Cricket World Cup: Scotland 'must get over Afghanistan defeat'

By Stephan ShemiltBBC Sport in Dunedin
Tough day for Scotland - Mommsen

Scotland will need time to get over the disappointment of their one-wicket World Cup defeat by Afghanistan, according to captain Preston Mommsen.

Afghanistan recovered from 97-7 to overhaul 210 in the final over and deny Scotland a first World Cup win.

"It's a very difficult day," Mommsen told the BBC's Test Match Special. "There was a lot riding on this, a huge opportunity to get that first win.

"Regrettably, it wasn't to be. It will take a couple of days to get over it."

Scotland, who have never won a World Cup match, had earlier slumped to 144-8, only to be taken to their highest score in the tournament by a ninth-wicket partnership of 62 between Majid Haq and Alasdair Evans.

Afghanistan then suffered their own collapse of five wickets for 12 runs, but Samiullah Shenwari's 96 took them to the brink of victory, with last man Shapoor Zadran hitting the winning runs with three balls to spare.

The Test Match Special verdict from Dunedin
Ex-England off-spinner Vic Marks: "It wasn't the highest quality match I've ever seen, but it was one of the most exciting and certainly one of the most topsy-turvy. We thought Afghanistan were walking it, then Scotland scraped to 200. Afghanistan were cruising at 85-2, then they're 97-7. Game over, Scotland have won, and Robbie Burns' statue down in the city must have been smiling. And then a terrific finale. Shenwari cajoled his partners, we had that epic over with three sixes - and the two excitable fast bowlers remained calm and won it for them. Unfettered jubilation from the Afghans."
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"With the bat and the ball we got into winning positions, and in neither innings we managed the killer punch," said batsman Mommsen.

"I'm not sure what to put it down to. We threw everything at it.

"Small opportunities weren't taken and, the closer it got, the harder it got to bowl them out."

Scotland's 11th successive World Cup defeat in three tournaments since making their debut in 1999 is a record, and their third reverse in this campaign leaves them on the brink of elimination from quarter-final contention.

"It's going to be a huge challenge for us to respond to this," added 27-year-old Mommsen, whose team next play Bangladesh in Nelson on 4 March.

"We know Bangladesh are a side we're capable of beating. We've played good cricket in parts in the first three games, but not for long enough."

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Afghanistan's Samiullah Shenwari
Samiullah Shenwari hit 96 from 147 balls, with five sixes and seven fours

Shenwari speaks

Man of the match Samiullah Shenwari is one of five survivors from the team from Afghanistan's first World Cup qualifier against Jersey in 2008.

On the win: "It was a big pressure because we lost wickets early. I had the responsibility to stay in the wicket until the end. I did my job and I am very happy.

On his dismissal, caught at deep mid-wicket for 96: "It was a very poor shot. I was trying to get another six but it was a very good win for us."

On Afghanistan's meteoric rise in the cricket world: "There was nothing before. You can look 10 or eight years ago, there was nothing in Afghanistan. But now you can in the streets, schools, everywhere you go, it's just cricket and cricket."

On their forthcoming meeting with Australia in Perth: "Hopefully we'll give them a tough time and we will not give up easy. So we're looking forward to giving them a tough time and looking forward to winning the match."

He later tweeted:external-link Can't believe what I have achieved in this game. Thanks to Hamid and Shapoor for not letting my effort go in vain.

Samiullah Shenwari and Shapoor Zadran celebrate Afghanistan's win
Samiullah Shenwari and Shapoor Zadran were two of Afghanistan's heroes

The world reacts to Afghanistan's win

Afghanistan trended worldwide on Twitter after their historic victory. Here's how their players - and the rest of the world - reacted.

Afghanistan Cricket Board:external-link Afghanistan you BEAUTY LONG LIFE. Shapoor hits a boundary and we made it. We made an impossible one possible. Wow, great effort from team Afghanistan. We dedicate this marvellous and historic win to all those 100 victims of Panjshir who martyrs in deadly avalanches yesterday.

Afghanistan pace bowler Hamid Hassan:external-link Spirited performance by the team. Historic win for us. Nation will be very excited back home. Congrats everyone!

Afghanistan pace bowler Shapoor Zadran, who hit the winning runs:external-link Yes. Thanks almighty for first win and all efforts and win deserve to @SamiShinwari45 for his stunning batting thank you all fans love you.

Former Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, left out of the squad for this tournament:external-link Afghanistan Afghanistan Afghanistan worldwide trending proud feeling long life great inning from Samiullah well done brother.

Afghanistan fans celebrate in southern Kandahar
Fans celebrated the win on the streets of Afghanistan

Ireland batsman Ed Joyce:external-link Our game [yesterday] now second best game. Well played @CricketScotland and @ACBofficials today. Only a few weeks left of these annoyingly good games.

Former England captain Alec Stewart:external-link Future World Cups must include associate countries to allow them the chance to grow & understand the skills required at the top level.

Sunday Telegraph cricket correspondent and ex-Wisden editor Scyld Berry:external-link They will be dancing in the streets of Kabul all day and all night. Come on, big three of the ICC: invite Afghanistan to tour your countries.

BBC entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson in Los Angeles:external-link I suspect I am the only person at this Jeff Goldblum gig following Scotland v Afghanistan on his phone. #nervous

Afghanistan fans in Dunedin
Afghanistan were well represented in Dunedin

Stats of the day

From BBC Test Match Special statistician Andrew Samson:

  • No team winning a World Cup match batting second has had a collapse where they lost five wickets for 12 or fewer runs before Afghanistan today (85-2 to 97-7).
  • The worst previous five-wicket collapse by a team batting second and going on to win a World Cup game was 14 by Bangladesh v England at Chittagong in 2011. They lost 5-14 (155-3 to 169-8) before reaching 227 to win.
  • This is the first time both team's ninth wickets have added over 60 in an ODI.
  • Hamid Hassan and Shapoor Zadran's 19* was the second highest 10th wicket partnership to win a World Cup match - the highest was Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts' 64* for West Indies v Pakistan in 1975.external-link
Hamid Hassan and Shapoor Zadran celebrate Afghanistan's win
Hamid Hassan and Shapoor Zadran saw Afghanistan home with three balls to spare

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