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  1. Watch in-play highlights
  2. Afghanistan win by 14 runs
  3. Scotland have never won a World T20 match
  4. Zimbabwe beat Hong Kong in tournament opener

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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And that's about it from us, on a day of two 14-run victories which see Zimbabwe and Afghanistan take the early advantage in Group B. Stephan Shemilt's match report on Scotland is already live - and you can watch the highlights above.

Do join us tomorrow when Ireland (and Oman, Bangladesh and Netherlands) do battle. TTFN.

International Women's Day - in cricket

A quick word before we finish - it's International Women's Day and let's not forget, the Women's World Twenty20 starts a week today. The teams are already in India and start playing warm-up games on Thursday.

To mark International Women's Day, we asked England vice-captain (and occasional BBC Sport columnist) Heather Knight to write a piece about her journey from being a self-confessed "shy tomboy in Plymouth" to a full-time international cricketer. Do give it a read.

Heather Knight playing for Plymstock CC Men's 1st XI
Heather Knight
Heather Knight playing for Plymstock CC Men's 1st XI

Captain's view

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai: "The opening partnership started well, me and Shahzad had an important partnership. The total was good as it was a slow wicket. The first win is very important for us. We need good line and length bowling in the first 10 overs."  

Captain's view

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen: "Unfortunately we couldn't quite get over the line, we lost a couple of wickets at crucial times and it wasn't to be. We got a brilliant start but couldn't keep the foot on the accelerator and it wasn't enough. If we'd kept them to 10-15 runs less it would have been a fairer reflection of our efforts, we've just got to address that middle period when their spinners tied us down."

Looking ahead to tomorrow

Before all that, it's the opening round of fixtures in Ireland's group tomorrow - Group A - in Dharamsala.

First up, at 09:30 GMT, it's Bangladesh v Netherlands - you'll be able to watch in-game highlights right here on the BBC Sport website.

Then, at 14:00, it's Ireland v Oman - with not only in-game highlights, but a full live text commentary too.

I don't pretend to understand net run-rate, but with both of today's games decided by 14 runs, it (sort of) looks right that Zimbabwe and Afghanistan have virtually identical records in the embryonic Group B table.

The next games in this group are on the same ground in Nagpur again on Thursday - it's Scotland v Zimbabwe followed by Hong Kong v Afghanistan.

Man of the match

Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad: "I'm very pleased to win the first match, hopefully we can play well in the next game. This was a good win for us, Scotland's morale was good so we are looking good for the next game. We watched the first match, the wicket was good, it was a bit slower in the second match and not coming onto the bat, so the bowlers did a good job. Good bowling by Rashid Khan changed the game."

A brief huddle and what sounds like a victory war-cry from Afghanistan as they leave the field, some of them clutching stumps as trophies, before shaking hands with the beaten Scots.

I've just noticed - both of today's games were both settled by 14-run margins. If you weren't with us earlier, you can watch highlights of Zimbabwe's win over Hong Kong on the BBC Sport website.

Champagne moment


Sco 156-5 (target 171)

Matt Cross drives a single to mid-on, and Scotland's unwanted, winless record at World T20s goes on.

Sco 155-5 (target 171)

Mommsen clubs a single to deep square leg, but the game has gone.

Sco 154-5 (target 171)

Bouncer again, it goes for a single over the wicketkeeper's head, but barring wides and no-balls, Afghanistan are going to win this. 17 needed from two.

Sco 153-5 (target 171)

No boundary. A slower bouncer, Mommsen hooks but bats the ball down into the ground, they run a single and Dawlat holds onto the ball, not risking an overthrow. 18 needed from three.

Sco 152-5 (target 171)

A delicate dab from Mommsen down to third man, is that heading for four? No, a good boundary stop from Noor Ali means they can only run two, so it's 19 needed from four balls. Stop the boundaries and Afghanistan win.

Sco 150-5 (target 171)

Dawlat Zadran to bowl the last over. Captain Preston Mommsen on strike. 21 needed from six balls for a famous Scottish win... he swishes and misses at a bouncer, so it's 21 from five.

Sco 150-5 (target 171)

Matt Cross the new batsman, but they crossed on the catch. Mommsen steers a single to long-off, he'll be facing the last over and they'll need 21 to win. A great penultimate over from Nabi.


Machan c Stanikzai b Nabi 36 (Sco 149-5)

Has the pressure got to Machan? He goes for a big hit, the ball spoons up over backward point and the skipper takes a straightforward catch. Not just a wicket, it's a dot ball - 22 needed from seven balls. Machan, by the way, made 36 from 31.

Sco 149-4 (target 171)

Another two taken by Machan. 22 needed from eight.

