Afghanistan opt to bat against Scotland in T20 World Cup. Afghanistan vs Scotland underway.
Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi won the toss and elected to bat in their opening Twenty20 World Cup match with Scotland on Monday.
The Afghans, who briefly faced the possibility of being banned from the tournament if the women’s game was discontinued by the new Taliban regime, come into the competition as a dangerous T20 side.
Nabi, who is the top-ranked all rounder in T20, said his team are upbeat about both their batting and bowling.
“The wicket is dry and good for batting,” said Nabi whose side beat the West Indies in a warm-up match.
“We had a really good game against the West Indies in the warm-up. We’ll try to repeat that combination and performance.”
Scotland booked their Super 12s spot for the first time in the T20 World Cup after three successive wins in the qualifying stage.
They come in unchanged from their previous win over hosts Oman last week and skipper Kyle Coetzer said he is happy to bowl first.
“Even in IPL (Indian Premier League) we saw chasing teams having that advantage so really happy,” said Coetzer.
“Privileged to be here. The team has been performing well and at the moment we are comfortable sticking to the same team.”
Teams for Afghanistan vs Scotland
Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (capt), Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Scotland: George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (capt), Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI), Paul Wilson (WIS)
TV Umpire: Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)
Afghanistan’s inning halfway through – 82 for the loss of 2 wickets
Afghanistan posted 190 runs total for the loss of 4 wickets
Meanwhile, Scotland plummeted to just 60 runs. Afghanistan won by 130 runs.
Afghanistan crush Scotland by 130 runs in T20 World Cup
Spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan shared nine wickets between them as Afghanistan thrashed Scotland by 130 runs in their opening Super 12s match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Monday.
Chasing a daunting 191 for victory, Scotland were bowled out for 60 in 10.2 overs with five batters dismissed for ducks in Sharjah.
Najibullah Zadran set up the win with his 34-ball 59 to guide Afghanistan to 190 for four after they elected to bat first.