New Delhi. Top-order batsmen led by veteran Najibullah Zadran as well as off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman took five wickets as Afghanistan thrashed well-performing Scotland in the qualifiers by 130 runs. With this, Afghanistan made a bang in the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. After winning the toss and batting first in this match of Group 2 of Super 12, Afghanistan scored 190 runs for four wickets and then defeated a team like Bangladesh in the qualifiers (Afghanistan vs Scotland) for 60 runs in 10.2 overs. This is Afghanistan’s biggest win in terms of runs in T20 while it is the joint second major win in the T20 World Cup.
In this match, Najibullah Zadran scored 59 runs in 34 balls, which included five fours and three sixes, before being dismissed on the last ball of the innings. He added 87 runs for the third wicket with Rahmanullah Gurbaz (42 runs off 37 balls, one four, four sixes). Earlier, opener Hazratullah Zazai had played a blistering innings of 44 runs in 30 balls with the help of three fours and as many sixes. Of the three sixes that Najibullah hit, there was one six that broke the door of the freeze glass kept across the boundary.
The ICC has shared the video of this six of Najibullah Zadran from its official Twitter handle. In this video you can see that this six was hit on the ball of Mark Watt, who was the most economical bowler of Scotland. Let us tell you that this was the only six on the ball of Mark Watt.
Australia’s Peter Anderson was at one time the coach of the Afghanistan Cricket Academy. He spent some time in Major League Baseball. During coaching he recognized that Najibullah Zadran had the perfect baseball swing. He had said, “Najib can play baseball. He has good arms and hands. He is short and stocky. He has got a better build and a better swing. He can hit them. He hits the ball really hard.”
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At the same time, Scotland’s batsmen had no answer to Afghanistan’s spin attack. Mujeeb took five wickets for 20 runs in four overs. This was followed by the magic of leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who took four wickets for nine runs. One wicket was taken by fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq. Only three Scottish batsmen could reach double digits.