Asia Cup - 3rd match

Afghanistan v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 72 runs

1.55 pm The umpires are the first to take the field, Afghanistan are in a huddle by the boundary ropes. The two Pakistan openers walk briskly out to the middle. Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad have a minor mid-pitch chat before touching gloves. First ball coming up and it will be bowled by Shapoor Zadran, the hulking left-arm pacer. Two slips in place

Hunbbel Meer: "What does Pakistan have to do to get the bonus point?"

Shahzad : "Even though I am a big fan of Afridi, but with due respect, I think Afridi should sit at the bench, and open an opportunity for Fawad Alam. Look at the number, Afridi have played 374 ODI…..oh God, please give him a sense of playing……I hope ………………"

1.45 pm Not much of a crowd in for this game, understandable considering the home team isn't playing. Support for Pakistan though is, again understandably, quite loud. Out walk both teams for the national anthems...

1.40 pm Pakistan XI 1 Sharjeel Khan, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Sohaib Maqsood, 5 Misbah, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Anwar Ali, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Junaid Khan

Afghanistan XI: 1 Mohammad Shahzad, 2 Noor Ali Zadran, 3 Asghar Stanikzai, 4 Nawroz Mangal, 5 Mohammad Nabi, 6 Samiullah Shenwari, 7 Najibullah Zadran, 8 Mirwais Ashraf, 9 Hamza Hotak, 10 Dawlat Zadran, 11 Shapoor Zadran

Daud: "Where is Hamid Hassan? why is he not in the playing XI for Afghanistan?" I was surprised by that as well. Heard he's pretty quick

Pratik Darji: "This is best chance for AFG - If they manage to keep pakistan upto 250 then they have a good chance but if pakistan reach beyond 250 then its most improbable as Pakistan have got best attack in Asia cup"

Israr Ahmed Has: "It will be a real Tester for Sharjeel Khan today. Comparatively less threatening bowling side, he must capitalize now if he wants make his stay in the national team long."

1.30 pm Afghanistan have won the toss and elect to bowl "First time playing in the Asia Cup and it's a big experience for us and we hope to perform well," says Mohammad Nabi. We've been playing together for the past seven years so we feel good about this game"

"We don't mind batting first. One change: Bilawal Bhatti sits out for Anwar Ali," says Misbah-ul-Haq. "We threw our wickets at the end, everyone knew that. We won't make that mistake again. We can still fancy batting first with the ball keeping low and moving around in the second innings sometimes"

M. Shoaib Khan: "Familiar sight for Misbah... Losing the toss once again." Lets hope at the end of the day he doesn't have to endure a more distasteful sense of deja vu.

1.25 pm The toss is only a few minutes away, but we're already getting our fair share of Pakistan captains chiming in with their thoughts

Hunbbel Meer: "Ahmed, Sharjeel, Sohaib, Fawad, Hafeez, Misbah, Akmal, Anwar, Umar, Ajmal, Junaid ... This would be my team for today. Because of an additional batsman, I would have asked the batsmen to play more aggressively from the start. If they get going, the target could be well in excess of 350"

Mansoor Ali: "Which one is more difficult for PAK, Dew factor or Chasing factor. I think chase. Pak should bat first."

1.20 pm This should be a treat for most of you. Our Bangladesh corresponded Mohammad Isam caught up with the Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi. Here is his incredible tale, replete with drama both light and dark.

Lakshman Kumar: "Rather than complaining about Afridi's batting, I would like everyone to consider him only as a Bowler (at which he is really good at) who can bat a little rather than an All rounder..! That would reduce the pressure on him while he comes to bat too! "

Sani: "Most of the Afghan players played at Pakistani grounds, additionally most of their player played BPL. so I'm thinking about good cricketing match "

1.15 pm There is a bit of breeze, it's not that warm and this game will be played on the same pitch as match one. It's flat, hard, well rolled. The pitch report says it looks like a billiards table. It has a bit of dead grass, only to allow the ball to skid onto the bat and keep a bit of moisture because of the heat. Inherently it is slow and low and gets slower as the game goes on. Nothing for the quicks, maybe the spinners can get a bit of purchase. But there is the dilemma of dew. It will stay the same all through the 100 overs, so it's best for the batsman to account for the dew and field first

Kamal Ahmad Kak: "We are looking forward to watch Afghanistan v Pakistan- All Afghans are waiting for their team's success. Winning is not important for us. Just waiting for a good performance as it is the starting of our cricket life, their good performance is acceptable to us."

1.10 pm They've had a day off to contemplate, they lock horns with an Associate team on a pitch that is expected to side itself with the batsmen. Pakistan are bound to be upbeat about their chances today, especially with Misbah-ul-Haq riding on a wave of never-ending form and Umar Akmal standing up to be counted. All they need is a little assistance from the top order

Shayan: "I reckon Fawad Alam to be playing instead of The Great Afridi. Because just a few runs are not what the team needs." I might be tempted to use Anwar Ali, actually

1.00 pm A nail-biter in the first game, a brilliant chase in the second... This Asia Cup is offering more than it's fair share of entertainment and now we have the thrill of the unknown awaiting us. It is Afghanistan's maiden appearance in the Asia Cup and they take on a Pakistan team that is hankering for a change of fortune

0.1

Shapoor Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, good length in the channel outside off, left alone

0.2

Shapoor Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, ducks in off a good length this time and Sharjeel stays in line and blocks

He's running in from almost the 30-yard circle. When was the last time we saw a run up as long?

0.3

Shapoor Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, the slips have not noticed the inside edge and ask the question for a leg before. It was full and angled in. Sharjeel's feet don't move much as he defends, but he survives

0.4

Shapoor Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, 132 kph, fullish and just outside off, this time he gets a long stride forward and defends

0.5

Shapoor Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, presses forward, but makes sure he accounts for the inward movement he's getting and drives the full length ball to mid-on

0.6

Shapoor Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, a bit too short on that occasion as he pulls from off stump to long leg

DM: "Re - 'When was the last time we saw a run up as long?' March 8 2011, the last time Shoaib Akhtar played :)"

End of over 1 (1 run) Pakistan 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
Sharjeel Khan    1* (6b)      Shapoor Zadran    1-0-1-0
Ahmed Shehzad    0* (0b)     

Dawlat Zadran takes over from the other end

1.1

Dawlat Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, fullish and on the stumps, Sharjeel punches it down the ground

1.2

Dawlat Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, back of a length on middle and off, solidly defended to short cover

1.3

Dawlat Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, not quite short enough to pull and he learns that the hard way as he is beaten by a good length delivery angled across him. Very close to playing on there

1.4

Dawlat Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, straight bat answers this shortish delivery on off stump. His feet though were going leg side

1.5

Dawlat Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, looks to whip it away through the leg side, but can't connect with this full delivery on leg stump. Hint of inswing foils his shot

1.6

Dawlat Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, FOUR, lovely strike! Hit on the up and this bursts through the cover field. Wasn't too bad a delivery as he probes just outside his off stump, but Sharjeel is forward and just caresses it

ismail ansari: "dawlat bowling, resembles waqar younis with his action" Yep, I saw a vestige of that when he was loading up

End of over 2 (4 runs) Pakistan 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
Sharjeel Khan    5* (12b 1x4)      Dawlat Zadran    1-0-4-0
Ahmed Shehzad    0* (0b)      Shapoor Zadran    1-0-1-0

2.1

Shapoor Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, timed it well, as he usually does but he cannot find the gap, another usual occurrence. This was overpitched outside off and he leans into a cover drive. Can't beat the man in the circle

2.2

Shapoor Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, fuller and angled across him, Shehzad is forward and drills it straight to cover. Lovely punch for no run

That first ball was just over 140 kph

2.3

Shapoor Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, 137 kph, good length ball on the stumps, shuffles across and blocks down the pitch

2.4

Shapoor Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, 137 kph, targets off stump and Shehzad is forward with a dead bat

