Sharjah: Afghanistan Mujeeb ur Rahman showed a power-hitting dominance with his five-wicket haul before toppling the rival batting order as the struggling Asian nation beat Scotland by 130 runs. t20 world cup, here on Monday. Afghanistan put up a challenging 190 for four after batting first and then bundled out Scotland for just 60 in 10.2 overs to seal a big win in Group 2. Scotland scored 27 runs in the first three overs before Mujeeb dismissed Scottish captain Kyle. Coetzer and Callum McLeod hit consecutive deliveries.
Mujeeb did not take his hat-trick but two balls later he dismissed Richie Berrington after four overs to bowl Scotland out for 28 for three. Scotland’s wickets kept falling in the next two overs with the dismissals of Matthew Cross and George Munsey (25).
The trend continued, with Michael Leask, Chris Greaves and Mark Watt also failing to counter the moves of Rashid Khan (4/9) and Mujeeb. After Mujib, it was Rashid’s turn to cause destruction as he polished the tail of Scotland to give Afghanistan a major victory. Scotland’s struggle against spin can be gauged from the fact that five of its batsmen failed to open the account. ) also scored a solid innings which helped Afghanistan post their best score in the T20 World Cup.
Zazai and Mohammad Shahzad (22) scored 54 off 35 balls before being dismissed for a deep midwicket boundary caught Afghanistan for a flyer. Zazai played aggressively from the start, hitting the bad balls over the fence and finishing with ease, but his 30-ball innings was cut short by Mark Watt as he made a delivery on his stump in the 10th over . 82 with Afghanistan.
Thereafter, Gurbaz and Zadran maintained the scoring rate as Afghanistan kept the pressure on the Scottish bowlers. While Gurbaz played consistently from one end, Zadran was attacking from the start as Afghanistan were 127 for two after 15 overs.
In the middle, Gurbaz also showed off his attacking skills as he brought down Josh Davy to hit maximum with a helicopter shot at mid-wicket boundary. From there, Gurbaz took his game to the next level and scored 16 runs in the 17th over and hit Brad Wheel for two sixes at long on. Jadran was not to be left behind as he hit Watt for a boundary straight on the ground and then hit a six in the next over.
But Gurbaz fell four runs short of his half-century when he handed a simple catch to Kyle Coetzer off Davy. With wickets in hand, Afghanistan scored 63 runs in the last five overs.