Afghanistan v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Fatullah

Umar Akmal, spinners earn bonus-point win

The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy in Fatullah

February 27, 2014

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Agarkar: Afghanistan should be proud

Pakistan 248 for 8 (Akmal 102*, Shehzad 50, Mirwaiz 2-29, Shenwari 2-34) beat Afghanistan 176 (Noor Ali 44, Hafeez 3-29, Ajmal 2-25) by 72 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Playing only their third ODI against a Test-playing team, Afghanistan had Pakistan in serious danger of being bowled out for under 200. But Umar Akmal averted that fate with his second ODI hundred, his unbeaten 89-ball 102 steering Pakistan from a precarious 117 for 6 to a relatively safe total of 248 for 8, which proved enough to give them a 72-run win.

Afghanistan got their chase off to a steady start, and only lost one wicket in the first 15 overs. But they struggled to lift their scoring rate above four an over. After the dismissal of Noor Ali Zadran, who had made an attractive 44, the innings slowed down further, as Asghar Stanikzai and Nawroz Mangal were stifled by the Pakistan spinners on a slow, low pitch.

Umar Akmal kisses his helmet on reaching his fifty, Afghanistan v Pakistan, Asia Cup 2014, Fatullah, February 27, 2014
Umar Akmal was dropped on 28, but made the most of it by slamming his second ODI ton © AFP

Smart Stats

  • Umar Akmal's unbeaten 102 in this match was his second ODI century. His last century was also an unbeaten 102, against Sri Lanka in 2009.
  • Akmal's century was only the sixth by a Pakistan wicketkeeper in ODIs. All the other five are by Kamran Akmal - his last being an unbeaten 116 against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2009.
  • This was also only the sixth ODI century by a Pakistan No. 6 and the first since Shahid Afridi's 124 against Bangladesh in Dambulla, in the 2010 Asia Cup.
  • Pakistan added a total of 131 runs for their seventh to ninth wickets - the eighth-highest they have added for their seventh to ninth wicket in ODIs. The last time they added more runs for these wickets was also in the Asia Cup, against Hong Kong in Karachi in 2008.
  • This was the second time in his ODI career that Misbah-ul-Haq was run out for a 'diamond' duck. The other instance was against Ireland in Dublin in 2013. He is the first captain to be dismissed run out for a duck without facing a ball, twice in ODIs.
  • Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad added fifty-plus runs for the opening stand first time in 11 innings. In their previous ten innings, they had added 195 runs at an average of 19.5.
  • Pakistan took Afghanistan's last seven wickets for just 37 runs, which equals the seventh-lowest a team has managed against them for their last seven wickets.

Stanikzai and Mangal stuck at it, though, and put on 74 in 18.1 overs, before they both fell in the space of three balls. That began a collapse which saw Afghanistan slide from 139 for 2 to 176 all out, with Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez running through the lower order.

Last man out was Samiullah Shenwari. He had taken two wickets during Pakistan's innings, and had spun his legbreaks a long way. He had also dropped Akmal a straightforward skier at point. Akmal was on 28 at that stage, and Pakistan 146 for 6. From that point, Afghanistan's bowlers lost their lengths, and went for 84 in the last 10 overs and 59 in the last five.

Afghanistan had been a revelation till then. Having elected to bowl on a slow pitch, Afghanistan showed they had an attack that didn't need too much assistance to keep the batsmen on a leash. Apart from one over in which their fastest bowler, Dawlat Zadran, went for three boundaries after drifting three times onto Ahmed Shehzad's pads, they bowled terrific lines. The first 10 overs only brought Pakistan 39 runs.

Pakistan could have been one down by then. Afghanistan's wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad had dived to his right to take a climbing ball that seemed to brush Sharjeel Khan's gloves as he tried to pull Dawlat. Umpire Johan Cloete, however, was unmoved.

But they didn't have to wait too long. In the 13th over, Sharjeel picked out the deep midwicket fielder with a slog-sweep off left-arm spinner Hamza Hotak. At the other end, medium-pacer Mirwais Ashraf gave nothing away to Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez. After Mirwaiz had given away eight runs in his first four overs, Hafeez tried going after him. Having just inside-edged an attempted slog for four, he attempted another, and sent a top-edge steepling into the hands of cover.

Three balls after reaching his fifty, Shehzad was out to another poor stroke, chopping on while trying to swat leg spinner Shenwari over the leg side. Pakistan were 89 for 3 after 23 overs.

That became 89 for 4 when they lost their captain Misbah-ul-Haq to a farcical run-out when he hadn't yet faced a ball. Sohaib Maqsood, who had set off for a single after pushing a ball from Mohammad Nabi to cover, slipped mid-pitch. Instead of completing the run after getting back on his feet, Maqsood turned around and beat Misbah in a comical race to the batting crease. Wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, who had collected the throw, jogged over to the bowler's end and removed the bails.

Maqsood and Shahid Afridi perished to slogs and left Pakistan reeling on 119 for 6. In came Anwar Ali, who had replaced Bilawal Bhatti in the team's pace attack. On his ODI debut against South Africa, Anwar had scored an unbeaten 43 to help his team recover from 124 for 6 to what was an eventually match-winning total of 218 for 9.

Ali made another important contribution here, adding 60 with Akmal for the seventh wicket, before he fell to a sensational bit of fielding from Mangal, who ran back from mid-off to long-off to catch a ball dropping down over his shoulder.

Akmal, at the other end, had survived a much easier chance, after Ashraf's away movement had almost produced an identical dismissal to that of Hafeez. After that, Akmal opened up, walking down the pitch to the seamers and carting them to all parts. Batting on 85 at the start of the final over, Akmal took two off the first ball and crunched Dawlat successive boundaries to move to 95.

Akmal refused singles off the next two balls, after hitting to fielders on the boundary. With two balls to go and five runs to get for the century, Akmal hit Dawlat way over his head for six. He didn't need to run, but raced to the other end anyway, took his helmet off, and did the sajda. In Pakistan's previous match, he had taken them to within sight of victory against Sri Lanka before triggering a collapse with a poor stroke. Now, he had saved his team from what could have been a very awkward evening.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by Jimmyvida on (March 1, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

Pakistan should beat India easily. Half dozen drop catches per game...just for starters. Most of players are not giving it their all. They want to make some runs to be included in the future. Isn't that their problem. Their overall ground fielding is a mess. They've got Kohli as a batsman. What else?

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

inclusion of Anwar Ali for B Bhatti was a good move. Not for the reason that AA is better than BB but for the reason that BB should learn to play with responsibility. Shahid Afridi is the next person to be replaced by Hammad Azam. Poor Hammad is getting a harsh treatment from selectors. What can u expect from Aamir Suhail.

Posted by YARMOUK on (February 28, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

@El_Toro_Loco, mate actually (Maria_01) was pointing to (blade-runners) comment. She pointed him to same point you pointed bro. cheers. All the best to Pakistan for next match.

Posted by spellbinder76 on (February 28, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

So far so good. But Pakstan needs to play well on the Sunday match between India and Pakistan. The Bangladesh pitches eems to favor the spinners, so Pakistan should select A. Rahman and also Fawad Alam who is the best player of spin bowing after Misbah and Younus.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

Afghans have talented side but lack experience and composure . To improve that they need to employ a world class coach and play more ODI games with big teams. In their first ODI competition they showed how talented they are and good future have in front of them and also despite losing they still outshine Pakistan to be praised for the match performance yesterday.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 28, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

with all due respect to Pak and Umar Akmal fans, don't go over the board praising Akmal as you know he's still far from being consistent. Also it's absolutely funny to compare Akmal and Kohli after just seeing one century from the lad that too in a sub-continent pitch and against a non-test playing nation. Kohli plays all three formats, has already proved his worth in Aus, SA, and NZ and has also scored few amazing centuries while chasing a mountainous target.

Posted by Vickar on (February 28, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

Well played Afghanistan. Another batting collapse for Pakistan. Thanks to seeing Akmal in responsible form again.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

What an Innings by Akmal Junior !! He always had talent we know and its good to see him converting it into matter, I think he should be compared to Kohli because both of these started their careers at the same time but Kohli has been able to harness it better,But its better late than never...I am really happy to see Akmal taking some responsibility...Congratulations to Pakistan Fans and team.

Posted by jhumpir on (February 28, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

well play afghanistan. pakistan batting collapse second time in a row danger sign for pakistan ahead of big match with india.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

How long will take for Pakistan to produce a young batter like virat Kholi match winner for India ?

Posted by naimurchowdhury32 on (February 28, 2014, 7:25 GMT)

Afghanistan bowling very weak without Hamid Hassan. Shinwari bowling very well but needs support.

Posted by naimurchowdhury32 on (February 28, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

Afghanistan made the mistake of not playing with the best bowler in the world Hamid Hassan.

Nabi must be removed and Nawroz Mangal must be brought back as captain to save Afghanistan cricket.

Posted by AbdulMohamad731 on (February 28, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

Hamid Hassan the best bowler in the world not playing. Very poor selection by Afghanistan.

Posted by SLslider on (February 28, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

Its funny to see Akmal jumping so much after scoring a ton against Afgan that too after getting dropped. PAK has the worst batting lineup. They were lucky that Afgan didn't play well or else they would have been out of the Asia cup. But I am sure Bangladesh will teach them a lesson.

