T20 dark horses roll Scotland for 60 in opener

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Offspinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman and legspinner Rashid Khan bowled Scotland for 60 arsenic Afghanistan started the T20 World Cup with a monolithic 130-run triumph connected Monday.

Mujeeb claimed 3 wickets successful an implicit to decorativeness with 5-20 portion Rashid (4-9) ran done the process rapidly to disregard Scotland successful conscionable 10.2 overs and rise Afghanistan's biggest triumph successful a T20.

It was besides the fourth-lowest people successful T20 World Cup history, but not adjacent the lowest of the week aft some Sri Lanka's triumph implicit Netherlands (all retired for 44) and England's triumph implicit West Indies (all retired for 55).

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Afghanistan had earlier posted a daunting full of 190-5 successful its opening Group 2 lucifer aft skipper Mohammad Nabi won the flip and elected to bat.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan of Afghanistan embrace. (Getty)

"This was our plan, to bat archetypal and enactment a large score," Nabi said with a wide grin astatine the presumption ceremony. "Our openers started truly good and finished the powerplay with a bully score. … Everyone knows Rashid and Mujeeb are among the champion (bowlers) successful the world."

All of Afghanistan's top-order batsmen were amongst the runs and deed large sixes with Najibullah Zadran starring the mode by scoring 59 disconnected 34 balls.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (46) smashed 4 sixes portion opening batsman Hazratullah Zazai (44) deed 3 sixes and 3 fours to acceptable the code for a large total.

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Scotland had upset Bangladesh successful the qualifiers and precocious with convincing victories implicit first-timer Papua New Guinea and co-host Oman.

Opener George Munsey (25) started the run-chase successful benignant by reverse sweeping offspinner Nabi for a six and a 4 successful the archetypal implicit arsenic they raced to 27-0 successful 3 overs.

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But the wheels came disconnected rapidly successful the 4th implicit erstwhile Mujeeb grabbed 3 wickets disconnected 5 deliveries.

Mujeeb had Coetzer cleanable bowled and followed it up by trapping Calum MacLeod lbw connected the backfoot disconnected the adjacent ball. Richie Berrington was retired soon aft erstwhile Mujeeb had him limb earlier wicket -- again connected the backfoot.

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Recalled wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad past took a stunning diving drawback to his close to disregard Matthew Cross disconnected accelerated bowler Naveen-ul-Haq earlier Mujeeb made it 37-5 successful nary clip erstwhile helium rattled Munsey's stump successful his adjacent over.

Rashid resigned from the captaincy earlier the tournament, saying helium had not been consulted connected the squad selection. But the legspinner bemused Scotland's tailenders successful a 14-ball spell by claiming 4 wickets to wrapper up large win.

"We person been playing immoderate bully cricket to get here, but sometimes things don't spell to plan," Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer said. "We person to support moving forward."

Pakistan, which routed archrival India by 10 wickets connected Sunday, and Namibia are the different teams successful the aforesaid group.

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