Afghanistan tour of United Arab Emirates, Only ODI: Afghanistan v Pakistan at Sharjah, Feb 10, 2012
Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 77 balls remaining)
Played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (neutral venue)
10 February 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

Play will begin really soon. Some thoughts from Spinghar Safi: "I am very sad that Hamid Hassan is not playing today. He really is a match-winner and could have caused a lot of problems to the Pakistani Batsmen. Watch out for Dawlat Zadran a very talented bowler!"

Toss: Afghanistan have chosen to bat first. The teams are updated above.

The surprise I suppose in the Pakistan line-up is Shoaib Malik. He wasn't part of the original squad but was flown down on the request of the captain. He's been a shadow of the player he once was, and his career has been hanging on a thread. Wahab Riaz is also back.

Waqar Younis isn't very happy with Malik's inclusion. He says they should have tried out Hammad Azam.

Speaking of Afghanistan's journey, the documentary on their rise, Out of the Ashes, is a must-watch. I watched it while on the flight from Dubai to Chennai recently. Inspiring story indeed and very well crafted. The best part is when they head to Jersey for the World Cricket League and experience the culture shock.

Before we start, you might wan to read George Dobell's preview to this game, on why this game is such a big deal for Afghanistan.

Just skimming through the mails, quite a few of you angry with Malik and Farhat's selection.

2.15pm: Good day everyone and welcome to the coverage of what is a momentous day for Afghanistan cricket. It's their first official ODI against a Full Member country. Who better than their neighbours as opponents. The game's at Afghanistan's unofficial home, Sharjah.

The toss should happen anytime soon.

It's a Friday so we can expect a very large crowd. Afghanistan couldn't have picked a tougher opponent, to be honest. UAE has become a Pakistan fortress, as England just found out. Don't forget, Afghanistan played two T20 internationals in the World T20 in 2010.

0.1

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, no run, low bounce straightaway, the ball bounces once more before reaching the keeper, the batsman nearly edged it

0.2

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, no run, nicely punched off the back foot towards cover, gets behind the line

0.3

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, no run, keeps it around the off stump and he nicely defends on the back foot

2 slips in place

0.4

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, no run, he's middling the ball in defense, he pushes it towards the off side

0.5

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, lovely shot! Lot of intent in that one, strays on the pads and he flicks it with authority wide of midwicket and square leg, the ball raced away

0.6

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, no run, drifts towards the pads again and he flicks it straight to midwicket, good start by Sadiq

End of over 1 (4 runs) Afghanistan 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • Karim Sadiq 4 (6b 1x4)
    • Noor Ali Zadran 0 (0b)
    • Umar Gul 1-0-4-0
1.1

Wahab Riaz to Noor Ali Zadran, 3 runs, fullish in length outside off, very low bounce again and he nicely pushes it past cover

1.2

Wahab Riaz to Karim Sadiq, no run, Riaz moves it back inwards late and Sadiq nicely punches it off the front foot, Riaz gets a and to it

1.3

Wahab Riaz to Karim Sadiq, no run, solid in defense again, very confident beginning by Sadiq getting right behind the line

1.4

Wahab Riaz to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, full and wide and he slashes it hard and high over point, third man is very fine and he slides and stops near the boundary

1.5

Wahab Riaz to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, stays at the crease and slices it away straight to point

1.6

Wahab Riaz to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, goes right back at the crease and pushes it solidly down to mid-off

End of over 2 (4 runs) Afghanistan 8/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • Noor Ali Zadran 3 (3b)
    • Karim Sadiq 5 (9b 1x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 1-0-4-0
    • Umar Gul 1-0-4-0
2.1

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, no run, fullish delivery and nicely pushed off the front foot down to mid-on, off the middle of the bat

2.2

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, no run, goes back at the crease and steers it to the off side

2.3

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, no run, tries to punch that through the off side but he mistimes it, stayed right back at the crease

2.4

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, excellent running, he tucks it with soft hands in front of midwicket and charges off, good communication

We can expect the crowd to improve. There's quite a buzz already

2.5

Umar Gul to Noor Ali Zadran, FOUR, another crisp boundary, half volley on middle stump, Noor uses his wrists and flicks it elegantly past square, the fielder chases in despair

2.6

Umar Gul to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, gets right behind the line and defends in front of the stumps

Ananta, from Nepal: "Its amazing to see Afgan's progress in International Cricket, although they are our rival in ACC tournaments, I have always regarded them as world class act...Bravo Afgan warriors!!"

