Afghanistan vs Pakistan
Pakistan win by 72 runs
Afghanistan's innings came to a very limp end, but they gave Pakistan a real scare earlier on. This result could have been very different had Shenwari held onto the catch off Umar Akmal early on. Akmal went on to a magnificent century, and he really proved the difference between the two sides. Once they had runs on the board, Afridi and Ajmal had the room to work their magic, and Afghanistan didn't have a hope. Pakistan will also be very pleased to have gained a bonus point, which could well prove crucial later on in the tournament. We do hope you've enjoyed today's coverage, and please join us again tomorrow for more of the same.
Over 47.2 - Afg 176 all out
WICKET! All over. Hafeez makes sure that Afghanistan can't bat the full 50 overs, scuttling a ball under Shenwari's pull to rattle the stumps and end the game.
Over 47 - Afg 176/9 (Shenwari 14, Hotak 0)
Ajmal zips, spins and doosras his way through another over, but Shenwari and last man Hamza Hotak cling stubbornly to survival.
Over 46 - Afg 175/9 (Shenwari 13)
WICKET! And another. Zadran wants to go out in a blaze of glory, but his slog sweep off Hafeez results only in a top edge that is snaffled by Ajmal behind point. Just one more to get for Pakistan.
Over 45 - Afg 174/8 (Shenwari 12, Zadran 1)
WICKET! Ajmal gets another, and it's - you guessed it - the doosra that does it! Dawlat Zadran had no clue. The very first ball he faces is the unreadable variation, and he plays well inside it to be bowled. Big Shapoor Zadran scrapes through the over, but Pakistan are on the hunt for bonus points now - they'll be awarded bonus points if they bowl Afghanistan out for 198 or less.
Over 44 - Afg 172/7 (Shenwari 11)
WICKET! Junaid Khan comes back into the attack, but it's the run out that brings a wicket. Shenwari taps the ball to point and wanders out of his crease, but he's got no intention of taking the single and by the time Ashraf tries to sprint back to his crease the throw has already been fired at the non-striker's end.
Over 43 - Afg 170/6 (Shenwari 11, Ashraf 3)
Shenwari is rather more adventurous than his partner, immediately setting himself to reverse sweep Saeed Ajmal to the point boundary. A couple of singles make it six from the over, but the game has gone from Afghanistan now.
Over 42 - Afg 164/6 (Shenwari 6, Ashraf 2)
One feels that Ashraf is a couple of positions too high at No. 8, and there's barely a big shot in sight as the batsmen hustle three runs off Hafeez' over.
Over 41 - Afg 161/6 (Shenwari 4, Ashraf 1)
WICKET! Ah, it's not to be. At least not today. Umar Gul curls a full one into Nabi's pads, and Billy Bowden - after first shaking his head - raises the finger to signal the dismissal. It's a bit of a harsh call, as Hawkeye shows the ball *just* clipping leg stump. Nabi is horribly disappointed, but he trudges off.
Over 40 - Afg 153/5 (Nabi 10, Shenwari 2)
WICKET! It's a short stay at the crease for Najibullah Zadran, who chops a dribbling offspinner onto his own stumps. It definitely kept a little low. He's very disappointed but this might not be the worst thing for Afghanistan, as the next batsman is the very capable Shenwari. In fact, if there's anyone who can get Afghanistan close it's the two men at the crease now.
Over 39 - Afg 149/4 (Nabi 9, Zadran 0)
Well, this was turning out to be a horrid over for Afghanistan when Nabi pushed, poked and prodded at four dot balls, but he's come back superbly with a brace of fours to end Afridi's contribution (at least with the ball) for the day. Both boundaries come via very neat little late cuts, using the pace on the ball to good effect. Afridi ends with figures of 10-0-31-1.
Over 38 - Afg 141/4 (Nabi 1, Zadran 0)
WICKET! Now Mangal departs, to an utterly needless run-out. Afghanistan may just implode now. Nabi wanted a single after Akmal fumbled his take off a wide, but Mangal was ever so slow to get moving, and he's easily run out. Najibullah Zadran, the new batsman, faces the final three balls of the over and lays bat on just one of them.
Over 37 - Afg 139/3 (Mangal 35, Nabi 0)
WICKET! Stanikzai's vigil comes to an end. He'd started the over rather well, slapping a four past point, but Afridi spotting him jumping out of the crease and fired one at his legs. The leading edge looped straight to point, and a battling stand is broken.