Posted by likeintcricket on (February 28, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner,I like all the Asian teams despite I am a Pak fan and wants to watch every good players from any side and never called a side pathetic. That is the beauty of this game that every team is different from each other and they play different brand of cricket. Just to let you know that Pak and Indians are way ahead against Sri lankans in number of wins in both format and Sri lankans are still third best despite so many champion players. It is admirable that Sri Lanka produce cricketers like Sanga and Murali but Indians produced Sachin and Kohli and Pakistan produced Inzi and Wasim and Ajmal. The U19 cricket shows there is great talent in every team and this rivalry will go on and we keep enjoying it. We are all passionate fans but there is no place for hate and disrespect in this world and today you have to ate your words as the "pathetic" team has eventually won the single bonus point which might decide the champion.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 28, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (February 27, 2014, 21:30 GMT) "Umar Akmal is easily most talented bat from the sub cont." Dude Seriously??? Okay I guess you are neo follower of cricket who's not aware of a guy called Virat Kohli who just equalled Sir Viv's record of fastest to reach 5000 ODI runs. A lil bit of research before commenting will surely help your cause...

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 28, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

Posted by SchoolGirlCricketCaptain on (February 27, 2014, 16:25 GMT): You just echoed my thoughts...Ajmal's onfield ethics are even worst than Kohli. Never seen him appreciating a good batting display against his bowling, on contrary, have seen Kohli doing that many a times, recent being in series against NZ when he congratulated McCullum.

Posted by wapuser on (February 28, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

Hi I am Manzoor from Afghanistan. Regarding the last match between Afghanistan vs Pakistan. firstly I want to express that the umpires did fibricat with afg two batsmen which caused it to defeat afghan team or else Pakistan was in threat of afg team preparence and pak did understand that afg team is growing fast day by day and is going to win from us. Secondly I want to add that Pakistan won the match but in fact Afghanistan won the hearts. We proud of our own afghan bravery and mortality, thus it's clear for all the world that Afghanistan have left behind 3 decades of war but never theless with having a very few opportunities they started from zero point and reached finally to have compitations with those countries which have decades of experience in cricket and are prominent in this field. Thanks

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

In the game against India, Pakistan should go with the same line up Bhatti's pace will be an easy passage for Indian batsmen whereas Anwar if bowls on correct line is not easy to get away Fawad is a justified inclusion but putting him into a game where pressure would b highest and high scoring need would b evident.. I believe little shuffling of batting order is required. Put Umar akmal on number 4 and Sohaib at num 6 as Akmal is in the form of his life and can keep the pressure away from Misbah batting at other end. Sharjeel should be provided with all matches in Asia cup to see what he can do best! We have Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal in the bank to replace him in future if required

Posted by JustIPL on (February 28, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

Certainly Afghans have lived to the expectation that they are in asia cup to cause an upset somewhere and they very nearly caused one against Pakistan. They played couple of games against pak in past and used some of that experience while pak have been tested by afghans before as well and pak have broken jail before as well. This is not the case with other teams in the asia cup. Tournament pressure on big boys will also help afghans create at least one upset and thanks god pak are done already. Challenges for others are to fare better then pak batting against afghan bowling and get afghans out as pak did.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

you never know when pakistani team can flip the game wasn't expecting that love team green good luck for the next big game

Posted by uboatlover on (February 28, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

i think the pak team that beat sri lanka in last test at UAE should have gone for asia cup. a team that can chase 302 in 59 overs of test match can definitely chase 350 + in a one day though, umar akmal played a winning knock but he is still far from reliable and his keeping is pathetic. we need one more proper batsman; either younis, asad shafiq or even azhar ali can be there instead of sohaib maqsood. and at present the bowling is heavy, we have six bowlers who all r capable of bowling full quota of overs, y not have five (ajmal, gul, junaid, hafeez and bhatti/ anwar ali) or even better, play fawad alam instead of afridi

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

everyone criticizing Sohaib for misbah's run out is too harsh first thing is that its human nature to protect themselves and being a youngster he couldnt think it through due to his inexperience, but he deserves all the bashing for how he got out. I think that batting consultants and coaches should ban them to be air borne, everyone who got out to slog when it was never needed should be warned that now if you get out to that kind of shot with no need, you will find yourself warming the bench.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 4:18 GMT)

Afghan lost it because of their slow batting,,,, They helped pakistan to win,,, They can not come into international cricket with such low confidence,,, They bowled well but batsmen ruined it completely,,,,

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 28, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

Sorry for Afgan! Played well at the starting of both inngs and failed to continue it in the later stages. Bowlers let Pakistan to score 50-70 more and even if it was easy to chase, their middle order panicked and surrendered. Hope they will improve and beat teams like SL in near future.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 4:04 GMT)

This guy is scoring centuries outside of pak and he is wanted in Pakistan what is going on

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 3:56 GMT)

The Afghanistan Team Make us proud as they have played against pakistan it was totally seems that Afghanistan will win 100% surely. But unlucky Afghanistan Lost . But no Problem Win and Lost is the brother and sister each other but Although Well done Afghans Tiger. Well done performance May ALLAH always Success You. We proud to be Afghan.

Posted by alipk52 on (February 28, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

By the way I will always support SL in today's match against India, we are not like blade-runners etc who change their thoughts after one series, I will say thoughts because in all your recent comments, I haven't seen a valid point while you were abusing Pakistani team, they shown real fight yeah in the first game lost by just 12 runs chasing a good total, you can't compare our Saeed Ajmal with your mediocre spinners, just look and compare their bowling figures and I am sure you'll stop saying anything bad against Ajmal the magician. our batting line is still under construction, and once we find a combination, you will find it hard to beat us. Umar Akmal has improved a bit, a dangerous sign for opponents, I wish SL all the best for today's game, I hope your bowlers can prevent Indian batsman to score big like they always do against you.

Posted by wapuser on (February 28, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

Afghanistan try to played a good cricket against to Pakistan but how they forgot that Pakistan can change the map of cricket. Infact Pakistan was take it easy that's why they were failure and couldn't play a good cricket. I request to Pakistanis kindly always play seriously and consciously. And don't play with our emotions. u saw once Pakistan gave a chance to win a match for Bangladesh. in the return what they did everyone knows thats. So no mercy in the game only keeps sympathy in ur individual matters. Thats it!

Posted by Lakpj on (February 28, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

I don't think Afghanistan should be disappointing with this result. They played good cricket for the 90% of the match. Just that they lost wickets at the end. unlike other associate teams they seem to have a balanced bowling attack which can threaten any batting side. But their batsman will always struggle against other bowling sides. But they have the potential to improve and their U19 team had defeated both Aus and SL in the ongoing WC. So there is promise for the Afghans.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 3:05 GMT)

it was great match good effort by pak bowler side

Posted by getsetgopk on (February 28, 2014, 2:37 GMT)

Pakistan has a terrific bowling attack and its just a pleasure watching them bowl. My thoughts are with the Afghan brothers, as a Pak supporter, I would have been genuinely happy had Afghanistan beat Pak in this match but truth be told, Pak has got a venomous bowling attack. Damn shame there wasn't anything in that road of a pitch in the game against SL, robbed us cricket fans of a chance to see magic. Afghanistan have all the right ingredients to become a top of the line ODI team in quick time. They have a very good bowling attack, probably better than India's, their batsmen can stay longer at the wicket, all they need is to practice more and extend their range of shots and rotate strike regularly and they got all the facilities at their disposal in Pakistan for training. All the best for next game.

Posted by abbyk2 on (February 28, 2014, 1:53 GMT)

Superb innings from Ukmal he must have been spured on by this brother who has also been selected in the recently announced squad and while he was batting he must have thought the cricket ball is a Pakistani police traffic warden.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 1:35 GMT)

I think Afghanistan should bring some talented players from under 19 the likes of Hashmatullah, Usman Ghani they are very talented and they play natural cricket and should replaced with Asghar and others

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (February 28, 2014, 1:17 GMT)

@ Rajesh_india_1990: LOL the slogger won the match & india should play only at home, that's the only place they can win a game or two. LOLzzz

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (February 28, 2014, 0:52 GMT)

@ maria_01: Well didn't they get the extra point or not? They did so joke is on you. LOLzzzz

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (February 28, 2014, 0:49 GMT)

@ GRVJPR: It is because whatever action your indian bowler adapt they will still be pathetic & thrashed all over the ground. LOL...

Posted by KANCHANA623 on (February 28, 2014, 0:37 GMT)

It was in favour of Afganistan for most parts of the game. Afganistan were in the game until the 90th over. This can be identified as very good progress. It will be very interesting to see their approach against very weak bowling teams like India.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (February 28, 2014, 0:36 GMT)

Against India, Pakistan needs to play Kamran Akmal as an opner and Alam at 4 to replace both news players, Sharjeel and Maqsood. They need some experienced hands to counter the pressure assigned to India-Pakistan matches. Team should be: (1) Ahmad Shehzad (2) Kamran Akmal (3) Hafeez (4) Fawad Alam (5) Misbah (6) Umar Akmal (7) Afridi (8) Blawal Bhatti (9) Umar Gul (10) Said Ajmal (11) Junaid Khan

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 23:33 GMT)

It OBVIOUS that people who don't understand Misbah, don't understand cricket at all! Misbah is one of the greatest worrier of a great fighting clan call team Green! Go Team Green, Go Misbah the Worrier!

