Riding on the great performances from Samiullah Shenwari, Dawlat Zadran and Shapoor Zadran, Afghanistan defeated Scotland by 1 wicket in a thriller at Dunedin.
Chasing a modest target of 211, Afghanistan got off to a flying start as Nawroz Mangal and Javed Ahmadi added 42 runs for the first wicket before the former lost his wicket to Alasdair Evans. Asghar Stanikzai, who scored a fifty against Sri Lanka, got out cheaply to become the second victim of Evans. Richie Berrington then triggered Afghanistan collapse as they lost 5 quick wickets within a span of the next 51 runs, before Shenwari came to the rescue and with crucial 35 and 70-run partnerships with Dawlat Zadran and Hamid Hassan respectively, he took Afghanistan on the verge of a victory. Unfortunately, he lost his wicket at the time when Afghanistan needed 16 more runs but Hassan and Shapoor Zadran kept their cool to secure their team the first victory in World Cup. Shenwari top-scored with 96 and was also adjudged the man of the match whereas Berrington finished with an impressive figures of 10-0-40-4.
Earlier after being put into bat, Scotland got off to a bad start as they lost the wickets of their opener Calum MacLeod and number three batsman Hamish Gardiner quickly. None of their batsman including skipper Preston Mommsen were able to cash in on their starts as Scotland stumbled to 210 in their full quota of 50 overs. Shapoor and Dawlat shared 7 wickets between them whereas Hassan, Nabi, Naib grabbed a scalp each.
Brief Scores: Scotland 210 (Machan 31, Shapoor 4-38, Dawlat 3-29) lost to Afghanistan 211/9 (Shenwari 96, Berrington 4-40) by 1 wicket