2.5

Shapoor Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, not too much feet there to negotiate this back of a length delivery on off stump, defended into the covers

2.6

Shapoor Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, 132 kph, shortish and angled across him, Shehzad is looks quite comfortable as he punches to mid-off

End of over 3 (maiden) Pakistan 5/0 (RR: 1.66)
Ahmed Shehzad    0* (6b)      Shapoor Zadran    2-1-1-0
Sharjeel Khan    5* (12b 1x4)      Dawlat Zadran    1-0-4-0

3.1

Dawlat Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, spectacular effort by the keeper as he dives to his right and took this and the umpire has not seen the batsman gloving it! Afghanistan went up in appeal, the bowler was certain he had his man. But to no avail though. Sharjeel was trying to pull this away, but it bounces a lot more than he expects. Hits his glove, then his hip and was amazingly taken by Shahzad

3.2

Dawlat Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, 145 kph, fullish and just outside off stump, guided to point off the front foot

3.3

Dawlat Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, steered behind point

3.4

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, 141kph, shortish and outside off, cut away only as far as point

3.5

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, 144 kph, shuffles across to protect his stumps as he blocks this back of a length delivery

3.6

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, loud grunt from the bowler as he releases this on middle and off, Shehzad is on his back foot and turns it away just wide and in front of mid-on

(essar)kashmir: "it is a decent start from afghanistan. Do they have good spinners to contain pakistan batsmen in the middle overs ? Or we are heading towards a mountain of runs!" Shenwari, the legspinner is one of their most potent bowlers

End of over 4 (2 runs) Pakistan 7/0 (RR: 1.75)
Ahmed Shehzad    1* (9b)      Dawlat Zadran    2-0-6-0
Sharjeel Khan    6* (15b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    2-1-1-0

4.1

Shapoor Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, full and pushed across him, Shehzad strides forward and essays a picture perfect cover drive. Only he can't find the gap

4.2

Shapoor Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, fullish on middle and off, pushed to the left of the stumps at the bowler's end and they scurry through for a single

4.3

Shapoor Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, poor effort from the men at mid-off and mid-on. Both left it for the other to mop up, but since Shehzad had overrun at the strikers' end and could not capitalise. Another little nudge down the ground helps Pakistan rotate strike

4.4

Shapoor Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended

4.5

Shapoor Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, took it on the up and this time he's pierced the gap in front of point! Elegant stroke gets deserved value. Not too bad a ball again and Shapoor is disappointed at the result it fetches. Shehzad though was admiring his square drive, as he should. Strong stride forward and a lovely flow of the bat through the line

4.6

Shapoor Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, strides forward to push this towards mid-off and sets off straight away

End of over 5 (7 runs) Pakistan 14/0 (RR: 2.80)
Ahmed Shehzad    7* (14b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    3-1-8-0
Sharjeel Khan    7* (16b 1x4)      Dawlat Zadran    2-0-6-0

Slip and short cover now

Sherzada: "well, being a pashtu speaker amazingly i can understand the words coming through the stumps microphone of Afghan players, plain pashtu, nice feeling "

5.1

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, 144kph, fullish on off stump, comes forward to block

5.2

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, opens the face to steer this length ball towards point. Pulled off his bottom hand to try and push it down to ground immediately

5.3

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, 144 kph sublime! Another square drive, another boundary. This was struck behind point because Dawlat had offered just a hint more room

5.4

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, good length ball tucking him up on the stumps, pushed to mid-on

5.5

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, 143kph, thumped to cover. He looks gorgeous off the front foot and isn't afraid to hit the ball on the up.

5.6

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, fullish and just outside off, a little more tentative to come forward to this length which robs the drive of timing. The bowler misfields but mid-off is on hand

Sanleen: "@Kashmir... I've heard a lot about Hamza Hotak as a spinner.. May be he will be able to contain Pakistan to a decent score which Afghanistan will chase down(fingers crossed)!!"

End of over 6 (4 runs) Pakistan 18/0 (RR: 3.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    11* (20b 2x4)      Dawlat Zadran    3-0-10-0
Sharjeel Khan    7* (16b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    3-1-8-0

No slips. A short cover and short midwicket

6.1

Shapoor Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, 1 wide, 134kph, slides this length ball down the leg side, Sharjeel evades

6.1

Shapoor Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, 135kph, draws him forward but the drive is cut short at short cover

6.2

Shapoor Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, 1 leg bye, ducks back in off a length and Sharjeel was caught in his crease. But the umpire judges this was doing too much. Shehzad calls his partner through for a single

two short covers for Shehzad

6.3

Shapoor Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, 129kph, shortish on middle and leg, Shehzad waits on the back foot and nudges it behind square on the leg side

6.4

Shapoor Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, back of a length on off stump, shuffles and pushes to mid-on

6.5

Shapoor Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, no run, fullish and angled in on off stump, Shajeel keeps it out

6.6

Shapoor Zadran to Sharjeel Khan, 2 runs, gets a top-edge, but it beats the man running back from midwicket. This was short and angled in at his body. Think he was into the shot a little late, possibly not expecting the ball to be dug in.

Adeel : "Nice pace from the afghanis. I notice there are many Zadran's in the playing XI of Afg. Are they related?" Nope, they're not brothers but they are from the same tribe

End of over 7 (5 runs) Pakistan 23/0 (RR: 3.28)
Sharjeel Khan    9* (21b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    4-1-12-0
Ahmed Shehzad    12* (21b 2x4)      Dawlat Zadran    3-0-10-0

7.1

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, proves he's no mug on the leg side with a lovely flick through wide mid-on. The bowler strays a bit too straight and a bit too full. Easy pickings for subcontinental wrists

7.2

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, fullish and outside off, punched to short cover

7.3

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, 137kph, full and nibbles away a touch, Shehzad gets forward and drives to mid-off

7.4

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, 135kph, back of a length on off stump, steered to the man at short point

7.5

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, full toss on leg stump, Shehzad takes full toll. Clipped through midwicket and this is a very fast outfield. Yorker gone wrong

7.6

Dawlat Zadran to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, horrible end to the over, this is overpitched and slid down the leg side and all Shehzad had to do was tickle it away fine.

End of over 8 (12 runs) Pakistan 35/0 (RR: 4.37)
Ahmed Shehzad    24* (27b 5x4)      Dawlat Zadran    4-0-22-0
Sharjeel Khan    9* (21b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    4-1-12-0

Mohammad Nabi has decided enough of pace on the ball. Brings himself on. Offspin from around the wicket, with a slip in place

8.1

Mohammad Nabi to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, loopy delivery on off stump, Sharjeel digs it out behind square leg

Slip and leg slip for the right-hander

Yasir: "Unlucky for Zadran. Sharjeel's strokeplay is at fault once again. Unfortunately, he continues to be a leg-side favoring one-trick pony"

8.2

Mohammad Nabi to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, hint of bounce as Shehzad goes back and absorbs it with soft hands.