Posted by cookiemonster80 on (February 27, 2014, 23:32 GMT)

This is a match that Pakistan was expected to win easily. On paper, they should have better players and far more experience. Considering these very facts, Afghanistan could hold their heads high. They even had Pakistan in trouble at one point. These days, the Bangladesh team has improved to an extent that Bangladesh beating someone is no longer much of an upset. I look forward to seeing Afghanistan beating one of the big three (PAK, IND, SL).

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (February 27, 2014, 23:21 GMT)

@Blade-Runner, your pre-mature celebrations are over mate. Pakistan did eventually received a bonus point. Also, please give your piece of advise for walking out to the paper legend "Sanga" instead of pointing to Misbah. Regarding your pathtic, mediocre cricket comments, I am sure we are going to witness that today when your mediocre bowling will be whip apart by Kohli and co. I still want SL to get qualify for the final and get another thrash by PAK.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 23:02 GMT)

Actually we recorded it and watched it a few times and yes Akmal did kiss the ground, he didn't touch the ground with his forehead. Also the Pakistani players behaviour was pretty disgusting with the looks, gestures and body language towards the Afghan players... I'd love to see shazad (Pakistan) put in a room with shazad (Afghan) and then see what a mouse shazad (Pakistan) turns into! It's easy to act tough when millions of people are watching!!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 22:52 GMT)

Afghanistan is not an experienced team like Pakistan and many others, Afghanistan played very well with the ball but unfortunately at the end they lost, Afghanistan didn't do well with the bat otherwise they would have beaten Pakistan it would have been great for Afghanistan, Pakistan was quiet lucky to win at the end because they started very poor but end up winning but INSHALLAH Afghanistan will win the next games.PROUD TO BE AN AFGHAN.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 22:47 GMT)

imran mujtaba and ppl that critisize misbah just dont understand how long 50ovr game is,take misbah out and rest wont play ovs 8 outr 10 times which equalls loosing game no doubt,pls differentiate between formats and understand our batsmen bar misbah r not gud enuf dont mater who plays they r too inconsistent only just last 20 ovs with out misbah and younis,i get it u guys love Afridi top batsman lol yes we need 10 more players like him...lala hahaha politcs..wot a slogger..

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

A bad drop when they almost had Umar Akmal, these kinds of drop catches are very crucial especially during that stage of the game where pressure was on Pakistan. Some bad umpiring which worked in favorite of Pakistani sides. But what I don't like is that when Pakistan loose wicket they say a bad shot selection, it is not bad shot selection it is super bowling, anyone who says Afghanistan had average bowler they make mistake, don't forget that Afghanistan Best fast bowler is out with an injury (Hamid Hassan) but still they managed to play well. On the other hand Afghanistan batting needs some serious work, I like Asghar Estanikzae but he is more of a test cricketer than T20 or ODI they should have selected Karim Sidque. I don't like to criticise Mohammad Shihzad but he needs to learn to let go the bad balls.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 22:21 GMT)

Afghans played really well and very impressed as a Pakistani I think they have what it takes to win!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 22:19 GMT)

Misbah did great and I'd agree that it wasn't his fault when he got out that Masood guy should of known better and sacrifice his wicket, Akmal was amazing period he just has to continue like that and Anwar Ali just needs time to explode!

Posted by shahnbej on (February 27, 2014, 22:11 GMT)

Title should be as Misbah out for zero and Pakistan won the match.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (February 27, 2014, 21:30 GMT)

Umar Akmal is easily most talented bat from the sub cont.No need to mention Pak bowling of course-the best on view in this tourney.SL the best all round side-bat,bowl,field,exp.-and most consistent.So looking to see a good final betw. 2 best sides-SL/Pak.

Posted by wapuser on (February 27, 2014, 21:27 GMT)

Well played both teams. I would love to see a strong test playing Afghan team in future. PCB should extend all possible support for cricket development in brotherly Afghanistan. I bet they would remember our contribution unlike some other minnow who forgot how it acheived Test status. WC 99 may ring a bell.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 21:26 GMT)

Good effort Afghanistan. Fantastic for cricket to have these sides coming through. Be great to see you in New Zealand one day.

Posted by wapuser on (February 27, 2014, 20:54 GMT)

Congratulations to Team Pakistan.. Commiserations to Afghanistan as they fought well and am sure we'll see an upset soon in this series from them With Pakistan.. If they want to send a free flowing batsmen open with Afridi cause he cannot bat at any other position under pressure.. Umar Akmal should be moved to no. 3 or 4 in batting order as you would see in all top teams their good batsmen take top 4 positions.. Send Hafeez no.5 and Sohaib Maqsood as finisher cause thats what he likes doing.. Whacking the ball hard.. And dont let the players bog down in first 5-10 overs cause thats where Pakistan dont score runs and loses wickets too

Posted by santhoo24 on (February 27, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

To Pakistan team and their supporters, congrats on the win. To Afghanistan team and their supporters, well played and good luck for your future matches. Afghan team has a bright future. With proper guidance and experience, they can be a very good team.

And to some Pakistan fans correcting the authors' mistake in confusing Sajda to kissing the turf, I didn't know of Sajda before (I am not a Muslim). So for us non-Islamic people that was informative and I thank you for that. That (Sajda) sounds like a very nice gesture, dedicating the success to the Almighty. Good luck to team Pakistan in their future fixtures. An Indian fan.

Posted by t20cric on (February 27, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

Based on how our team has done the 1st 2 match & the fact that many people are claiming that India is great against spin, I think Pakistan should go with this team.

1)Ahmed Shehzad, 2)Sharjeel Khan, 3)Umar Akmal, 4)Fawad Alam, 5)Misbah-ul-haq, 6)Sohaib Maqsood, 7)Shahid Afridi/ Mohammad Hafeez, 8)Anwar Ali/ Bilawal Bhatti, 9)Umar Gul, 10)Saeed Ajmal, 11)Junaid Khan.

Or we can get rid of both Afridi & Hafeez to include both Anwar & Bilawal. Another idea is to have Talha in the team instead of Afridi/ Hafeez. Overall Pakistan should go with 3 pacers & 2 spinners or 4 pacers & 1 spinner. Akmal needs to be moved up cuz he is in form now (also he was never a proper finisher), Fawad can come in next & rotate strike (also he maintains left-right combination). Sohaib at 6 cuz he is out of form but we still need a finisher (he might not work there but its worth a try). Anwar>Bilawal at batting & maybe bowling too so he is preferred. Not many have faced Talha so he could be surprise package.

Posted by SkyCutter on (February 27, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

I have to say a very good performance by the AFG team. I am waiting when they play BAN !!!

Posted by wapuser on (February 27, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

@Imranmujtaba, I dnt think so u have cricketing sense. I just dont get it why u ppl always write against misbah. Did nt u witnessed he always came at 30/4 and got pakistan out of trouble. He also contributed in pakistan victories. Cricket is not one game show. It could be one man game show but not in every match where a team always find themselves at 40/4. Atleast 2 batsmen has to be there for some support but misbah always did not get that. Look other teams, they all have minor contributers. Ppl talked abt his strike but he delivered that too. Just have a close look and see if misbah would have nt been there for last 2 yrs then how many victories pakistan could have achieved.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

How about this... we give you Ajmal and you give Kohli. Fair deal huh??? lol

Posted by Helscream on (February 27, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

nice article. However, you made a mistake in the third last line where you said and I quote "took his helmet off, and kissed the turf.". He didn't kissed the turf he did Sajda (bow down) infront of his Allah (God) to say thank you.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

@writer of this article akmal did not kiss the turf it a posture to bow and thank the Almighty Allah.

Posted by bouncer709 on (February 27, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

Guys who suggesting to open with Hafeez, lol, do you guys have a little sense of cricket, Ahmed Shehzad often starts slow and block balls in the beginning, if you bring hafeez to open with him, he too will block and these two will make more trouble for Pakistan than the opposition bowlers, like Hafeez did today. Today Pakistan was 55 for 1 , if open with Hafeez it will be 25/1. and I think this is useless to talk about changing hafeez position from one down to lower order as he have his friend as a captain.and thanks to Maqsood today Misbah did not score fifty, and Pakistan won. Had Misbah stayed there he would have blocked Half of the balls played by Umer Akmal.and Pakistan would have scored 200 as Misbah was thinking.

Posted by t20cric on (February 27, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

I don't know y many people are saying that Pakistan only won cuz of umpiring errors. Pakistan have lost many matches before cuz of umpiring errors going against them. Also remember that in the 1st match Misbah was wrongly given not-out at 44 but SL still managed to win. If Afghanistan had tried harder they would have still won. Also there is no guarantee that those decisions would have made much of a difference. In this article even it says that Sharjeel was wrongly given not-out and shortly later he was rightly given out, that umpiring mistake had almost no difference to the result of the match. I was following the match between overs 15-30 of Afghanistan's innings & there was plenty of times that Afridi or Ajmal could have gotten wickets but didn't. The main reason that Afghanistan lost was the drop of Akmal. Afghanistan lost by 72 runs & Akmal scored 74 runs since they dropped that catch. Afghani brothers should accept the loss & move on cuz these things happen all the time.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

@Espncricinfo/Karthik . In the last sentence of the article it is mentioned that after completing his century Akmal " Kissed the turf " . Actually he was not kissing the turf but instead performing what is called "Sajda e shukr" in urdu . Its something that muslims do to thank Almighty Lord. Kindly note it for future also. Thanks.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

imranmujtaba: though i agree with you but 22 out of his 36 fifties are in wins though.

