Afghanistan continues T20 dream run

Afghanistan took a step closer to the next stage of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier after defeating Scotland by 14 runs yesterday in Abu Dhabi.

Noor Ali was in fine form again, hitting 42 off 37 balls, after Scotland had put Afghanistan into bat, with Mohammad Shahzad scoring 30 off 40 balls. However, it was restricted to 131-7 by an impressive Scottish attack, which was led by all-rounder Kyle Coetzer who took 3-25.

At another qualifier played in Dubai, a sensational display of power-hitting from Alex Obanda inspired Kenya to a comfortable nine-wicket win over the Netherlands.

Obanda smashed 79 off just 48 balls, putting on 126 for the first wicket with Steve Tikolo (50 not out) as Kenya chased down its target of 139 to win with 5.1 overs remaining.

Canada had earlier made 138-9 off 20 overs with Ashish Bagai (36), Rizwan Cheema (32) and Geoff Barnett (30) making useful contributions without anybody making a match-winning innings.

Kenya face the Netherlands today, while Canada will play against the UAE.

 

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