Afghanistan begin campaign against spirited Scotland
Afghanistan will begin their ICC Twenty20 World Cup campaign with a Super 12 match against a spirited Scotland at the Sharjah Stadium today.
Afghanistan have shown what they are capable of in the two-warm ups that they played in the lead up to the tournament. They lost to South Africa before wrapping up their preparations with a win over the defending champions West Indies.
Afghanistan have built a reputation of a top bowling side over the years and if their batters are able to fire consistently in the tournament, they can beat any side on the day.
A lot will depend on openers Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammad Shahzad in the batting department with Najibullah Zadran and skipper Nabi expected to get quick runs in the middle and death overs.
Their opponents, Scotland, are high on confidence after winning all their matches in the first round, including a famous win over Bangladesh.Scotland showed their character against the sixth-ranked Bangladesh as they came from an almost hopeless situation to stun their seasoned opponents. (Agencies)