Asia Cup, 3rd Match: Afghanistan v Pakistan at Fatullah, Feb 27, 2014
Asia Cup - 3rd match
Pakistan won by 72 runs
Played at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah (neutral venue)
27 February 2014 - day/night match (50-over match)
  Pakistan innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Sharjeel Khan c Noor Ali Zadran b Amir Hamza 25 55 37 2 1 67.56
12.3 48.7 mph, slog sweep straight into the hands of deep midwicket! That's a terribly soft dismissal. This posed no threat to him, actually it flighted just a bit outside off and was in his arc. But Sharjeel just hasn't hit this well enough, especially with three men on the leg side boundary. Afghanistan have been very disciplined so far and they snare a deserved wicket, if not off the best ball 55/1
View dismissal Ahmed Shehzad b Samiullah Shenwari 50 97 74 7 0 67.56
22.6 55.2 mph, strikes in his first over and another Pakistan batsman falls to a slog! Flatter delivery on the stumps, Shehzad clears his front leg and wanted to whack this to the next town. Gets an inside edge onto leg stump. Shenwari is pumped! Afghanistan on top! 89/3
View dismissal Mohammad Hafeez c Mohammad Nabi b Mirwais Ashraf 10 29 16 1 0 62.50
19.5 80.5 mph, taken at mid-off! Hafeez has played one slog too many! Another good length ball targeting top of off. The pressure generated by the Afghanistan bowlers over the past five overs shows as the batsman goes for another almighty swing. Only manages a leading edge which gives Nabi the easiest of catches 78/2
View dismissal Sohaib Maqsood c Asghar Stanikzai b Samiullah Shenwari 13 28 25 2 0 52.00
26.5 54.8 mph, another for Shenwari as Maqsood perishes to mid-on! Flighted on off stump and he drags it towards the leg side. Doesn't bother to keep it down. It was only a matter of time considering he was hitting everything way too hard. Maqsood is completely out of sorts in this series. Meanwhile, Shenwari becomes the highest wicket-taker for Afghanistan 108/5
View dismissal Misbah-ul-Haq* run out (†Mohammad Shahzad/Najibullah Zadran) 0 2 0 0 0 -
23.1 Mohammad Nabi to Sohaib Maqsood, complete mix-up! Absolute comedy out there as both batsmen end up at the same end! Maqsood reaches the pitch and drives this into the covers and sets off. His captain answers the call, but Maqsood then has second thoughts and while turning back, he slips. Races back to the batsman's with Misbah following him! The throw comes to the keeper, who runs the full 22 yards and breaks the stumps. Maqsood should have sacrificed himself and now Pakistan's best hope is gone 89/4
Umar Akmal not out 102 122 89 7 3 114.60
View dismissal Shahid Afridi b Dawlat Zadran 6 10 11 0 0 54.54
29.3 85.6 mph, you said it, JC. Slog over midwicket and the off stump is knocked off it's perch. This pitches on a good length outside off and darts in just a touch, Afridi employs one of his favourite shots and the result is no more a surprise. Afghanistan are ecstatic 117/6
View dismissal Anwar Ali c Nawroz Mangal b Mirwais Ashraf 21 59 36 2 0 58.33
42.4 82.9 mph, skips down the track and lofts over extra cover, but Nawroz Mangal has made a spectacular run and grabs it in front of his body! The bowler had spotted him charging and dragged the length short. His pace is not enough to bother Anwar into changing his shot though as he swings with an open face. It goes high and the man had to race a long way to his left from mid-off, had his eyes on the ball all the way through and sticks his hands out at the perfect time to snag it safely 177/7
View dismissal Umar Gul b Dawlat Zadran 15 25 12 1 1 125.00
47.6 86.0 mph, castled! You miss, I hit says Dawlat. It was fullish and Gul was a little rooted on leg stump as he swung for the fences again. This time though the ball seems to have ducked in the smallest bit to beat him and crash into the stumps 217/8
Saeed Ajmal not out 1 11 1 0 0 100.00
