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February 8, 2013
Bahawalpur and Multan 160 for 7 (Yasin 50*, Maqsood 42, Hotak 3-36) beat Afghanistan 156 for 9 (Mohibullah 49*, Shahzad 37, Babar 4-28) by three wickets
Afghanistan, after being put in to bat, struggled to steady their innings, losing wickets frequently. Opener Mohammad Shahzad and Mohibullah Paak put up some resistance, scoring 37 and 49 not out respectively to mitigate the damage done, with seven batsmen scoring in single digits. Spinner Babar took 4 for 28 in his ten overs; Kashif Naved and Imranullah Aslam were the other wicket-takers.
Bahawalpur and Multan were jolted early in their chase when Aslam was run out off the first ball of the innings. A 47-run stand between Usman Tariq and Sohaib Maqsood, and later a 30-run stand between Maqsood and Yasin, helped them recover. The chase got tougher with wickets falling, largely through spinner Hamid Hotak, who had bowled well in his previous match too, but Yasin stuck till the end to see his side through.
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After the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death, this match showed that cricket and life will continue to go on. This time Test cricket dug in and got through to tea.
Virat Kohli's innings on the final day transcended the conditions, the bowlers and his batting partners, and when it was all in vain, he displayed remarkable grace in defeat
The new stand-in captain has the makings of a long-term leader, given his ability to stay ahead of the game
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The failed gamble of handing Karn Sharma a Test debut despite him having a moderate first-class record means India have to rethink who their spinner will be
Turning your back on a system that the whole cricketing world wants a discussion on, refusing to discuss it because it is not 100%, is not good enough
After a long time we have seen an Indian team and captain enjoy the challenge of trying to overcome stronger opposition in an overseas Test