Najibullah Zadran (left) scored his third ODI half-century, while Rahmat Shah also brought up his maiden ODI ton in 123 deliveries © AFP
Najibullah Zadran (left) scored his third ODI half-century, while Rahmat Shah also brought up his maiden ODI ton in 123 deliveries © AFP

Rain played spoil sport and also had the last laugh, while Afghanistan batsmen in the form of Rahmat Shah and Najibullah Zadran were the shining stars for the visitors, against hosts Scotland in the first of the two-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh on Monday, which was abandoned due to the heavy rain. Brad Wheal for Scotland claimed the most wickets, i.e. a couple for 51. Earlier, Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen won the toss and elected to bowl first in an overcast and rain-threatening conditions, as both the teams went in with a bowling dominated side. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Scotland vs Afghanistan, 1st ODI at Edinburg

The Afghan openers in the form of Mohammad Shahzad and Noor Ali Zadran were off to a shaky start, as Noor Ali fell in the third over for a mere single to Wheal, after being caught behind by Matthew Cross, at the score of seven. With 32 more runs added to the total, it was his fellow opener Md Shahzad who fell for 26, after being trapped leg-before to Alasdair Evans in the eighth over. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Scotland vs Afghanistan, 1st ODI at Edinburg

Nevertheless, it was followed by a 53-run stand for the third wicket, before Javed Ahmadi fell for a healthy 39 in the 23rd over, to Safyaan Sharif, who bowled him up. With 34 runs more added to the total, it was the skipper Asghar Stanikzai, who fell for 20 to Wheal, after being caught by Con de Lange in the 31st. However, it was then the pair of Rahmat Shah, and Najibullah Zadran, who took control of the innings, while Shah also scored his maiden ODI half-century, before rain interrupted the play for a brief 40 minutes.

Following the resumption of the innings, both the batsmen came up with an aggressive attitude, as they smashed the Scottish bowlers all over the park, scoring runs in a flurry. Najibullah too scored his third ODI half-century, while Shah also brought up his maiden ODI ton in 123 deliveries, including eight boundaries and a six, along with a strike rate of 81.30. However, just as the innings was near the finishing line, rain interupte3d play again, and it got heavier with each passing minute, as after the hold of around another 40 minutes, the umpires decided to call off the game.

Brief scores

Afghanistan 283 for 4 in 47.2 overs (Rahmat Shah 100*, Najibullah Zadran 89; Brad Wheal 2 for 51) vs Scotland.

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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)