Dec 022017
DUBAI: A massive 10-wicket win over the United Arab Emirates helped Afghanistan clinch the Intercontinental Cup on Saturday.
In the seventh and final round, Afghanistan posted a huge total of 510/9 in their first innings with three out of their top four batsmen registering centuries.
Their bowlers backed up that performance by skittling out UAE for 197 in the first innings as Rashid Khan and Zahir Khan picked up three wickets each. After being asked to follow on, UAE put up a much-improved display initially and were 236/3 at one stage. Soon after, Rashid led a collapse as his five-wicket haul ensured the next seven wickets fell for just the addition of 95 runs, which tilted the game in Afghanistan’s favour.
Ireland vs Scotland, Dubai: Ireland registered a comprehensive win over Scotland in Dubai but still had to settle for the second spot with 109 points, 12 short of Afghanistan.
In a low-scoring encounter, Kevin O’Brien’s unbeaten 78 in the first innings proved to be vital for Ireland as they recovered from 124/6 to finish with 251. In reply, despite the openers adding 55 for the opening wicket, Scotland surrendered meekly to post only 141 as O’Brien starred with the ball as well with three wickets.
Brief scores: Afghanistan 510/9 decl. (Ihsanullah Janat 124; Ahmed Raza 5-148) & 19/0 (Ihsanullah Janat 18*) beat UAE 197 (Shaiman Anwar 85*; Zahir Khan 3-30) & 331 (Chirag Suri 81; Rashid Khan 5-83) by 10 wickets
Ireland vs Scotland, Dubai: Ireland 251 (Kevin O’Brien 78*; Stu Whittingham 3-23) & 271 (Simi Singh 59; Stu Whittingham 5-70) beat Scotland 141 (George Munsey 38; Boyd Rankin 4-45) & 178 (Mark Watt 43; Peter Chase 4-52) by 203 runs.
Namibia vs Netherlands: Netherlands 501/8 decl. (Roelof van der Merwe 175; Craig Williams 4-71) & 223/5 decl. (Peter Borren 85; Danie van Schoor 2-39) beat Namibia 203 (Stephan Baard 111; Vivian Kingma 3-22) & 290 (Sarel Burger 70; Shane Snater 5-88) by 231 runs.
Hong Kong vs Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong: Papua New Guinea 237 (Tony Ura 62; Nadeem Ahmed 5-72) & 82 (Tony Ura 16; Ehsan Khan 5-13) lost to Hong Kong 348 (Babar Hayat 214*; Chad Soper 4-33) by an innings and 29 runs.

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