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ICC World T20 2016 qualifiers: Afghanistan beat Scotland by 14 runs

Updated: 09 March 2016 12:15 IST - Published: 08 March 2016 18:42 IST
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At the end of day one, both Zimbabwe and Afghanistan are level on points and net run-rate and it looks as though it will be between those two for the top spot in Group B. Join us again tomorrow for arguably the marquee clash of the qualifiers as Bangladesh take on Netherlands in the first game.
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Mohammad Shahzad is the Man of the Match.
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After a brilliant start, Scotland looked set for a record-breaking first victory in World Cups and over Afghanistan but after they lost their two openers in quick succession, their charge faded. The fact that they didn't score a boundary for almost 9 overs hurt their chances even though they kept rotating the strike.
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19.6 Zadran to Cross, 1 run, gets a single to mid-wicket off the last ball and Scotland lose by 14 runs. It is now six T20I matches and Scotland haven't beaten Afghanistan yet.
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19.5 Zadran to Mommsen, 1 run, pulled to deep square-leg for another single.
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17 needed off the last two balls.
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19.4 Zadran to Cross, 1 run, another short ball and that flew over Shahzad's head but just a single to third man.
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19.3 Zadran to Mommsen, 1 run, good short ball once again and Zadran decides against throwing the stumps down.
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19.2 Zadran to Mommsen, 2 runs, excellent fielding from third man ensures that isn't a boundary. Excellent dab from Mommsen, picking the slower ball and steering it to third man.
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19.1 Zadran to Mommsen, no run, good short ball and that is a much-needed dot.
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Dawlat Zadran to bowl the last over. Scotland need 21 runs from the last over.
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18.6 Nabi to Mommsen, 1 run,
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And that might be the game for Scotland.
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18.5 Nabi to Machan, WICKET, goes for the big hit but only succeeds in hitting it to the fielder at backward point.
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18.4 Nabi to Machan, 2 runs, that went just outside the inner circle at mid-wicket but Machan gets antoher tow.
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18.3 Nabi to Machan, no run, that was nerveless bowling, just inside the line and that is a briliant ball.
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18.2 Nabi to Machan, 2 runs, another couple of runs for Machan, who keeps strike.
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18.1 Nabi to Mommsen, 1 run, hit straight to cover and they scramble for 1.
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27 needed off the last two overs. Can Scotland make history?
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17.6 Zadran to Machan, 2 runs, flicked to deep mid-wicket and there was never two there but the pair push for two and a desperate dive from Machan saves him.
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17.5 Zadran to Machan, SIX, that was the boundary Scotland were looking for. Hit straight back over the bowler's head for a six.
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17.4 Zadran to Machan, 2 runs, full ball and good running results in two. That looked like one as it just went to the vacant mid-on but good running meant a yorker resulted in a couple of runs.
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17.3 Zadran to Machan, no run, goes for the ramp but decides to dab it to third man but in the end fails to make contact with the ball.
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17.2 Zadran to Mommsen, 1 run, cleverly played but it is just another single. Good adjustment from the batsman.
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17.1 Zadran to Machan, 1 run, full and that is driven to cover for another single.
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39 needed off the last three overs. Scotland need big hits but they haven't hit a boundary since the ninth over.
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16.6 Shinwari to Machan, 1 run, hit into the leg side and Machan keeps strike.
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16.5 Shinwari to Machan, DROPPED, full toss and that is dropped at cover. That wasn't good work all-round.
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16.4 Shinwari to Mommsen, 1 run, driven to the fielder at short third-man.
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16.3 Shinwari to Machan, 1 run, short ball and that is pulled on the bounce to long-on.
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16.2 Shinwari to Machan, 2 runs, strong shot down the ground but well fielded at long-off.
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16.1 Shinwari to Mommsen, 1 run, another single to cover.
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Four overs to go but Scotland cannot get the big hits they need.
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15.6 Nabi to Mommsen, DROPPED, the Scottish captain goes for the big hit but it is dropped in the deep after a good effort to get to the ball.
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15.5 Nabi to Machan, 1 run, Scottish batsmen are struggling to get the big shots, just one more single.
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15.4 Nabi to Mommsen, 1 run, almost a caught and bowled but it is too wide and Mommsen picks up another single.
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15.3 Nabi to Machan, 1 run, walks down the track and takes a single to long-on.
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15.2 Nabi to Mommsen, 1 run, another sweep and Scotland are just picking up the singles.
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15.1 Nabi to Machan, 1 run, good ball and the batsman can only take another single to the off-side.
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51 needed off the last five overs. Can Scotland manage a surprise victory?
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14.6 Rashid to Machan, 1 run, full toss but Machan cannot capitalise as it is hit straight to long-off.
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14.5 Rashid to Mommsen, 1 run, another sweep to short fine-leg for a single.
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14.4 Rashid to Machan, 1 run, another drag down but this also fetches just a single.
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14.3 Rashid to Mommsen, 1 run, pulled down the ground for just a single, Afghanistan won't mind this.
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14.2 Rashid to Machan, 1 run, drag down but Machan misses out and only gets a single.
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14.1 Rashid to Mommsen, 1 run, swept straight to the fielder at short fine-leg.
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57 needed off the last six overs.
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13.6 Hotak to Machan, no run, tries to just push it into the off side but doesn't make contact.
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13.5 Hotak to Machan, 2 runs, again poor fielding from Nabi at mid-wicket. That should have been just a single but it is two once again.
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13.4 Hotak to Machan, no run, punched just short of cover.