End of over 3 (5 runs) Afghanistan 13/0 (RR: 4.33)

    • Noor Ali Zadran 7 (5b 1x4)
    • Karim Sadiq 6 (13b 1x4)
    • Umar Gul 2-0-9-0
    • Wahab Riaz 1-0-4-0
3.1

Wahab Riaz to Karim Sadiq, no run, drives off the front foot to cover and then sets off but his partner wisely sends him back

3.2

Wahab Riaz to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, Sadiq decides to use his feet and give that a thrash, length delivery, he takes a few paces down and whacks it well wide of mid-off

Slips are out and there's a short fine leg

3.3

Wahab Riaz to Karim Sadiq, no run, fullish delivery angling away and he drives down to cover

3.4

Wahab Riaz to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, the ball comes on to him slowly and he opens the face of the bat and steers it to third man

3.5

Wahab Riaz to Noor Ali Zadran, 2 runs, crisply timed back foot punch! Gets across his stumps and places it past the diving midwicket fielder

3.6

Wahab Riaz to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, goes right back at his stumps and defends to the on side

End of over 4 (7 runs) Afghanistan 20/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • Noor Ali Zadran 9 (7b 1x4)
    • Karim Sadiq 11 (17b 2x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 2-0-11-0
    • Umar Gul 2-0-9-0

This looks like a very slow pitch.

4.1

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, times the punch past point really well, Ajmal has to really scamper across from third man and cut it off

4.2

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, no run, slides down the leg side and Gul's lucky to get away with that, the keeper was alert and moved to his left quickly

4.3

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, Sadiq goes for the wild slash over the off side but the ball flies off the edge and drops towards third man

4.4

Umar Gul to Noor Ali Zadran, OUT, the slowness of the pitch got him, he went right across his stumps to defend but the ball came on a bit slower than he would have expected, he ends up spooning it back to Gul, the ball really stopped on Noor there

Noor Ali Zadran c & b Umar Gul 9 (21m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

The chirpy keeper Mohammad Shahzad comes in

4.5

Umar Gul to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, gets on the front foot and drives it down to extra cover

4.6

Umar Gul to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, stays at the crease and opens the face and steers it to point

End of over 5 (3 runs) Afghanistan 23/1 (RR: 4.60)

    • Mohammad Shahzad 0 (2b)
    • Karim Sadiq 14 (20b 2x4)
    • Umar Gul 3-0-12-1
    • Wahab Riaz 2-0-11-0
5.1

Wahab Riaz to Karim Sadiq, no run, Sadiq stays on the back foot and punches it towards cover

5.2

Wahab Riaz to Karim Sadiq, no run, pitches it up and Sadiq gives it everything but he fails to cover the angle and nearly edges it to Umar Akmal

5.3

Wahab Riaz to Karim Sadiq, no run, gets beside the line and steers it down towards point

5.4

Wahab Riaz to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, excellent running again, he punches it in front of mid-off and realised the fielder was a bit deep, charged out of his crease

5.5

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, once again the ball really stops on the batsman, stays at the crease and chops it down the pitch

5.6

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, squared up at the crease as he tries to work it away, the ball drops on the pitch

End of over 6 (1 run) Afghanistan 24/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • Mohammad Shahzad 0 (4b)
    • Karim Sadiq 15 (24b 2x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 3-0-12-0
    • Umar Gul 3-0-12-1
6.1

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, once again good use of the wrists, angles towards the pads and he flicks it behind square on the on side

6.2

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, SIX, heads up! Sadiq stays at the crease and bludgeons a slower delivery over long-on, dispatched that with intent

6.3

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, no run, dropped, Sadiq flicks it straight to Younis at midwicket, Younis has to fall forward as it travelled quite low, failed to hang on

6.4

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, short one and pulled, miscued shot over midwicket, he was aiming for another big hit to the on side

6.5

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, no run, pitched up outside the off stump and sadiq swings at thin air

6.6

Umar Gul to Karim Sadiq, no run, opens the face of the bat and steers it towards point

