News - Afghanistan
The Afghanistan National Cricket Team marked its third victory in a row after beating Scotland in a thrilling match in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier on Sunday.
Playing its third match of the race to qualify for the 2016 World Cup, Afghanistan put on display a tremendous performance to set a tough target of 211 – the record highest target in the country's history – after it won the toss and elected to bat first.
Afghan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad gave a brilliant opening to the national side after scoring 75 runs from just 36 balls. He hit 12 boundaries – 7 sixes and 5 fours – with a strike rate of 208.
Asghar Stanekzai and Mohammad Nabi, scoring 34 and 33 runs each respectively, were the other main contributors to the national side's biggest total ever in the T20 format.
The Scottish team lost the match by 37 runs after the whole team was bowled out in the last over of the sensational match.
The match in one stage became more sensitive when the Scottish batsman PL Mommsen hit some consecutive boundaries.
He scored 44 runs from 20 balls, hitting 4 sixes and 3 fours.
This was Afghanistan's third victory in a row after beating Netherlands and UAE.