AFGHANISTAN is celebrating after it defeated Scotland by 10 runs to record its maiden win at the Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
In the second last-over finish in two days at Buderim, the Afghanis successfully defended their total of 191 to deny the Scots a win in the tournament.
Inspired by skipper Mohammad Javed, Afghanistan built a respectable total with the bat, before producing its best fielding performance of the tournament to bowl the Scots out for 181.
Javed opened the batting and made his intentions clear from the outset with a well-played 71 from 76 balls, while wicketkeeper Afsar Khan chimed in with 44.
Middle-order batsmen Mohibullar said the team was pleased to record its second victory in two appearances at the Under-19 World Cup, after it defeated Hong Kong in New Zealand in 2010.
He also paid credit to his skipper for leading the way in a dominant display with the bat.
"We are so happy because we won that match against Scotland," he said.
"That is our first win of the tournament and we are feeling very happy.
"Javed played very well.
"He made the 71 runs and got man of the match, so he was very good."
Gavin Main was the pick of the Scottish bowlers, snaring 4-26 from eight overs, which included the scalp of Javed, while spinner Ruaidhri Smith capped off a solid tournament with a four-wicket haul.
But it was their batting performance that the Scots will rue, particularly the poor running between wickets, which resulted in four run-outs and ultimately cost them the match.
Sayed Shiraz did most of the damage with three wickets, while Mohibullar's fantastic catch to dismiss Henry Edwards halted the Scots' progress and laid the platform for the win.
"The fielding was very good. The catch that I took was a turning point and there were lots of run-outs, so it was very good," Mohibullar said.
"Our bowlers also bowled very well. Sayed Shiraz bowled well for us and Mohammad Yamin and also Aftab Alam.
"But all our bowlers were good today."
Both teams will have an opportunity to play more games, in the play-offs for the minor placings in Townsville or Brisbane.
(M Javed 71, A Khan 44; G Main 4-26)
(McLean 67, Coleman 30; Shiraz 3-33)
Afghanistan won by 10 runs
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