End of over 7 (10 runs) Afghanistan 34/1 (RR: 4.85)

    • Karim Sadiq 25 (30b 2x4 1x6)
    • Mohammad Shahzad 0 (4b)
    • Umar Gul 4-0-22-1
    • Wahab Riaz 3-0-12-0

Afghanistan are trying to make the most of it against the seamers before the spinners come on

7.1

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, keeps a bit low and he manages to keep it out and work it to the on side

7.2

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, keeps it on the off stump and he gets an inside edge to the on side

7.3

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, Shahzad's off the mark in effortless manner, works his wrists and flicks it with ease past midwicket, the quick outfield does the rest

7.4

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, thick outside edge and no slip! Shahzad flays at one pitched up and moving away, the outside edge flies to third man and Umar Akmal can only watch it go

7.5

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, forget the previous edge, check out this one! Fuller delivery and he shovels it over mid-on, all power behind that shot

7.6

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, shuffles and works it away on one leg down to long leg

End of over 8 (13 runs) Afghanistan 47/1 (RR: 5.87)

    • Mohammad Shahzad 13 (10b 3x4)
    • Karim Sadiq 25 (30b 2x4 1x6)
    • Wahab Riaz 4-0-25-0
    • Umar Gul 4-0-22-1

Saeed Ajmal comes on. Misbah's had enough of the pacers

8.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, turns in and clips his pads as he gets forward and it looked like missing leg, big appeal by Ajmal

There is no DRS for this game

8.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, gets forward and pushes it to the off side

8.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, Reverse sweep for six I'm not kidding, Shahzad changed is guard in a flash and really bludgeoned that over conventional deep extra cover for the right-hander, Shahzad can afford tat smile, he can't believe what he's pulled off

8.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

8.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, tossed up on middle and he works it down to fine leg

8.6

Saeed Ajmal to Karim Sadiq, no run, comes down the track and forces it to mid-off

End of over 9 (7 runs) Afghanistan 54/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • Karim Sadiq 25 (31b 2x4 1x6)
    • Mohammad Shahzad 20 (15b 3x4 1x6)
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-7-0
    • Wahab Riaz 4-0-25-0

Afridi now on

9.1

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, keeps low and he thuds it down to cover point

9.2

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Shahzad, OUT, terrific catch! Shahzad tries to capitalise on the width outside off and carve it over the off side, he was well forward and the ball travelled quickly but Shafiq timed his leap at point and plucked it, excellent reflexes

Mohammad Shahzad c Asad Shafiq b Shahid Afridi 20 (22m 17b 3x4 1x6) SR: 117.64

9.3

Shahid Afridi to Nawroz Mangal, no run, the ball was angling on the pads and sliding down the leg side and there was a big appeal for a leg before

9.4

Shahid Afridi to Nawroz Mangal, FOUR, full and wide and thrashed, lot of width to work with and he smacked it between cover and cover point

9.5

Shahid Afridi to Nawroz Mangal, no run, full outside off and solidly defended on the front foot

9.6

Shahid Afridi to Nawroz Mangal, no run, gets forward and defends it down the track

Faisal: "Pakhtoons are rocking the cricket world. I am so excited to see their stuff. This is what we call a 'natural game'."

End of over 10 (4 runs) Afghanistan 58/2 (RR: 5.80)

    • Nawroz Mangal 4 (4b 1x4)
    • Karim Sadiq 25 (31b 2x4 1x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-4-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-7-0
10.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Karim Sadiq, 1 wide, Hafeez strays down the leg side and he tries to run it down but misses

10.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, gets forward and steers it wide of point

10.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, works it down to square leg and takes a single

10.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, tossed up on middle and he defends down the track

10.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, no run, Mangal's happy to defend on the front foot

10.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, no run, gets behind the line on the front foot and defends

10.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, no run, gets beside the line and steers it to the off side

End of over 11 (4 runs) Afghanistan 62/2 (RR: 5.63)

    • Nawroz Mangal 5 (8b 1x4)
    • Karim Sadiq 27 (33b 2x4 1x6)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-4-0
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-4-1
11.1

Shahid Afridi to Karim Sadiq, no run, gets forward and pushes it towards cover

11.2

Shahid Afridi to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, gets across and he clips it to the on side

