Afghanistan thrash Scotland in Intercontinental Cup
Scotland managed just one run and one over on day three of their ICC Intercontinental Cup tie with Afghanistan at Abu Dhabi before succumbing to defeat by an innings and five runs.
Scotland resumed on 144 for nine in their second innings, but could not force their opponents to bat for a second time. Safyaan Sharif took his score to 11 with a single off the day’s first ball before Dawlat Zadran bowled Scotland captain Gordon Drummond for 16 at the fifth attempt today, with an outswinging delivery.
Put into bat, Scotland never recovered from being dismissed for 125 in their first innings, with seamer Izatullah Dawlatzai returning 6-57. Their opponents responded with 275 all out, number four Rahmat Shah top-scoring in the game on 67.
Opening batsman Kyle Coetzer’s 57 helped to take the match towards a third day, but he was eighth out to be the fourth of Dawlatzai’s second-innings victims as the bowler claimed 5-37.
The loss ends a disappointing series for Scotland in the heat of the United Arab Emirates, where they suffered two defeats in both Twenty20 and one-day internationals as well as getting little over halfway through the four-day game.
The latter result sees Scotland, who had been boosted in January by six county players becoming eligible to represent them, slip to third in the table with Afghanistan picking up 20 points to move second, three points behind leaders Ireland who are playing the UAE.