8.3

Mohammad Nabi to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, lovey line as he concentrates on off stump. This is flighted to draw the batsman forwrad. Defended

8.4

Mohammad Nabi to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, skips down the track and nudges it to long-on. Gets off strike

8.5

Mohammad Nabi to Sharjeel Khan, no run, this time he's spotted the batsman charging him and fires it on the pads. It is also not quite full enough to get under. Keeps the batsman to a defensive push

8.6

Mohammad Nabi to Sharjeel Khan, no run, tossed up outside off, Sharjeel lunges and blocks expecting more turn. Gets an inside edge towards the leg side

End of over 9 (2 runs) Pakistan 37/0 (RR: 4.11)
Sharjeel Khan    10* (24b 1x4)      Mohammad Nabi    1-0-2-0
Ahmed Shehzad    25* (30b 5x4)      Dawlat Zadran    4-0-22-0

Dawood Achakzai: "Pakistani openers are now playing well after and slow and careful start" Here's Hamza Hotak's left-arm spin for Afghanistan in their search for a first wicket today

9.1

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, tossed up on off stump, Shehzad is forward and pushes it back to the bowler

9.2

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, reaches the pitch of this flighted delivery on middle and drives towards mid-off. The bowler dives and intervenes

9.3

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, touch short which allows the batsman to go back and punch to short midwicket

9.4

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, shortish again as he rocks back and cuts straight to point

9.5

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, full and targets off stump, defended off the front foot

9.6

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, goes down the track and works this fuller delivery pushed on the pads behind square leg

End of over 10 (2 runs) Pakistan 39/0 (RR: 3.90)
Ahmed Shehzad    27* (36b 5x4)      Amir Hamza    1-0-2-0
Sharjeel Khan    10* (24b 1x4)      Mohammad Nabi    1-0-2-0

musa: "@yasir why do people like you just want to criticize on any one who has just come to international stage to prove something?? so what if he plays mostly on leg side whats important is that he gives the team a good start and with time he will expands his stroke play. Just let him play."

10.1

Mohammad Nabi to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, this turns a bit outside off but Sharjeel works his wrists overtime. A ball others may have pushed into the covers goes to mid-on

10.2

Mohammad Nabi to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, turns from outside off as Shehzad goes back and punches towards mid-on. Nabi races across and cuts the ball off

10.3

Mohammad Nabi to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, goes back and cuts into the covers. That time the fielder cannot stop the single, even if the batsman almost banged into each other

10.4

Mohammad Nabi to Sharjeel Khan, FOUR, tossed up on middle and leg, there was a hint of turn but Sharjeel isn't too bothered. Lofts it over wide long-on and collects a boundary

10.5

Mohammad Nabi to Sharjeel Khan, SIX, uses his feet to get to the pitch and hoists him straight over his head. That's the fifty for Pakistan. Full-blooded strike after messing with the bowler's length. Lovely batting against spin

10.6

Mohammad Nabi to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, knows this will be shorter and he was waiting for it. Whipped wide of mid-on for a single

End of over 11 (13 runs) Pakistan 52/0 (RR: 4.72)
Sharjeel Khan    22* (28b 2x4 1x6)      Mohammad Nabi    2-0-15-0
Ahmed Shehzad    28* (38b 5x4)      Amir Hamza    1-0-2-0

Well wishes for Afghanistan from everwhere as Mirwais Ashraf comes on. This is Omair Ali: "I play with Afghans here in Germany for HSV Cricket. In general, they are hard hitters of the Cricket ball and their bowlers are quick with a strong shoulder. And to top that, they are really passionate about Cricket. I hope, they achieve success at international level to make the world see their passion for the game! Good luck from my side!"

11.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Sharjeel Khan, no run, mild appeal for leg before but this has pitched well outside leg. Length ball catches Sharjeel in the crease again

11.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Sharjeel Khan, no run, good length ball on middle and leg, punched back to the bowler

11.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Sharjeel Khan, no run, fullish and wide of off stump, driven into the covers off the front foot

11.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Sharjeel Khan, no run, fullish on leg stump, solidly defended

11.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Sharjeel Khan, no run, nice and tight on middle stump, Sharjeel is forward and pushes to mid-off

11.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, opens the face to find the gap, almost shovels this full length delivery outside off stump between cover and mid-off

Saghir: "@musa: Good point ! Hashim Alma use to be criticised for having a flawed technique when he first came to the international stage. Look at him now, he's one of the most fluent and technically correct players of recent times."

End of over 12 (1 run) Pakistan 53/0 (RR: 4.41)
Sharjeel Khan    23* (34b 2x4 1x6)      Mirwais Ashraf    1-0-1-0
Ahmed Shehzad    28* (38b 5x4)      Mohammad Nabi    2-0-15-0

Hotak has switched ends

12.1

Amir Hamza to Sharjeel Khan, no run, length ball on the pads, Sharjeel works it to short fine leg

12.2

Amir Hamza to Sharjeel Khan, 2 runs, hoicked away to deep midwicket as he charges down the track to get to the pitch of this fuller delivery on leg stump

12.3

Amir Hamza to Sharjeel Khan, OUT, 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

Sharjeel Khan c Noor Ali Zadran b Amir Hamza 25 (55m 37b 2x4 1x6) SR: 67.56

Pakistan's No.3 Mohammad Hafeez is greeted by Ahmed Shehzad, possibly discussing strategy.

12.4

Amir Hamza to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, shortish and outside off, Hafeez uses the faint turn on that to steer it away to the sweeper

12.5

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, driven back to the bowler as this is given a bit of air on middle

12.6

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, teases him on off stump, but Shehzad's drive is solid enough as he beats the dive of the bowler and finds long-off

End of over 13 (4 runs) Pakistan 57/1 (RR: 4.38)
Ahmed Shehzad    29* (40b 5x4)      Amir Hamza    2-0-6-1
Mohammad Hafeez    1* (1b)      Mirwais Ashraf    1-0-1-0

Ali Mushaf: ""Discussing strategy?", joke of the day. Do they ever have a strategy." One can hope

13.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, shortish on and around off stump, dabbed into the point region

13.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fullish on off stump, think this skids onto him a touch. Hafeez manages to get his bat in line though

13.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, shortish and angled in on off stump, defended with soft hands and Shehzad is swift in spotting the opportunity for a single.

13.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, full on off stump, driven back to the bowler

13.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, tight lines from Ashraf, which is important for a bowler of his pace. Keeps the batsman to a back foot defensive

13.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, steered to point as this is on a length outside off

James: "Hamza has a very impressive economy rate: around 3.25. Under 4 is virtually unheard of these days. Hope he can keep it up."

End of over 14 (2 runs) Pakistan 59/1 (RR: 4.21)
Ahmed Shehzad    30* (44b 5x4)      Mirwais Ashraf    2-0-3-0
Mohammad Hafeez    2* (3b)      Amir Hamza    2-0-6-1

14.1

Amir Hamza to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, well-timed late cut but the man at backward point is desperate enough to stop that.

14.2

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended

14.3

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, flighted on leg stump and it lures Shehzad into a sweep. Far too cramped for that shot to be too effective

14.4

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, holds this back a touch outside off, defended into the off side

14.5

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, loopy full toss, drifting down leg. This was the one to be swept away, but Shehzad doesn't pack enough punch on this. Only laps it wide of short fine leg

14.6

Amir Hamza to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, whoa! Where did this come from? Good flight from Hotak as he angles this in on middle. It grips the pitch and turns right across Hafeez's forward push

End of over 15 (2 runs) Pakistan 61/1 (RR: 4.06)
Mohammad Hafeez    3* (5b)      Amir Hamza    3-0-8-1
Ahmed Shehzad    31* (48b 5x4)      Mirwais Ashraf    2-0-3-0

15.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, fullish outside off, pushed to long-off

15.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, targets the corridor as he lures the batsman forward to push into the covers

15.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, driven to mid-off as this is kept on off stump

15.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, did that stay low? Seemed like that with Hafeez's reaction. This was targeting off stump too. Just about kept out

15.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, full and angled in on middle, Hafeez pushes it past the bowler and rushes through for a single

15.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, Shehzad makes his own pace as he charges the medim-pacer and drives the length ball into the covers. Looks like it's drinks

Farhan Khaliq: "Pakistan currently scoring with a low run-rate of just over 4 in an over, they should accelarate now as any thing less than 280 is easily chaseable on this flat track!"

End of over 16 (3 runs) Pakistan 64/1 (RR: 4.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    33* (50b 5x4)      Mirwais Ashraf    3-0-6-0
Mohammad Hafeez    4* (9b)      Amir Hamza    3-0-8-1

Pakistan have not been allowed to get away and with the slower bowlers in operation, it's become rather hard to time the ball. The typical subcontinent game in the offing here

Kamran: "Not taking any credit away from Hamza, who seems like a good prospect; but bowlers from the associate nations have a relatively easier task in terms of keeping their economies lower; as they usually play among themselves and those matches tend to be low scoring encounters."

