Easy win for Afghanistan over Canada
Afghanistan, the winners of the 2009/10 Intercontinental Cup, have started their defence of that title with an easy win over Canada in King City, despite one day being lost entirely to rain.
New Canadian captain Jimmy Hansra won the toss on the openindg morning and elected to field first. It initially looked to be the correct decision when both openers were back in the dressing room with just 24 runs on the board.
But Mohammad Shahzad got Afghanistan back on track with 56 from 57 balls, and Samiullah Shenwari scored 70 to take the visitors to 293. Zahid Hussain was the pick of the bowlers with 3-56.
Hamid Hassan then tore through the Canadian top order to leave Canada in tatters at 21-4 at the close of play on day one. The second day was then washed out, and Hassan continued his demolition job on the third day, taking three more wickets, ending with 7-61, his best first-class performance.
Mohammad Nabi then polished off the tail with three wickets to bowl Canada out for 130. Afghan captain Nawroz Mangal invited Canada to bat again, with Hassan quickly reducing them to 30-3.
He didn't bowl again in the match though, and this enabled Canada to get their innings back on track, despite Zubin Sukari becoming the first player to be given out obstructing the field in the history of the Intercontinental Cup.
Hamza Tariq and Haviar Baidwan both scored fifties as Canada reached 231, setting Afghanistan a target of 69, which they reached in 11.3 overs to win by nine wickets.
These two teams will now play in two ODIs at the Toronto CSCC on Sunday and Tuesday, before returning to King City on Thursday for a Twenty20 tournament also involving the USA and Trinidad & Tobago.