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Hassan stars in Afghanistan victory

Afghanistan beat Scotland to lift ICC Intercontinental Cup at the first time of asking with former MCC Young Cricketer Hamid Hassan collecting the Man of the Match award.

Hassan took 8-84, including 5-45 in the first innings as the Afghan’s completed a three wicket victory at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Another former YC, Mohammad Nabi, also played in the tournament winning side and was at the crease when Mohammad Shahzad struck the winning runs.

Hassan: Afghan hero

The 23-year-old seamer was magnificent during the first innings, finishing with figures of 26.4-10-45-5 as Scotland recovered from 97-8 to make 212 thanks to a remarkable century from number five batsman Neil McCallum.

Hassan, a YC during the 2006 season, was on hand to clean up the last two wickets though, seemingly putting the Afghans in control of the match.

However, they squandered a good opportunity to put the Scots on the ropes in reply - collapsing from 132-5 to 171 all out.

They quickly overcame their disappointment with a brilliant, disciplined second innings bowling performance to dismiss the Scots for a measly 82.

Hassan led the attack once again with 3-39 with Samiullah Shenwari and Mirwais Ashraf also collecting three wickets apiece.

Hassan also ran out Scottish star number three Kyle Coetzer as the Afghans were left with just 123 to win.

Wicket-keeper batsman Shahzad excelled in the chase, the 19-year-old hitting an unbeaten 56 to usher Afghanistan to the win.

Afghans continue to impress

Just weeks after taking Silver at the Asian Games Afghanistan have added more silverware to their collection.

It is the first year Afghanistan have taken part in the competition, which pits the top Associate countries in the world against each other in first-class competition.

Ireland are the most successful side in the history of the competition, with three victories.

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