Pakistan A v Afghanistan, only unofficial T20, Lahore

Shehzad, Afridi lead Pak A to comfortable win

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February 13, 2013

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Pakistan A 189 for 6 (Shehzad 68, Afridi 45) beat Afghanistan 140 for 9 (Stanikzai 47) by 49 runs

Shahid Afridi sweeps during a practice match, Lahore, December 19, 2012
File photo: Shahid Afridi hit four fours and two sixes in his 25-ball 45 © AFP
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Afghanistan crumbled under the weight of Pakistan A's big total of 189, to lose by 49 runs in the Twenty20 in Lahore. Opener Ahmed Shehzad and Shahid Afridi took the contest away from Afghanistan with their attacking knocks of 68 and 45 respectively. In reply, regular wickets and slow scoring hurt them, and they limped to 140 for 9.

Afghanistan started the chase brightly, the openers scoring 32 in three overs, but they slipped to 89 for 6 in the 11th over. Asghar Stanikzai was the only batsman to remain unbeaten eventually, scoring 47. The last seven batsmen scored 27 runs in all.

Pakistan's innings was based on partnerships of 66, between openers Shehzad and Sharjeel Khan, and 65, between Shehzad and Afridi, after which they were 131 for 2 in 13 overs. Although Afghanistan bounced back to keep them to below 200, the target ultimately proved too daunting for them.

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Posted by syedmnaqvi on (February 16, 2013, 23:17 GMT)

Shahid Afridi should keep on playing till he come back in form for Champions League and Shahzad should keep on working for the League. Inshala Pakistan will win the Champions League!

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

Zulfiqar Babar should be in the team. He is a top-class spinner. Has great stats and is in-form as well. He performed better than Ajmal and Rehman in the last first-class season. Sharjeel Khan should make it to one-day and T20 teams everytime. Good aggressive player who performs consistently. Wahab Riaz should be made a t20 specialist. Has performed better in T20s, and can hit a few sixes as well

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