DUNEDIN: Dawlat Zardan took an early wicket as Afghanistan won the toss and sent Scotland in to bat in the World Cup Pool A match at Dunedin’s University Oval on Thursday.
Both nations are chasing their first ever win at the World Cup.
Scotland are participating in their third tournament while Afghanistan are making their debut.
Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi said he was backing his pace attack to take early wickets on a grassy looking surface.
“It’s a fresh wicket and we’ll try our best to put pressure on Scotland early. We have a good fast bowling attack,” he said, adding there was huge interest in the fixture back in Afghanistan.
Scotland’s skipper Preston Mommsen said his opening batsmen needed to see off the new ball to prevent the mercurial Afghanis getting on top early.
“Up front we need to be tight and get runs on the board,” he said.
“Obviously a start is fundamental, a partnership, a platform up front to give us a chance to get some runs at the back end.”
Both nations have virtually no chance of reaching the quarter-finals, making a maiden win their major goal at the tournament.
Afghanistan have a 5-3 record over Scotland in one-day internationals.
Scotland – Calum MacLeod, Kyle Coetzer, Hamish Gardiner, Matt Machan, Preston Mommsen (capt), Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Josh Davey, Majid Haq, Alisdair Evans, Iain Wardlaw.
Afghanistan – Javed Ahmadi, Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullar Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi (capt), Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hasan, Shapoor Zadran.
Umpires: Simon Fry (AUS) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
TV Umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)
Weather: Fine, light winds. Maximum temperature 19 Celsius.