Afghanistan showed why were they qualified even without playing the qualifiers ahead of Srilanka and Bangladesh. It was a complete performance by the whole Afghan team.
What went wrong for Scotland:
Scotland’s bowling lacked any sort of plan in their bowling and that is expected from an associate team rising up the ranks. They will definitely improve as they progress. But what was to be noted was their lack of ability to deal with spin and especially mystery spin.
Picking the Bowler’s hand:
Scotland is a European nation and even the greatest of the European nation in cricket, England has struggles against spin. Scottish batsmen are no different. They have just come up the ranks and they were forced to play against one of the best spin attack in the world in a Sharjah wicket. They had no idea on what was coming from the hands of Rashid and Mujeeb as they were unable to pick them from the hands.
The reason for this is the lack of experience in the Scottish camp in the spin friendly tracks. This cannot be termed as a setback for Scotland and they should treat this as an exposure to spin and should have the motive to come out as a much improved side at the end of the tournament.
The upcoming matches:
Many would be thinking that Scotland would perform even worse when they play Pakistan, India or Newzealand but that wouldn’t be the case. Afghanistan has quality spinners than any other team in the tournament. Scotland struggled against spin and not against pace. So on that note one can expect Scotland to score more runs when they play against India, Pakistan or Newzealand than what they scored against Afghanistan.