Afghanistan's World Cup preparation tour of Australia and New Zealand continued today with a second win in two games against the Australian Capital Territory team.
Batting first after winning the toss, the ACT team started their innings with an opening partnership of 47 between Jono Dean and Matthew Condon, which ended when Gulbadin Naib had Dean caught and bowled for 36. Condon scored 41 before he was the next man out, sharing in a 61 run partnership for the second wicket with Nathan Price.
Those were the highest scores in the ACT innings though, as they were restricted to 232-9 from their 50 overs. Yamin Ahmadzai was the pick of the bowlers with 4-50, whilst Mohammad Nabi also chipped in with 3-39.
Usman Ghani was the top scorer in the Afghanistan run chase. He put on 46 for the first wicket with Javed Ahmadi, before retiring hurt on 39 during the second wicket partnership. He came back at the fall of the fourth wicket and took his team to victory with four balls to spare, scoring an unbeaten 61.
Najibullah Zadran also contributed to the Afghan effort, scoring 46 from 48 balls before he was out. Nathan McAndrew was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-44 as Afghanistan won by 5 wickets.
Afghanistan's preparation tour will now move on to New Zealand where they will play Auckland and Northern Districts in Mount Maunganui. The first match is against Auckland on Thursday. A few members of the squad though will be heading to South Korea to assist in Afghanistan's Asian Games campaign. They have a quarter final in that tournament on Wednesday, against Nepal.
Australian Capital Territory lost to Afghanistan by 5 wickets
Manuka Oval, Canberra, 28 September
Australian Capital Territory 232-9 (50 overs, M Condon 41, J Dean 36, Yamin Ahmadzai 4-50, Mohammad Nabi 3-39)
Afghanistan 235-5 (49.2 overs, Usman Ghani 61*, Najibulah Zadran 46)