16.1

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, tossed up outside off, lunge forward and chops to point

16.2

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, waits for and and dabs in front of point, but the fielder is a little too quick to allow the single. The captain himself there

16.3

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, flighted outside off and he pushes towards long-off. But Hotak races across and stops it himself

16.4

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, driven into the covers as this was given some air on off stump

16.5

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, defended into the covers and the bowler runs across to field it himself again. Loads of enthusiasm out there

16.6

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, shortish with the smallest bit of room, cut away but only as far as short third man. That's a maiden. Second of the innings

End of over 17 (maiden) Pakistan 64/1 (RR: 3.76)
Ahmed Shehzad    33* (56b 5x4)      Amir Hamza    4-1-8-1
Mohammad Hafeez    4* (9b)      Mirwais Ashraf    3-0-6-0

17.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, edged to deep third man as he defends inside the line of this length ball outside off. Very little motivation to move his feet

17.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, shuffles across to defend this shortish ball on off stump

17.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, length ball just outside off, Shehzad goes for a terrible slog over midwicket. That could easily have crashed into off stump

17.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, fullish and outside off, Shehzad was looking to pierce the gap in the covers but this holds up in the pitch and takes the inside edge to go down to mid-on

17.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, skips down the track and guides the length ball to the sweeper on the off side. Made a bit of room to envisage the shot

17.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, walks at him but the bowler isn't bothered. Keeps attacking the stumps and Hafeez's push is intercepted by mid-on. Only two off that over

Waseem Sarwar: "What exactly are these two doing? Get on with the game as this approach isn't taking us anywhere."

End of over 18 (2 runs) Pakistan 66/1 (RR: 3.66)
Mohammad Hafeez    5* (11b)      Mirwais Ashraf    4-0-8-0
Ahmed Shehzad    34* (60b 5x4)      Amir Hamza    4-1-8-1

Last five overs, Pakistan have only scored nine runs

18.1

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, pulls his length back as he sees the batsman charging him. Shehzad is confident enough to go through with his drive as he finds long-off

18.2

Amir Hamza to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, loads of flight on this one as Hafeez pushes to long-off

18.3

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, down the track again, but this is flatter and quicker. Defended into the covers

18.4

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, flays through extra cover having danced down the track. Made a little room for himself as he tried to power this away. Long-off cleans up

18.5

Amir Hamza to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, darted in on leg, Hafeez works to midwicket

18.6

Amir Hamza to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, lovely flight to finish the over as Hafeez presents a dead bat in front of the stumps

Jaan musavwir: "This game is looking lifeless right now from a pakistan fan perspective; had anticipated the ball to fly on all sides but not to be so." Slow pitch and canny bowling from Afghanistan

End of over 19 (3 runs) Pakistan 69/1 (RR: 3.63)
Mohammad Hafeez    6* (14b)      Amir Hamza    5-1-11-1
Ahmed Shehzad    36* (63b 5x4)      Mirwais Ashraf    4-0-8-0

19.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, laps it over short fine leg and that's the first boundary since the 11th over. Fullish and angled in on the stumps, Shehzad plants his front foot outside off and beats the only fielder there

19.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, good length ball on the stumps, calmly defended

19.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, sneak a quick single as he dabs this length ball into the covers and runs

19.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, hoick through midwicket and the fielder in the deep botches it. This was off a very thick inside edge as he wanted to smear the length ball on off stump over long-on. He'll take the result though

19.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, 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

Mohammad Hafeez c Mohammad Nabi b Mirwais Ashraf 10 (29m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Sohaib Maqsood is in, but he will not take strike because the batsmen have crossed

19.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, carved through point off the front foot as this length ball has a bit of room outside off. The throw from the deep is inaccurate and allows an extra run

End of over 20 (11 runs) Pakistan 80/2 (RR: 4.00)
Ahmed Shehzad    43* (67b 6x4)      Mirwais Ashraf    5-0-19-1
Sohaib Maqsood    0* (0b)      Amir Hamza    5-1-11-1

Saad: "Hafeez wicket would prove to be the blessing in disguise for pakistan"

20.1

Amir Hamza to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, shortish but this is on the stumps, punched down the ground

20.2

Amir Hamza to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, shortish again and this time he rocks back and cuts behind point. There is protection in the deep

20.3

Amir Hamza to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, tossed up on middle, Maqsood is forward and pushes to mid-off

20.4

Amir Hamza to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, lured him forward and this was uppishly driven towards extra cover

20.5

Amir Hamza to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, keeps it nice and tight on off stump, Maqsood keeps it out

20.6

Amir Hamza to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, turns a touch outside off and he uses it nicely. Opens the face of the bat to guide this fuller delivery through to the sweeper

Hasan: "Ah Professor, if only theory in books works in real life. Its a different world out there. "

End of over 21 (3 runs) Pakistan 83/2 (RR: 3.95)
Sohaib Maqsood    2* (5b)      Amir Hamza    6-1-14-1
Ahmed Shehzad    44* (68b 6x4)      Mirwais Ashraf    5-0-19-1

Imran: "This is the problem with Shahzad. Good player but look at his batting so far: 33 runs of 59 balls, of which 20 came in boundaries for remaining 13 runs he has taken 54 balls, that's his biggest weakness in batting, can't rotate the strike too often and that builds pressure on him and he goes after big shots which ultimately become his downfall."

21.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, fullish and angled on off stump, Maqsood defends off the front foot

21.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, short and wide, but Maqsood is not used to the pace of this pitch and gets an inside edge to this cut shot.

21.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, fullish and just outside off, defended off the front foot

21.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, back of a good length and outside off, Maqsood pushes to mid-off

21.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, full toss on off stump, Maqsood is too surprised to take full toll. Defended back to the bowler

21.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, litttle slower outside off, Maqsood punches into the covers and wanted the single but Shehzad denies him.

Ahmed Saeed: "Sohaib Maqsood, like Umar Akmal has a lot of talent. However, he looks like going down the path of Umar Akmal. He throws his wicket one too many times. Our youngsters need to play more responsibly"

End of over 22 (maiden) Pakistan 83/2 (RR: 3.77)
Sohaib Maqsood    2* (11b)      Mirwais Ashraf    6-1-19-1
Ahmed Shehzad    44* (68b 6x4)      Amir Hamza    6-1-14-1

Time for Samiullah Shenwari's legbreaks. Joint highest wicket-taker for Afghanistan. And he is one of two players in the XI who has played every match

22.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, starts off with a yorker on off stump! Dug out

22.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, full toss on middle and leg, lovely little lap sweep goes to the left of the man at short fine leg. Hotak races after it and pulls out a desperate dive. But it ricochets off his palm, to the other, onto his face and then to the boundary

22.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, chips down the track and whips it away in front of square leg. Raises his fifty

22.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended

22.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, stays leg side and carves this shorter delivery to point

22.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Ahmed Shehzad, OUT, 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!

Ahmed Shehzad b Samiullah Shenwari 50 (97m 74b 7x4 0x6) SR: 67.56

End of over 23 (6 runs) Pakistan 89/3 (RR: 3.86)
     Samiullah Shenwari    1-0-6-1
Sohaib Maqsood    2* (11b)      Mirwais Ashraf    6-1-19-1

Pakistan's perennial firefighter, Misbah-ul-Haq gets ready for another rescue act. Mohammad Nabi has brought himself back into the attack!

