Afghanistan have always been a competitive limited-overs team. They have had a few surprise wins against top-ranked teams. Besides, they have also shown some great fighting spirit to steal victory from jaws of defeat.
Cricwizz takes a look at some of the priceless and closest ODI wins for Afghanistan.
One-run win — Afghanistan vs Canada at Sharjah in 2010: Put into bat, Afghanistan made a big total of 289/6 in 50 overs. Opener Noor Ali Zadran cracked 114, while Mohammad Shahzad scored 118 to post the huge score. Canada too fought tooth and nail thanks to captain and wickekeeper Ashish Bagai’s 91 not out. However, they ended on the losing side by just a run. Khurram Chohan was run-out on the last ball going for the score-levelling run. Canada ended with 288/8 to lose by a run. And Afghanistan registered a memorable win.
One-wicket win – Afghanistan vs Kenya at Amstelveen in 2010: Kenya put up a competitive score of 233/7 in 50 overs, thanks to half-centuries from CO Obuya (60) and TM Odoyo’s 52 not out. In reply, Afghanistan were reduced to 134/6 in the 32nd over before No 8 Mohammad Nabi joined Samiullah Shenwari in the middle. The two put up 39-run crucial partnership for the seventh wicket before Shenwari fell for 82. Nabi departed for a fighting 47. It all boiled down to 1 run off 1 ball and one wicket in hand. Khaliq Dad (18 not out) guided Afghanistan home to a one-wicket memorable win.
One-wicket win – Afghanistan vs Scotland at Dunedin in 2015: Asked to bat first, Scotland posted a fighting total of 210. But they bowled and fielded brilliantly to reduce Afghanistan to 97/7 with defeat looming large. Samiullah Shenwari (96) then played the innings of his life to get his team close to win. He put up 35-run partnership for the eight wicket with Dawlat Zadran and then 60-run match-winning stand with Hamid Hassan for the ninth wicket. However, when Shenwari departed at 192/9, Scotland had the upper hand. But Hassan (15 not out) and No 11 Shapoor Zadran (12 not out) guided Afghanistan to a one-wicket win.