Posted by GrindAR on (February 27, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

I dont see a reason for bonus point... anyways... a very wonderful show by AFGN... they were able to snap 8 wickets and their batting need some confidence... which they lacked here... everything else is as good as to be a competitive unit... best of luck next outing

Posted by t20cric on (February 27, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

This was a good match & when I checked the score Pakistan were roughly 130/6. I thought we were going to lose at that stage but then when I checked later I saw that we finished 248/8 & Akmal got a century. Akmal always had this talent but I think he lacked confidence, that's where Moin Khan did a good job to make Akmal a better batsmen. What Sohaib Maqsood did was horrible & to add to that he didn't even score big. Afghanistan's bowling was good (although I didn't get to watch the match) as the whole top & middle order (except for Akmal) managed poor scores & poor strike rates. Afghanistan should not look at the relatively large margin of loss & get bogged down, rather they should be happy that they put up a pretty good fight but they need to keep the advantage with themselves & look to score in middle over with singles & boundaries. If any team is reduced to 126/6 then they should not be allowed to get past 200. Also when they were at 139/3 the other 110 should have been easy.

Posted by imranmujtaba on (February 27, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

Afghanistan was very unlucky to get Misbah run out without scoring. Misbah not scoring = PAKISTAN win. Umar excellent batsman, glad he got 100 today he should be playing at 3/4. Maqsood is very talented but not mature enough to play at 3/4.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

It is interestingly disappointed to see how some of the Indian commentators down played Umer Akmal inning by saying that he wouldn't have made it if his catch was taken. I would like to remind them specially Junior Gawasker that its cricket and just because his catch was dropped you cannot take away the due credit he deserve for his century. I know that he is no match to Kholi but his inning was beautifully crafted.. I would love to see commentators with some credibility like rahaul dravid, sanjay manjraker, ravi shasteri, anil kumble cause these players have played alot of international cricket but how are you man? how many international matches you have played to assess the quality of inning played by akmal. I think you need to grow up and learn to give credit where its due.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 27, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Well played pakistan still batting concern though. No doubt their bowling is as usual and upto the mark

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 18:43 GMT)

kashif rasool: though i agree withsome of your comment. but fawad as fav? he came back in team after 3-4 years of performance in domestic events. has great domestic record and came back after few years and you think he is in because of favrotisim? maqsood no doubt is talented but so far almost all the games he has played, he has thrown his wicket away. he wont last long like this. need to convert that talent in performances. fawad has better domestic record than him and consistent performer. in my opinion, hafeez should open and fawad to play for sharjeel as sharjeel has poor technique.

Posted by ReverseSwing444 on (February 27, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

All these Afghanistani fans keep bringing in the umpires decision for shezad, they need to also bring into context how many times umpire did not give OUT for Ajmal when it was plum. Afghans are just jealous and don't want to give credit to Pakistan. I say Afghans played really well and they can also beat BD but Afghans would never said we played well. So I will talk in there language.

All afghans have learned and play cricket on our LAND (Pakistan) be thankful us and yes you played good but you can't beat us at least not in next 10 years so keep working hard.

Posted by SevereCritic on (February 27, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

The Afghans were doing so good before they ran outa steam and capitulated. They definitely have the talent and the skill to succeed at the highest level. Now it is just a matter of experience and belief.

Posted by maria_01 on (February 27, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner you comment...."And Pakistani fans were like "we will get a bonus point today" LOL . Pakistan are just living up to their reputation by playing pathetic, mediocre Cricket. Go Afghanistan !!!""....its better to please post your comment after the match...hope you understand

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

The reason why Afghanistan have lost is the wrong decisions from the empire, and miss understanding of Players other ways it could have been at Afghanistans favor. Still played well Good Luck vs Bangladesh.

Posted by Iceman29 on (February 27, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

Congrats to Pak team...well played Afghan...bowling is very disciplined...batting needs to be bit aggressive...

Posted by GRVJPR on (February 27, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

Why our Indian bowlers, esp spinners, don;t take advantage of bend elbow rules of ICC and ball doosra and teesra??? like pakistan and sri lanka?

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

@ the_predator on (February 27, 2014, 17:56 I didn't compared anyone to anyone and I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings I just presented my argument for them who were saying that Pakistan won the match because of the dropped catch. i was saying that if AFG made a mistake then PAK made a lot of them, thats how it goes as they say "To ERR is Human" And about Sachin, He is a LEGEND frankly i didn't get to see a lot of him because not being as fond of cricket as i am now, but the stats speak for him.

About admitting the fact you need to read my earlier comments I even prohibited my fellow fans to compare him with KOHLI and you are talking about Sachin. (Come on)

Well fans of both countries envy each others strengths because of consistency of each others batting and bowling we get irritated which can be seen in our bashing comments on opposite players.

Pak win got bonus point I m happy, and although i m not bound to clarify anyone but i am doing it to prevent idiotic clash on cricinfo.

Posted by drnaveed on (February 27, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

Pak should bring back younus khan at number 3 position, they definitely need his experience there.should also groom both under 19 openers aslam and imam together , to make them play as regular openers in the team in the future , just like the opening pair of majid and sadiq , we used to had in the past . maqsood should learn from his selfish gesture today. we should play with 3 fast bowlers against India.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

Mr. Mohidin Gundroo, with due respect, I am not agree to play Fawad Alam instead of Sohaib Maqsood. Maqsood has no match with Alam. The former is sheer talent while the latter is pure FAVORITISM.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

As a indian i am saying, if india in the same place of pak, india could have lost the match to AFGHA, becuase india have a such a poor bowling, and akmal should kiss the guy who gave my life to him by dropping his catch no the helmet, i am really happy for PAK bowling, and batsmen should improve and BOOM should fire, he needs to finish the game

Posted by YARMOUK on (February 27, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Alot of negative comments at bottom, So the losers ran away seeing the Pakistan stamp their resilience and authority.

Posted by YARMOUK on (February 27, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Afghanistan will definitely give tough time to other teams of the tournament might go on to win the match.cheers.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

I do agree afridi not batting well but he is in line up for fielding and bowling he gave 31 runs in 10 overs....what else u want him to do? there were many players who struggled today with bat and thats just our team

Posted by YARMOUK on (February 27, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

@ Blade_Runner: with such comments, you are really showing your class of cheap shots. Rather people like you tend to force others to support india. watch out Afghans are going great.

Posted by Letmetellyou on (February 27, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

What purpose does Afridi serve for this pakistani side? How many youngsters have lost opportunities to play for Pakistan because this selfish fool of a man continues to play despite his lack of form...and ability. I guess it's all about influence within the PCB and Afridi must have quite a lot. Using this tournament as an example, in the last two games he has simply given his wicket away. Why? Why? Why? Does he not understand what responsibility means?

The loss to Sri Lanka will probably cost Pakistan a place in the final. I just wish this guy would walk away and let someone else have a go.'s time to go!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Pak will beat india. And will win the asia cup.

Posted by Qespar on (February 27, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Through out the history of Pakistan, their most serious weakness is batting and then fielding. If we look at all the previous matches they have lost, it is consistent with their bating and fielding mistakes. Seldom they play as a unit but individually they are one one most gifted players in the cricket world. But lack of proper guidance and training have ruined so many of brilliant players in the ashes of history. Also politics and power tussle between different segment of PCB have left a gray mark on Pakistan Cricket team. Any way thumps up for cricket minnows like Afghanistan who really have sweat Pakistan for their hard earn win.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

afghani bowled very well,but during batting they forgot that its ODI not test match,although they improved too much in bowling

Posted by hussain277 on (February 27, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

At last Pakistan win.. just remember Ahmed shahzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Muhammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi dismissals......BP increasing man :) Afghans bowls well, in batting they lose the momentum. in my point of view 70 marks to Afghans 50 to Pakistan...but although 50% progress pak gain bonus point......Really bonus on this performance....Good luck for big one on sunday Pak.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Good game, Pakistan is known to play to their opponents strength. Who would have thought of a bonus point victory after being 117/6, well this is Pakistan for you. I sense Afghanistan winning at least one of the three remaining games, so watch out teams. For the next game, drop Sharjil, open with Hafeez, and have Fawad Alam in the middle order. Can't drop Hafeez because of his bowling. Good luck to team Sabz Hilal. Pakistan zindabad:)

Posted by the_predator on (February 27, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

@Hassan Ali: R u comparing SACHIN with AKMAL? Former is a genious and later is just a very good player. Just to remind you Sachin got just 100 Centuries which just 15 more than javed Miandad, Inzi, Zahir abbas taken togater.

India never produced bowling geniouses like pakistan did and pakistan never produced batting geniouses like INDIA did. I think everyone including you know this truth (just that you might not admit it).

