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Afghanistan will look to dominate Scotland in the series once again © AFP

Jan 14, 2015

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AFghanistan have been wrapped up for 63! Scotland are elated. One would give them barely a chance after the first innings but they have comeback with vengeance and have humiliated Afghanistan by 150 runs. No prize for guessing the man of the match here, has to be Josh Davey with a six-wicket haul and a half-century.

Scotland have come back hard and hot. Too hot for Afghanistan to handle. Josh Davey has led the charge with four wickets. Evans has contributed with two. Scotland are well on top now. Afghanistan will require a huge miracle from here.

Afghanistan were running away with the match before Davey pegged them back with two quick wickets. Afghanistan, who were going at more than six runs per over are likely to be more cautious now. Davey delivered with the bat and is now making an impact with the ball. The chances of Scotland winning have increased but Afghanistan are still the favourites.

Afghanistan in pursuit of a meager 214 have begun solidly, avoiding unnecessary risks. Ian Wardlaw is bowling well mostly, but is going wayward once in a way. But that is enough to ease off the pressure in a small chase like this. Josh Davey is bowling from the other end and isn’t building any substantial pressure. The man-in-form, Javed Ahmadi started unusually slow, but Usman Ghani kept the scoreboard ticking at the other end. Ahmadi seems to have found his groove now however.

Scotland have somehow managed to get past 213 runs after an abysmal top order performance, credits to Richie Berrington and Josh Davey.  Berrington got out on 62 and Davey got to his half-century remaining unbeaten. Together they stitched a 99-run partnership to take their side to a respectable total.

Scotland have struggled right from the outset. Wickets have fallen at regular intervals. Afghanistan have kept the pressure going, not letting the batsmen settle. Preston Mommsen lost his way after a promising start. All the bowlers have done a very neat job. Scotland will be hoping that their tail wags long enough to amass a remotely defendable total.

Scotland won the toss and elected to bat first. The openers have looked a little uneasy. The Afghanistan bowlers have bowled a probing line and look good for a wicket soon. The Scots will find themselves in a lot off trouble if the openers don’t fire as Hamish Gardiner, the top scorer for Scotland in the first match, is not participating in this match for reasons not known yet. Opener Kyle Coetzer has potential for a lot off runs and if the Afghani bowlers let him get away, he could take Scotland to a challenging total.

Afghanistan is sans their star bowler, Dawlat Zadran and it will be a good opportunity for the other crop off bowlers to stand up and deliver.

Its all over! Clinical performance by Scotland! They’ve shattered plenty of records on the way to this victory. Josh Davey has been the miracle-man!
Izatullah Dawlatzai 0(6) b Davey

 

Scotland have been phenomenal. Afghanistan have been beyond dismal, Samiullah Shenwari gets out for 10 runs. Ian Wardlaw claims his fourthvictim.
Samiullah Shenwari 10(15) c Cross b Wardlaw

 

It’s as good as over for the Asian team. Eight down now, Wardlaw picks his third wicket. Afghanistan have collapsed in the most dramatic fashion.
Gulbadin Naib 0(3) c Davey b Wardlaw

 

Afghanistan are bleeding wickets at the moment. seven down now. Davey has completed a five-wicket haul.
Mirwais Ashraf 0(3) lbw Davey

 

Afghanistan look like they have given up the match here. Scotland riding on the back off Josh Davey! What a performance put up by him.
Najibullah Zadran 1(7) lbw Davey

 

Skipper, Nabi is the next to follow the long procession back to the pavilion. Wardlaw gets another wicket! Scotland in with a very strong chance to clinch victory.
Mohammad Nabi 0(3) lbw Wardlaw

 

Another wicket down for Afghanistan! Usman Ghani walks back dejected on 25. Scotland on top now.
Usman Ghani 25(33) c Cross b Wardlaw

 

Josh Davey on a roll! Third wicket for him after that hard-fought fifty. Stanikzai is out and Afghanistan’s innings is witnessing too many wickets for their comfort. Scotland have clawed their way back in dramatic fashion.
Asghar Stanikzai 2(16) c Cross b Davey

 

Davey on a roll here. Gets another wicket in the over. Zazai back in the hut without disturbing the scorers. Scotland will need more wickets to consolidate a strong position.
Afsar Zazai 0(4) lbw Davey

 

 

Scotland make a breakthrough after a brisk start by the Afghanistan opening pair. Josh Davey gets the wicket of Javed Ahmadi at a run a ball 21. Is this a window for Scotland?
Javed Ahmadi 21(21) b Davey

 

Afghanistan has started on a high in response to the paltry total posted by Scotland. Scotland need early wickets bt have got no breakthroughs yet.

