Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer, in wake of his side’s 130-run drubbing at the hand of Afghanistan, vowed to bounce back strongly in the next game and asserted that this unit has an unrelenting self-belief that cannot be broken easily.
Scotland were asked to bowl first by Afghanistan and while they conceded 190 with the ball, it was the batting that proved to be the biggest disappointment. None of the Scottish batters were able to read the spin twins Rashid Khan and Mujeeb, and they folded for a mere 60 as they registered their worst ever T20I batting performance.
It was a night to forget for Scotland, but Coetzer assured that he and his players will still not lose belief.
“We fought hard in the field. It's just a level check to see where our standards are. We'll be better for it in the next game. We have a great bunch of players and belief in the side. Belief among the players is key. It's not like we'll be locked up in separate rooms. We'll come together in the hotel. We have to keep moving forward,” Coetzer said post the game.
The Scotland skipper admitted that his team did not have the greatest of nights, but credited Afghanistan for their stunning showing. Every single Afghanistan player had a significant contribution on the day.
“Clearly not one of our better days. We have been playing some good cricket to get here, but sometimes things don't go to plan. This was against a very good Afghanistan team on a potentially tricky pitch, we have to give them credit and some good ones from our guys too,” Coetzer said.
Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi, meanwhile, expressed delight over his side’s showing, and hoped for the side to carry the momentum forward and keep winning.
“This was our plan, to bat first and put a big score. The way our openers started really well, finished the powerplay with a good score and then Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Najibullah Zadran rotated the strike really well. Everyone knows Rashid and Mujeeb are among the best in the world. It's a really nice team and hopefully we'll keep winning.”
Afghanistan have a three-day break, post which they will take on Pakistan in Dubai on October 29.