Posted by wapuser on (February 27, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Hi please drop afredi please drop him or send at open plz

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

In next match drop shohaib and bring in Fawad Alam, bring back Bhatti for Ali, need more pace against India. Not enough time or a chance to bring Aslam from under 19 team.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

I think Bangladesh and India will have tough time against Afghanistan. Well played both teams.

Posted by -tanZeeEeel- on (February 27, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

that's what Pakistan have .... :) an "x" factor of un-predictability. 117 for 6 and finally ... 248 for 8 woW ... !! simply awesomE ....

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

Over all Afghanistan performance was good. At one stage they have shown good resistance .

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

Shazad was not out , empire give wrong disission

Posted by mgr125128 on (February 27, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

@Nikko Chunn : Read your comments. I am sure you beleive Superman is a real person..Dont you?

Posted by Cruzan on (February 27, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

But,Afghanistan were really good. Just a good partnership wud have seen thru. They almost choked Pakistans strong batting side.

Posted by expert22 on (February 27, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

Where is hamid Hassan?? i dont want to take anything away from the bowlers in this particular match, but Hamid Hassan is the most promising bowler of them all.imagine if he was there in final overs, with his yourkers and reverse swings.

sad sad he is left awayyy again. Bring Hamid Hassan.

And batting is always problems for these guys, when they play spin it seems like they see ghosts. :(

finally iam upset why i messed a whole day watching this match.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (February 27, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

From the two games its obvious umar akmal is in top form. I wish and think its better for pak team if he be promoted up the order . Bd fan here .

Posted by IshaqMalik on (February 27, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

it's not kissing the turf, it's doing the Sajda

Posted by Fineline on (February 27, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

I don't know why Pakistan made batting look so difficult considering the fact that the track was slow and offered much more to the batsmen.Well played both teams.

Posted by saintsinister on (February 27, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

@Blade-Runner. We did get a bonus point. Also not walking on being out, check the last series between Pakistan and Srilanka. Specifically Sangakarra.

Posted by romirom on (February 27, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

i am very much concern about maqsood bating and i have coment on his form after srilanka series. He looks clueless in all domestic game after srilanka game and wished he would not loose his confidence wit domestic performance like jamshed did in past. Same has been hapening. I dnt understand what does hapen to these pak batsman. They look minnows after such good start. Same hapen to jamshed, umar akmal, shafiq and now maqsod. There must be problem in their living standard. They just cant practice as hard as they does to get chance in pak team. Hop he comes gud in remaining match. Hafez or afridi only one sud play. U cant play wit six telender batsman in odi.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

this bonus point will be of value only if Afghanistan manage to avoid conceding bonus points to other two top teams

Posted by fahedaamer on (February 27, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

@wapuser: Player like Ajmal, Misbah and Irfan come in the Pak team in 30 because of the player currently playing for Pakistan. Ajmal was up against Saqlain and Mushy, Misbah was up against Inzi, Yosuf and Yunus and Irfan only started playing cricket in his mid 20s.

Posted by Fogu on (February 27, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Good match for both teams. PK needed a jolt after the way they started and this may spur them in to better performance. AFG hung in there for a while and displayed good cricketing skills in patches. They will do well in the future. I think a lot of their players play in PK and they have good support from PK. I am happy to see AFG in the tournament. Go Tigers!

Posted by KrikIndFan on (February 27, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Afghan needs to be more confident in rotating strikes and take single whenever possible and not just look for big shots, they have the talent but lack experience. Impressed with Noor Ali. Im sure they will get better with time, love to watch them play. Pak can rejoice all they want beating minnows, but their real test will be against Kohli and co. who are by far the best batting line up against spinner in these conditions. Ajmal & Afridi will be rip apart by the batting brilliance of mighty Indians.

Posted by Crick_Player on (February 27, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Akmal's century is precious and will be high on record books as compared to Kohli's against BD. Because Akmal was in immense pressure when he went out in the ground. Well played. Good luck for the rest of the series.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

playing like a mark boucher

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 27, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Well done to both teams for a good game of cricket. Well played Umar Akmal on a fine century. I knew this kid always had the talent and it's showing now. Tough on Afghanistan that they came up against arguably the best bowling attack in Asia. I am sure they will learn from this experience. The more games Afghanistan play against quality opposition, the better chances for them to improve and become competitive. Hold your heads high Afghan warriors ! There are still 3 more games to go in this competition. All the best.

Posted by mzm149 on (February 27, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

In the next game against India, Hafeez should open with Shehzad. Fawad Alam should be brought in the middle. India plays spin well. Pakistan should go with three full time pacers.

1. Hafeez 2. Shehzad 3. Maqsood 4. Fawad 5. Misbah 6. Akmal 7. Afridi/ Bhatti/ Anwar 8. Gul 9. Ajmal 10. Talha 11. Junaid

Posted by pipsonian on (February 27, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Well played Afghanistan. I liked the spirits but too much should not be looked into it. Pakistan has a history of making associate nations look awesome. Pakistan is one of those teams which raises/drops its game quality depending on who the opposition is. Can you imagine them struggling against Afghanistan here, in what looked like home conditions to them but ended up winning a series in South Africa. Same happened in 1999 world cup. They lost the game to Bangladesh but came to win against Australia (the eventual champions) in the next game. Also, people keep saying that Paksitan won because Umar Akmal was dropped because the difference of defeat was 72 and 74 is what Umar A scored after beign dropped. Those kinds of analysis never stand. I am sure if Pakistan were bowled out around 175 they would have come out with a different strategy. This is international sport and you cannot expect Pakistan to bowl for 248 when they are defending a score of 175. Ajmal dropped their opener also.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Well done pakistan We are waiting for the big match on sunday that match is our asia cup. And make kholi cry again i want to see that pakistan zindabad.

Posted by Bengali-Tiger007 on (February 27, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Ahh man, I feel so sorry for the AFG team. They bowled and fielded absolutely superb and MD Nabi is a classy intelligent captain that actually knows what he is doing. I was supporting the AFG team all the way from ball 1. I dont care what others think or say, this AFG team is an exciting bunch to watch. I dont blame Noor Ali or Asghar for the way they were batting, because they did the right thing. They needed to makesure they stay at the crease as long as possible to set up a solid foundation. I think they were planning to go and blast the bowlers in the latter stage maybe from 30 ovrs onwards. Dont worry guys, the plan didnt work today, but it will work another day. As long as you guys entertain us the way you did today with your athletic fielding and brilliant bowling, you guys will be another big gun from Asia very soon. Goodluck and I will be supporting you guys all the way from a Bangladeshi fan. (p.s. I would like Nawraz Mangal to teach some of our lazy BD fielders how to Catch)

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

@ Blade_Runner: Sleepless night you will have tonight and also tomorrow night after losing to India, as muchl as We dont want to go against you, you will force us to support our rival India. We got the bonus point and this Pakistan team you give them an inch and they will push you off the grid, you give them full chance and they will slip themselves out of game. And the ones who will be talking about Akmal's drop just for them its part of the game pak did all the mistakes and afg did just one. Remember in WC2011 semi final sachin got just 85 despite playing 5 inings.

having said it all waiting eagerly with mouth watered for tomorrow's clash i would love to see Sanga and Kohli getting their tons. Being a Pakistani it is hard to admire someone from india but this man is just making me a fan of him just like misbah. although i liked him even when raina was preferred for him but then after 185 against Pakistan I hoped again and again that he'll fail But Kohli is just Kohli. LUCK to BOTH!

Posted by likeintcricket on (February 27, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

I really don't think Afghanistan and Bangladesh have the same quality to match the big brothers but Afghanistan have a better chance to develop as they have better physique, better approach and I think most of them play some cricket in Pakistan. Bangladesh, though can cause an upset due to host and pakistan could be the one to loose against them. Indians and Sri lankans have better batting skills and on these wickets this counts a lot. Pakistan chances of seccess against India lies in batting first and dismissing Kohli early.

Posted by MeijiMura on (February 27, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

@LateefLabeeb, Afghanistan have a stronger bowling line-up than Ireland. Shapoor Zadran and Dawlat Zadran are a really impressive opening pace attack supported by Mirwais Ashraf who bowls a good line and length. The three spinners in Mohammad Nabi, Hamza Hotak and Samiullah Shenwari are also very good. The areas that Afghanistan fall behind in though are their batting, their inability to turn the strike over and their poor running between the wickets. Whether Ireland are any better at that remains to be seen. We'll get a good idea during the T20 World Cup Qualifiers when both teams will be on display. I couldn't be more impressed with Afghanistan's bowling though. I rank them very highly. If Pakistan have Asia's best bowling attack then surely Afghanistan have Asia's second best bowling attack. The Pakistan batsmen were criticised for their reckless shot selection today, but I think that was because of the pressure caused by the Afghanistan bowlers. Afghanistan will beat Bangladesh.

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 27, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Pakistan's bowling is just too good in conditions that suit them also when the pressure is On, I mean even with all the Wides,Miss fields,Miss Stups poor fielding,leak runs Pak still managed to Win this by a Mile! All credit to the Pressure Bowling ...!

Posted by reality_check on (February 27, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Well played Afghanistan. I wouldn't be surprised if Afghans do a major upset in one of the matches in this cup. They play with passion which is one ingredient to be a good team. After all some of the players learned their cricket in Pakistan :))

Posted by SchoolGirlCricketCaptain on (February 27, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan! Well played Afghanistan... you started well with both bat and ball and will be a force to reckon with in time to come.

