Mohammad Nabi claimed three wickets for just 26 runs © AFP (File Photo)
Mohammad Nabi claimed three wickets for just 26 runs © AFP (File Photo)

Afghanistan spinner Mohammad Nabi claimed three wickets for just 26 runs, as visitors Afghanistan rode to a comfortable 78-run win over hosts Scotland in the second and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Grange Cricket Club Ground in Edinburgh on Wednesday. Earlier, Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai won the toss and elected to bat first, as the opener in the form of Mohammad Shahzad and Noor Ali Zadran were off a steady start. With 31 runs on the board, the opening breakthrough came for Scotland in the form of Noor Ali, who fell for mere six to Alasdiar Evans in the seventh over, as he was followed by Javed Ahmadi, who fell for mere 16 to Brad Wheal, 53 runs later, in the 19th over. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Scotland vs Afghanistan 2016, 2nd ODI at Edinburgh

It was followed by a 43-run stand, as at the score of 131, it was the star from the opening ODI, Rahmat Shah, who too fell for 26 in the 29th over to Safyaan Sharif, as Shahzad brought up his fifth ODI half-century. Just 12 runs later, it was the opener Shahzad, who fell for 84 to Ruadhri Smith, in the next over. However, at the score of 156, it was the skipper Asghar Stanikzai, who fell for mere five to Evans in the 34th over, before rain interrupted the play for the first time.

After 40 minutes, the play resumed, as it saw another dismissal after 15 runs in the form of Najibullah Zadran, who fell for 11 to Wheal, before rain interrupted the play for the second time, and for after almost a couple of hours of steady rain, the Afghan innings came to an end, as the play was reduced to 36 overs per side, while Scotland were set a target of 211 via D/L method. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Scotland vs Afghanistan 2016, 2nd ODI at Edinburgh

Scotland began the chase on a shaky note, as they lost opener Kyle Coetzer in the second ball of the innings to Dawlat Zadran for an unfortunate duck, with just a run on the board. However, it was followed by a healthy 57-run stand between Craig Wallace and Matthew Cross, before Cross fell for 24 to Mohammad Nabi in the sixth over. At the score of 86, it was Preston Mommsen, who fell for mere 13 to Shapoor Zadran in the 13th over.

Just 15 runs added to the total, it was Richie Berrington, who fell for 19 to Nabi again. There were hardly any partnerships hwereafter, as at the score of 105, it was Michael Leask, who fell for mere three to Nabi again, and to follow him after five runs, was Sharif, who fell for three to Shapoor. At the score of 122, it was Ruaidhri Smith, who fell for mere 10 to Dwalat, followed by Alasdair Evans for mere three to Rashid in the 17th over, as the final man to fall was Con de Lange, who fell for 20 to Mirwais Ashraf in the 28th over, as Afghanistan won the game by 78 runs, via D/L method to win the series by 1-0.

Brief scores

Afghanistan 178 for 6 in 37.2 overs (Mohammad Shahzad 84; Brad Wheal 2 for 31, Alasdair Evans 2 for 34) beat Scotland 132 in 27.1 overs (Craig Wallace 33; Mohammad Nabi 3 for 26) by 78 runs (D/L method).

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