23.1

Mohammad Nabi to Sohaib Maqsood, OUT, 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

Misbah-ul-Haq run out 0 (2m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

Mibah's last duck was also off a run-out without facing a ball, against Ireland

23.2

Mohammad Nabi to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, shortish on off stump, punched into the covers. Early call and they go through for a single

23.3

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, no run, tossed up outside off, he was expecting this to turn a lot more. Plays inside the line and is beaten outside off

23.4

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, no run, lunges forward and looks to push into the covers. Only inside edges for the ball to dribble by his feet

23.5

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, 1 run, driven to long-on as he lunges forward to defend

23.6

Mohammad Nabi to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, oh, a bit of bounce! Leaps off a good length but Maqsood is on his back foot and gets on top of the bounce

End of over 24 (2 runs) Pakistan 91/4 (RR: 3.79)
Sohaib Maqsood    3* (14b)      Mohammad Nabi    3-0-17-0
Umar Akmal    1* (3b)      Samiullah Shenwari    1-0-6-1

24.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, 1 run, cramps him for room on middle, but since this was flatter Akmal can rock back and punch straight of midwicket

24.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Sohaib Maqsood, FOUR, muscled to the long-on boundary. This was tossed up on leg, Maqsood keeps his front leg out of the way and drills this down the ground. Raw power at work there

24.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, Maqsood works this away towards midwicket

24.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven down the ground to long-off

24.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, full toss and it almost carried to mid-on! The most non-threatening of deliveries and the batsman is lucky that he has not timed it properly. Just fell short of the forward-diving fielder

24.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, shortish and just outside off, rocks back to cut to point

Mohammad Isam from the ground says, "Gone a bit dull around here, quite cloudy."

End of over 25 (7 runs) Pakistan 98/4 (RR: 3.92)
Sohaib Maqsood    8* (18b 1x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    2-0-13-1
Umar Akmal    3* (5b)      Mohammad Nabi    3-0-17-0

25.1

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, 3 runs, gorgeous shot from Akmal. He took this almost off the gloves of the keeper as he late cuts it well fine of backward point

25.2

Mohammad Nabi to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, Maqsood whips it away into the leg side

25.3

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, Akmal pushes to long-on

around the wicket

25.4

Mohammad Nabi to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, good length ball on middle and leg, worked to midwicket

25.5

Mohammad Nabi to Sohaib Maqsood, FOUR, belted over extra cover as he charged him and got under this flat but fuller delivery on middle. Lots of power to get it into the gap

25.6

Mohammad Nabi to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, shortish and pushed across him, Maqsood makes a bit of room and flat bats it to mid-off

For those who want to indulge in some of the comedy that tags itself to a Mibah run-out, here is a gem

End of over 26 (9 runs) Pakistan 107/4 (RR: 4.11)
Sohaib Maqsood    13* (22b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    4-0-26-0
Umar Akmal    7* (7b)      Samiullah Shenwari    2-0-13-1

26.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, no run, lovely, probing line from the legspinner. This is just outside off and it turns further away. Akmal does well to defend with soft hands

26.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, 1 run, tossed up outside off, driven to long-off

26.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, pushed into the covers as this is flighted on middle and off

26.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, short and wide outside off, the cut shot can't beat Nabi at point

26.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Sohaib Maqsood, OUT, 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

Sohaib Maqsood c Asghar Stanikzai b Samiullah Shenwari 13 (28m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 52.00

Shahid Afridi surveys the field. Slip in place

26.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, flatter and it turns from middle to outside off, Afridi punches through a diving extra cover fielder to long-off

Ashfaq Khan: "U Akmal finds himself out into the middle probably earlier than he would have anticipated. He is in good form no doubt but it is something else everyone would be watching out for & that is how he paces his innings & shoulders responsibility this time round."

End of over 27 (2 runs) Pakistan 109/5 (RR: 4.03)
Shahid Afridi    1* (1b)      Samiullah Shenwari    3-0-15-2
Umar Akmal    8* (9b)      Mohammad Nabi    4-0-26-0

Saif: "My upset radar is going haywire" The perils of being a passionate fan. Anyway, here's Dawlat Zadran

27.1

Dawlat Zadran to Shahid Afridi, no run, hint of inswing there to the fuller delivery on middle. Afridi whips it to a very straight midwicket

27.2

Dawlat Zadran to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, bit of a fumble at long allows a second as Afridi flicks this length ball away with consummate authority

27.3

Dawlat Zadran to Shahid Afridi, no run, thumped to mid-on as this is fuller on middle and off.

27.4

Dawlat Zadran to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, chopped behind point as he sees a bit of width on this shortish ball

27.5

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, no run, 137kph, back of a length and just outside off. Akmal is cautious with his defence

27.6

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, no run, fullish and sliding into the batsman. Yep, Dawlat is definitely getting the ball to reverse here. Akmal plays around his front pad and they go up in appeal for leg before. This would have gone down leg though

End of over 28 (3 runs) Pakistan 112/5 (RR: 4.00)
Umar Akmal    8* (11b)      Dawlat Zadran    5-0-25-0
Shahid Afridi    4* (5b)      Samiullah Shenwari    3-0-15-2

28.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Shahid Afridi, no run, tossed up on off stump, Afridi lunges forward to defend between point and cover. Akmal does not want the single

28.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, lovely flight, and just the smallest hint of drift on. Afridi keeps his feet out of the way and drives to long-on

28.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, 1 run, more work for long-off as Shenwari tosses this up outside off again

28.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Shahid Afridi, no run, tossed up, drifted in and turns away. Lovely legspin bowling as Afridi defends

28.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, looks like I jinxed him. This was a long hop on middle and off, Afridi whips it wide of mid-on

28.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, 1 run, reaches far forward and drives this flighted ball outside off through extra cover

Syed: "Which Afridi is going to turn out today? the usual one (i.e. 5 balls, 2 runs and caught out) or the one which turns out every 50 inning i.e. 70+ runs and 5 wickets."

End of over 29 (4 runs) Pakistan 116/5 (RR: 4.00)
Umar Akmal    10* (13b)      Samiullah Shenwari    4-0-19-2
Shahid Afridi    6* (9b)      Dawlat Zadran    5-0-25-0

29.1

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, worked to the right of midwicket as he waits for this length ball to come to him

29.2

Dawlat Zadran to Shahid Afridi, no run, back of a length and angled into Afridi. Nudged towards midwicket, no single there

JC: "If these two play sensibly and stick it out, this could be surprisingly dangerous for Afghanistan. Much more likely though one or both will get out to a silly shot and set up a chance for a great victory!"

29.3

Dawlat Zadran to Shahid Afridi, OUT, 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

Shahid Afridi b Dawlat Zadran 6 (10m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

Anwar Ali walks out with Pakistan suffering another batting collapse. He revived one on ODI debut, can he do the same today?

29.4

Dawlat Zadran to Anwar Ali, no run, shortish on off stump, Anwar gets in line and blocks

29.5

Dawlat Zadran to Anwar Ali, 1 run, steered the shortish delivery outside off to deep third man

29.6

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, Akmal dabs into the covers and they snare a quick single. Nicely judged, despite the momentary hesitation

End of over 30 (3 runs) Pakistan 119/6 (RR: 3.96)
Umar Akmal    12* (15b)      Dawlat Zadran    6-0-28-1
Anwar Ali    1* (2b)      Samiullah Shenwari    4-0-19-2

30.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, 1 wide, short and way wide outside off. Akmal has to do a lot to restrain himself

30.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, no run, tossed up outside off, driven into the covers

30.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, 1 run, shortish on middle, clipped through midwicket

sandesh: "An Afghanistan win here would be amazing! Will put insane pressure on Bangladesh to not come last. "

30.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Anwar Ali, 1 run, a little too much flight there as this is taken on the full and pushed to long-on

30.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, 1 run, worked through midwicket as this is on a length and on middle