Najeebullah Zadran is cute ;).

BTW, why do people complain so much about Kohli's attitude? Agreed, he is bad... but worst? No way. Saeed Ajmal is the one with the biggest head... wins hands down when it comes to arrogance, on field antics, and behaving like a spoilt brat. Brilliant spinner though.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

Pakistan Just played with Afghan sentiments :)... they made run when ever the wants and the bold them when ever they wants..... Afghan will an other BD.. another 20 years for test status.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

That was a thrilling game , Afghanistan played it very well , i think now that's the time when Pakistani batting order should be adjust by the management , try to assign them a TARGET , like Moin gave Akmal a target to play 50 overs , that will surely be useful , and please avoid SILLY shots . Last but not the least , Afghanistan you put a great game *ThumbsUp*

Posted by MeijiMura on (February 27, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Afghanistan did everything right with the ball and in the field, but for one instance that was to prove costly. Shenwari's drop catch when Akmal was on 28 and when the score was on 6/146 cost Afghanistan the match. Had the catch been taken Pakistan would have been 7/146 without any recognised batsmen left and they would have been bowled out for 180 or less. Afghanistan were also unlucky as two decisions went against them, one early on in the field that was given not out when it was out and the other when their opening batsman was giving out when he wasn't. The batting of Stanikzai didn't help either when he batted for the equivalent of 15 overs facing 90 balls and yet making only 40 runs. The positive for Afghanistan was its bowling. The bowling was great and the fielding except for the drop catch was excellent too. Given more matches at the highest level Afghanistan will continue to improve. They need to work on their batting, running between the wickets and turning the strike over.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

This extra one point will pick the PK to the final.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (February 27, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Pakistan must fine tune their batting. After starting his career on such a positive note Shoiab Maqsood seems to be going downhill. His innings was atrocious today.Apart from him Shehazad,Hafeez and Afridi got out to really poor shots. After playing 375 matches one expects much more responsible effort from Afridi.

Pakistan must use this wake up call positively in upcoming matches

Posted by waraichfahad1 on (February 27, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Well done Pakistan Cricket Team..... And Afghanistan is second favorite team of almost every Pakistani . But I was surprised by few Comments , how you can forget its Pakistan who habe beat bowling attack in the world how you can crush them so easily..... But Afghanistan batsman played well I am gonna see what they will do with weak bowling attack of india... Best of luck tean Afghan for their next matches.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Promising show by Afghanistan, Noor Ali looks so classy with the bat and Shapoor looks great with the ball. Really I felt that they were very competitive in this game, just a pity Ashgar spent so much time with the bat getting going and then could not deliver. I really don't think Afghanistan can afford to have him at no. 3, Mangal and Nabi are clearly better batsmen and should go up the order. But they looked good, Afghanistan, and in particular I liked their variety with the ball and apart from dropping Akmal, which may have cost them the match, they did field well. I think they will really trouble Bangladesh and perhaps Sri Lanka, but the Pakistan bowling was too good for them today.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Its well fight from AFG, surely they have quality but not the very best as you can't judge after playing against PAK. They need more games against AUS, SA, IND, SL, ENG.

Posted by Sagar_Sharma on (February 27, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

At this level, teams do not get a second chance. Afghanistan dropped their chance with Akmal's catch. Besides poor umpiring also did them in both while bowling and batting. This was Afghanistan's match but Pakistani boys were lucky today. I hope and wish Afghanistan only improves from here. For a team which does not have a squad full of career cricketers, it was an enormous performance. Afghanistan boys lost the match - but they won respect!!!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

How was Nabi's out a bad decision? it was a close call guys but clipping and would have stayed Umpires call even with DRS. and also not to forget Mangal was not given on Ajmal's bowling which was hitting middle stump. The real poor decision was Shahzad's and that shouldnt have been given. but Nabbi's was out in every way.

The thing which afghans lack is that they dont have any margin for error when competing top teams. you have to be 100% for full 100 overs. cant afford to drop a catch or anything.

Posted by siddiqi on (February 27, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Good Match. I will not be very critical of Pakistan team yet as I want to see how Afghanistan will perform against other teams. I have a feeling that this Afghan bowling can trouble most of the teams. For Pakistan good news is that their best young talent is finally showing his promise and I would love to see Umar Akmal at No 4 in place of that lazy/selfish Sohaib Maqsood. Pakistan can bring in Fawad Alam to bat at no 6 and drop sohaib for next 2 matches. and yes Ajmal is a magician :)

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (February 27, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Umar Akmal made 74 runs after he was dropped. Pakistan win by 72 runs. U guys do the math ;-)

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

wow. all credit to Afghanistan thy proved all odds wrong. thy gave us a really hard game. but in the end the class of Pakistan was to hot to handle. I do think this Afghanistan side will do well in the future and may cause sum upsets.

Posted by Farooq3 on (February 27, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Watch out India and SL - Afghanistan is the dark horse of the tournament!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

@blade_runner:: got bonus point :-*

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

I am proud of my team for giving a good fight to a team like Pakistan but there were lots of things to talk about. Dropped catch by Shinwari , two soft dismissal of Mohd Shehzad and Nabi which Empire summed up his bad day and the big points were the lack of finishing quality in bowling and batting. But these are the games we have to learn from. Afghanistan are always playing with heart and passion which win people's hearts. Three more games to go and I hope we pull up an upset in one of them

Posted by RaoFarhanPervaiz on (February 27, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

Drop hafeez and bring Fawad.. perfect combination for the teasm

Posted by KANCHANA623 on (February 27, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

Well well India Afganistan is going to be very interesting!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

superb victory , Pak has shown in today's game that they are not going to give up no matter they perform bad in the batting , their bowling will always shine. umar akmal played a match winning inng although he was given a chance. cheers Pakistan, glad for their performance they have won a crucial bonus point. yey

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 15:49 GMT)

Good win though it was not easy for Pakistan. a pressure game. but still batting was not good. almost all of top 6 thrown it away. really not a way to bat. after 1st game, misbah said we talked about mistakes and batsmen will not do same in the end. but this time they did it in the beginning.

Sharjeel looks pretty bad in technique. and maqsood almost giving it away after starts in all his games. cant go longer at this level like this really. Should bring in fawad alam. we need batting from hafeez and afridi as well. they cant play in playing 11 just as bowler.

poor shot selection really. they lost 1st game because of this and almost under pressure again in this one. Like this you cant be consistent enough and cant win tournaments.

Big game coming up. have to correct the basics. Moin khan and Zaheer Abbas are there. they should work and talk with these players.

Well played by Umar.Played only 1 bad shot and took responsibility and thats what you need. he is not new anymore.

Posted by Afta on (February 27, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

It's a good opportunity for Afghanistan, amazing how they have proved themselves, I was so disappointed to see two umpiring decisions go against them. Billy Bowden should not be in the elite panel of ICC umpires. HE IS SUCH POOR QUALITY.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

I believe Afghanistan needs to look in to some of the players from domestic circuit and under 19 team as well.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

Just a team as if playing on streets but not on international level. Their coach to be criticised for poor training and fielding is just rubbish. Look at Shinwari catch and look at Stanikzai batting. It is sad to see all those funding to train these guys ends in vain.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

Well played by Afghanistan. They were discipline and bowled well. they were also energetic in the field. saved 20-25 runs. Only 1 drop of umar akmal was costly. and proved a lot more costly in the end.

Need more experience and exposure and will be a good team.

Some poor batting by Pakistan helped their cause. poor shots and mad slogging really. Sharjeel, Ahmed, Hafeez Maqsood, afridi all were culprits. Umar Akmal played well and good support from Anwar Ali and Gul took pak to good total. bowlers came good and defended it. serious question marks on Maqsood, and sharjeel. both are not going anywhere like this.

Posted by LateefLabeeb on (February 27, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

Afghanistan is the team for the test status they have the natural talent, gifted players, all rounders, fast bowler, good wicket keeper and batsmen all they need is more international level matches and a better first class structure. This afghanistan side can pose threst to any side at any given day all they need is self believe and more exposure and mental toughness and that will come with experience and coaching. Good Luck team of the future..surely better than ireland and scottland..ICC's favourite teams.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

real tiger of Pakistan u always helps Pakistan in trouble

Posted by wapuser on (February 27, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

Yes I forgot about saqlain. I don't think he played from 2004 onwards though .Those five years between 2004 and wen ajmal made his debut in 2009 there was kaneria I think who was nothing compared to ajmal.Its sad to see Afg not giving fight in batting. I think most associate teams don't have proper batting.Some have decent bowling. Can't some of the many batting greats have camps for associate nations. This is ICC 's responsibility. Does it even want the game to progress. What a bad council. We have managed to get just 10 full members. There are 190 countries in the world. At least 30 - 40 teams should play to consider cricket a world sport. I can think about 25 teams at the max who play cricket out of which a pathetic 8 play cricket regularly.Even BD does not play that much .Shame on ICC.Camps for associate nations is a good idea and will surely help them.Netherlands Kenya are in dumps. Players like nannes and ten doeschate should be retained .ICC has to take control not countries

Posted by Haleos on (February 27, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

Afghanistan lost it at the toss. Knowing how well Pakistan chase even a 220 score, they should have batted first. They had a batter chance Any score within 200 range against this Pakistan bowling is unreachable for associate teams to chase.

