot that did not need to be played and is caught at mid-off by Preston Mommsen for nine to give Berrington his fourth wicket. Shenwari gives Dawlat a mouthful as he trudges past. AFG: 132-8
30th over – Evans continues to keep the pressure on Afghanistan with a tight over that yields just two runs. AFG: 107-7
27th over – Dalwat Zadran squeezes two runs off a slower ball from Berrington to bring up the 100. AFG: 100-7
24th over – Davey bowls a bouncer to Gulbadin Naib and Haq sprints from first slip to behind third to take his second catch of the innings. AFG: 97-7
23rd over – Najibullah Zadran, who had creamed a cover drive to the boundary two balls previously, is caught by Haq at slip off Berrington for four to push Afghanistan into deep trouble. AFG: 96-6
21st over – Haq drops Shenwari at first slip on the next delivery from Berrington. Afsar Zazai is trapped in front for a golden duck. AFG: 89-5
20th over – Josh Davey traps Mohammad Nabi in front for one, though the Afghanistan captain reviews the decision. Technology shows it would have just clipped the stumps so the on-field umpire’s decision stands. AFG: 88-4
19th over- Ahmadi attempts to hit Richie Berrington out of the park but is caught at long on by Matt Machan for 51. AFG: 87-3
18th over- Ahmadi edges Wardlaw guides over the slips for his eighth boundary then pushes a single into the off-side for his fifth one-day half century. AFG: 85-2
10th over – Samiullah Shenwari struggles to get going as Evans builds some scoreboard pressure by keeping Ahmadi off strike. AFG: 48-2
8th over – Ahmadi top-edges Alasdair Evans down to fine leg but Hamish Gardiner is unable to take a spectacular diving catch. Evans then bowls Mangal for seven and has Asghar Stanikzai caught behind for four. AFG: 46-2
7th over – Ahmadi belts Wardlaw for successive boundaries to move to 32 from 31 deliveries. AFG: 40-0
5th over – Nawroz Mangal is dropped by Scotland captain Preston Mommsen at second slip. It would have been a spectacular catch had the ball stuck. Mangal tucks a ball into the leg side for a single to bring up 1,000 ODI career runs. AFG: 27-0.
4th over – Ahmadi goes over mid-off and backward of point from Josh Davey for successive boundaries. AFG: 18-0
3rd over – Javed Ahmadi slaps Iain Wardlaw through cover-point for the first boundary after a tight start by Scotland’s bowlers. AFG: 10-0
50th over – Shapoor takes two wickets in the final over with Haq caught at point for 31 before Evans is taken in the covers on the final ball of the innings for 28. SCO: 210 all out
49th over – Evans goes down the ground over mid-off for a boundary to bring up the 200 and then tries a ramp over the wicketkeeper only for the ball to strike his pad and go to third man for another boundary. SCO: 206-8.
48th over – Haq pushes into the leg side and Evans takes off for a single but turned back and is stranded mid-pitch but Nabi’s throw at the stumps is well wide. Haq flicks a high full toss, called a no ball, to fine leg and nicks a short delivery to third man to bring up the 50 partnership. SCO: 196-8
47th over – Hassan concedes just one run from his final over to finish with 1-38. SCO: 183-8
45th over – Evans and Haq go for a silly quick single with the throw at the stumps wide and going for four overthrows. SCO: 180-8
40th over – Alasdair Evans guides the ball into the off side for a single to bring up the team 150, though just 13 runs came from the batting power-play for the loss of the last remaining specialist batsman. SCO: 155-8
37th over – Berrington feathers an outside edge from Dawlat to Zazai for 25 to leave his side in desperate straits. SCO: 144-8
35th over – Shapoor concedes just two runs in the last over before Scotland’s batting power-play. SCO: 142-7
33rd over – Hassan takes a good catch low down at mid-off from Shapoor to dismiss Josh Davey for one. The cartwheel celebration returns. SCO: 134-7
32nd over – Berrington survives an appeal from Nabi and Afsar for what appeared to be caught behind off his bat and back pad. Afghanistan review and technology shows the batsman had not hit the ball and could not have been lbw as it would have just gone over the stumps. SCO: 134-6
30th over – Richie Berrington and wicketkeeper Matt Cross, who have steadied the innings with a 34-run partnership, take five from Nabi’s seventh over. SCO: 130-5
23rd over – Naib makes another breakthrough, bowling a leg cutter that catches Mommsen’s edge and goes through to Afsar Zazai for 23, putting Afghanistan on top. SCO: 96-5
22nd over- Machan gives himself room to play a needless shot against Mohammad Nabi and is fooled by the pedestrian pace from the off-spinner and bowled for 31. SCO: 95-4
21st over – Matt Machan guides the ball past point for two runs from Gulbadin Naib to bring up the 50-run partnership with Mommsen. SCO: 92-3
12th over – Coetzer plays around a ball from Dalwat and is clean bowled for 25. Captain Preston Mommsen also survives a lbw appeal that was high then square drives to the boundary. SCO: 44-3
11th over – Hamish Gardiner survived appeals for lbw and aught behind on successive deliveries before he is trapped in front by Hassan and given out for five. SCO: 40-2
10th over – Dawlat concedes five runs as Scotland rotate the strike to end the compulsory power play. SCO: 38-1
7th over – Coetzer hits Hamid Hassan for successive boundaries. SCO: 31-1
3rd over – Kyle Coetzer hammers the first boundary off the bat with a square cut from Shapoor Zadran. SCO: 12-1
2nd over – Calum MacLeod fails to get over the top of a short delivery from Dawlat Zadran and cuts firmly to Najibullah Zadran at backward point for a duck. SCO: 7-1