30.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Anwar Ali, no run, rips right across him! Shenwari, you beauty! Shahzad thinks he's stumped him here and we'll go to the third umpire. This drifted in, which fooled the batsman into a flick through leg. But the ball pitches and turns a mighty distance to beat the bat. Anwar was not properly balanced and Shahzad waits for his front foot to move outside the crease, but the back foot has not budged

30.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Anwar Ali, no run, this skids on straight and Shenwari is terribly disappointed. Akmal did excellently well to hurry into his defensive push and keep this from hitting the stumps, or his pads

prash: "As an Indian fan, confused whether to laugh at Pakistan's batting or to feel sad to compare our bowling with Afghanistan's.. "

End of over 31 (4 runs) Pakistan 123/6 (RR: 3.96)
Anwar Ali    2* (5b)      Samiullah Shenwari    5-0-23-2
Umar Akmal    14* (18b)      Dawlat Zadran    6-0-28-1

Hotak has returned

31.1

Amir Hamza to Umar Akmal, no run, pushed to extra cover as he lunges forward to the flighted ball outside off

Jawad Zakariya: "@sandesh, you mean put insane pressure on Pakistan, not to come last. "

31.2

Amir Hamza to Umar Akmal, 1 run, shortish on off stump, rocks back to punch it past the bowler's dive to long-off

31.3

Amir Hamza to Anwar Ali, no run, loopy delivery on off stump, defended

31.4

Amir Hamza to Anwar Ali, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, nudges it to long-on

31.5

Amir Hamza to Umar Akmal, no run, lovely line from the bowler as this is tossed up and drifts in on middle. Defended off the front foot

31.6

Amir Hamza to Umar Akmal, 1 run, just a touch short and it is enough for Akmal to cut it fine to short third man

End of over 32 (3 runs) Pakistan 126/6 (RR: 3.93)
Umar Akmal    16* (22b)      Amir Hamza    7-1-17-1
Anwar Ali    3* (7b)      Samiullah Shenwari    5-0-23-2

Surath: "@ Sundesh, it is way too early to predict an Afghanistan win today mate. Did you forget how good the Pakistan bowling line up? They got Umar Gul, Ajmal, Hafeez, Afridi and Junaid... even reaching 123 will be a daunting task for the inexperienced Afghanistanis.. But they will have Bangaladeshis on their toes for sure..."

32.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, no run, tossed up outside off, lunges forward to defend

32.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, 1 run, this time his drive goes down to the fielder at deep extra cover

32.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Anwar Ali, 1 run, nudged away to deep square leg as this is dropped a bit short and on the pads

32.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, 1 run, low full toss on off stump, driven with a straight bat to long-off

32.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Anwar Ali, no run, drifts in as he tosses this up on middle and leg. Struck on the pads as he defends. Would have slid down leg

32.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Anwar Ali, no run, tossed up on leg stump, Anwar was making some room to drive to long-off but gets an inside edge. That's drinks

Satish S: "@Surath: I was checking the individual profiles of Afghani cricketers and many have scored tons in ODIs..so too early to predict with dew as a factor coming up!" Shahzad himself has three

End of over 33 (3 runs) Pakistan 129/6 (RR: 3.90)
Anwar Ali    4* (10b)      Samiullah Shenwari    6-0-26-2
Umar Akmal    18* (25b)      Amir Hamza    7-1-17-1

Zaheer Abbas, Moin Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq look rather grim in the dressing room

33.1

Amir Hamza to Umar Akmal, no run, flighted outside off, Akmal presses forward to defend

33.2

Amir Hamza to Umar Akmal, no run, goes forward to the tossed up delivery on middle and keeps it out

33.3

Amir Hamza to Umar Akmal, 1 run, lures him outside off but Akmal is tight as he drives to long-off

33.4

Amir Hamza to Anwar Ali, FOUR, misfield at mid-on allows Pakistan a very dearly needed boundary. Mangal was the man who dived over that. Anwar was making room to punch it and gets just enough pat to push this through to the boundary

33.5

Amir Hamza to Anwar Ali, no run, stayed back and blocks this good length ball

33.6

Amir Hamza to Anwar Ali, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended. Wanted a single, but is sent back

End of over 34 (5 runs) Pakistan 134/6 (RR: 3.94)
Anwar Ali    8* (13b 1x4)      Amir Hamza    8-1-22-1
Umar Akmal    19* (28b)      Samiullah Shenwari    6-0-26-2

34.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, no run, flighted on middle and off, defended towards point

34.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, SIX, lovely, friendly full toss wakes up the Pakistan contingent as Akmal flays this over long-on! Clean strike, much needed strike

34.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Umar Akmal, 1 run, flighted on the pads, easily worked through square leg

34.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Anwar Ali, no run, opens the face and guides this tossed up delivery to point. No single there

34.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Anwar Ali, no run, turn outside off to beat the late cut. He went chasing at it and could easily have guided it straight to the keeper's gloves.

34.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Anwar Ali, 1 run, flighted on off stump, driven to long-off

Farhan Khaliq: "Finally a boundry after nearly 8 overs"

End of over 35 (8 runs) Pakistan 142/6 (RR: 4.05)
Anwar Ali    9* (16b 1x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    7-0-34-2
Umar Akmal    26* (31b 1x6)      Amir Hamza    8-1-22-1

Time for the batting powerplay. Here's the captain himself

Santhosh: "U Akmal is playing sensibly like Kohli. Better pak should utilise him completely by sending him at no.3"

35.1

Mohammad Nabi to Anwar Ali, no run, flighted on middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler. Anwar keeps taking a few steps out of his crease where there are no singles to be had

35.2

Mohammad Nabi to Anwar Ali, 1 run, punched to long-on as this was shorter on off stump

35.3

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, no run, bit of width but Akmal's late cut goes straight to short third man

35.4

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, no run, flighted on middle and leg, turned away to midwicket

35.5

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, no run, a bit fuller for that late cut and Akmal is beaten. Admonishes himself by banging his bat on his helmet

35.6

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, 1 run, rocks back and short-arm pulls towards wide long-on

End of over 36 (2 runs) Pakistan 144/6 (RR: 4.00)
Umar Akmal    27* (35b 1x6)      Mohammad Nabi    5-0-28-0
Anwar Ali    10* (18b 1x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    7-0-34-2

Shapoor Zadran and his huge run-up are back

Hassan: "If Pakistan is able to score 200+ from here than they still have a good chance to win this one ..."

36.1

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, guides this shortish delivery outside off to deep third man. Neatly done

36.2

Shapoor Zadran to Anwar Ali, no run, draws him forward as this is angled across him, Anwar pushes into the covers and for the first time today says "wait".

switches around the wicket

36.3

Shapoor Zadran to Anwar Ali, no run, 137 kph, lures Anwar to play away from his body. That was very dangerous. Might just have straightened off the fuller length leaving him poking at it

36.4

Shapoor Zadran to Anwar Ali, 1 run, fullish and angled in at him, Anwar's defence is far more tighter as they scamper a single in front of point

36.5

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, dropped square on the off side by Shenwari! This was a fuller delivery outside off and Akmal swung across the line, trying to exploit the gap at square leg. The leading edge hands in the air for a very long time and when it came down it bursts right through the fielder's hands. Akmal is on his honches at the non-strikers'. He knows that was a terrible shot

36.6

Shapoor Zadran to Anwar Ali, no run, back of a length and outside off, left alone

End of over 37 (3 runs) Pakistan 147/6 (RR: 3.97)
Anwar Ali    11* (22b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    5-1-15-0
Umar Akmal    29* (37b 1x6)      Mohammad Nabi    5-0-28-0

37.1

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, 1 run, direct hit from short fine leg and the third umpire's called in to adjudicate. He's safe though. His head was down and he was sliding his bat. Good technique. Neat little nudge to get off strike

37.2

Mohammad Nabi to Anwar Ali, no run, flighted outside off, defended into the covers

37.3

Mohammad Nabi to Anwar Ali, no run, drags it short, but the turn ensures there isn't enough width to take advantage. Pushed back to the bowler

37.4

Mohammad Nabi to Anwar Ali, 1 run, clipped into the midwicket region as this is on a length on middle and leg

37.5

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, FOUR, gorgeous stroke. That's why he sets himself straight after playing horrid slogs. It was flighted outside off and Akmal was forward and eases this through extra cover. What timing!

