Scotland lose out to Afghanistan in I Cup Final

Mon, Dec 6, 2010 12:55 PM

Afghanistan cricket team created history on Saturday when it beat Scotland by seven wickets to win the ICC Intercontinental Cup trophy for the first-time ever.

Afghanistan bowled out Scotland for a paltry 82 and then knocked off the 124 runs required for a win with seven wickets to spare.

Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan, who ended as the top wicket-taker of the tournament with 43 scalps from six games at an average of 19.8, was named the Man of the Match for his match haul of 8-84.

Earlier, resuming at its overnight score of 64 for six, Scotland was bundled out thanks to fast bowler Mirwais Ashraf's spell of 3-8 in just seven overs.

The collapse left Afghanistan with a modest target to chase.

Matthew Parker dismissed Karim Sadiq early in the chase after Neil McCallum caught the opener but after Shahzad and Shabir Noori added a quick 55 things were very much in the Afghans' favour.

Shahzad, the highest run-getter of the ICC Intercontinental Cup, scored an unbeaten 56 off 62 balls with seven boundaries. Shahzad ended with 802 runs from seven games.

Skipper Nawroz Mangal fell in the pursuit of the title. But in the end Shahzad was around to ensure that Afghanistan capped off the unbeaten run in the ICC Intercontinental Cup with a title win.

Scotland faced an uphill battle at the start of the third day's play at Dubai Sports City stadium when they resumed six wickets down for 64 runs and the lower order failed to turn things round for Gordon Drummond's side. The innings held out for just another eight overs before Mirwais claimed three quick wickets and Hamid claimed Richie Berrington to take his haul for the final to eight wickets

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