Posted by Waqs77 on (February 27, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

@ Posted by wapuser on (February 27, 2014, 14:07 GMT) : because saeed ajmal and saqlain mushtaq both are of same age and during that period saqlain was playing in the side. In fact he was best at that moment. Moreover, off spin was nt having much variation specialy dusra before saqlain. he was the inventor of dusra. saeed ajmal only got mastery of dusra. same goes with misbah, he is a midle order batsman and he debut in 2001. At that time all middle order slots were occupied by well established younis, yousuf and inzi 3,4,5 respectively. he only got chance whenever someone of them got injured. and got permanent after inzi's retirement.

Posted by wapuser on (February 27, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

can someone explain to me why class players like Misbah Ajmal and Irfan come in their 30 s in the Pakistan team. Imagine Ajmal bowling with Waqar Wasim and Akhtar. Would have been mist complete bowling attack of all time.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (February 27, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

A sterling bowling performance to AFG... congratulations on that. The fielding and batting are letting down a promising start. AFG chose to bat first as they were expecting dew to hinder the PAK bowling.

Still, AFG are showing a glimpse of the future. Keep it up guys and we look forward to meeting you guys on 1st March. If BD win the toss, I have a feeling they will put AFG to bat regardless of dew.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

Replace Hafeez with Fawad and your batting will improve greatly. I am still waiting for Sharjeel to develop a game plan and confirm the selectors faith in him. He just doesn't look that solid of a batsman to me, almost as if his wicket will fall at any moment. Sohaib Maqsood looks horribly out of touch.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (February 27, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

can anyone tell me why this Anwar Ali in the team ? he is not a wicket take nor an economical bowler. How long will they be harping on about his performance in the under19 world cup 8 years ago ? Why not Hammad Azam who is a much better bowler than him and a complete batsman ?

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (February 27, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

this is pathetic, no intent at all from afghan batsman. seems like they gave up before the batting started, atleast fight for it guys whats the worst that could happen

Posted by Riz000 on (February 27, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

You're best batsman bats at Num 3 but I must say Pakistan is the only country that has one of the worlds worst cricketer (Mohammad Hafeez) batting at 3 with no technique or skills and with a avg of 30 after 142+ games. Hafeez has not even made a single 100 against quality sides likes of Aus, Sa, Eng home or away and playing since 2003 this guy is surely connected and has links with people above PCB who will not dare to drop him for some reason unbelievable stuff.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

Today is the day to prove Afgani Boys. Go for it not a big total, never mind if umpire giving wrong decision good thing due is on the way it's your extra batsman.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

Umar Akmal has been dropped in 28 and see how difference that made. He not only brought Pakistan back to this game but to this Tournament too.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

That was not out. Clearly a big mistake by empire to have Shehzad out. He didn't even touch the ball. Pakistan had extra player today and that is called Luck

Posted by wapuser on (February 27, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

Pakistan is a good bowling side. Their batting is average. Overall they are good. All they need is to drop irresponsible Afridi. If afridi is playing, he should take some time to settle down first before trying hitting

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

sohaib maqsood should not play for pakistan again for a very long time. not only has he just comepletely disrespected his captain, to emphasise the fact hes let his country down for the second game in a row, hes thrown his wicket away cheaply. poor show.

Posted by ideal123 on (February 27, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

Pakistan has done well to comeback. good job. I am positive they will bowl well. Afghanistan has impressed with their game. But, it might be too much to expect them to chase down this total. I am an Indian fan. But, i love cricket. So, i would advice pakistan friends who are overly critical (Afridi criticism is correct though - he has been playing this game for too long without using head) and stay patient. You have a good team

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

I think Pakistan can defend this because their bowling is quite good not like Indian bowling

Well played Umar

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

Good bowling from Afghanistan but good come back from Akmal too. many big teams fail to play big game in numerous competition Pakistan is not only team to set any such example

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

Well played Umar Akmal,Afghanistan won the hearts of everyone!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

Ughh Afghanistan ...a sitter away from an almost guaranteed win. Now the ball's clearly in Pak's field. A blinder and bunch of diving around, but the Afghans still need to work on their fielding. They have a pretty solid bowling lineup, with great variety, but the batting and fielding has let them down. 250 is a lot against the strong Pak bowling unit. Here's hoping they chase down that monster.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

I heard a lot about Sharjeel and Maqsood but I dont think any of these players shud be in the Pak squad... Rahul Dravid shows the world that if are technically sound you can play any format of cricket..from my point of view Misbah and Yunis are the most technically sound batsman Pak has atm. There are few areas where Pak shud think about?? 1 Where is Asad Shafiq he is really good batsman. 5 Bring Yunis Khan back 2 Get rid of the obsession with Afridi 3 Shot selection, fielding & running b/w the wickets 4 Most important handling the pressure. 5 If pak team is paesisting with afridi they shud take Power play as soon as if comes to the crease. I am not criticizing pak team at all.. Best of luck for both the team for this match....better team will win. Chances Pak 90% and AFG 10%

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

249 is achievable target no doubt,but unfortunately this is Pakistani bowling not Indian bowling where you can chase even 300,

Posted by Papa_Tango on (February 27, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

I am sorry but Sohaib was deliberately trying to save his own wicket: overtaking Misbah. Nice one Sohaib.........not to bright I would suggest, running out your own captain at the time of trouble for the side.

More an indicator of the temporary nature of playing for Pakistan: no one has certainty around their position in the side.....

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

What an outstanding innings this guy has played . I wish that now he starts playing sensibly now is the time :)

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

Wow what an innings and from an innings i dont mean umar akmal only, what a first half of the game, Afghan gladiators too good just too good, I am sad that afghan fans speak so negatively about Pakistan. Just go to know that they are still being coached by a Pakistani and many of their players started their cricket in Pakistan. I want them to win matches but being a patriot Pakistani I cant wish their victory today, but I would desperately want them to win at-least 1 of 4 (at-least not only).

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

excellent bowling attack by Afghans, again middle order fail of pakistan. there is a famous saying " 3 things sure in life death, taxes and Pakistan bating collapse.

Posted by bouncer709 on (February 27, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

@Ashraf Chopan: In which world you live, lack of knowledge, Pak Un19 playing WC Final, which suggest Pakistan have pool of players for next 10-15 years, and Pakistan cricket have already survived in difficult times, as no international matches in the country, This man Umer Akmal who you see scoring century here have not played any international match in Pakistan. The countries who are having luxury of every kind of game and resources and not able to produce quality players in U19 level should worry about there future not Pakistan.

Posted by Malik_Murad on (February 27, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

I hope with this inning, the Pak Think Tank will now revisit their batting lineup and send Umar Akmal one down so that he can show up many more exciting innings he is capable of .

Posted by Iceman29 on (February 27, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

Umar saved the day for Pak...thats what makes the difference between good team and a average team....well bowled Afghan....well played Umar..

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 27, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

249 is achievable. Only problem is their experience. No need to panic. Just score run-a-ball. Remember-in the last 10-20 overs the dew will wet the ball and bowlers will lost grip. So, just play slowly and win the game! All the best Afgan!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

thats what a big team is there for!in the end umar akmal outplayed the whole afgan bowling.and thats sweet from akmal saying "special thanks to my wife" newlywed? anyway mind blowing innings.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

Well player Afghanistan much appreciated performance. Pakistan same story all the time. Score on the board is defend able, however we have just seen Afghans with the bowl I am sure they could surprise the world with the bat if they show same discipline. Best of luck for both teams!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

well played by umar akmal and well supported by Anwar and gul. top order should learn something from anwar.

umar got a chance but thats only bad shot he played today but what a 100 and on right time and in a pressure.

afghan bolwed well in start and fielded really well saved about 20-25 runs by fielding. but couldnt finish it off.

Posted by sherishahmir on (February 27, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

Well played Afghanistan team u really outplayed our Pakistan batting, good to see and hope & wish that Afghanistan team will keep the fighting momentum in coming matches too, good addition in the sub-continent cricket team, hope their performance will help to change the minds of young afghan youth to focus more on education and sports to bring calm, happiness, harmony and love in Afghan nation and ending of fight, all the best to team afghanistan in the asia cup matches.

Posted by kc69 on (February 27, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

I have to admit I am impressed with this Afganistan team.Win or loose they certainly have made a reputation for themselves.Few years and I believe they will make quite an impact in world cricket.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (February 27, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

Excellent performance from the Afghans. Fiery bowling by Shapoor. Restrict the Pakistan team to under 230 and the game is on. Umar Akmal's dropped catch has costed them atleast 60 runs more. But all in all great show. Hope they show the same intensity in the batting and we can even see an upset today.

Posted by Yasassri on (February 27, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

Umar Akmal not given proper place in Pakistan is because poor management of cricket,, that not given enough support and courage for a talented crikerter like him ....!!!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 11:27 GMT)

Well played by Afghans. they bowled with discipline. and good commitment in fielding. If they can show same maturity & discipline in batting then they can win it today.

