Scotland's World Cup qualification hopes suffered a blow with a seven-wicket defeat in a one-day international with Afghanistan.
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A century by Nawroz Mangal proved decisive as the Afghans reached their target in the 34th over after Scotland had posted 199 for eight in the ICC World Cricket League Championship clash in the United Arab Emirates.
Richie Berrington had top-scored for Scotland with 51 but Afghanistan started well in their innings and Mangal hit six sixes in an unbeaten 112 to take the game beyond the Scots.
Scotland remain second in the table behind Ireland on 11 points but the Netherlands and UAE now have a game in hand and are just one point behind and Afghanistan have nine.
The top two nations automatically qualify for the 2015 World Cup.
Scotland have an early chance to cancel out the defeat when they face Afghanistan in Sharjah again on Friday in the same tournament.
They will be hoping to get off to a better start than today. Kyle Coetzer struck four boundaries but he and fellow opener Callum MacLeod only scored 32 between them, the former set a decent pace with 23 from 21 balls before being caught out at mid-wicket in the sixth over.
Sussex batsman Matt Machan (44) and Berrington got Scotland on track before both were caught out by wicket keeper Mohammad Shazhad.
Preston Mommsen only managed one before giving the Afghans an easy catch but captain Gordon Drummond hit three fours and 21 in total from as many balls before also falling to Shazhad's catch on the inside edge.
Moneeb Iqbal struck 26 not out before Scotland's 50 overs were up.
Yorkshire seam bowler Iain Wardlaw took two wickets for 52 runs in his first one-day international while Majid Haq equalled John Blain's record of taking 41 wickets for Scotland with an lbw verdict against Rahmat Shah.
But Mangal took control of the innings to hit 14 boundaries from 96 balls and Samiullah Shenwari sealed the victory with his seventh four to take his tally to 55 and his team's to 203 for three.