Over 36 - Afg 133/2 (Stanikzai 35, Mangal 34)
The Powerplay begins with an over from Ajmal, who concedes a boundary second ball but then simply reverts to the doosra to completely and utterly flummox Mangal. Importantly, though, he does enough to survive.
Over 35 - Afg 127/2 (Stanikzai 32, Mangal 31)
Dropped! Afridi comes back after the short interval, and there's a change in tactic from Mangal, who bends into an extravagant slog sweep. However, it's more top edge than anything else, and it seems Mangal is done for as Ajmal gets himself underneath the ball ... but he's dropped it! In fact, he's barely got a hand to it. Suitably chastened, the batsmen play out the over by keeping the ball on the ground.
Over 34 - Afg 124/2 (Stanikzai 31, Mangal 29)
Mohammad Hafeez twirls his way through another over, and a trio of singles take us to the second drinks break in Fatullah. There'll be one more over before the Batting Powerplay when we resume ...
Over 33 - Afg 121/2 (Stanikzai 30, Mangal 27)
More extras give Afghanistan another little nudge in the right direction. Junaid Khan had done well to keep the batsmen to singles in his over, but when Stanikzai walked out at his sixth delivery he dug it in short and wide ... and Akmal doesn't get his body behind the ball, allowing it to slip past him for four byes. Afghanistan need to squeeze every possible run out of these overs, because when Ajmal and Afridi return they're going to struggle.
Over 32 - Afg 114/2 (Stanikzai 29, Mangal 25)
Hafeez is a little too short for much of this over, and it allows Stanikzai and Mangal to manoeuvre themselves into position to work the ball repeatedly to leg. He also offers up a freebie in the form of a wide, making it six runs from the over.
Over 31 - Afg 114/2 (Stanikzai 29, Mangal 25)
Misbah swaps Gul for Junaid Khan, but pace on the ball is pace on the ball, and Afghanistan dig it. Khan comes round the wicket, but dishes up a shortish one outside off and Stanikzai stands up to power the ball over the infield. This partnership is now into the 40s.
Over 30 - Afg 103/2 (Stanikzai 23, Mangal 21)
Mangal brings up Afghanistan's hundred with a big swipe to long leg ... for a single, and indeed both batsmen trade in singles as Hafeez continues his spell. He's also got a doosra and, no, they can't read his either, but Stanikzai's good fortune remains as a leading edge falls short of cover.
Over 29 - Afg 98/2 (Stanikzai 21, Mangal 19)
Afghanistan are clearly far more comfortable with pace on the ball. Gul's second over back is more expensive than his first. Again it's Mangal that does the damage, ending the over with an uppercut of great finesse, using the pace to lift the ball up and over Akmal's head and away for four.
Over 28 - Afg 90/2 (Stanikzai 20, Mangal 12)
A missed stumping! Stanikzai had had enough of poking around, and he sprinted down the wicket at Hafeez ... but straight past the ball. Umar Akmal, though, stands up too soon behind the stumps, and the ball scoots between his legs and away for four byes. It's not going to change the result of this game, but that's a sloppy effort.
Over 27 - Afg 84/2 (Stanikzai 19, Mangal 11)
Good grief, a boundary! Misbah brings Umar Gul back for a second spell, and suddenly Afghan eyes light up. Mangal goes so far as giving the tall fast bowler the charge, and swats a four straight back over his head. There's some intent. That's the first boundary for nine overs.
Over 26 - Afg 80/2 (Stanikzai 19, Mangal 7)
Mohammad Hafeez replaces Afridi, and the intensity dips just a little bit. At least it doesn't seem that there might be a wicket every other ball - though Hafeez does have cause to launch into the umpteenth lbw appeal of this innings after fizzing one in from outside off. Doing too much.
Over 25 - Afg 77/2 (Stanikzai 18, Mangal 5)
The doosra has put doubt into the minds of both batsmen, and it's got to be simply a matter of time before one of them is snared.
Over 24 - Afg 74/2 (Stanikzai 17, Mangal 3)
Another very quiet over, and it's starting to seem like Afghanistan's goal has shifted, and now they're just looking to bat the full fifty. Perhaps. It's still fairly early days. But neither batsman is scoring at a strike rate much above 30.