11.3

Shahid Afridi to Nawroz Mangal, no run, gets across and pushes it towards point

11.4

Shahid Afridi to Nawroz Mangal, no run, gets forward and defends down the track

11.5

Shahid Afridi to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, tempts him with more width this time and Mangal tries to square drive this past point

11.6

Shahid Afridi to Karim Sadiq, no run, stays back and defends down the track

End of over 12 (2 runs) Afghanistan 64/2 (RR: 5.33)

    • Karim Sadiq 28 (36b 2x4 1x6)
    • Nawroz Mangal 6 (11b 1x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-6-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-4-0
12.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, no run, stays back, waits for the turn and punches it down the track

12.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, no run, stays back and taps it back to Hafeez

12.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, gets on the front foot and places it to long-on

12.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, gets on his knee and sweeps it hard down to fine leg

12.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, FOUR, chips down the track and tries to loft through the line down the ground but gets an outside edge that beats the diving short third man

12.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, no run, stays back and defends down the track

End of over 13 (6 runs) Afghanistan 70/2 (RR: 5.38)

    • Nawroz Mangal 11 (16b 2x4)
    • Karim Sadiq 29 (37b 2x4 1x6)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-10-0
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-6-1
13.1

Shahid Afridi to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, clears the front foot and shovels it along the ground to long-on

13.2

Shahid Afridi to Nawroz Mangal, OUT, poor shot from the captain, Afridi floated it on the stumps and Mangal made himself room to loft down the ground, the ball kept low and thudded onto the middle stump, Mangal had exposed the woodwork and after he was bowled he shadow-practiced the shot he intended to play

Nawroz Mangal b Shahid Afridi 11 (10m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 64.70

Mohammad Nabi comes in

13.3

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, 131.2 kph, it was that quick! He really fired it in and Nabi ensured he was quick to defend

13.4

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, gets forward and he tucks it to the on side

13.5

Shahid Afridi to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, slides it down towards the pads and he gets across and tucks it down to fine leg

13.6

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, gets well across and blocks it out

End of over 14 (3 runs) Afghanistan 73/3 (RR: 5.21)

    • Mohammad Nabi 1 (3b)
    • Karim Sadiq 31 (39b 2x4 1x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-9-2
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-10-0
14.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, stays back at the crease and punches it down the ground to long-on

The field's really spread out here

14.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, tucks it towards backward square leg

14.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Karim Sadiq, no run, gets well across and defends with soft hands

14.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, gets a thick outside edge and there's no slip, Ajmal has to chase it from short third man

14.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Karim Sadiq, no run

14.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Karim Sadiq, SIX, another massive hit! Sadiq chipped down the track on seeing the flight and he absolutely whammed that over wide long-on

End of over 15 (10 runs) Afghanistan 83/3 (RR: 5.53)

    • Karim Sadiq 40 (44b 2x4 2x6)
    • Mohammad Nabi 2 (4b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-20-0
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-9-2

They've taken the bowling Powerplay

15.1

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, gets forward and defends

One slip for Afridi

15.2

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, stays back and clips it down to midwicket

15.3

Shahid Afridi to Karim Sadiq, 4 byes, the ball clipped the stumps but the bails didn't fall! Talk about luck, the ball floated in and chipped the leg stump and deflected for four

15.4

Shahid Afridi to Karim Sadiq, no run, gets forward and defends

15.5

Shahid Afridi to Karim Sadiq, OUT, sharp catch by Umar Akmal! Afridi fired that a bit quicker outside off, Sadiq tries to drove but gets a thin outside edge and the ball sits nicely behind Akmal's gloves, he didn't have much time to react

Karim Sadiq c †Umar Akmal b Shahid Afridi 40 (67m 47b 2x4 2x6) SR: 85.10

It's drinks. In the meantime, there's a last-over thriller unfolding at Perth

Naib and Nabi at the crease #confusion

15.6

Shahid Afridi to Gulbadin Naib, no run, fires it full and he ensures he gets behind it to defend

End of over 16 (5 runs) Afghanistan 88/4 (RR: 5.50)

    • Gulbadin Naib 0 (1b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 3 (6b)
    • Shahid Afridi 4-0-10-3
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-20-0

