30-Year-Old Batsman Afghanistan
September 11, 2017 Asghar Stanikzai News
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Stanikzai was named Man of the Match after top-scoring with 72 off 35 not out including four boundaries and six maximums in the Kabul Eagles' victory in the Shpageeza Cricket League.
After a rocky ODI series against the West Indies for Afghanistan, Stanikzai opened up the Shpageeza Cricket League with a tremendous, match-winning performance with the bat. His unbeaten 72 was his T20 top-score and his fourth half-century in his 54th innings. While he has limited first-class experience, his extensive international experience could put him in line for Afghanistan's first Test caps in their first matches.
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Fantasy AnalysisThe captain led from the front in the top-of-the-table clash between Ireland and Afghanistan in the ICC Intercontinental Cup, with the winners getting the all important chance of Test cricket. Stanikzai's 145 came from 209 balls and included a haul of seven sixes.
Fantasy AnalysisStanikzai's half-ton was the highest score of a rain-affected one day match, earned with the help of a four and a pair of sixes. The 29-year old Afghani batsman was caught out on a lackluster attempt at a boundary hit off a delivery from Sikandar Raza. The solid middle-order performance helped his side barely pip Zimbabwe in a Duckworth Lewis decision, winning by 12 runs. For his efforts, he was named player of the match.
Fantasy AnalysisAfghanistan's captain led from the front for his side, posting a match high score of 57, as they won the match with just two balls to spare. Stanikzai's partnership with Mohammad Nabi of 107 for the fifth wicket was crucial to the team and ultimately the result of the match. The captain's innings included four fours and two sixes.
Fantasy AnalysisStanikzai put together a third-wicket stand of 88 runs with Samiullah Shenwari before holing out in the deep on the first ball of the 28th over. Afghanistan was then on pace to set up a somewhat daunting score for Sri Lanka to chase, but the final eight wickets fell for 104 to settle at 232. Stanikzai has been hit or miss in his last nine ODIs, posting 40-plus on four occasions while failing to emerge from single digits in the other five. No matter, his 22.89 average and 69.83 strike rate during that stretch effectively jibes with his career ODI figures of 26.08 and 59.61, respectively.