Poor by Pakistan. almost all played some poor and unnecessary shots. Sharjeel is a failure. got lucky and got a chance but couldnt make it count. Trying to hit almost everything. hafeez is back to his old age. should really bat down the order. Ahmed as most of times, thinks 50 is his job and thats it. Slogging.

Maqsood has starts in all games but thrown it away. cant go long like this. team was in trouble and slogging. On top of that gifted a run out of your best and in form batsman. Afridi has been like that for years. doesnt justify his place as well as the no7 position. 115/5 and trying to hit?

Well played by Akmal. Got a chance but made it count. Anwar played well again. Whenever he comes back in team his batting needed.

Hard task given to bowlers once again. dew will come later on so need wickets upfront.

Posted by Iceman29 on (February 27, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

Think Pak team took Afghan lightly...but they dont have to worry too much..just a score of 180 to 200 will be enough considering the class of Pak bowlers....

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

One of the Golden days for team Afghanistan. U19 squad humiliated SL lions today; made 50 Overs game into T20; chased target in just 20+overs. Senior are making impressions against top team Pakistan at Fatullah by taking 6 wickets conceding just 125+ runs @ below runs per over. What a disciplined attitude shown by You. Hats off to you guys!! That is remarkable. Your hard work paid off today. Pakistan is very good side & still way to go. I hope Pakistan win today but anything possible.

Posted by NP_NY on (February 27, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

Watching these Afghan bowlers, they may actually have the second best bowling attack (after Pakistan) in this tournament. If these guys get enough chances to play international cricket, they can easily rank about BD and Zim.

Posted by NP_NY on (February 27, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

Where is Nasir Jamshed? Where is Fawad Alam? Even Younis Khan is still better than some of these batsmen. I expected better from Pak. They are a much better team than how they have performed so far in this tournament. Should have beaten SL easily but they choked. And now this performance against Afghanistan. Come on Pak! Still hoping for a India-Pak final!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

Pakistan is not playing well as desired by the captain, once again top order and middle order failed to make a massive tons.

Posted by anujbhasin56 on (February 27, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

17 year long career and Afridi still bats for fun. He's lost more matches than he has won from his batting. No wonder his effect can be seen in reckless dismissals of youngsters (Umar Akmal, Maqsood, Shehzad). World Cup in Aus, Pak don't need Afridi and Hafeez both - One bowler who can support Ajmal.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

Honestly speaking i donot see any good is coming for Pakistan cricket in near future. Given this crop of cricketers, i dare say it is all over for them at international level. They may win rogue matches but they no longer deserve to be in top teams. Second tier already they!!

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

I'm really impressed with these Afghans! If they can produce this type of performances consistently, the day they become a test nation is not very far.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 27, 2014, 10:17 GMT)

And Pakistani fans were like "we will get a bonus point today" LOL . Pakistan are just living up to their reputation by playing pathetic, mediocre Cricket. Go Afghanistan !!!

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (February 27, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

india should borrow some of these afghan bowlers. Really impressive fast bowlers and a leggie

Posted by Yunzi on (February 27, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

Pakistan Deserve this.!!! a very poor opening stand from the openers... with the SR of lesser than 40...(sheshad made up later with couple of lucky 4 runs) which put all the batsman in tremendous pressure.this is the only team i have seen who opens the bating line up with batsman who eats balls and never produce score... Bravo Pakistan.!!!

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (February 27, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

Lol....pakistan121-6....just a bunch of ugly sloggers these pakistani players are...pakistan please go and play t20 are good for that only...

Posted by royals1986 on (February 27, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

Wow totally impressed the way they haev played today. I think Afghanistan will be a challenge for India than other minnows SL,PAK and BD. Fine piece of bowling display. Pakistan bye bye its time for somme home cooked biryanis. May the pakistan team is missiing their home and want an early exit LOL

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

really poor yet agaon from afridi . 117/5 and he is trying to hit. poor batting throught but more poor by afridi and maqsood as some stability was required. they have themselves to blame. poor shots.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (February 27, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

another ugly slogger in the name of Shahid Afridi gone..117-6 lol

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

as usual maqsood thrown it away. really poor cricket by him. every time so far in his career ge has done this. costed misbahs wicket and then thrown his away.

at toss misbah said " we will not repeat same mistakes in end which we did in 1st game" i think they all decided its better to do these mistakes in the start so they dont have to do it in the end. lol

Posted by keralite on (February 27, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

Wow! Afghanistan on a roll! 5 down now.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

i want pakistan to loose today.. please God Inspire them to make it happen for themselves even in a more humiliating way. Amen

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (February 27, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

Another ugly slogger Sohaib maqsood gone..109-5 lol

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

pakistan being murdered by afghani bowlers. Great demonstrating how bad the pakistani batsmen are en how much they depend on misbah.

Posted by RaoFarhanPervaiz on (February 27, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

Drop so called professor and bring Fawad a reliable batsman..

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

A great opportunity for Akmal to do justice to his talent and for Maqsood to make a name for himself, with Pak in a spot of bother at 89-4 and almost 98-5

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

poor shots by sharjeel hafeez and even ahmed on 50. A bonus of misbah's run out. But funny part is that whenever Anwar Ali comes in its almost certain that he has to bat well. Happened on debut and then vs SL in last odi.

Disciplined bowling by Afghanistan. bowling with good line and length creating pressure on pakistani batsmen who are just throwing away their own wickets.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

poor batting by Pakistanis. Sharjeel was lucky to survive earlier but failed to capitalize on that chance. His technique can bring some runs once in few games. but not every time. Better to bring in fawad and move hafeez on top.

All 3 : sharjeel, Ahmed & hafeez feel trying slogging. poor batting really. and on top of that a poor run out and that of your man in form Misbah. Real poor cricket by Maqsood there. and top 3.

Posted by RaoFarhanPervaiz on (February 27, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

So here goes the future plan of Pakistan after this series..

they will try poor performer hafeez as opener in ODI while dropping sharjeel and will bring Younis khan.... Both are not good player of new ball

i think sharjeel is doing justice here (playing the new ball and making 25+ in every game).. where Hafeez only cross 20, two to three times in 10 matches

Posted by Mirj on (February 27, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

drop sharjeel bring fawad

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

Anwar is best i think as compared to bhatti on this slow pitch

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Best of luck to both teams. Regarding selection of Pakistan team; Fawad Alam's career average is almost 38 with strike rate of 74 and Hafeez's avg is 31 and SR 72. Selecting fawad alam would not only bring left handed batsman in side but it would also be a bright prospect in upcoming world cup as he holds good record in AUS. I don't understand why selection committee is persisting with hafeez who lacks technique and temperament to play abroad.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 9:11 GMT)

Afghanistan is the real fighter and they can show good performance in the Asia cup

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 27, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

Well,the match started with an umpiring blunder. Guess was the same umpire who didn't notice the edge of Misbah during the SL-PAK game. And of course, walking after edging or gloving the ball isn't a part of Pakistan cricket. A single unfortunate event like this can really hurt a team like Afghanistan.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

I believe Fawad Alam should take place of Sharjeel in next game. Hafeez should open, or Afridi can b used as an opening batsman against India

Posted by mzm149 on (February 27, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

I am so excited to see Sharjeel throwing his wicket once again even after being given a chance. He is such a useless player who can't face Afghan bowlers on a featherbed.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

don't take ez to Afghanistan. They will fight actually.

Posted by blthndr on (February 27, 2014, 8:41 GMT) long as pak playing with both hafeez and afridi i dont think fawad will get a chance unless one of them droped or injured....

Posted by wapuser on (February 27, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

I think it may b the last chance 4 sharjeel in odi's

Posted by ankit_cricketfreak on (February 27, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

All the best Afghans :-) , may you win hearts if not the match , for Bangladesh has won too many hearts and too few matches :p

P.S Would be extremely glad if Pakistan loses today , else they have to on Sunday ;)

Posted by mzm149 on (February 27, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

Sharjeel is lucky to survive a bad umpiring decision.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

If Sharjeel would have been given out early, Hafeez could have been exposed to the new ball.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

i was expecting Hafeez/Afridi out a d Fawad in...

anothr doubtful call from Pak management

Posted by AbdulMohamad731 on (February 27, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

Cant believe Hamid Hasan is not playing. I have stopped watching since no point without Hasan

Posted by PakEditor on (February 27, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

So Pakistan sticking with hopping bunny Hafeez. Could he not get a corporate account and make money through ads. Sure he has some purpose somewhere, not just in cricket.

Thanks for bringing in AA. Bhatti was being turned into a hero too soon too fast.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

I think Afghanistan and Bangladesh may just be too strong for India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in this (fant)Asia Cup.... In fact, and it is not much of an outrageous call really, given the almighty force that the Afghan team is, to say that this tournament is a bit unfair on, say, Pakistan for example, who with the Black Caps trying to reach them on the ICC Rankings due to being a better team, will be horrified they have a certain loss on their hands with Afghanistan.... I also think that Bangladesh or Afghanistan can go all the way in the 2015 orld Cup (UAE runners-up in favouritism) and dominate minnows like South Africa, Australia and the Black Caps because they are overrated in comparison to almighty powerhouses like Scotland, UAE, Afghanistan and Bangladesh..... oh, and India... *-)

Posted by RaoFarhanPervaiz on (February 27, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

Well i was expecting Fawad in place of Bhatti

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