Afghanistan really need to buckle down here. Plenty of overs left

16.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Nabi, no run

16.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg and he clips it down to fine leg

16.3

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, no run, gets forward and blocks it out

16.4

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, no run, outside off and he pushes it to cover

16.5

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, no run, chance, The doosra and he gets a thick outside which drops to the left of first slip

16.6

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, no run, defends it to the on side

End of over 17 (1 run) Afghanistan 89/4 (RR: 5.23)

    • Gulbadin Naib 0 (5b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 4 (8b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-8-0
    • Shahid Afridi 4-0-10-3
17.1

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, he gets across and gets an inside edge that rolls to the leg side

17.2

Shahid Afridi to Gulbadin Naib, no run, reads the googly, he blocks it out to midwicket

17.3

Shahid Afridi to Gulbadin Naib, no run, tucks it towards midwicket

17.4

Shahid Afridi to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg and he pushes it through the line to long-on

17.5

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, gets forward and he;s beaten as he tries to defend

17.6

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, gets on the front foot and pushes it to cover

End of over 18 (2 runs) Afghanistan 91/4 (RR: 5.05)

    • Mohammad Nabi 5 (11b)
    • Gulbadin Naib 1 (8b)
    • Shahid Afridi 5-0-12-3
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-8-0
18.1

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, no run, comes on very slowly and he punches it down to mid-off

18.2

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, no run, floated on middle and leg and clipped to mid-on

18.3

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, no run, quicker delivery and he's happy to get behind the line to defend

18.4

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, no run, waits for the turn and defends off the meat of the bat

18.5

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, no run, tossed up on middle and he defends to the on side

18.6

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, no run, flatter delivery and he pushes it down to point

End of over 19 (maiden) Afghanistan 91/4 (RR: 4.78)

    • Gulbadin Naib 1 (14b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 5 (11b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-1-8-0
    • Shahid Afridi 5-0-12-3
19.1

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, tossed up outside off and he defends

19.2

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, 1 wide, strays down the leg side and he tries to run it down, wide called

19.2

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, pushes it through quicker and he works it down towards midwicket

19.3

Shahid Afridi to Gulbadin Naib, no run, tossed up slower outside off and he's not tempted into the shot

19.4

Shahid Afridi to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, tossed up even slower and he forces it to the on side

19.5

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, no run

19.6

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, gets across and paddles it down to short fine leg

End of over 20 (4 runs) Afghanistan 95/4 (RR: 4.75)

    • Mohammad Nabi 7 (15b)
    • Gulbadin Naib 2 (16b)
    • Shahid Afridi 6-0-16-3
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-1-8-0

Afghanistan in consolidation mode here

20.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, gets well forward and steers it it in front of point and sets off

20.2

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, no run, defends this one to short leg

20.3

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, no run, fires it on the pads and there's an appeal but it was probably missing leg

20.4

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, no run, he beats him on the doosra

20.5

Saeed Ajmal to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, clips it with the turn and takes a single to the leg side

20.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Nabi, no run

End of over 21 (2 runs) Afghanistan 97/4 (RR: 4.61)

    • Mohammad Nabi 8 (17b)
    • Gulbadin Naib 3 (20b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-1-10-0
    • Shahid Afridi 6-0-16-3
21.1

Shahid Afridi to Gulbadin Naib, no run, fires it on the pads and he defends inside out to the off side

21.2

Shahid Afridi to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR, bowls it flat and quick and Naib stays back at the crease and elegantly whips it behind square on the on side, that brings up the 100!

21.3

Shahid Afridi to Gulbadin Naib, OUT, Afridi gets his fourth! Tossed up on off and it's a googly, Naib is forward and the ball strikes him in front of middle, Taufel raises the finger

Gulbadin Naib lbw b Shahid Afridi 7 (15m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 30.43

21.4

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, quicker delivery and he defends to the off side

21.5

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, comes on a bit slower and he defends with soft hands to the off side

21.6

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, defends with a dead bat in front of the stumps

End of over 22 (4 runs) Afghanistan 101/5 (RR: 4.59)

    • Samiullah Shenwari 0 (3b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 8 (17b)
    • Shahid Afridi 7-0-20-4
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-1-10-0
22.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Nabi, no run, stays back and blocks out the spin

