After beating Zimbabwe in both ODIs and T20Is, Afghanistan was a team with full of confidence before coming to the World Cup qualifiers. But Scotland have given Afghanistan a reality check with a comfortable victory in their opening match. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ আফগানিস্তানকে হারিয়ে স্কটল্যান্ডের চমক]
Sent in to bat, Afghanistan made a plodding start, losing three wickets – two to Berrington’s medium-pace – while only scoring 49 in their first 15 overs. Berrington picked up his third wicket in the 19th over, getting Mohammad Shahzad out for an uncharacteristic 30 off 54 balls, leaving Afghanistan 71 for 4.
Chasing 256, Scotland got there with 16 balls to spare, with MacLeod scoring an unbeaten 157 off 146 balls. He scored 108 off 118 against Afghanistan’s other bowlers, and 49 off 31 against Rashid’s legspin, off which he hit eight of his 24 boundaries.
Rashid finished with figures of 1 for 68 in nine overs – this was the first time he had ended up with an economy rate of above 7 in his 38-match ODI career. He also scored a first-ball duck. All this happened on a day when, at 19 years and 165 days, he became the youngest man to lead an ODI side.
AFG 255 (49.4) | M Nabi 92 (82), Zadran 67 (69) | Bradly 3/36
SCO 256/3 (47.2) | MacLeod 157* (146), Berrington 67 (95) | Zadran 2/47
Result: Scotland won by 7 wickets
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