Bahawalpur and Multan v Afghanistan, Multan February 8, 2013

Bahawalpur and Multan secure tight win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bahawalpur and Multan 160 for 7 (Yasin 50*, Maqsood 42, Hotak 3-36) beat Afghanistan 156 for 9 (Mohibullah 49*, Shahzad 37, Babar 4-28) by three wickets

Bahawalpur and Multan clinched a tight three-wicket victory, helped by an unbeaten half-century from Naved Yasin and a four-wicket haul from Zulfiqar Babar, against Afghanistan in Multan.

Afghanistan, after being put in to bat, struggled to steady their innings, losing wickets frequently. Opener Mohammad Shahzad and Mohibullah Paak put up some resistance, scoring 37 and 49 not out respectively to mitigate the damage done, with seven batsmen scoring in single digits. Spinner Babar took 4 for 28 in his ten overs; Kashif Naved and Imranullah Aslam were the other wicket-takers.

Bahawalpur and Multan were jolted early in their chase when Aslam was run out off the first ball of the innings. A 47-run stand between Usman Tariq and Sohaib Maqsood, and later a 30-run stand between Maqsood and Yasin, helped them recover. The chase got tougher with wickets falling, largely through spinner Hamid Hotak, who had bowled well in his previous match too, but Yasin stuck till the end to see his side through.

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  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    @ M Wasif.. I think you need to look into this again... as per Cricinfo "With the costs of training in Sharjah proving expensive, Afghanistan turned to Pakistan for cricketing help. They have been using NCA facilities for cricket development and preparation since last month and the series of matches is the part of their training programme." So it was Afghanistan, and not Pakistan who asked for this trip.

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Dear Sir,

    The Afghanistan team in Pakistan is not complete National Team, it is the mix team of national+U-19+A team, So Please do not call Afghanistan Team,

    Pakistan want to show the world that Afghanistan national team come there and there is no issue of security, as well the show the Afghanistan team as weak as a local team team,

    and also our Board is very careless ,

    Please this is my request please call Afg A team or Afg XI


  • Stark on February 9, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    I have no idea, as to why Naved Yasin is not playing for Pak (at least in ODI's and T20's)!!

    He is only 25, has a great FC average, is handy with ball and last but not least, is captain material.

    He would be a perfect replacement for Younis Khan and might as well send him to SA, as a replacement for the injured Harris.

  • Azooz on February 9, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    despite the lost,Afghan-A Fought well in defending a low total.

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