Mohammad Shahzad bowls brilliantly behind the stumps in Afghanistan’s T20 World Cup match against Scotland

Mohammad Shahzad
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The 33-year-old, Mohammad Shahzad overcame his age by making a daring dive to his right to collect a spectacular catch.

Afghanistan began their T20 World Cup campaign in spectacular fashion on Monday. The Afghans took advantage of every opportunity on the field, from the coin toss through the end of the game. While their hitters came out all guns blazing to post a massive score when Mohammad Nabi chose to bat first, their bowlers also did a great job of keeping Scotland out of the game.

Above all, a flying Mohammad Shahzad amazed everyone. The 33-year-old overcame his age by making a courageous dive to his right and catching a spectacular catch in the game. The breakthrough came in Scotland’s sixth over when new batter Matthew Cross edged a Naveen-ul-Haq delivery. Cross attempted to play the ball on the front foot after it was delivered at a good length. He lacked technique, however, and played the ball too far away from his body. Meanwhile, the bounce did take an edge off his bat and move towards the first slip.

For a brief minute, it appeared like the ball would easily go for a four, but a flying Shahzad emerged in no time and took a screamer with his right hand before collapsing on the ground.

Here’s the catch:

Afghanistan defeated Scotland by a score of 130 runs

The team captained by Mohammad Nabi dominated Scotland on Monday, winning by 130 runs. Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed a fifer (5/20), and Rashid Khan was equally brilliant with his 4/9 as the Scotland batsmen were unable to respond. Scotland was bowled out for 60 runs in pursuit of a massive target of 191 runs in the allotted 20 overs, with Naveen-ul-Haq taking the other wicket.

In Sharjah, Afghanistan batted first and scored 190/4. Najibullah Zadran led the team in scoring with 59 off 34, while Rahmanullah Gurbaz contributed 46 off 37. Mohammad Nabi added an unbeaten 11-off-four cameo to help Afghanistan reach the highest total in the 2017 T20 World Cup so far. For the Scottish Saltires, Safyaan Sharif (2/33) was the standout bowler, with Josh Davey and Mark Watt each taking a wicket.

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