It is a spectacular reversal of fortunes for Afghanistan.
On Sunday's winners will join Sri Lanka (1979), Zimbabwe (1982, 1986 and 1990), United Arab Emirates (1994), Bangladesh (1997), Netherlands (2001), Scotland (2005 and 2014) and Ireland (2009) to lift the silverware of one of the most competitive and keenly-contested tournaments on the cricket calendar.
As he had done when the Afghans were the only side to beat West Indies at the 2016 World Twenty20, Shahzad celebrated using the dance moves to the DJ Bravo song "Champion" made famous at that tournament.
"I'm not just saying that because we didn't get there but I feel sorry for a lot of countries that are leaving here that don't know what's going to happen next week".
Scotland, on the other hand, only have three scheduled games this summer - a one-day global against England and two T20s against Pakistan - after their narrow defeat to West Indies in their rain-affected final qualifier.
"They've gotten the better of us in the Super Six game and warm-up game so there is all to play for here in this last game".
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They won their first two games, and when UAE's shock defeat of Zimbabwe left the door ajar, took the unlikely chance handed to them by defeating Ireland.
But Craig Ervine was only able to take two off Man of the Match Mohammad Naveed (3-40) and the home side's hopes were dashed, breaking the hearts of the 12,000-capacity crowd. But they go back now and they've probably got three games of cricket this summer. "The people of Afghanistan want to see this trophy in Afghanistan and we'll leave no stone unturned in our efforts to fulfil their wishes", he said.
Reaching the World Cup might have been a potted path for them.
"We have beaten them twice in this tournament".
While disappointed, captain William Porterfield was also concerned about the future of the other teams who missed out, fuelling debate about the International Cricket Council's move to reduce the Cricket World Cup to 10 teams from 14.
In their turn at the wicket, Mohammad Shahzad scored his first half-century in seven matches (six ODIs), and dominated the 86 runs first-wicket partnership with Gulbadin Naib in 16.3 overs.