Over 23 - Afg 73/2 (Stanikzai 17, Mangal 2)
The batsmen are getting slightly more proactive now, looking for scoring options and even using their feet to Ajmal. But there's not a great deal of profit for it just yet - two singles and a wide in the over.
Over 22 - Afg 70/2 (Stanikzai 16, Mangal 1)
Stanikzai struggles through another Afridi over, playing the regulation legspinner well enough but struggling with any variations. Once again the quicker ball pins him on the pad, and there's another long lbw shout ... but he survives. For now. Hawkeye suggests the ball was clipping, but the Umpire's Call would have stood - had DRS been in use.
Over 21 - 69/2 (Stanikzai 15, Mangal 1)
There's not a lot of conviction in the batsmen's strokes as Ajmal continues. He makes liberal use of the doosra in his second over, and neither Stanikzai nor Mangal seems able to pick it. Good fortune, and a thick outside edge, brings them three runs.
Over 20 - Afg 66/2 (Stanikzai 13, Mangal 0)
A lot more of the tuk-tuk but not so much boom from Stanikzai. He pushes Afridi's deliveries unconvincingly around the field, but does eventually manage to slot one into the gap for a single.
Over 19 - Afg 65/2 (Stanikzai 12, Mangal 0)
WICKET! Saeed Ajmal comes on and immediately weaves his magic. After consecutive, plaintive appeals for leg-before from his first two deliveries, he gets his fifth ball to jack-knife in from outside off stump to strike Noor Ali on the pad. This time Umpire Billy Bowden upholds the appeal, and a 33-run stand is broken. I fear the fight is draining from Afghanistan. But, a wicket-maiden to start with for Ajmal, which is rather special.
Over 18 - Afg 65/1 (Ali 44, Stanikzai 12)
Afridi's spell continues, and in this over his changes of pace are too canny for Noor Ali or Stanikzai to score off. Ali eventually manages a single to long on, but Afghanistan's chase continues to drift slightly off target.
Over 17 - Afg 64/1 (Ali 43, Stanikzai 12)
Stanikzai has his first boundary, after playing out a further five dot balls from Anwar Ali. He seemed to be getting quite bogged down, and broke the shackles with a powerful pull through deep square leg. But he's got to keep rotating the strike if the pressure's not simply going to build once more.
Over 16 - Afg 60/1 (Ali 43, Stanikzai 8)
A close lbw shout! Afridi's quicker one is simply too quick for Stanikzai, who is hit on the pad in front of the stumps ... the Umpire turns the shout down, and Hawkeye suggests that it may just have been clipping. A slightly lucky escape takes us to Drinks.
Over 15 - Afg 59/1 (Ali 43, Stanikzai 7)
Much tighter from Anwar Ali. He offers just a hint of width to Noor Ali, who crunches what is quickly becoming a trademark backfoot punch out through cover, but there's a sweeper out there and Afghanistan are made to hustle hard for their runs in the over.
Over 14 - Afg 55/1 (Ali 40, Stanikzai 6)
This is the way to play Afridi. The batsmen, while watchful, are also alert to the need to keep rotating the strike, and do so rather nicely with a full set of six singles.
Over 13 - Afg 49/1 (Ali 37, Stanikzai 3)
It's a double change as Anwar Ali returns, but as in his first over he starts off a little too straight and Noor Ali helps himself to a tickled boundary to fine leg. A chastened Anwar tightens his lines to stop any further scoring in the over.
Over 12 - Afg 45/1 (Ali 33, Stanikzai 3)
Shahid Afridi comes into the attack, and he's treated with caution by the batsmen. Afridi is firing them in flat and fast, with no flight whatsoever, and the best either batsman can do is punch or flick a single.
Over 11 - Afg 43/1 (Ali 32, Stanikzai 2)
The asphyxiation is continued by Umar Gul, who provides a searching examination of Stanikzai's technique outside off stump. The only run in the over comes via a bottom edge, off one that kept decidedly low ...
Over 10 - Afg 42/1 (Ali 32, Stanikzai 1)
No mistakes this time from Junaid, and Ali can't find a gap on either side of the pitch as the bowler completes a maiden.
