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‘I did my job’, says match-winner Shenwari

‘I did my job’, says match-winner Shenwari
Afghanistan collapsed to 97/7 in pursuit of a modest target of 211 but for the second time in as many days, following Ireland’s nailbiting win over the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, two non-Test nations produced a dramatic climax to a World Cup match.

Shenwari turned this contest on its head with a 147-ball innings featuring seven fours and five sixes. “It was difficult because we lost early wickets but I did my job,” said man-of-the-match Shenwari.

After he was out, Shenwari could be seen sitting with his head in his hands, seemingly in despair at
costing Afghanistan the match. “It was a very poor shot. I was trying to get another six but it was a very good win for us,” he admitted.

Captain Mohammmad Nabi thought his side had thrown away their chance with the bat after restricting Scotland to 210. “The pressure was extreme again but Shenwari batted brilliantly. It’s good to put two points on the board. This is our first win in the World Cup and everyone (in Afghanistan) will enjoy this,” said Nabi. For Scotland, appearing in its third World Cup, the wait for a maiden win in the tournament goes on.
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