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Afghanistan Wins Cricket World Cup Match for First Time

Afghanistan’s Hamid Hassan raises his bat in celebration after their Cricket World Cup Pool A win over Scotland in Dunedin, New Zealand, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

Afghanistan defeated Scotland on Thursday to score its maiden Cricket World Cup victory in Dunedin, New Zealand.

The dramatic one-wicket win in the Pool A clash was made possible by Samiullah Shenwari's brilliant batting. He scored 96 runs to help the Afghan team chase Scotland's target of 211 runs in 50 overs.

Shenwari was dismissed with Afghanistan still needing 19 runs from 19 balls to win the match. But the last wicket pair guided the team to victory with three balls to spare.

The winning stroke by Shapoor Zadran sparked delirious celebrations among the team and a small number of Afghan fans. The victory also triggered jubilations back in Afghanistan where thousands of people reportedly took to the streets to celebrate their team's first win in the Cricket World Cup.

President Ashraf Ghani also congratulated the national team. In his Twitter message, the Afghan leader said "it was a fantastic and spirited performance from our boys.Well done! We are proud of them."