Afghanistan created history by beating Scotland by a solitary wicket to claim their first ever win at the World Cup in their Pool A clash in Dunedin. Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss and put Scotland into bat. The Afghanistan pace attack led by the fearsome Shapoor Zadran kept the Scottish batsmen in check throughout the innings.
Scotland were reduced to 8-144 at one stage, but a 62-run ninth wicket stand between Majid Haq and Alasdair Evans helped Scotland post a decent total of 210. Shapoor Zadran and Dawlat Zadran starred with the ball for Afghanistan claiming four and three wickets respectively.
Afghan’s begun the chase in a positive manner and took the score to 2-85 in 18 overs at one stage. Scotts came right back into the match and look the likely winners with a spell where they took 5 wickets for merely 12 runs, reducing Afghanistan to 7-97. Afghanistan were staring into defeat but Samiullah Shenwari’s (96) and decent contributions by Dawlat, Hamid and Shapoor managed to pulled off what seemed like an unlikely win in a thrilling finale. Samiullah Shenwari was declared the man of the match for his heroic 96 runs knock.