22.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Nabi, no run, he really fired that one, clips it but can't beat short leg

22.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, gets well forward and clips him just wide of short leg

22.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, gets forward and gets an outside edge to the off side

22.5

Saeed Ajmal to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, defends this one down to short leg

22.6

Saeed Ajmal to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

End of over 23 (1 run) Afghanistan 102/5 (RR: 4.43)

    • Samiullah Shenwari 0 (6b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 9 (20b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 5-1-11-0
    • Shahid Afridi 7-0-20-4
23.1

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, lovely shot! Nabi gives him the charge and tonks it over wide long-on, he also gave himself room to free his arms

23.2

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, tucks it down to midwicket

23.3

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, tosses it up and he defends with soft hands

23.4

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, gets forward and drives to the off side

23.5

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, 1 leg bye, fired on the pads and he clips it down to square leg

23.6

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, tossed up outside off and he drives to cover

End of over 24 (7 runs) Afghanistan 109/5 (RR: 4.54)

    • Samiullah Shenwari 0 (7b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 15 (25b 1x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 8-0-26-4
    • Saeed Ajmal 5-1-11-0

Gul returns. Afridi has two left

24.1

Umar Gul to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, punches it off the back foot to the off side and quick single taken

Rajneesh Gupta tweets: "Pakistan have now played ODIs against 18 teams - most for any side (along with India & Netherlands."

24.2

Umar Gul to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, fires in a yorker and he manages to squeeze it out to the off side

24.3

Umar Gul to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, gets forward and jabs it wide of cover

24.4

Umar Gul to Mohammad Nabi, no run, Nabi was expecting that to fizz past his chest as he bent down to evade it but the ball deflected off his left arm, that would have stung, the physio was out to check on him but he's fine now

24.5

Umar Gul to Mohammad Nabi, no run, tries another yorker but it's a low full toss jammed out to mid-off

24.6

Umar Gul to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, slower delivery on the blockhole outside off and squeezed out to mid-on

Can Afghanistan last the next 25? Afridi has two left. If they can safely see him off...

End of over 25 (3 runs) Afghanistan 112/5 (RR: 4.48)

    • Mohammad Nabi 17 (29b 1x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 1 (9b)
    • Umar Gul 5-0-25-1
    • Shahid Afridi 8-0-26-4
25.1

Shoaib Malik to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, tossed up outside off and he chops it to point

25.2

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, tossed up even more and he gets an outside edge to short third man

25.3

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, tossed up on the off stump and he pushes it down to mid-off

25.4

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, steers it wide of point for a single

25.5

Shoaib Malik to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs, tossed up wide outside off and he frees his arms and takes a couple to wide long-off

25.6

Shoaib Malik to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, full and wide again and once again he forces it down to long-off

End of over 26 (5 runs) Afghanistan 117/5 (RR: 4.50)

    • Mohammad Nabi 21 (32b 1x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 2 (12b)
    • Shoaib Malik 1-0-5-0
    • Umar Gul 5-0-25-1
26.1

Umar Gul to Mohammad Nabi, no run, full outside the off stump and he pushes it down to cover

26.2

Umar Gul to Mohammad Nabi, no run, drops it towards backward point and sets off the crease and is sent back

26.3

Umar Gul to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, squirts it in front of mid-off and does well to put pressure on the fielder

26.4

Umar Gul to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, Shenwari opens the face of the bat and steers it neatly to deep backward point, settles for a single

26.5

Umar Gul to Mohammad Nabi, no run, comes on a bit slow onto the bat and he clips it down to square leg

26.6

Umar Gul to Mohammad Nabi, no run, drops it in front of mid-off and thinks of a single but is sent back

Pranav: "Before this match Afridi had 333 wickets from 333 matches! #justnoticed!"