Extras (lb 2, w 2, nb 1) 5
  Total (8 wickets; 50 overs) 248 (4.96 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  Shapoor Zadran 9 1 42 0 4.66 29 3 1 (1w)
View wickets Dawlat Zadran 10 0 73 2 7.30 32 9 2 (1nb)
29.3 to Shahid Afridi, 85.6 mph, you said it, JC. Slog over midwicket and the off stump is knocked off it's perch. This pitches on a good length outside off and darts in just a touch, Afridi employs one of his favourite shots and the result is no more a surprise. Afghanistan are ecstatic 117/6
47.6 to Umar Gul, 86.0 mph, castled! You miss, I hit says Dawlat. It was fullish and Gul was a little rooted on leg stump as he swung for the fences again. This time though the ball seems to have ducked in the smallest bit to beat him and crash into the stumps 217/8
  Mohammad Nabi 8 0 46 0 5.75 22 4 1
View wicket Amir Hamza 8 1 22 1 2.75 31 1 0
12.3 to Sharjeel Khan, 48.7 mph, slog sweep straight into the hands of deep midwicket! That's a terribly soft dismissal. This posed no threat to him, actually it flighted just a bit outside off and was in his arc. But Sharjeel just hasn't hit this well enough, especially with three men on the leg side boundary. Afghanistan have been very disciplined so far and they snare a deserved wicket, if not off the best ball 55/1
View wickets Mirwais Ashraf 8 1 29 2 3.62 31 3 0
19.5 to Mohammad Hafeez, 80.5 mph, taken at mid-off! Hafeez has played one slog too many! Another good length ball targeting top of off. The pressure generated by the Afghanistan bowlers over the past five overs shows as the batsman goes for another almighty swing. Only manages a leading edge which gives Nabi the easiest of catches 78/2
42.4 to Anwar Ali, 82.9 mph, skips down the track and lofts over extra cover, but Nawroz Mangal has made a spectacular run and grabs it in front of his body! The bowler had spotted him charging and dragged the length short. His pace is not enough to bother Anwar into changing his shot though as he swings with an open face. It goes high and the man had to race a long way to his left from mid-off, had his eyes on the ball all the way through and sticks his hands out at the perfect time to snag it safely 177/7
View wickets Samiullah Shenwari 7 0 34 2 4.85 21 2 1 (1w)
22.6 to Ahmed Shehzad, 55.2 mph, strikes in his first over and another Pakistan batsman falls to a slog! Flatter delivery on the stumps, Shehzad clears his front leg and wanted to whack this to the next town. Gets an inside edge onto leg stump. Shenwari is pumped! Afghanistan on top! 89/3
26.5 to Sohaib Maqsood, 54.8 mph, another for Shenwari as Maqsood perishes to mid-on! Flighted on off stump and he drags it towards the leg side. Doesn't bother to keep it down. It was only a matter of time considering he was hitting everything way too hard. Maqsood is completely out of sorts in this series. Meanwhile, Shenwari becomes the highest wicket-taker for Afghanistan 108/5
  Afghanistan innings (target: 249 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Mohammad Shahzad c †Umar Akmal b Umar Gul 9 23 12 1 0 75.00
4.6 81.5 mph, 131 kph, nicked off says umpire Billy Bowden! Shehzad though is looking at his bat and is staring back. Terrific delivery though as this back of a length delivery gains a little more bounce. Far too much for that back foot punch and Umar Akmal pouches an easy catch. He was playing away from his body and this delivery straightened nicely. But did he edge it though? I'm not really sure 32/1
View dismissal Noor Ali Zadran lbw b Saeed Ajmal 44 80 63 7 0 69.84
18.5 56.5 mph, this time he's trapped in front. Ajmal has struck in his first over! Struck low on the front pad as this turns in from outside the off stump. He was trying to play around his pads again and this time he pays the price. 65/2
View dismissal Asghar Stanikzai c Mohammad Hafeez b Shahid Afridi 40 128 91 3 0 43.95
36.6 55.2 mph, leading edge goes straigh to point! Stanikzai's trouble vigil at the crease finally ends and Afridi is just relieved that he has contributed today. It was pushed full and down the leg side. The batsman was charging him, having made his own room and tried to whip it away through the leg side. But he's deceived 139/3
View dismissal Nawroz Mangal run out (Saeed Ajmal/Anwar Ali) 35 73 57 3 0 61.40
37.2 from Saeed Ajmal, oh dear, another mix-up as Nabi charged down the pitch after the keeper fumbled his take of this delivery fired down the leg side. Mangal though was far more tentative and by the time he decided to get his motor running, the throw is in from short fine leg and he's comfortably short of his ground. Mangal pays for ball-watching 140/4
View dismissal Mohammad Nabi* lbw b Umar Gul 15 19 13 3 0 115.38
40.4 82.0 mph, ducks back in off a good length and Nabi was caught in the crease while trying to flick through midwicket. Umpire Bowden shakes his head first but then raises his old crooked finger. The batsman is shocked, but he has to walk back. No bat on that and I think that might just have clipped leg stump, by a feather says HawkEye 159/6
View dismissal Najibullah Zadran b Mohammad Hafeez 1 10 6 0 0 16.66
39.5 57.3 mph, chopped onto his stumps and Najibullah just stands there in disappointment. Goes for the cut as he sees this a bit shortish and outside off, but the ball stays a bit low and the inside edge does him in. 151/5
View dismissal Samiullah Shenwari b Mohammad Hafeez 14 31 20 1 0 70.00
47.2 54.5 mph, knocks middle of middle and Pakistan have got the bonus point to go top of the table in this Asia Cup. Length ball keeps low as he looks to pull. Sneaks under the bat and then it's timber! 176/10
View dismissal Mirwais Ashraf run out (Mohammad Hafeez/Junaid Khan) 4 11 12 0 0 33.33
43.6 Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, terrible misunderstanding results in yet another run out. This was dabbed in front of point and he takes a couple of strides as he going for the single and then stops. By that time the non-striker was halfway down and he isn't even in the picture as Junaid sends the throw in to the bowler 172/7
View dismissal Dawlat Zadran b Saeed Ajmal 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
44.1 56.5 mph, off goes the middle stump as the doosra finally fetches a wicket. He was lunging down the wrong line and of this flighted ball beats the outside edge by a considerable distance 172/8
View dismissal Shapoor Zadran c Saeed Ajmal b Mohammad Hafeez 1 5 7 0 0 14.28
45.6 57.3 mph, rank slog over midwicket manifests as a leading edge and Ajmal snares a catch at point. Tossed up delivery angled in on off stump. Wasn't to the pitch of it as he swings away as most No.10s do and has to walk back 175/9
Amir Hamza not out 0 4 2 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 8, w 5) 13
  Total (all out; 47.2 overs) 176 (3.71 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets Umar Gul 9 0 44 2 4.88 33 7 0
4.6 to Mohammad Shahzad, 81.5 mph, 131 kph, nicked off says umpire Billy Bowden! Shehzad though is looking at his bat and is staring back. Terrific delivery though as this back of a length delivery gains a little more bounce. Far too much for that back foot punch and Umar Akmal pouches an easy catch. He was playing away from his body and this delivery straightened nicely. But did he edge it though? I'm not really sure 32/1
40.4 to Mohammad Nabi, 82.0 mph, ducks back in off a good length and Nabi was caught in the crease while trying to flick through midwicket. Umpire Bowden shakes his head first but then raises his old crooked finger. The batsman is shocked, but he has to walk back. No bat on that and I think that might just have clipped leg stump, by a feather says HawkEye 159/6
  Anwar Ali 4 0 23 0 5.75 15 4 0
  Junaid Khan 6 1 16 0 2.66 26 2 0
