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MCC v Afghanistan - Match Report

Afghanistan’s first-ever visit to Lord’s ended in a disappointment after rain forced an abandonment against a star-studded MCC side.

The day started in overcast conditions and saw the tourists dominate the early proceedings with Shapoor Zadran taking the prize wickets of Brendon McCullum (5) and Misbah ul-Haq (7).

However, opener Sam Hain and ex-West Indies batsman Shiv Chanderpaul passed 50 as a partnership to push the hosts past 100.

A rain delay restricted the match to 40 overs and after Chanderpaul retired not out on 22, Hain stepped up the momentum in reaching his 50 off 66 balls.

The Warwickshire batsman eventually dismissed for 76 after he was caught by Javed Ahmadi off the bowling of Gulbadin Naib.

Shapoor then claimed his third wicket of the match with Chris Read removed for just five as Afghanistan started to take control with MCC 180/4.

However, Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel continued where Hain left-off, reaching his half-century from 42 balls before departing for 53 when he was caught by Dawlat Zadran from a Rashid Khan delivery.

With MCC passing 200, Gulbadin dismissed Yasir Shah for 10, but an impressive unbeaten cameo of 15 by Ireland spinner George Dockrell ensured the star-studded side concluded their 40 overs on 217/6.

In response, Afghanistan lost an early wicket when Noor Ali was bowled by Durham seamer Chris Rushworth after 2.5 overs.

Javed Ahmadi started to lead the Tourists’ charge with two fours before rain intervened, leaving Afghanistan on 32/1 from five overs which sadly concluded on a colourful and historic day of cricket.

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