Over 9 - Afg 42/1 (Ali 32, Stanikzai 1)
Stanikzai, finally, is off the mark as Gul's lines wobble slightly too straight. Both batsmen work the ball repeatedly off their hips, and Ali is even confident enough to walk at the bowler. Twice.
Over 8 - Afg 39/1 (Ali 30, Stanikzai 0)
Noor Ali's strength definitely seems to lie in forcing the ball through the off side. He's got his third boundary in the arc between cover point and mid-off, and once again it comes via a confident back-foot punch after a rare error from Junaid.
Over 7 - Afg 34/1 (Ali 25, Stanikzai 0)
I'm not sure quite how Umar Gul has failed to take a wicket in this over. He finds the edge of Noor Ali's bat, but fortunately for the batsman the ball falls short of the slips. A bristling Gul then extracts every ounce of life from the track to leave Stanikzai poking and prodding rather hopefully in defence for the remainder of the over. Best to see him off when he's in this mood.
Over 6 - Afg 33/1 (Ali 24, Stanikzai 0)
Junaid Khan is bowling with great rhythm. He's generally quite full in length, but uses the short, quick ball to good effect against the new batsman, Stanikzai. Again, he's frugal with the runs as just a single comes off the over.
Over 5 - Afg 32/1 (Ali 23, Stanikzai 0)
WICKET! Shahzad departs, feathering a back-foot punch through to Akmal. Gul gained alarming bounce off a length delivery, and Shahzad wasn't really in the best position to play the stroke. At the other end, however, Noor Ali is ticking along rather nicely, having added two more boundaries - through cover point and long leg - earlier in the over.
Over 4 - Afg 23/0 (Ali 14, Shahzad 9)
After his pasting in his first over, Anwar Ali is immediately replaced with Junaid Khan, who should surely have taken the new ball anyway. He keeps the ball up to the bat, and doesn't offer width on either side of the wicket to keep them to just two singles off the over.
Over 3 - Afg 21/0 (Ali 13, Shahzad 8)
The boundaries continue to flow for Afghanistan, though they're not having everything their way. Gul gets one to spit past Ali's outside edge, but the riposte is immediate and decisive - a rasping thump through cover for four. The run rate is a modest seven an over, but how long can this last?
Over 2 - Afg 17/0 (Ali 9, Shahzad 8)
Noor Ali follows Shahzad's lead with a boundary to get off the mark as well! This is spirited stuff from Afghanistan. He, too, was gifted a ball heading down the leg side first up from Anwar Ali, and he puts it away with ease. Further damage is inflicted with a firm clip wide of mid-on for another boundary, and Afghanistan are motoring!
Over 1 - Afg 6/0 (Shahzad 6, Ali 0)
Well, Shahzad gets Afghanistan's chase off to a flying start with a first-ball boundary. Such timing, off the very first ball Gul bowled. Ahmed Shehzad is immediately in Shahzad's ear with an encouraging word (I presume), and that's the only boundary of the over.
Over 50 - Pak 248/8 (Akmal 102, Ajmal 1)
A century for Akmal! It's been a majestic innings, and he reaches the landmark with a 96m six over wide long on off Dawlat. His celebration is suitably manic. He's held Pakistan together, but it could have been so different had Shenwari held that catch.
Over 49 - Pak 230/8 (Akmal 85, Ajmal 1)
The wicket won't stop Pakistan's charge. Akmal continues the carnage by running down the wicket at Shapoor's first ball and swatting it for six. The shot wasn't perfectly timed, but he got enough on it to clear the rope. He follows that up with a flick to fine leg as Shapoor loses his line, and 13 runs flow from the over.
Over 48 - Pak 217/8 (Akmal 73)
WICKET! Umar Gul is opens up, but perishes in the pursuit of quick runs! We've seen him do this before - particularly that trademark shovel-pull he plays so well to the short ball. Dawlat feeds his favourite shot, and sure enough Gul sends the ball arcing high over midwicket for six. He follows that up with a bunted straight drive down the ground off a full toss, but then attempts a third heave to one pitched up at his feet and has his stumps shattered.
Over 47 - Pak 204/7 (Akmal 70, Gul 5)
While Dawlat is reversing it, Shapoor is using changes of pace and length to try to put the batsmen off their paces. He does enough to protect the boundary in his 8th over, but Akmal brings up Pakistan's 200 with a swipe past mid-off as the batsmen trade in ones and twos.
