Pakistan A v Afghanistan, 3rd match, Faisalabad May 29, 2011

Pakistan A sweep series with hard-fought win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan A 278 for 6 (Ahmed 61*, Nasim 50*, Nabi 2-46) beat Afghanistan 274 for 9 (Noor Ali 51, Shah 3-29) by four wickets

Pakistan A completed a clean sweep of the three-match limited overs series against Afghanistan, with a hard-fought four-wicket win in Faisalabad.

Afghanistan got off to a reasonable start after choosing to bat, with opener Noor Ali Zadran holding up one end with a steady half-century. Pakistan A's bowlers managed wickets at regular intervals, though, and had the visitors in trouble at 187 for 6 in the 42nd over. The lower order came good, with Mohammad Nabi, Karim Sadiq and Samiullah Shenwari scoring 87 off the last 53 deliveries of the innings to carry their side to 274. Legspinner Yasir Shah was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets in a miserly spell.

Pakistan A's chase began in similar fashion to the Afghanistan innings, with a number of top order cameos taking the side to 120 for 3. Opener Sharjeel Khan's 44 came off 31 balls, making sure Pakistan A were well placed after 20 overs. But Afghanistan pulled things back with two wickets off four balls, reducing the hosts to 120 for 5 in the 22nd. The lower-middle order offered tough resistance after that, slowly rebuilding the chase. A patient 63-run stand between Sarfraz Ahmed and Sohail Tanvir was followed by a quick fire, unbeaten 95-run partnership between Sarfraz and Saad Nasim, which carried their side home with 11 balls to spare.

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  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    The problem Pakistani youngsters is they performed extra ordinarily in the domestic circuit and at A level, But once they get exposed at international level they can't perform there, the main reason for this is their lack of confident and lack of exposure, India is world champion due to curtsy of IPL, they invited all the international stars to their country and asked their "kids" to smash them apart this really boosted the confidence of young players and they feel no pressure when they come in the International level, They guys like Sarfaraz, Umar Amin, falling just because of this

  • Matt on May 30, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Promising signs for Afghanistan. They are still yet to really play against players of this quality and were missing their 2 best players. Just remember 3 or so years ago they were playing in WCL division 5 or 6 or something and they continue to improve.

    They'll improve out of sight as soon as they start building some cricketing infrastructure and work on their coach/training ect. as well as developing some domestic competitions and exposing the players to more and more cricket.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    sarfaraz has been doing well, he is a good batsman as well. The current age of cricket means that every player can bat, atleast score 20-30, i can see that he's doing much better than that, he providing stablity with good strike rate, and should be picked immediately because Salman cant even hold the bat!

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    In this series one thing is cleared now that Sarfraz Ahmed is No.1 Choice in Wicketkeeping for National team. and Sadaf Hussain should also given chance in West Indies ODI series. I think Umair Khan and Khalid Latif should also given chances against Afghanistan team.

  • Zabihullah on May 30, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    I think there is long long way for Afghan players to go through, they have to learn the basics of the cricket as we have seen Afghan players are down in all three departments Batting, Bowling and Fielding. We can not call Ezatullah, Gulbadain and Dawlat Zadran fast bowlers, if a bowler can not bowl short pitch and bouncer is he a bowler? Afghanistan Cricket Board must rethink about their plan, they should not let players set at home for four months and than come play a series. All Afghans are disappointed they are really weak, and there were lots of weak points and shortages in Mangal Captaincy specially using his bowlers, he was not able to guide his fast bowlers how to bowl, they were bowling only full deliveries no short pitch no change of pace and nothing special, all regular deliveries which were so easy for Pakistani players to utilize. ACB needs to think, Coach needs to work and think again and players must think again otherwise there are a lot of talented players in Afghanistan

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    Both umpires were so much biased. I really hated that. Two plumb LBWs were turned down and a run out appeal was not shown on the screen. Those were turning points of the match. This is really not with Afghanistan, but for me Afghanistan have won that match.

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    Sarfraz is a very confident guy and he can bat well than all other options including Kamran Akmal. He is a mature person who doesnt give his wicket away. I wonder why our selectors and PCB chief keep on ignoring him because he cant bat and select player like Salman, who may be a very good wicket keeper but certainly cant bat. With a fragile batting line up that Pakistan is, they cannot afford a non batsman wicket keeper and they would certainly do good if they select Sarfraz.

  • Haris on May 29, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    another brilliant match for sarfraz ahmed, y is he not in the team instead of this rubbish mohammad salman guy. PCB are doing their best to ruin pakistani cricket!!!!

  • zain on May 29, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    yasir shah danish look good as future prospects

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