 

 


Scotland manage to scrape to 213 after a dismal top order collapse. Davey played heroically to get to his half-century. This may be a cake walk for Afghanistan nevertheless.

 

Berrrington goes with one over remaining. Heroic effort though. The onus is on Josh Davey to finish off well.
Richie Berrington c Naib b Aftab Alam

 

Headed towards a much better score than one would’ve expected when they lost the sixth wicket. Really piling the runs. Davey headed for a half-century it appears.

 

These two are really frustrating the bowlers. Just the last five overs of the match left. Berrington gets to his half-century. They’ll step on the gas now.

 

Berrington and Davey are stitching together a crucial partnership. The advantage is still with Afghanistan, but the partnership is worthy of applause. They bring up the 150.

 

Afghanistan bowlers continue to dominate the Scottish batsmen. The Scots look fragile and are losing wicket at a steady rate.
Matthew Cross 23(29) c Dawlatzai b Shenwari

 

Berrington and Cross are keen to build a partnership and build a foundation for Scotland to get at least a remotely defendable total against a rampant Afghani bowling attack. Bring up the team hundred.

 

And another bites the dust, it’s the big wicket of the Scottish skipper himself. He built a foundation for himself scoring 31 off 40 deliveries but lost his wicket to Samiullah Shenwari.
Preston Mommsen 31(40) b Shenwari

 

Mirwais Ashraf has been troubling the batsmen and finally has something to show for his effort. Things look grim for the Scots. They need a big partnership now.
Matt Machan 11(34) lbw Mirwais Ashraf

 

Scotland are aiming to go the slow and steady route. Afghanistan bowlers have maintained the pressure with some very accurate bowling, they’ve not let the Scottish batsmen settle.

 

Mommsen and Machan are trying to rebuild the innings. The Afghani bowlers have been very good, especially Aftab Alam who has conceded only 14 off 6 overs, with two wickets.

 

Calum MacLeod has been put out of his misery by Gulbadin Naib. At this rate Scotland may find it difficult to get to three figures as a team. Skipper, Preston Mommsen is the next man in.
Calum MacLeod 5(21) c Zazai b Naib

 

Aftab Alam gets another wicket, Coleman is his man this time. Afghanistan truly on top now. Scotland will find it difficult to recover. Matt Machan is the new man in.
Freddie Coleman 2 (11) c Javed Ahmadi b Aftab Alam

 

Calum MacLeod has struggled and has finally opened his account in the match as well as the series, with two ducks from the first two matches in the series. Kyle Coetzer was more comfortable but has lost his wicket to Aftab Alam.
Kyle Coetzer 16(25) c Afsar Zazai b Aftab Alam

 

Afghanistan take on Scotland in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) at Abu Dhabi. Ireland managed to beat Scotland by three wickets in the previous match of the series. But Scotland had some positives in their batting. Matt Machan scored a brilliant 86, that took his side past the 200-run mark. All-rounder Richie Berrington’s 28 runs late in the innings was crucial as Scotland managed to reach a competitive 216 for nine in 50 overs.

Iain Wardlaw was the pick of the Scotland bowlers but his figures of three for 49 was not bale to prevent his side from losing. Ireland were clinical in their performance and courtesy of an unbeaten 80 by Niall O’Brein and a late onslaught by John Mooney ensured that Ireland reached their target with 21 balls to spare.

Afghanistan have already beaten Scotland in the opening match of the series. Inspite of a 96-run knock by Hamish Gardiner, Scotland could not avoid the defeat courtesy of some poor bowling. Scotland will have to win this match to have any chance  of staying alive in the tournament. Afghanistan on the other hand will look to dominate Scotland once again.

Playing XI:

Scotland: Preston Mommsen(c), Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod, Matt Machan, Freddie Coleman, Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross(wk), Josh Davey, Majid Haq, Alasdair Evans, Iain Wardlaw

Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi(c), Asghar Stanikzai, Aftab Alam, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Afsar Zazai(wk), Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf, Javed Ahmadi, Izatullah Dawlatzai.

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the second ODI of the Dubai Triangular Series between Scotland and Afghanistan. I am Rishad D’Souza, and I will bring you updates from the match.