Afghanistan win opener of Khaleej Cricket Tournament

KABUL, Feb 17 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghanistan's cricket team downed the Saudis by a huge margin of 94 runs in the opener of the five-nation Khaleej Cricket Tournament played in Kuwait City on Friday, an official said.
Electing to bat first, the Afghans rattled up 266 in the allotted 50 overs with Mohammad Nabi top-scoring with 65 runs, Afghanistan Cricket Federation's chief Taj Malook told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Speaking to this news agency by phone, he added Samiullah and Nawroz Mangal lent their side solid support by chipping in with 55 and 48 runs respectively.

Set a target of 267, the Saudi cricketers were skittled out for a paltry 166 in 40 overs, giving the opposition a virtual walkover. Hamidullah and Nawroz Mangal, exhibiting a lot of aggro, fast clip and penetration, claimed four wickets apiece to earn their line-up a well-deserved victory.

Nawroz Mangal, who gave a brilliant all-round performance, was adjudged Man of the Match. The Afghans take on the hosts Kuwait in their next encounter slated for Saturday.

The other four teams participating in the event are Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Bahrain. Taj Malook asserted the Afghan team was in high spirits and could lift the trophy at stake on their day.

The team comprises of Raees Ahmadzai, (skipper), Nawroz Mangal (vice captain), Daulat Khan Ahmadzai, Karim Sadiq, Mohammad Nabi, Hasti Gul, Jalat Khan Sher, Abdul Nasir, Asghar Ahmadzai, Rahmat Wali, Samiullah Shinwari, Hamid Hasan, Shahpur Zadran, Abdul Shakoor and Noor Ali.

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