Dubai, Oct 26 (IndiaToday) – Afghanistan sounded an early warning to the other teams in Group 2 with their record 130-run victory over Scotland in Match 17 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in Sharjah on Monday.
Afghanistan bowled out Scotland for 60 in 10.2 overs while defending 191 after riding on Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s career-best bowling figures on a slow and sticky wicket at the Sharjah International Stadium.
Mujeeb became the first bowler to pick a five-wicket haul on T20 World Cup debut and finished with the fifth best figures of 5 for 20 from his four overs. The 20-year-old also became the second youngest in the tournament’s history to bag a five-for.
The mystery spinner missed out on a hat-trick in the fourth over but managed to end the contest in the powerplay for Afghanistan. His spin-bowling partner Rashid Khan bagged four for 9 while Naveen-ul-Haq was the only fast bowler in the wickets column with 1 for 12.
There were very few positives with the bat for the Scottish with opener George Munsey’s 25 their highest score in the mammoth run chase. Afghanistan’s win meanwhile, is their biggest in terms of runs in a T20 international and overall the joint-second biggest in T20 World Cup history. They top the table now in Group 2 thanks to their net run rate.
“Congratulations to our nation and it’s my first Player of the Match in a World Cup. The people supporting us here gave me a lot of positive energy. Fans have been supporting us and that’s one reason we’ve played well (the crowd roars),” Mujeeb said in his notice language after the match.
Earlier, Nazibullah Zadran struck a blistering half-century in a dominating batting display of power-hitting as Afghanistan posted a commanding 190 for 4, the highest total in this edition so far.
Zadran scored 59 off 34 balls, hitting five fours and three sixes, while Hazratullah Zazai (44) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (46) also produced solid knocks to take Afghanistan close to their best-ever total in T20 World Cup.