Over 46 - Pak 199/7 (Akmal 66, Gul 4)
Yep, Akmal's finding the middle of the bat more often than not. He's also using the crease really well, getting across and also walking out at the bowlers, as he does to Dawlat. The bowler adjusts his length in response, but Akmal throws his hands through the ball to carve a boundary to cover point.
Over 45 - Pak 189/7 (Akmal 57, Gul 3)
Both Afghan opening bowlers are operating now, with Shapoor also returning. Akmal inches Pakistan ever close to 200 with his third four, walking across his stumps to pick out a gap on the leg side off a length ball. Gul, meanwhile, is doing a decent job of rotating the strike.
Over 44 - Pak 182/7 (Akmal 52, Gul 1)
Dawlat Zadran returns to the attack, and finds some reverse swing straight away to test Umar Gul. He manages to lay bat on ball, however, and Akmal brings up his fifty with a neat dab to third man.
Over 43 - Pak 177/7 (Akmal 49, Gul 0)
WICKET! The stand is broken, and Ashraf has his second wicket. It's not the one they wanted, with Akmal still at the crease, but Afghanistan can get into the tail at the other end after the fall of Ali. It's worth mentioning the catch, as well, from Mangal. A spectacular effort, he sprinted all the way across from mid-off to deep cover and timed his dive just right.
Over 42 - Pak 174/6 (Akmal 48, Ali 19)
Another good over of typical limited-overs offspin from Nabi. He's not going to fizz one through the gate, but he's not easy to get away either, with just a hint of drift making things a little harder. A trio of singles from the over.
Over 41 - Pak 171/6 (Akmal 46, Ali 18)
Nabi brings medium-pacer Mirwais Ashraf back, but Akmal has got the gist of what's going on with this pitch now and he's starting to time the ball very well indeed. He dashes out of his crease at Ashraf, and lifts a length delivery over mid-on. That takes this vital partnership beyond fifty.
Over 40 - Pak 164/6 (Akmal 39, Ali 18)
Mohammad Nabi completes the Powerplay duties himself, but the final ball is much, much to short and Anwar Ali frees his arms to lace a cut through point for four. So, Pakistan survive the Powerplay unscathed, and have managed a decent 22 runs as well. How much will that drop cost Afghanistan?
Over 39 - Pak 157/6 (Akmal 37, Ali 13)
Shapoor Zadran isn't exactly firing the ball into the block hole, but he's hitting testing lengths that would require some risk to exploit. Akmal isn't ready to do that just yet, so both he and Ali continue to poke the ball into gaps and look for singles. Just two from this over.
Over 38 - Pak 155/6 (Akmal 36, Ali 12)
Akmal risks a very tight single as Nabi continues. I'm not sure such risk is worth it at this stage, particularly as it takes three deliveries for Ali to hand the strike back. But Akmal then shows his class with a sumptuous drive through cover for four. That's just his second boundary, but he's into the 30s now.
Over 37 - Pak 147/6 (Akmal 29, Ali 11)
Dropped! That's the sort of error Afghanistan can't afford. Shapoor Zadran came back into the attack for the Powerplay, and Akmal tried to fetch a length ball across into the gap through square leg. The leading edge looped high, and plummeted down to Shenwari ... who dropped it! That was the killer blow Afghanistan needed.
Over 36 - Pak 144/6 (Akmal 27, Ali 10)
The start of the batting Powerplay is rather tepid, Nabi bringing himself back on and both batsmen looking only to work the ball around. This isn't the first time one of the smaller teams has got one of the bigger ones in a spot of bother, but the test for Afghanistan will be to maintain the pressure and not ease off. Akmal could still take this game away from them, and Pakistan have the bowling to defend almost any total.
Over 35 - Pak 142/6 (Akmal 26, Ali 9)
Now Akmal seizes upon the full toss. Shenwari has bowled a few of these, but Pakistan's dire position meant the batsmen weren't in a position to capitalize. With the batting Powerplay an over away, Akmal picks a full toss up and over wide long on for six. Having done so, both he and Ali look only for singles for the remainder of the over.
Over 34 - Pak 134/6 (Akmal 19, Ali 8)
A misfield at mid-on relieves a little of the pressure that's been heaped on Pakistan. Ali tapped the ball in that direction, and Mangal should have got to it, but tumbled right over the ball to let it through for four. Hotak isn't happy, but his figures haven't exactly taken a pounding.
