Afghanistan beat Scotland by one wicket with just three balls to spare for their first Cricket World Cup win on Thursday.
Number 11 batsman Shapoor Zadran clipped the winning boundary off Iain Wardlaw, sparking wild celebrations.
Chasing 211 to win, Afghanistan had collapsed from 85 for two to 132 for eight in Dunedin before Samiullah Shenwari hit a mighty 96 to set up the dramatic finale.
Scotland were all out for 210 with Matt Machan and Majid Haq both scoring 31 in the Pool A clash at University Oval.
DILSHAN BREAKS AMLA’S RECORD
Tillakaratne Dilshan made history against Bangladesh on Thursday, when his unbeaten 161 became the highest ODI score without hitting a six, surpassing Hashim Amla’s 153 no against the West Indies in January.
Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 92 runs in their pool B match on Thursday.
SOUTHEE INJURY SCARE AHEAD OF AUSTRALIA CLASH
New Zealand team management have allayed fears about Tim Southee after he took a nasty blow to the right shoulder at today’s training session at Eden Park.
The Black Caps’ pace spearhead, coming off a career-best haul of 7-33 against England, was struck by a stray throw from team-mate Adam Milne at fielding practice on the main oval and fell over in pain clutching the back of his right shoulder.
It looked dramatic but there was a light-hearted reaction from his team-mates who didn’t appear overly worried.
Southee sat out the team’s net session to apply ice to his shoulder, and a team spokesman said there were no fears about his involvement in Saturday’s Cricket World Cup match against Australia.
Southee indicated he was confident of playing.
BIG HONOUR CROWE
New Zealand cricketing great Martin Crowe is set to be inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame.
Crowe, who is terminally ill with a rare blood disease called double-hit lymphoma, will be inducted during Saturday’s Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, the ICC announced today.
Crowe will become the 79th inductee into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and third New Zealander after Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley.