Afghanistan v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 27, 2014

Maqsood sells Misbah out

Plays of the Day from the Afghanistan v Pakistan Asia Cup clash
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The drop
Umar Akmal was taking his chances even with Pakistan in some trouble having lost six wickets much too soon. Off Shapoor Zadran, he swung across the line and skied the ball; it went to point where Samiullah Shenwari grassed the chance and gave Akmal the lifeline that Pakistan badly needed. He was batting on 28, and ended up making an unbeaten 102.

The catch
With Akmal and Anwar Ali adding 60 runs for the seventh wicket, one would have thought that Afghanistan's energy would fade away. But Nawroz Mangal showed the way, running hard from mid-off to take a superb catch near the boundary as Anwar Ali tried to clear him. The best part about the catch was Mangal's poise.

The misfortune
Mohammad Shahzad would be thinking what he did to be at the receiving end of two questionable decisions. The first came when Sharjeel Khan edged Dawlat Zadran and was well caught down the leg side by Shahzad, only for umpire Johan Cloete to dismiss the appeal. TV replays showed it tickled the gloves and also a bit of the hip before reaching the wicketkeeper. When it was his turn to bat, Shahzad had given Afghanistan a typically fast start but was then given out caught behind; the ball hadn't taken the edge but Billy Bowden thought it had, Umar Gul's extra bounce duping him.

The shot
Shahzad played what was perhaps the shot of the day, a clip off the toes which would have pleased any international batsman. It was all wrist, though he also generated a lot of power. Moreover the shot, which went for four through square-leg, was hit off the first ball of the Afghanistan innings.

The painful rebound
Hamza Hotak had been bowling his left-arm spin with accuracy but he wasn't as effective as a fielder. After Ahmed Shehzad swept fine, he chased and dived to save the ball, but it ricocheted off his palms and onto his face, before heading to the boundary rope.

The mix-up
Misbah-ul-Haq was sold down the river by Sohaib Maqsood in the 24th over. Maqsood drove to cover and set off only to have second thoughts about the run and slip. He turned back and reached his crease in time, but had Misbah for company at the striker's end. Wicketkeeper Shahzad collected the throw and ran all the way to the non-striker's end to complete the run-out, meaning Pakistan's most reliable batsman was run out without facing a ball.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • mzm149 on February 28, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    @Desihungama: Can they play in Asia Cup?

  • dummy4fb on February 28, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    And what about misbah's over all record? 22 out of 36 are in wins. Get real guys. i would like to know contributions of others in last 5 losses. I too say he is slow but over criticizing without some logic is just not right.

  • drnaveed on February 28, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Pakistan should groom both under-19 openers aslam and imam together. keep them along with their senior team on tours , they are out team's (near) future openers like majid and sadiq , or amir and saaed.

  • dummy4fb on February 28, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    I would want ICC to understand the importance of DRS and should be put in place asap in all major tournaments. In fact it should be compulsory for all the test playing nations and also associates when playing against each other. Also the number of reviews should be raised up to 4 per innings.

  • Desihungama on February 28, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Very poor on Maqsood to not have presence of mind.

  • dummy4fb on February 28, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    Maqsood has to be dropped. He is a poor runner in between the wickets and his partner will be always at risk. What he did to Misbah was very selfish. Fawad Alam should come in for him, he is a reliable batsman and a brilliant fielder and should be given a spot for the whole tournament. If I were the captain I would send Afridi at one down and let him play the only way he knows.

  • dummy4fb on February 28, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    Afghans inexperience really showed here. They failed to out Pak for under 200 and ended up chasing 240+.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 28, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood was never a batsman of class, he's more like a pinch hitter who plays every shot in the air. He was lucky in first couple of matches even in those matches his air-born shots were falling here and there. He has techniqueand good eyesight but needs to play along the ground while building his innings.

  • Desihungama on February 27, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    @mzm- Completely agreed with the exception that there is no back up for the opening spot. There is Sami Aslam and Imam ul Haq. Cheers.

  • dummy4fb on February 27, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    Happy that Umar score runs. At least we will not see Kamran Akmal in playing XI

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