37.6

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, and the late cut. He's beaten backward point who chases it down and keeps it to two. Just a hint of room on this shortish delivery and Akmal's been quite adept at that stroke

End of over 38 (8 runs) Pakistan 155/6 (RR: 4.07)
Umar Akmal    36* (40b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammad Nabi    6-0-36-0
Anwar Ali    12* (25b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    5-1-15-0

ALI: "Looks like Umar Akmal is our future Misbah."

38.1

Shapoor Zadran to Anwar Ali, no run, 142 kph, back of a length just outside off, opens the face to guide it to point

38.2

Shapoor Zadran to Anwar Ali, 1 run, ventures forward to steer this good length ball outside off to deep third man

38.3

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, no run, 138kph, back of a length and outside off, not bothered with

38.4

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, no run, 135kph, good length ball angling in on middle, Akmal stays in line and blocks

38.5

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, no run, 141kph, fullish and outside off, Anwar lunges forward and lets it go

38.6

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, misfield at backward point allows for what could have been a tight single into an easy one. Nicely waited on and guided away

salim: "@Ali..Then who is future Afridi :o" Isn't one Afridi enough?

End of over 39 (2 runs) Pakistan 157/6 (RR: 4.02)
Umar Akmal    37* (44b 1x4 1x6)      Shapoor Zadran    6-1-17-0
Anwar Ali    13* (27b 1x4)      Mohammad Nabi    6-0-36-0

39.1

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, no run, flighted on off stump, defended off the front foot

39.2

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, 1 run, flatter and quicker on off stump, pushed to long-on

39.3

Mohammad Nabi to Anwar Ali, no run, tossed up on leg stump, driven only as far as the bowler

39.4

Mohammad Nabi to Anwar Ali, 1 run, punched wide of long-on as this is shortish on middle and off

39.5

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, 1 run, long-on has a bit more work as this is flat on middle and leg

39.6

Mohammad Nabi to Anwar Ali, FOUR, last ball of the powerplay is thumped between point and cover. Short again and this time it had enough width for Anwar to go deep into his crease and cut it away powerfully

Pakistan have made 22 runs off the five overs of Batting Powerplay. No wickets lost though. A grave situation is looking a little brighter

End of over 40 (7 runs) Pakistan 164/6 (RR: 4.10)
Anwar Ali    18* (30b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    7-0-43-0
Umar Akmal    39* (47b 1x4 1x6)      Shapoor Zadran    6-1-17-0

Hamza Hotak is back. Oh wait, the captain has had change of heart. Tosses the ball to Mirwais Ashraf

40.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Umar Akmal, no run, full and wide of off stump, Akmal leans into a cover drive. Can't find the gap

40.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, good length ball on off stump, dabbed in front of point and calls for the single immediately. There's a bit of a misfield and Akmal is wise to it as he sneaks in a second

40.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Umar Akmal, FOUR, carted over mid-on to bring up the fifty partnership. Akmal has begun to open up! Charges the medium pacer and though he pitched it shorter, the batsman is comfortable enough to go through with the loft. Good shot

40.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Umar Akmal, 1 run, nudged in front of midwicket as Ashraf targets middle and leg

40.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Anwar Ali, no run, waits for the back of a length ball on off stump and steers to short third man

40.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Anwar Ali, no run, short and wide outside off, Anwar cuts under the ball and misses

End of over 41 (7 runs) Pakistan 171/6 (RR: 4.17)
Anwar Ali    18* (32b 2x4)      Mirwais Ashraf    7-1-26-1
Umar Akmal    46* (51b 2x4 1x6)      Mohammad Nabi    7-0-43-0

41.1

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, no run, flighted outside off, Akmal is forward and blocks. Hint of drift away and some turn after pitching too

41.2

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, no run, keeps bat and pad close as he keeps this tossed up delivery out

41.3

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, 1 run, flatter on off stump, pushed to long-on

41.4

Mohammad Nabi to Anwar Ali, 1 run, dabbed with soft hands towards point and they rush through for a single

41.5

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, no run, shortish and outside off, cut straight to point

41.6

Mohammad Nabi to Umar Akmal, 1 run, worked away wide of long-on as this is flighted on middle stump

Muhammad Arsala: "Last 10 overs of the first innings and my Professor is busy giving us a boring lecture." Akmal's starting to take this game by the neck too

End of over 42 (3 runs) Pakistan 174/6 (RR: 4.14)
Umar Akmal    48* (56b 2x4 1x6)      Mohammad Nabi    8-0-46-0
Anwar Ali    19* (33b 2x4)      Mirwais Ashraf    7-1-26-1

42.1

Mirwais Ashraf to Umar Akmal, 1 run, bit of room outside off and he carves it to short third man

42.2

Mirwais Ashraf to Anwar Ali, 2 runs, gets on top of the bounce of this shortish ball outside off and guides this to deep third man. Good running fetches them two

42.3

Mirwais Ashraf to Anwar Ali, no run, fullish and outside off, Anwar is walking into this as he drives to cover

42.4

Mirwais Ashraf to Anwar Ali, OUT, 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

Anwar Ali c Nawroz Mangal b Mirwais Ashraf 21 (59m 36b 2x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

Umar Gul is out there now

42.5

Mirwais Ashraf to Umar Akmal, no run, fullish on off stump, defended back to the bowler

42.6

Mirwais Ashraf to Umar Akmal, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended

End of over 43 (3 runs) Pakistan 177/7 (RR: 4.11)
Umar Akmal    49* (59b 2x4 1x6)      Mirwais Ashraf    8-1-29-2
Umar Gul    0* (0b)      Mohammad Nabi    8-0-46-0

Jebran Ali: "Please no one comment about how umar gul has saved us quite afew matches with his batting and at critical times too, remember the one against South Africa?" You mean except that one, right? Here's Dawlat Zadran

43.1

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Gul, 1 run, reverses in on middle and off, gets an inside edge to long leg. Tough ball first up for Gul, but he does very well

43.2

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, shortish and outside off, guided away to deep third man to record his second consecutive fifty. Feigns keeping for an imaginary ball for the dressing room's benefit. Pakistan still need him out there though, but they owe a lot of their total to this man

43.3

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Gul, no run, back of a length on off stump, blocked

43.4

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Gul, no run, fullish on off stump, comes forward to block with a straight bat

43.5

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Gul, 1 leg bye, good length ball sneaking down leg. Strikes the pad and wanders towards midwicket. No point in that appeal

43.6

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, clipped in front of square leg and he takes on the fielder in the deep and succeeds easily

Talha: "While Kohli has 19 centuries,Umar Akmal is competing with him by his 19th half century."

End of over 44 (5 runs) Pakistan 182/7 (RR: 4.13)
Umar Akmal    52* (61b 2x4 1x6)      Dawlat Zadran    7-0-32-1
Umar Gul    1* (4b)      Mirwais Ashraf    8-1-29-2

Here's Shapoor, around the wicket again

Thevan: "Great captaincy by Nabi.. He has rotated his bowlers very well...!!"

