The Afghanistan national cricket team defeated United Arab Emirates with a big margin during their second appearance in the ICC World cup Qualifiers Super Sixes. (Photo – International Cricket Council)
Played at Harare in Zimbabwe, the Afghan bowlers once again shined together with the top and middle order batsmen to secure a victory with a difference of 5 wickets and 93 balls remaining.
UAE won the toss and elected to bat first but their batsmen could not stand against the brilliant performance of the Afghan bowlers and scored only 177 runs by losing all their wickets during the 43rd over of the game.
Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran played well on the bowling side to restrict the UAE batsmen to 177 runs with Rashid taking 5 wickets and Zadran 3 wickets from 9 and 8 overs respectively.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi also took one wicket each on the bowling side to help the Afghan team restrict the UAE batsmen to setup a major target during a decisive game.
On the batting side, the Afghan batsmen played well on the middle order despite losign the opening batsman, Mohammad Shahzad, during the initial overs of the game.
However, Gulbadin Naib remained not out on the top order after scoring 74 runs along with Najibullah Zadran who scored 6 runs and remaining not out to help secure a victory by 5 wickets during the 34.4 overs of the game.