Nabi, Mangal star as Namibia restricted to 190
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan scored 62 runs without any loss in response to a paltry 190 by Namibia in their four-day match of the Intercontinental Cup, gaining a psychological advantage over the opposition, an official said on Monday.
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News the event began in the African country on Sunday, when Namibia won the toss and elected to bat first -- a decision that apparently backfired.
SJ Baard was the highest scorer for the hosts with 72, followed by HN Ya France with 30 runs, said Hotak, who commended Mohammad Nabi for capturing six wickets and thereby restricting Namibia to 190 in the first innings.
In response, Afghanistan are 62 for the loss of opening batsman Shabir Noor who was trapped leg before wicket by SF Burger for eight runs. Skipper Nawroz Mangal is still at the crease with a solid 51, according to the ACB spokesman.
The four-day match would be followed by two World Cricket League Championship One Day matches on August 9 and 11. In their last encounter in March 2012, Afghanistan defeated Namibia by 28 runs to qualify for the Twenty20 World Cup.
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