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T20 World Cup: Clinical Afghanistan rout Scotland

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
October 25, 2021 23:15 IST
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IMAGE: Afghanistan's Mujeeb Ur Rahman successfully appeals for the wicket of Calum MacLeod of Scotland during the T20 World Cup match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Afghanistan produced a dominating display of power-hitting before Mujeeb Ur Rahman ripped apart the rival batting line-up with his five-wicket haul as the strife-torn Asian nation routed Scotland by 130 runs in a Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup, in Sharjah, on Monday.

Afghanistan posted a challenging 190/4 after opting to bat before they bundled out Scotland for just 60 in 10.2 overs to pull off a huge win in Group 2.

 

Scotland piled up 27 runs in the first three overs before Mujeeb scalped Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLoed off successive balls.

IMAGE: Rashid Khan celebrates the wicket of Scotland's Brad Wheal. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Mujeeb didn't get his hat-trick but two balls later he trapped Richie Berrington to reduce Scotland to 28/3 after four overs.

The wickets continued to tumble for Scotland as Matthew Cross and George Munsey (25) departed in the next two overs.

The trend continued as Michael Leask, Chris Greaves and Mark Watt too failed to counter the guile of Rashid Khan (4/9) and Mujeeb.

IMAGE: George Munsey is bowled by Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

After Mujeeb, it was Rashid's turn to cause destruction as he polished off Scotland lower order to power Afghanistan to a big win.

Scotland's struggle against spin can be gauged from the fact that five of their batters failed to open their accounts

Earlier, Nazibullah Zadran struck a blistering 59 off 34 balls, hitting five fours and three sixes, while Hazratullah Zazai (44) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (46) also produced solid knocks to lift Afghanistan to their best-ever total in T20 World Cup.

IMAGE: Nazibullah Zadran struck a blistering 59 off 34 balls, hitting five fours and three sixes. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Zazai and Mohammad Shahzad (22) got Afghanistan off to a flier, stitching 54 runs off just 35 balls before the latter holed out at deep midwicket boundary.

Zazai played aggressively from the onset, hitting the bad balls to the fence and over it with consummate ease but his 30-ball knock was cut short by Mark Watt as he inside edged a delivery on to his stumps in the 10th over with Afghanistan reaching 82/2.

Gurbaz and Zadran maintained the scoring rate in the middle overs as Afghanistan kept up the pressure on Scotland bowlers.

While Gurbaz played steadily from one end, Zadran was attacking from the onset as Afghanistan reached 127/2 after 15 overs.

IMAGE: Hazratullah Zazai gave Afghanistan a good start as he stroked 44 from 30 balls. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Gurbaz also showed his attacking prowess as he clobbered Josh Davey over the midwicket boundary with a helicopeter shot for a maximum.

Gurbaz, from there on, took his game to the next level and clobbered Brad Wheal for two sixes over long on to accumulate 16 runs from the 17th over.

Zadran was not to be left behind as he hit Watt straight down the ground for a boundary and then followed it up with a six over long-off in the next over.

But Gurbaz fell four runs short of his fifty when he handed an easy catch to Kyle Coetzer off Davey.

With wickets in hand, Afghanistan smashed 63 runs in the last five overs.

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