Over 33 - Pak 129/6 (Akmal 18, Ali 4)
The batsmen's approach is similarly cautious as Shenwari continues his spell. Umar Akmal is presented with a full toss in the course of the over, but offers nothing more expansive than a straight-batted, safety-first drive down to long-off. That'll be drinks.
Over 32 - Pak 126/6 (Akmal 16, Ali 3)
Hamza Hotak, the left-arm spinner, is back into the attack, and straight back into his groove as well. Akmal and Ali content themselves with the odd single, and some sturdy defense.
Over 31 - Pak 123/6 (Akmal 14, Ali 2)
What did I say about Shenwari not turning it too much? Forget that. He's just ripped one across Anwar Ali's bows, leaving Shahzad to whip the bails off in an attempted stumping. Ali is safe, but Afghanistan have their tails up. These two batsmen are going to have to buckle down and aim to bat for a good 10 overs before they try anything too adventurous.
Over 30 - Pak 119/6 (Akmal 12, Ali 1)
WICKET! Bowled him! Afridi's set himself for a massive heave to midwicket, but the ball ducks in off a length and pegs back his off stump. Afghanistan are all over this!
Over 29 - Pak 116/5 (Akmal 10, Afridi 6)
Shenwari continues. He's not getting extravagant turn, but he's quite nicely accurate and is getting the ball to drift. Having written that, he dishes up a long-hop, but these batsmen aren't going for any huge shots. Yet.
Over 28 - Pak 112/5 (Akmal 8, Afridi 4)
Nabi brings his opening bowler Dawlat Zadran back on. Is the ball already starting to reverse swing? He's definitely getting it to tail in to the right handers.
Over 27 - Pak 109/5 (Akmal 8, Afridi 1)
WICKET! Whoops, there goes another one! Shenwari has his second, and he's now Afghanistan's highest wicket-taker in ODIs. Maqsood was starting to lash out at almost everything, and he aims a shot into the leg side off the legspinner, but doesn't bother to keep it down. All he's managed to do is gift Stanikzai a catch at mid-on.
Over 26 - Pak 107/4 (Maqsood 13, Akmal 7)
Mohammad Nabi brings himself back into the attack, but his first over is a limp one. Umar Akmal begins with a delightful late cut for three, while Maqsood's technique is altogether different as he lashes a full ball up and over extra cover with great power. These two are going to go for their shots.
Over 25 - Pak 98/4 (Maqsood 8, Akmal 3)
Maqsood's riposte to Shenwari is a muscly biff to the wide long on boundary, to keep Pakistan ticking. There's been nothing expansive, yet, from Umar Akmal but he'll probably look to counter-attack sooner rather than later. That's just how he rolls.
Over 24 - Pak 91/4 (Maqsood 4, Akmal 1)
WICKET! Misbah's been run out without facing a ball! Shocking running. Maqsood tapped the ball into the covers, set off, changed his mind, and then fell over. Both he and Misbah ended up at the same end, and Afghanistan wicketkeeper Shahzad then picked up the ball and sprinted to the other end to effect the run-out, with everyone standing around dumbfounded. Pakistan are wobbling ...
Over 23 - Pak 89/3 (Maqsood 3, Misbah 0)
WICKET! There goes another one, and it's the big wicket of Shehzad. He'd just got to his fifty with a lap-sweep and a chip to deep square off legspinner Shenwari, but he goes for a massive swipe to the last ball of the over and inside-edges the ball onto his leg stump. A wicket for Shenwari in his first over! Enter captain Misbah ul-Haq.
Over 22 - Pak 83/2 (Shehzad 44, Maqsood 2)
Mirwais Ashraf is buzzing after his wicket, and Maqsood is struggling to find any timing on this pitch early on. He's also hampered by Ashraf's lack of pace, which doesn't lend itself to easy shot-making. A maiden.
Over 21 - Pak 83/2 (Shehzad 44, Maqsood 2)
Hamza Hotak has a career economy rate of just 3.26 in ODIs, and with bowling like this, it's easy to see why. He just offers nothing at all to hit, with very little loose or wide. Slight aberrations in length do allow three singles once again, but the pressure remains on.
