Scotland hammered by Afghanistan in T20 World Cup, rolled for 60 as Mujeeb Ur Rahman takes 5-20 | Cricket News


Mujeeb Ur Rahman takes 5-20 as Scotland skittled for 60 in 10.2 overs in Sharjah; Afghanistan win Super 12 clash by 130 runs after posting 190-4 from their 20 overs; Scotland back in action against Namibia on Wednesday; Afghanistan play Pakistan on Friday

Last Updated: 25/10/21 6:18pm

Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed 5-20, with Rashid Khan recording figures of 4-9

Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed 5-20, with Rashid Khan recording figures of 4-9

Scotland’s three-match winning streak at the T20 World Cup came to a crashing halt as they were rolled for just 60 by an inspired Afghanistan during a 130-run defeat in Sharjah.

Scotland had beaten Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and Oman to reach the Super 12 for the first time in their history but were blown away by Afghanistan, all out in 10.2 overs in reply to their opponents’ 190-4 as spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman (5-20) and Rashid Khan (4-9) ran riot.

Mujeeb picked up three wickets in the fourth over, bowling Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer for 10 before pinning Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington lbw for ducks to start the Saltires’ slide from 27-0.

Coetzer’s side lost all 10 wickets for 32 runs in seven overs, with Rashid clinching a resounding victory for Afghanistan when he bowled last man Brad Wheal first ball – Wheal the fifth Scotland batter to bag a duck.

Afghanistan were ruthless with the ball after being brutal with the bat as they piled on the highest score in the 2021 World Cup so far, with top-scorer Najibullah Zadran (59 off 34) swatting the biggest six of the competition, a 103-metre monster over long-on.

Hazratullah Zazai (44 off 30) – who tonked a 101-metre six of his own – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (46 off 37), Mohammad Shahzad (22 off 15) and captain Mohammad Nabi (11no off four balls) also fired as Afghanistan creamed 11 sixes and 13 fours after electing to bat.

Zazai put on 55 with Shahzad for Afghanistan’s first wicket inside six overs, while Najibullah and Rahmanullah added 87 from 52 balls for the third, with the latter whipping an extraordinary six off Josh Davey helicopter-style.

Shahzad then backed up his bowlers in the field, with the wicketkeeper’s superb catch leaping to his right accounting for Matthew Cross (0) as Scotland’s Nos 3, 4, 5, and 6 were all dismissed without scoring.

Michael Leask was the fourth batter, after MacLeod, Berrington and Cross, to depart for a duck, lbw to Rashid, with his wicket sandwiched by Mujeeb bowling George Munsey (25 off 18) – who had struck two sixes and as many fours in an enterprising cameo for Scotland up top – and Mark Watt (1).

Wheal then became the fifth player to exit for nought, castled by Rashid, who had followed his wicket of Leask with those of Chris Greaves (12) and Davey (4).

Afghanistan’s rise up the T20I rankings meant they qualified automatically for the Super 12 stage and, on this evidence, they will challenge the more high-profile sides in their group, in India, Pakistan and New Zealand.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Scotland vs Namibia

October 27, 2021, 2:30pm

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Scotland return to action against fellow qualifiers Namibia in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (2.30pm, Sky Sports Cricket), while Afghanistan’s next match is against Pakistan in Dubai on Friday (2.30pm, Sky Sports Cricket).

Pakistan drubbed India by 10 wickets on Sunday to record their first win over their rivals in World Cup cricket – they will be looking to back that up against New Zealand in Sharjah on Tuesday (2.30pm, Sky Sports Cricket).

Pakistan vs New Zealand

October 26, 2021, 2:30pm

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S Africa vs W Indies

October 26, 2021, 10:30am

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Tuesday’s earlier fixture sees South Africa take on West Indies in Dubai (10.30am Sky Sports Cricket), with both sides aiming to rebound from defeats in their opening games, to Australia and England respectively.

South Africa suffered a five-wicket loss as Australia scraped to their victory target of 119 in the final over, while defending champions West Indies were torpedoed for just 55 by England during a six-wicket defeat.

Watch the T20 World Cup live on Sky between now and November 14.





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