Scotland lose to Afghanistan in World Twenty20 Qualifier group
|ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Sharjah:|
|Afghanistan 171-6 (20 overs) beat Scotland 154-6 (20 overs) by 17 runs|
Scotland lost their second ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier group game against Afghanistan by 17 runs in Sharjah.
Mohammad Shahzad and Mohammad Nabi, with 42 and 46 respectively, helped Afghanistan to a total of 171-6.
And, despite half centuries from Calum MacLeod (56) and Matt Machan (54), the Scots were only able to reach 154-6.
Having on Friday, Scotland will aim to get their first win against Nepal in Dubai on Monday.
And the Scots will also play Kenya, Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands and Denmark in the United Arab Emirates in pursuit of a place at next year's World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh.
Iain Wardlaw (3-40), Gordon Goudie (2-29) and Majid Haq (1-24) took wickets as Scotland tried to restrict Afghanistan.
But after a promising start that included 19 from Richie Berrington and fifties by MacLeod and Machan, the next five batsmen - captain Kyle Coetzer, Rob Taylor, Safyaan Sharif, Goudie and David Murphy - amassed only 25 between them.