Records tumbled as Afghanistan destroyed Scotland in Sharjah to voyage to a monstrous 130-run win and launch their World Cup crusade on a high. It was Afghanistan’s greatest success in T20Is as Scotland were packaged for a simple 60 in 10.2 overs. Mujeeb Ur Rahman featured with a five-wicket pull in his first game in a T20 World Cup while Rashid Khan returned 4 for 9 on Monday (October 25). After the batsmen set up 190 – Afghanistan’s most elevated all out in T20 World Cups, the twist couple guaranteed Scotland’s pursuit was wrecked early.
Scotland were 36/5 without Rashid Khan in any event, coming into the assault… What?
Mujeeb Ur Rahman showed why he’s a power to deal with in T20 cricket with a triple strike in his second over after George Munsey made a promising beginning. Munsey had come out with an arrangement to focus on the short off-side limit by playing the opposite clear. He accomplished for a great deal of the three overs before a parade started. Mujeeb’s googlies were hard to peruse and effective in giving Afghanistan the ideal beginning.
Rashid came into the assault and…
…struck promptly, obviously. The Scottish batsmen were generally not ready to peruse some unacceptable ‘uns as four in the center request returned ducks on the evening. Rashid wrapped up with 4-9, while just a single wicket tumbled to pace as Naveen-ul-Haq squeezed out an edge off Matthew Cross prior. That 25 was the most elevated score for a Scotland batsman and a line-up with five ducks summarizes their innings.
Scotland yielded 2 runs in the first and third finished. Regardless of that Afghanistan scored the quickest fifty…
Four bowlers bowled in the powerplay for Scotland, and regardless of having kept Mohammad Shahzad fair for most part, they couldn’t stop Hazratullah Zazai. He assaulted from the beginning and fueled Afghanistan to 55 on the board in six overs notwithstanding Shahzad falling for 22. Prior to this game, Scotland had a powerplay economy pace of 5.40, which Afghanistan’s openers ruined.
What turned out badly for Scotland?
That the bowlers reliably missed their lengths from the get-go. With Zazai assaulting the more limited limit on the leg side, they kept on bowling full and couldn’t constrain him to play on the offside. Anything near a more full length was dispatched. When Zazai was excused, they bowled into Najibullah and Rahmatullah’s bends, who added 87 runs in 52 balls for the third wicket. They bowled an excessive number of in the opening, yielding 54 off the last four overs. Just Mark Watt, the left-arm spinner, had the option to control the force hitting in plain view, yielding only 23 in his four while the others went for bounty.
How great was Najibullah towards the end?
Remarkable. He guaranteed Zazai’s wicket didn’t pump the brakes. All things considered, he went more diligently and cleared the leg-side limit easily. He struck three powerful sixes and five fours in his 34-ball 59. Afghanistan scored 63 runs in the last five, striking 11 sixes – the most in the competition to get to 190.
Brief scores: Afghanistan 190/4 in 20 overs (Hazratullah Zazai 44, Gurbaz 46, Najibullah 59; Safyaan Sharif 2-33) beat Scotland 60 in 10.2 overs (George Munsey 25; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 5-20, Rashid Khan 4-9) by 130 runs.