Scotland set mammoth task

Sat, Aug 14, 2010 9:55 AM

Scotland set mammoth task
Afghanistan edged closer to victory in their Intercontinental Cup match against Scotland in Ayr with the hosts beginning to make inroads into their unlikely run-chase.

Scotland closed the third day on 95-2 in pursuit of 546 for victory as Afghanistan pressed home their advantage with the bat for much of the day.

Already with a first innings lead of 296, the visitors increased their lead by another 249 before declaring with five wickets down.

Young prospect Mohammad Shahzad continued to show his rich promise by scoring 105 not out off 126 balls after opening pair Noor Ali (27) and Karim Sadiq (40) got the innings off to a good start with 64-run stand.

Ashgar Stanikzai (36) helped Shahzad put on 71 for the fourth wicket as Scotland again struggled for wickets.

Spinner Majid Haq picked up two wickets but the fielding side were left to toil for another 62 overs before the declaration finally arrived.

Hamid Hassan, who picked up six wickets in Scotland?s first innings, struck first in the second when he bowled Fraser Watts for eight.

Ryan Flannigan (32) and Ewan Chalmers (37 not out) then took Scotland towards the close before Mohammad Nabi claimed the wicket of the former with four overs to go.

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