44.1

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Gul, 1 run, short and directed at Gul's abdomen, swivel pulls it down to long leg to get off strike

44.2

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, no run, fullish and angled in on off stump, Akmal opens the face but can't beat backward point

44.3

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, FOUR, whacked through the vacant midwicket region. Strange field considering he is bowling around the wicket. It's a length ball well outside off but Akmal has walked into this and whipped it through to the boundary. Powerful strike

44.4

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, tapped in front of point as this is just a bit too short and outside off

44.5

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Gul, no run, back of a length on off stump, safely defended

44.6

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Gul, 1 run, clipped to deep square leg as he goes fuller on middle and off. Lovely timing there from Gul

End of over 45 (7 runs) Pakistan 189/7 (RR: 4.20)
Umar Gul    3* (7b)      Shapoor Zadran    7-1-24-0
Umar Akmal    57* (64b 3x4 1x6)      Dawlat Zadran    7-0-32-1

Kritesh: "Ahhh... even Afghanistan has a quick bowler who can reverse the bowl in death overs. Why cant India have one?"

45.1

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Gul, 1 run, think that slipped out of his hand. Hip-high full toss on leg stump and Gul does well to punch it to long-on

45.2

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, FOUR, that is glorious. He was walking at the bowler, so Dawlat shortens his length but has made the mistake of giving him too much room. Akmal slaps it through point and has struck it just about perfectly

45.3

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, walks at him again, this time though there isn't as much room on offer. Guided behind point with a straighter bat.

Most of the deep fielders are in the leg side so Akmal's making room to pierce the off side field

45.4

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, no run, full on middle and leg. He was looking to flick it through midwicket, but gets an inside edge onto pad

45.5

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, full and angling in at him, flicked through midwicket as the fielder lets it through him. Neat timing from Akmal

45.6

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, yorker on off stump, hint of reverse there as well. Akmal stays leg side of it. Pushed into the covers for a quick single. Safe despite the direct hit

End of over 46 (10 runs) Pakistan 199/7 (RR: 4.32)
Umar Akmal    66* (69b 4x4 1x6)      Dawlat Zadran    8-0-42-1
Umar Gul    4* (8b)      Shapoor Zadran    7-1-24-0

Yesh: "@Kritesh: What do you mean EVEN Afghanistan?"

46.1

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, no run, shortish and just outside off, makes room and pushes into the covers with an open face

46.2

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, walks at him again and though Shapoor digs it in, he goes through with a hack. It's needed at this stage of the innings and he manages to evade mid-off. That brings up 200 for Pakistan

46.3

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, 110 kph, slower ball but picked up Akmal. Pushed down to long-on for a single

46.4

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Gul, 1 run, too early into the short-armed pull and he goes a bottom edge down to third man. Akmal wants the strike and he succeeds. Lovely running, oh... actually there was a possibility of a run-out at the non-strikers'

46.5

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, no run, another slower ball on the pads. Akmal was looking to nudge it to long leg, but he is fooled by the change up.

46.6

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, 135kph, rides the pace and bounce on this to guide the shortish ball outside off to deep third man

End of over 47 (5 runs) Pakistan 204/7 (RR: 4.34)
Umar Akmal    70* (74b 4x4 1x6)      Shapoor Zadran    8-1-29-0
Umar Gul    5* (9b)      Dawlat Zadran    8-0-42-1

47.1

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, no run, full toss on middle, those yorkers aren't quite landing recently for Dawlat. Punched back to the bowler

47.2

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, low full toss on middle and leg, drilled to long-on who has a bit of distance to cover. Pulls out a dive and keeps it to two

47.3

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, 137kph, there's the yorker on leg stump, turned to midwicket

47.4

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Gul, SIX, swats it over midwikcet! That was imperious from Umar Gul! Digs it in short and it's just what the batsman wanted as he camps on the back foot and pummels it. That gets a smile from Misbah

47.5

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Gul, FOUR, even better! This time straight down the ground! Searches for the yorker, but offers up a full toss. Gul meets it with a straight bat and lofts right over the bowler's end

47.6

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Gul, OUT, 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

Umar Gul b Dawlat Zadran 15 (25m 12b 1x4 1x6) SR: 125.00

End of over 48 (13 runs) Pakistan 217/8 (RR: 4.52)
     Dawlat Zadran    9-0-55-2
Umar Akmal    73* (77b 4x4 1x6)      Shapoor Zadran    8-1-29-0

Saeed Ajmal has walked out to bat

48.1

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, SIX, charges him and this is a length ball, not the best choice in the death overs. Akmal gets it off the bottom of the bat but still it has enough power to sail over the long-on boundary

48.2

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, FOUR, 116 kph, slower ball but it was on a length and sliding down leg. They're losing their discipline in the face of Akmal's attack. Flicked away to the long leg boundary

48.3

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, low full toss on off stump, powered to mid-off. Struck so hard that it bursts through him and they take a single

48.4

Shapoor Zadran to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, 130kph, full and angled in on leg stump, flicked away to deep midwicket

48.5

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, no run, low full toss, and again the drive finds mid-off. Akmal throws his head back in disappointment.

48.6

Shapoor Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, almost a yorker outside off, dug out to long-on as Akmal retains strike for the last over

End of over 49 (13 runs) Pakistan 230/8 (RR: 4.69)
Umar Akmal    85* (82b 5x4 2x6)      Shapoor Zadran    9-1-42-0
Saeed Ajmal    1* (1b)      Dawlat Zadran    9-0-55-2

Appreciable accelaration from Pakistan. Last five overs, 48 runs

49.1

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, flat-batted straight down the ground but long-on's desperation is enough to keep it to two. Another knee-high full toss

49.2

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, FOUR, very full on middle, but the bottom-handed power in this shot is something to behold. Long-on races to his left and dives, but is not enough to stop this from crossing the boundary

49.3

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, (no ball) FOUR, full-toss over waist high and sliding down leg too! Possibly everything that can go wrong with a ball as Akmal smacks it to the long leg boundary. Racing towards his century and Pakistan eye 250!

49.3

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, no run, full and outside off, thumped to long-on. Refuses the single. Ajmal is not quite pleased with that as he walks up to have a chat

49.4

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, no run, full toss outside off, slapped to deep point. Still no single

49.5

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, SIX, that's his century! Akmal is beside himself as he hops and skips all the way to the non-strikers' it was a length ball with loads of room outside off, Akmal slogs it 96m into the stands behind long-on.

49.6

Dawlat Zadran to Umar Akmal, 1 run, another leg stump full toss and Akmal whips it to deep square leg and has to settle for a single.

5.45 pm Pakistan were in the midst of a disconcertingly familiar situation in the middle of this innings. And this time they did not have Misbah to bail them out. But Umar Akmal took it upon himself to stay till the very end of the innings. He ensured the score ticked along, especially in the half-century partnership with Anwar Ali. But once he got out, the gears changed and he simply blitzed through to his second ODI century and has given Pakistan a pretty decent total to bowl at. Afghanistan were very good in the early goings, but in the last few overs they were simply rattled. Too many full tosses, too many boundary balls and consequently a much larger target to chase

"I know there was huge pressure, great credit to management and coach for believing in me," says Umar Akmal. I just did my best to stay out there and push things along. Moin Khan, the coach, supported me a lot, the seniors too. They said you had enough ability to stay in the wicket [and bat long] and I'm trying that out in this series. We can defend it. We have one of the best spinners in Saeed and Afridi bhai and Guly bhai too. Dedicate this century to my wife"

End of over 50 (18 runs) Pakistan 248/8
Umar Akmal    102* (89b 7x4 3x6)      Dawlat Zadran    10-0-73-2
Saeed Ajmal    1* (1b)      Shapoor Zadran    9-1-42-0
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Feb 27, 2014

Mirwais Ashraf peppered Ahmed Shehzad with short-of-a-length deliveries outside off, Afghanistan v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Fatullah, February 27, 2014

Mirwais Ashraf peppered Ahmed Shehzad with short-of-a-length deliveries outside off

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Feb 27, 2014

Mirwais Ashraf did not stray even a single ball to the leg side against Mohammad Hafeez, Afghanistan v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Fatullah, February 27, 2014

Mirwais Ashraf did not stray even a single ball to the leg side against Mohammad Hafeez

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