Josh Davey’s outstanding all-round performance was the key to Scotland’s crushing win over Afghanistan as they got off the mark at their third attempt in the Dubai tri-series cricket.
Davey hit his second one-day international 50 and then doubled up with his second haul of five wickets or better, recording career-best figures of six for 28 as Preston Mommsen’s team won by 150 runs.
Scotland chose to bat first but stumbled to 25 for three and then 108 for six, by the 33rd over, as seamer Aftab Alam, who took three for 48, did much of the damage.
But Richie Berrington, with 62, and No 8 Davey, who finished 53 not out, dug in to secure a total of 213 for 7 from their 50 overs, despite the efforts of Aftab and Mirwais Ashraf - who conceded only 28 runs in his 10 overs. Berrington reached his gritty half-century in 70 balls, having hit just three fours, before holing out at long leg in the penultimate over to become Aftab’s final victim and end a crucial stand of 99 for the seventh wicket.
Davey stayed unbeaten after completing his half-century from only 46 balls, finding the boundary five times.
He then set about the opposition with the ball as Afghanistan suffered an alarming collapse under lights, from 38 without loss to 63 all out in just 18.3 overs as Davey’s new-ball partner Iain Wardlaw helped out with four for 22.
Davey’s previous best bowling figures of five for nine also came against Afghanistan, in 2010.
Scotland have just one more match left in this pre-World Cup tournament, against current table-toppers Ireland on Monday.