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    Afghans hand Canadians 17-run defeat

    KABUL(PAN): Afghanistan inflicted a second consecutive defeat over hosts Canada in a rain-curtailed Intercontinental Cup match at King City on Tuesday, an official said.

    Mohammad Nabi's superb knock of 47 enabled the visitors to post a total of 150 in 18.3 overs. With the match reduced from 50 to overs aside, Nabi's 31-ball innings included four towering sixes.

    Skipper Nawroz Mangal won the toss and opted to bat first in overcast conditions, Afghan team manager Shafiq Stanikzai told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone from Canada.

    Samiullah Shinwari captured three vital wickets for 16 to keep the Canadians on their toes. Hiral Patel (45) and Rizwan Cheema (36) were the two opposition batsmen who resisted Afghanistan's bowling onslaught.

    With their batting order collapsing like a house of cards, Canada could reach 133 for the loss of nine wickets in the stipulated 20 overs, handing Afghanistan a 17-run win, the second in as many days.

    A day earlier, by dint of a convincing eight-wicket win over Canada at the Bready Club in Ireland, Afghanistan qualified for the 2012 ICC Under-19 World Cup.

    In their final game, Canada won the toss and opted to bat first -- a decision that patently backfired. They were skittled out for 71 in the 33rd over.

    The target was easily achieved by Afghans in the 15th over for the loss of only two wickets. Syed Sherzad, Yamin Ahmadi and Abdul Basir took two wickets apiece.

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