End of over 27 (2 runs) Afghanistan 119/5 (RR: 4.40)

    • Mohammad Nabi 22 (37b 1x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 3 (13b)
    • Umar Gul 6-0-27-1
    • Shoaib Malik 1-0-5-0
27.1

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, turn and bounce and it beats him completely, took Shenwari by surprise

27.2

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

27.3

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, nearly emulates Shahzad's shot! Tossed up outside and Shenwari swiftly changes his guard and reverse sweeps him and the ball just drops short of the rope at deep point

27.4

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, pushes it just wide of cover

27.5

Shoaib Malik to Mohammad Nabi, no run, turns back in and he clips it down to the leg side

27.6

Shoaib Malik to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it down to long-on, good fielding by Riaz

End of over 28 (6 runs) Afghanistan 125/5 (RR: 4.46)

    • Mohammad Nabi 23 (39b 1x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 8 (17b 1x4)
    • Shoaib Malik 2-0-11-0
    • Umar Gul 6-0-27-1
28.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs, gets across and paddles it down to fine leg, well played

28.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Nabi, no run, quicker and flatter and he clips it to the on side

28.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Nabi, no run, gets across and taps it down the track

28.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Nabi, 1 wide, slides it down the leg side and the umpire takes his time to call that a wide

28.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Nabi, no run, he punches it down to long-on

28.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, gets beside the line and steers it down to point

28.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

End of over 29 (5 runs) Afghanistan 130/5 (RR: 4.48)

    • Samiullah Shenwari 9 (18b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Nabi 26 (44b 1x6)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-25-0
    • Shoaib Malik 2-0-11-0
29.1

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, gets it to turn in late and he clips it softly to the on side

29.2

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, clips it with soft hands to the on side

29.3

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, turns it back in and he taps it down the track

29.4

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, steers it to the off side and decides against the single

29.5

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, waits for the turn and clips it down to fine leg

29.6

Shoaib Malik to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs, flatter delivery and he slaps it down to sweeper cover and pushes hard for the second, good running

Rajneesh: "Spinners with most 4-wkt hauls in ODIs: M Muralitharan (25), S Mushtaq (17),S Warne (13),S J'suriya (12) & S Afridi (12)."

End of over 30 (3 runs) Afghanistan 133/5 (RR: 4.43)

    • Mohammad Nabi 28 (45b 1x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 10 (23b 1x4)
    • Shoaib Malik 3-0-14-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-25-0
30.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

30.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, stays back and defends with soft hands

30.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, tossed up outside off and he squeezes out a full delivery down to deep point

30.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Nabi, no run, gets forward and defends

30.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Nabi, no run, forces a full delivery back to the bowler

30.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Nabi, no run

End of over 31 (1 run) Afghanistan 134/5 (RR: 4.32)

    • Mohammad Nabi 28 (48b 1x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 11 (26b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 5-0-26-0
    • Shoaib Malik 3-0-14-0
31.1

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, gets his pad across and clips it with the turn to the on side

31.2

Shoaib Malik to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, class! Nabi was down the track on seeing the flight and he slammed that high and wide over long-on

31.3

Shoaib Malik to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, follows it up with a single down to fine leg

31.4

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

31.5

Shoaib Malik to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, gets well forward and he pushes it down to cover

31.6

Shoaib Malik to Mohammad Nabi, no run, gets across and drives to the off side

End of over 32 (9 runs) Afghanistan 143/5 (RR: 4.46)

    • Mohammad Nabi 35 (51b 2x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 13 (29b 1x4)
    • Shoaib Malik 4-0-23-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 5-0-26-0

This stand is very encouraging for Afghanistan

32.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, goes back and defends with soft hands

32.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, stays back and blocks it out down the track

32.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, he's happy staying back at the crease to defend

32.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and steers him wide of point

32.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Nabi, no run, goes back at the crease and punches it down the track

32.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, punched to long-on, the batsmen have looked very comfortable against the spinners barring Afridi

End of over 33 (2 runs) Afghanistan 145/5 (RR: 4.39)

    • Mohammad Nabi 36 (53b 2x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 14 (33b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 6-0-28-0
    • Shoaib Malik 4-0-23-0

Wahab Riaz is back

33.1

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Nabi, no run, hits a good length and he stays back and defends to the on side

33.2

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, stays beside the line and steers it past point

33.3

Wahab Riaz to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, keeps a bit low and he defends to the off side in front of the stumps

33.4

Wahab Riaz to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, beats him with a beauty which shapes away from the right-hander after pitching, sneaks past the off stump and Akmal failed to gather it properly as well

33.5

Wahab Riaz to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, gets beside the line and pushes it past the cover

33.6

Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Nabi, no run, taps it down to point

Mazher Arshad: "Nightmare for Hafeez. Afghanistan only have one left-hand batsman and that's their no.11 batsman."

