Afghanistan beat Scotland by 130 runs in the T20 World Cup with the help of Mujeeb’s 5-20

Spinner Mujibur Rahman took five wickets in his opening Super 12 match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Monday as Scotland beat Afghanistan by a record 130 runs.

Chasing a challenging target of 191 runs to win, Scotland were reduced to 60 runs in 10.2 overs and five batsmen were dismissed for naught in Sharjah.

Mujeeb returned his best T20 figures of 5-20 and fellow spinner Rashid Khan took four wickets to give Afghanistan their biggest win margin in the shortest format of the game.

Najibullah Zadran set up the victory with a 34-ball 59 and guided Afghanistan to their best score of 190-4 in the tournament after electing to bat first.

Mujeeb remained the hero with three wickets in an over, which included two consecutive deliveries to demolish Scotland’s top and middle order.

Scotland, who made it to the Super 12 of the event for the first time after winning all three matches in the qualifiers, never recovered after falling without scoring without Callum McLeod, Richie Berrington and Matthew Cross, and the team had their lowest T20 total. crashed in.

Earlier, Najibullah and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (46) put on an aggressive 87-run partnership for the third wicket, hitting seven sixes in Scotland’s bowling.

Najibullah fell off the final ball of the innings while attempting his fourth six in a 34-ball blitz that took Afghanistan to their previous tournament high of 186 in 2016.

Hazratullah Zazai made a quick start to 54 with Mohammad Shahzad, who scored 22 runs.

Zazai hit 44 off 30 balls but Mark Watt bowled a toe-crushing yorker to deny the batsman a half-century.

Safyan Sharif took two wickets in an innings, which hit a total of 11 sixes.

The win places Afghanistan at the top of the Group 2 table over Pakistan, which spanking Beat rivals India by 10 wickets on Sunday.

“We’ve been playing some good cricket to get here, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan,” Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer said after the thumping.

“We fought hard in the field. It’s just a level check to see where our standards are. We will be better for it in the next match.”

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