View wicket Shahid Afridi 10 0 31 1 3.10 39 3 0
36.6 to Asghar Stanikzai, 55.2 mph, leading edge goes straigh to point! Stanikzai's trouble vigil at the crease finally ends and Afridi is just relieved that he has contributed today. It was pushed full and down the leg side. The batsman was charging him, having made his own room and tried to whip it away through the leg side. But he's deceived 139/3
View wickets Saeed Ajmal 9 1 25 2 2.77 37 2 0 (2w)
18.5 to Noor Ali Zadran, 56.5 mph, this time he's trapped in front. Ajmal has struck in his first over! Struck low on the front pad as this turns in from outside the off stump. He was trying to play around his pads again and this time he pays the price. 65/2
44.1 to Dawlat Zadran, 56.5 mph, off goes the middle stump as the doosra finally fetches a wicket. He was lunging down the wrong line and of this flighted ball beats the outside edge by a considerable distance 172/8
View wickets Mohammad Hafeez 9.2 0 29 3 3.10 31 0 0 (3w)
39.5 to Najibullah Zadran, 57.3 mph, chopped onto his stumps and Najibullah just stands there in disappointment. Goes for the cut as he sees this a bit shortish and outside off, but the ball stays a bit low and the inside edge does him in. 151/5
45.6 to Shapoor Zadran, 57.3 mph, rank slog over midwicket manifests as a leading edge and Ajmal snares a catch at point. Tossed up delivery angled in on off stump. Wasn't to the pitch of it as he swings away as most No.10s do and has to walk back 175/9
47.2 to Samiullah Shenwari, 54.5 mph, knocks middle of middle and Pakistan have got the bonus point to go top of the table in this Asia Cup. Length ball keeps low as he looks to pull. Sneaks under the bat and then it's timber! 176/10

Match details


Toss - Afghanistan, who chose to field
Points - Pakistan 5, Afghanistan 0
Player of the match - Umar Akmal (Pakistan)
Umpires - BF Bowden (New Zealand) and JD Cloete (South Africa)
TV umpire - CK Nandan (India)
Match referee - BC Broad (England)
Reserve umpire - Masudur Rahman

Match Notes


    • Pakistan innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 39 runs, 0 wicket)
    • Pakistan: 50 runs in 10.5 overs (65 balls), Extras 2
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 65 balls (Sharjeel Khan 21, Ahmed Shehzad 28, Ex 2)
    • Drinks: Pakistan - 64/1 in 16.0 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 33, Mohammad Hafeez 4)
    • Ahmed Shehzad: 50 off 71 balls (7 x 4)
    • Pakistan: 100 runs in 25.1 overs (151 balls), Extras 2
    • Drinks: Pakistan - 129/6 in 33.0 overs (Umar Akmal 18, Anwar Ali 4)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 35.1 - 40.0 (Batting side - 22 runs, 0 wicket)
    • Pakistan: 150 runs in 37.5 overs (227 balls), Extras 3
    • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 66 balls (Umar Akmal 34, Anwar Ali 18, Ex 1)
    • Umar Akmal: 50 off 60 balls (2 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Pakistan: 200 runs in 46.2 overs (278 balls), Extras 4
    • Umar Akmal: 100 off 88 balls (7 x 4, 3 x 6)
    • Innings Break: Pakistan - 248/8 in 50.0 overs (Umar Akmal 102, Saeed Ajmal 1)
    • Afghanistan innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 42 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Afghanistan: 50 runs in 13.1 overs (79 balls), Extras 0
    • Drinks: Afghanistan - 60/1 in 16.0 overs (Noor Ali Zadran 43, Asghar Stanikzai 8)
    • Afghanistan: 100 runs in 29.3 overs (177 balls), Extras 5
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 80 balls (Asghar Stanikzai 17, Nawroz Mangal 26, Ex 7)
    • Drinks: Afghanistan - 124/2 in 34.0 overs (Asghar Stanikzai 31, Nawroz Mangal 29)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 35.1 - 40.0 (Batting side - 25 runs, 3 wickets)
    • Afghanistan: 150 runs in 39.2 overs (236 balls), Extras 12
 
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