Over 20 - Pak 80/2 (Shehzad 43, Maqsood 0)
WICKET! Just as Pakistan looked like they were going to break free, Hadeez top-edges a swipe off Ashraf and Nabi holds a simple catch at mid-off. Hafeez had dispatched the previous ball to the deep midwicket boundary, and Shehzad had begun the over with a lap to fine leg, with the shots starting to come off. But Pakistan have been pegged back once again.
Over 19 - Pak 69/1 (Shehzad 36, Hafeez 6)
Great flight from Hamza, as well as changes of pace when necessary. Shehzad and Hafeez are happy to use their feet, but there's plenty of risk for little reward as they have to be content with three singles in the over.
Over 18 - Pak 66/1 (Shehzad 34, Hafeez 5)
Both Shehzad and Hafeez are attempting to manufacture shots, but the lack of pace from medium-pacer Ashraf isn't making it easy. Hafeez manages a single to third man off the outside edge, before Shehzad completely loses his shape in an ungainly heave to leg ... that goes nowhere. Slightly rudderless batting from Pakistan, but there's still plenty of time to build momentum.
Over 17 - Pak 64/1 (Shehzad 33, Hafeez 4)
There's a maiden from Hamza Hotak, the left-arm spinner's accuracy (and enthusiastic fielding off his own bowling) denying any chance for a run.
Over 16 - Pak 64/1 (Shehzad 33, Hafeez 4)
Fairly metronomic stuff from Mirwais, just landing the ball on a length and not trying to do too much. It may also be that this track is showing slightly variable bounce, and one to Hafeez keeps a little low. But no great alarms, and two quiet singles take us to Drinks.
Over 15 - Pak 61/1 (Shehzad 31, Hafeez 3)
Turn and bounce for Hamza Hotak! For much of the over, he'd been happy to land the ball on a good length, cramping the batsmen for room and allowing just a handful of singles. But he gives his final ball a real rip, and it fizzes past Hafeez' poking defense.
Over 14 - Pak 59/1 (Shehzad 30, Hafeez 2)
More nicely accurate stuff from Mirwais Ashraf. He's hard to get away when the ball is pitched up and straight, but both Shehzad and Hafeez manage singles to point when he errs in length and bowls it too short.
Over 13 - Pak 57/1 (Shehzad 29, Hafeez 1)
WICKET! A change of ends brings a wicket for Hamza Hotak. Khan was looking to hoick a slog-sweep over deep midwicket, but didn't get a very good connection and Noor Ali completed a simple catch. The dismissal will certainly enliven Afghanistan, but they now face another tough challenge: Mohammad Hafeez. He feasts upon Associate bowlers.
Over 12 - Pak 53/0 (Shehzad 28, Khan 23)
Given the batsmen's ease against the spinners, Nabi opts to bring in his third seamer, Mirwais Ashraf. He's nicely accurate to start, and Sharjeel has a good look at him, playing from the crease, before taking a single to deep cover off the final delivery.
Over 11 - Pak 52/0 (Shehzad 28, Khan 22)
Sharjeel Khan goes on the charge, and Nabi's changes of pace aren't enough to put him off. After tapping the ball around for a couple of singles, he steps out to lift Nabi over wide long on for four, and then next ball goes even bigger with a slapped six straight down the ground. This is starting to look a little ominous for Afghanistan, the partnership cruising past 50.
Over 10 - Pak 39/0 (Shehzad 27, Khan 10)
Spin from both ends as we have our first look at slow left-armer Hamza Hotak. He's very accurate, tying Shehzad down for a full five deliveries before the right-hander manages a flick for two behind square leg.
Over 9 - Pak 37/0 (Shehzad 25, Khan 10)
Spin now as Mohammad Nabi brings himself into the attack. There's not a great deal of turn, but appreciable bounce in the track. The batsmen are immediately willing to use their feet to the spinner, but Nabi is a canny operator and uses changes of pace to deny any big shots. Just two runs off the over.
Over 8 - Pak 35/0 (Shehzad 24, Khan 9)
A leaky over, and all the pressure that Shapoor built up dissipates. Dawlat is perhaps striving a little too much for pace, and loses direction even as he targets Shehzad's stumps. The Pakistani right-hander begins with a classical whip to the midwicket boundary, before sending a low full toss in the same direction for his second four. The third boundary of the over comes from the worst ball of the day - slipping down the leg side, Shehzad just gets a touch of a glance on it to pick up four to fine leg.
