Afghanistan recorded their first ever World Cup victory as Samiullah Shenwari produced a brilliant fightback to guide his side to a dramatic one-wicket win over Scotland in their Pool A clash in Dunedin. Shenwari was dismissed for 96 after taking charge of his side`s chase to 211 runs for the victory at University Oval.
The 28-year-old was dismissed with 19 runs still required from 19 balls but last pairing of Shapoor Zadran and Hamid Hassan managed to bail their side out with three balls to spare. Scot bowlers, Richie Berrington and Josh Davey had ripped through the middle of Afghanistan`s order to reduce them from 85 for two in the 19th over to 97 for seven in the 24th over.
Afghanistan was well placed to chase down Scotland`s 210 all out with Javed Ahmadi well set on 51 before Berrington and Davey struck with five wickets for 12 runs between them. Shenwari, however, had other ideas as his 35-run partnership with Dawlat Zadran and 60-run stand with Hamid Hassan led them back in the chase.
The last pair of Shapoor Zadran and Hamid Hassan got their side home; however the former’s winning runs sent the team into delirious celebrations and also a small group of Afghanistan fans. Shapoor (4-38) and Dawlat (3-29) were the pick of the bowlers, putting pressure on Scotland`s batsmen with their accurate line and length even if there was little movement in the air or off the pitch.