Afghanistan wins toss, will bowl vs Scotland at World Cup
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.
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.