Shapoor Zadran helps Afghanistan claim victory
Afghanistan took a major step towards qualification for the super fours stage thanks to a 14 run victory over Scotland in the first of today's Twenty20 World Cup qualifies at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Faced with a target of 132 for victory Scotland struggled to get their run chase started as medium pace bowler Shapoor Zadran bowled brilliantly conceding only 8 runs from his four overs.
The Scots lost two early wickets as Kyle Coazer (2) and Navdeep Poonia (0) fell cheaply before Gavin Hamilton (32) and Neil McCallum (38) enjoyed a partnership of 66 which gave the Scots a chance of victory.
The partnership was brought to an end when Hamilton was stumped by Mohammad Shahzad off the bowling of Kamrin Sadiq to finish the 13th over. McCallum was following Hamilton back when he was run out of the first ball of the next over.
Scotland's revival was over and they lost wickets at regular intervals to finish 14 runs short of Afghanistan's target to leave their hopes of qualifying for the super fours in doubt.
Earlier after being out into bat by Gavin Hamilton Afghanistan got of to a great start thanks to Noor Ali who smashed 42 from 37 balls, he was supported by Mohammad Shahzad (30) as the Afghans set Scotland a target of 132 despite all-rounder Kyle Coetzer who tacking 3-25.