Afghanistan have completed their preparations for their Intercontinental Cup clash against Papua New Guinea with a draw against Oman in a three-day match that ended today in Ajman.
Afghan captain Asghar Stanikzai won the toss and chose to bat first at the Ajman Oval. Their innings started badly when Shabir Noori fell with no runs on the board, but recovered thanks to a fine century by Noor Ali Zadran. He shared in a 59 run partnership for the second wicket with Mohammad Shahzad, and a 152 run partnership for the third wicket with Hashmatullah Shahidi.
The third wicket partnership ended when Zadran was out for 113, whilst Shahidi went on to score 95. Afghanistan reached 350-6 at the close of play, with Samiullah Shenwari unbeaten on 56. He was out for 64 early on the second morning, and Afghanistan were bowled out for 393.
Shenwari then starred with the ball in the Omani first innings, taking six wickets for 64 runs. Jatinder Singh top scored for Oman with 42 as they replied with 178. Stanikzai opted not to enforce the follow on, and Afghanistan scored 19 without loss before the close of play on day two.
Afghanistan briefly found themselves on the back foot on the final morning, with the top four scoring 47 between them. Hashmatullah Shahidi and Samiullah Shenwari got things back on track, scoring 57 and 62 not out respectively. The Afghans reached 204-5 before Stanikzai declared, setting Oman an unlikely target of 420 in the remaining 53 overs in the day's play.
Oman soon found themselves facing defeat when they collapsed to 29-4, but a partnership of 153 between Adnan Ilyas and Zeeshan Siddiqui helped ensure the draw. The partnership ended when Ilyas was out for 107 - Oman's first century in a multi-day match - whilst Siddiqui reached 46 not out before play for the day ended.
Afghanistan will now play their Intercontinental Cup match against Papua New Guinea at Sharjah, starting on Saturday. Oman's next match will be a T20 International against Hong Kong in Abu Dhabi, also on Saturday.
Afghanistan drew with Oman
Ajman Oval, 16-18 November
Afghanistan 393 (113.2 overs, Noor Ali Zadran 113, Hasmatulllah Shahidi 95, Samillah Shenwari 64, Khawar Ali 3-64, AJ Lalcheta 3-85)
Oman 178 (66.5 overs, Jatinder Singh 42, Samiullah Shenwari 6-64)
Afghanistan 204-5d (50 overs, Samiullah Shenwari 62*, Hashmatullah Shahidi 57, Nasir Jamal 36*, AJ Lalcheta 4-41)
Oman 193-6 (53 overs, Adnan Ilyas 107, Zeeshan Siddiqui 46*, Yamin Ahmadzai 3-22)