Cricket News: Afghans are being lauded by netizens following their emphatic victory over Scotland

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Cricket News: Notably, this was Afghanistan’s seventh T20I victory over Scotland in as many meetings.

Afghanistan overcame Scotland by 130 runs to kick off their T20 World Cup campaign with a bang. The Mohammad Nabi-led team first posted a large total of 190/4 before bowling out the Scottish Saltires for just 60 runs. Notably, this was Afghanistan’s seventh T20I victory over Scotland in as many meetings. However, it would be the two points that would give Afghans the most delight, given that they are in Group B with India, New Zealand, and Pakistan, and only two of them would proceed to the semi-finals.

Speaking of the encounter on Monday, Afghanistan controlled from the start in Sharjah. Mohammad Nabi won the toss and chose to bat first, and Najibullah Zadran top-scored for the side with 59 off 34, while Rahmanullah Gurbaz contributed 46 off 37. Nabi himself contributed an unbeaten 11 off 4 to help Afghanistan reach the highest total so far in the 2017 T20 World Cup. Safyaan Sharif (2/33) was the top bowler for Scotland, although Mark Watt (1/23) was also impressed with the ball, conceding fewer than 6 runs per over.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman took a fifer (5/20) and Rashid Khan returned 4/9 as Scotland were bowled out for 60 runs. The other wicket was taken by Naveen-ul-Haq, who ensured that the Scottish Saltires were nothing near the huge target of 191 runs. Soon after the victory, Twitter was flooded with congratulations for Afghanistan, with many complimenting the team and their potential.

Here are some of the most memorable tweets:

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