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    Noori powers Afghanistan to dramatic win

    KABUL (PAN):  Afghanistan launched their Intercontinental Cup One-Day campaign with a dramatic two-wicket victory over Canada in Toronto, the national team manager said on Monday.

    Having won the toss, the hosts got off to a breezy start. Gunasekera hit 57 and Patel 62, providing their side a robust opening stand of 75 in the initial power-play overs, Shafiq Stanikzai said.

    Once the opening partnership was broken, Canadian batsmen seemed to struggle. Mohammad Nabi captured four for 31 and Daulat Zadran three for 49 to restrict the hosts to 230 in 44.5 overs.

    Shabir Noori smashed an excellent 94 to set the tone for Afghanistan's triumph. He was lent good support by Mohammad Nabi (58) and Nawroz Mangal (34).

    Much to their scare, the tourists suffered a late-order collapse, going from 183 for three to 207 for eight. They lost three wickets in one over, the manager said.

    But Samiullah Shinwari and Mirwais Ashraf launched a determined damage-control effort and saw the national squad dry and home.

    This result followed their commanding nine-wicket win over the same opposition in the four-day format of the tournament on August 5.

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