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Afghanistan wins toss, will bowl vs Scotland at World Cup

February 25, 2015

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bowl first against Scotland in their Cricket World Cup match on Thursday in cool temperatures and mostly sunny skies at University Oval.

“It’s a fresh wicket and we want to put pressure on Scotland early ... we have a good fast bowling attack, they’ve trained hard,” said Afghan captain Mohammad Nabi.

One of the teams should post a first-ever World Cup win in Thursday’s match, the 17th of this year’s tournament.

Afghanistan is playing at its first World Cup, still-winless Scotland at its third and both teams have lost their first two matches and sit at the bottom of Pool A.

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Lineups:

Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Javed Ahmadi, Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran.

Scotland: Preston Mommsen (captain), Calum MacLeod, Kyle Coetzer, Hamish Gardiner, Matt Machan, Richie Berrington, Matty Cross, Josh Davey, Majid Haq, Alasdair Evans, Iain Wardlaw.

Umpires: Simon Fry, Australia, and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Sri Lanka.

Third umpire: Rod Tucker, Australia; Match referee: David Boon, Australia.

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