Sco 147-4 (target 171)

Another shuffle of the field. Just four men in the ring at this stage, three of them on the off side. A slow full toss outside off stump - and he escapes without a wide. 24 from nine.

Sco 147-4 (target 171)

Machan facing. He backs away, another well-run two to long-on. 24 from 10.

Sco 145-4 (target 171)

The experienced Mohammad Nabi to bowl his off-spin. Captain Preston Mommsen on strike. A firm drive to extra cover, one run taken. 26 from 11 needed.

not-outSco 144-4 (target 171)

A superb dive from Machan, not only did he make his ground but he kept his bat on the ground as Shahzad took the bails off. 27 needed from 12 balls. This is why we love this game...

Third umpire

Machan drives down the ground, comes back for two, he'll have to hurry, he dives for the crease and they're checking upstairs...

Sco 142-4 (target 171)

Machan down the ground for six over the bowler's head! 29 from 13.

Sco 136-4 (target 171)

Machan steps across to the off side, Dawlat follows him, it's out of his reach and a dot ball. 37 from 15. Left-hander Machan digs out a full delivery to mid-on and they get back for two. 35 from 14.

Sco 134-4 (target 171)

The skipper had to go back to seam at some point - can Dawlat Zadran, who took 3-29 against Scotland at last year's World Cup, win it for his side - or will he be expensive? Machan can only steer the first ball for a single. Field adjusted for Mommsen, who sets up for a ramp but then angles his bat on a full delivery down to third man for one. 37 needed from 16.


Sco 132-4 (target 171)

Stanikzai shuffles his field again. Mommsen smears a single to third man, Machan nearly hits a full toss into extra cover's hands but once again it falls short... Six from the over, so 39 from 18 balls is the target.

Sco 130-4 (target 171)

How Afghanistan juggle their bowlers for the last few overs could be crucial. With Hamza and Rashid bowled out, it's back to Shenwari who has two overs left - so could bowl overs 17 and 19. It's still just ones and twos from Mommsen and Machan - 41 needed from 21 balls.

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Neil Halliwell: Not followed Scottish cricket much before. Seems like all Scottish sport, start promisingly and then collapse in total failure.

Sco 126-4 (target 171)

(Machan 17, Mommsen 8)

Mohammad Nabi back into the attack, bowling his off-spin round the wicket. But again, all Scotland can find are singles, and that ain't gonna be enough. Six singles - and nearly a wicket as Machan nearly holes out to Shafiqullah running in from the cover boundary. 45 needed from 24 balls. Any Scots fans out there got any nails left?

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Alex Leggate: One of the major drawbacks of following #SCOvAFG#WorldT20 in work is that there are no sofas to watch from behind.

Sco 120-4 (target 171)

Afghanistan may make the odd mistake, but they're giving it everything in the field and it's certainly appreciated by their hardy band of supporters. Rashid Khan (born on 20 September 1998, say the official records) spins down his last over, six largely sedate singles from it means Scotland need 51 from 30 balls. Rashid finishes with 2-28 from his four.

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Ben Thapa: If Rashid Khan is 17, he must have had a really tough paper round. He looks about 35!

Sco 114-4 (Hamza 4-0-24-0)

Amir Hamza to bowl his final over. (Looking at my notes, even though they've bowled exclusively spin from the sixth over onwards, Afghanistan are going to have to bowl at least one over of seam if this goes the distance). A couple of misfields in the circle allow Machan to scamper a couple of twos, but it's been a canny spell from Hamza which leaves Scotland needing 57 from 36 balls.

And that looks like Hamza calling it a day - he's limping off the field.

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PitchedOutsideLeg: Boy in my primary school class,1959 named Scott Scott, from Inverness. We thought nothing of it. Odd though, thinking back.

Sco 109-4 (target 171)

Time for a captain's innings from Preston Mommsen, in at six. An edge brings him a single, but for the second successive over, Afghanistan's spin has only yielded four runs. Scotland (having lost four wickets for 24 runs in 3.5 overs) need 62 from 42 balls


Berrington st Shahzad b Rashid 8 (Sco 108-4)

Easily out, Mohammad Shahzad had the bails off before Berrington slid his back foot back behind the line. Out.

Third umpire

Stumping appeal against Berrington... they're going upstairs...

Sco 106-3 (target 171)

Left-arm spinner Amir Hamza back, feverishly spinning the ball from hand to hand between deliveries. Machan takes a fresh guard, the Scots muster four singles but some canny bowling means the target is now 66 from 48 balls.

I hope you're noticing the way these in-game highlights are being added to the live text. The comedic Calum MacLeod run-out from last over is already below for you to watch.