Over 7 - Pak 23/0 (Shehzad 12, Khan 9)
A probing over from Shapoor Zadran. He's creating little half chances here, particularly with Sharjeel Khan on strike. There's a slightly optimistic lbw shout for one that nips in - perhaps a little sharply - and strikes the pad, and Shapoor ends the over by digging in a bouncer which rears on the left-hander, taking the top edge of his pull shot but looping safely over the midwicket fielder. Shapoor's pace isn't quite that of Dawlat's, but he's certainly got something about him.
Over 6 - Pak 18/0 (Shehzad 11, Khan 7)
Another boundary for Shehzad! He looks supremely confident when he comes forward, as he does to Dawlat, and slots this drive just behind point. Dawlat is working up a really good head of steam, surpassing Shapoor in pace, but he seems set on pitching the ball up to the bat. There's not an awful lot of swing, and Shehzad hasn't looked as comfortable when it's short. Anyway, Pakistan are trundling along quite nicely now.
Over 5 - Pak 14/0 (Khan 7, Shehzad 7)
Now Shehzad is away. He's off the mark with a tip-and-run single, and follows that up with a neat punch through cover point for four off Shapoor Zadran. They wasn't a great deal wrong with the delivery, but the timing was spot on and this time he also managed to place it perfectly.
Over 4 - Pak 7/0 (Khan 6, Shehzad 1)
Afghanistan should have had a wicket in this over! Dawlat's first ball lifted alarmingly off a length, brushing Khan's glove and then his hip on the way through to the 'keeper. It must be said, also, that Mohammad Shahzad's take behind the stumps was quite spectacular. But the Umpire didn't see the ball strike the glove! A pumped-up Dawlat cruises through the rest of his over at a very decent pace, nudging 145kph. These Afghan bowlers certainly have wheels.
Over 3 - Pak 5/0 (Khan 5, Shehzad 0)
Shapoor storms through another high-energy over, touching 140kph at times and doing enough to ensure that Shehzad can't get off the mark. The Pakistani right-hander leans into a couple of good strokes, particularly to the full ball, but each times finds a fielder in the covers. Watchful start for Pakistan.
Over 2 - Pak 5/0 (Khan 5, Shehzad 0)
Dawlat Zadran starts for Afghanistan at the other end, but he doesn't exhibit quite the same menace as his namesake Shapoor. His length gets shorter as the over progresses, but when he pitches one up to end Sharjeel is still in a good position to thump the ball through the cover field. Stand and deliver. That'll please Pakistan's supporters in the ground.
Over 1 - Pak 1/0 (Khan 1, Shehzad 0)
The lanky Shapoor Zadran opens the bowling for Afghanistan, and he's definitely coming off his long run. Zadran comes thundering in from around about the 30-yard circle, and gets the ball to nip in to young Sharjeel Khan. There's a moment of excitement when he's struck on the pads, but the inside edge is clear and Khan is off the mark with a pull to long leg.
Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Hamza Hotak, Mirwais Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Nawroz Mangal, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran.
Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul.
Pakistan pick seamer Anwar Ali ahead of all-rounder Bilawal Bhatti, while Afghanistan select all-rounder Hamza Hotak.
Captain Mohammad Nabi triumphs in the flip of the coin and Afghanistan will bowl first.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the third game of the 2014 Asia Cup, between Afghanistan and Pakistan, at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, Bangladesh.
- 27th Feb 2014
- Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Narayanganj Osmani Stadium
- B F Bowden, J D Cloete
- TV Umpire
- C K Nandan
- Match Referee
- B C Broad
- Reserve Umpire
- M Rahman
afghanistan BATTING CARD
|M.S. Mohammadi||c Akmal b Gul||9|
|N.A. Zadran||lbw Ajmal||44|
|A.M. Stanikzai||c Hafeez b Afridi||40|
|N.K. Mangal||run out (Ali)||35|
|M. Nabi||lbw Gul||15|
|N. Zadran||b Hafeez||1|
|S. Shenwari||b Hafeez||14|
|M. Ashraf||run out (Khan)||4|
|D. Zadran||b Ajmal||0|
|S. Zadran||c Ajmal b Hafeez||1|
|A.H. Hotak||Not out||0|
|Total||All Out, 47.2 Overs||176|