Namibia defeated by Afghanistan in I-Cup Test match

KABUL: (MEP) – The Afghanistan National Cricket Team on Tuesday defeated Namibia by 10 wickets, in their Intercontinental Cup match in Namibia, khaama rported.

Namibia scored 358 runs in their first and second innings, while the Afghan cricket team managed to score 354 runs in its first innings, after ending Day 1 with 62/1 in 29 overs.

They trail by 128 runs with 9 wickets remaining in the 1st innings. However, in Day 2 Afghanistan had looked to be in danger when three wickets fell for just 31 runs.

Nawroz Mangal went for 59 off 100 balls, 51 of which he had made on the Day 1, while Mirwais Ashraf and Rahmat Shah were dismissed one after the other in the 43rd and 44th overs.

However, Afghanistan’s lead was increased by 155 runs at the end of Day 2, after Stanikzai showed his experience and staying power and turned things around with his 127 score.

During the Day 3, Afghanistan completed its first over in the morning with the wickets of Asghar Stanikzai (127 runs) and Shapoor Zadran (7 runs) falling in 5 overs.

Afghanistan was leading by 164 runs when Namibia began its 2nd innings.

On the bowling side Afghanistan captain, Mohammad Nabi, showed off his bowling style with an excellent performance in taking 6 of Namibia’s 10 wickets for 33 runs.

The bowler of the day, however, was Izatullah Dawlatzai who took 5 wickets including a hat-trick in the 67th over. He bowled BM Scholtz for 3 runs , J Davidson (lbw) for 0 runs and MP Delport (lbw) for 0 runs in three consecutive balls and brought the Namibia innings to a speedy end. Showing his bowling talent, he had conceded only 23 runs for his 5 wickets.

This win takes Afghanistan to second place behind Ireland, with Scotland in third place on the Intercontinental Cup points table. Afghanistan is due to face Kenya in I-Cup match, and will automatically go to the finals after defeating Kenya.

Afghanistan will still remain in the final if it is defeated by Kenya and Ireland defeats Scotland.

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