Afghans rock Canada's top order
Canadian team captain Jimmy Hansra won the toss and decided to bowl first, Shafiqullah Stanikzai, manager of the Afghan squad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The national side posted a total of 293 runs off 81 overs, with openers Noor Ali Zadran and Karim Sadiq cheaply dismissed. However, skipper Nawroz Mangal and Mohammad Shahzad put up a good show, taking Afghanistan's total to 106.
Stanikzai said over the telephone from Canada that Mangal was dismissed for 28 and Shahzad for 56. Nabi and Asghar Stanikzai also failed to put up any resistance.
However, Shinwari and Ashraf played well, lending a measure of respectability and strength to the visitors' position. They enabled the team to post a 293-run first innings total.
Shinwari chipped in with 70 runs and Mirwais Ashraf 48, with Hamid Hasan shattering Canada's top order. He captured four wickets before the close of play, leaving him with the impressive figures of 4/12 off six overs.
Mangal told Pajhwok they had arrived in Canada hours before the match and had no time for practice and rest. Praising his boys, particularly Shinwari and Mohammadi, he said Hassan had once again demonstrated his class as a bowler.
Holders Afghanistan, Scotland, the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, the United Arab Emirate, Kenya and Namibia are participating in the Intercontinental Cup Tournament that began last month in Canada.
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