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Afghanistan strengthen grip on match against Namibia

Afghanistan strengthen grip on match against Namibia

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Apr 12, 2016 - 09:45

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon have strengthened their grip on their their four-day Intercontinental Cup match against Namibia in in India, thanks to a superb century by Mohammad Shahzad.

The gutsy batsman smashed his fourth first-class century (139) to help Afghanistan take a valuable 162 runs lead over Namibia, which struggled at 19 for 2 in their second innings on Monday.

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman Farid Hotak said the national squad piled up 334 in 118.5 overs in Greater Noida. Earlier, Mohammad Nabi shone with ball as the opposition were shot out for 172.

At stumps on Monday, Afghanistan were in control of the duel. Nabi trapped lbw Stephan Baard, the Namibian captain, and Zane Green, the ACB spokesman said, praising Afsar Zazai for his determined unbeaten 49.

Seeking to leapfrog their way to third place, the former champions are required to win the 20 maximum points on offer. Their first match against Scotland ended in a draw but they thrashed PNG in November in the second encounter.

Namibia are in seventh place, with one victory and one loss. They outplayed Hong Kong in May, but lost to Ireland in October by an innings and 107 runs.

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