End of over 34 (2 runs) Afghanistan 147/5 (RR: 4.32)

    • Mohammad Nabi 37 (56b 2x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 15 (36b 1x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 5-0-27-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 6-0-28-0
34.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, stays back at the crease and defends with soft hands

34.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, turns back in and he defends with soft hands

34.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, keeps a bit low and he beats him, Akmal fails to hang on

34.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT, a run-out halts what was shaping up to be a healthy stand, he clips it down towards midwicket and Nabi charges off is crease and has to turn back, he tries to make his ground at the bowler's end, he dives and the throw by Younis Khan is accurate to Hafeez and the third umpire confirms it

Mohammad Nabi run out 37 (75m 56b 0x4 2x6) SR: 66.07

34.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, punches it back to Hafeez

34.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, opens the face and glides it to point

End of over 35 (wicket maiden) Afghanistan 147/6 (RR: 4.20)

    • Samiullah Shenwari 15 (42b 1x4)
    • Mirwais Ashraf 0 (0b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 7-1-28-0
    • Wahab Riaz 5-0-27-0

The Powerplay is mandatory now

35.1

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, gives him a bit of room and he stays at the crease and swishes at thin air

35.2

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, stays back and jabs it down to extra cover

35.3

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, angling across the right-hander and he chases it, misses it completely

35.4

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, a touch too wide outside the off stump and he's not tempted into chasing that

35.5

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, forces him on the back foot and he defends

35.6

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, holds the length back outside the off stump and he flashes at it again and misses

End of over 36 (maiden) Afghanistan 147/6 (RR: 4.08)

    • Mirwais Ashraf 0 (6b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 15 (42b 1x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 6-1-27-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 7-1-28-0

Ajmal returns

36.1

Saeed Ajmal to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, sharp turn and it clips his pad and rolls away, would have missed the stumps

36.2

Saeed Ajmal to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, turns and really zips through, hits the thigh and rolls away, too quick for the batsman

36.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, the doosra takes the outside edge and just beats the slip

36.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samiullah Shenwari, 3 leg byes, another reverse sweep, but this time the ball hits his arm just outside the line of the leg stump and rolls to fine leg, Akmal appeals and the batsmen scamper through for three leg byes

36.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, gets forward and defends solidly

36.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it to long-off

End of over 37 (4 runs) Afghanistan 151/6 (RR: 4.08)

    • Mirwais Ashraf 1 (8b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 15 (46b 1x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 6-1-12-0
    • Wahab Riaz 6-1-27-0
37.1

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, nips back in and he stays behind the line to defend

37.2

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, loose ball wide outside the off stump and a loose shot as well, tries to cut but misses

37.3

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, pitches it up, he goes forward and places it towards cover

37.4

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, strays on the pads and clips him down to fine leg

37.5

Wahab Riaz to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, hurries him on the back foot with extra bounce, steers it to the off side

37.6

Wahab Riaz to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, shapes away from the right-hander and he tries to steer it away but misses

End of over 38 (1 run) Afghanistan 152/6 (RR: 4.00)

    • Samiullah Shenwari 15 (48b 1x4)
    • Mirwais Ashraf 2 (12b)
    • Wahab Riaz 7-1-28-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 6-1-12-0
38.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mirwais Ashraf, no run

38.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mirwais Ashraf, FOUR, he plays the late cut well, reads the doosra early, he drops it short and Ashraf opens the face and dabs it late wide of short third man

38.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mirwais Ashraf, FOUR, Ajmal goes round the wicket, tosses it full and wide and Ashraj makes room and drives it square on the off side, well placed

38.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, comes forward and defends

38.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, gets well forward and blocks out the spin

38.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, low full toss and he hammers it down to mid-off, should have put that away

Shiraz: "There are a lot of question marks over the selection of this ODI team. I thought that we have learned from the horror keeping of Kamran Akmal but the nostalgia of having a batsman wicketkeeper seems to occupy the mindset of our thinktank. I would put Sarfaraz (dropped unfairly for this ODI series) in place of Imran Farhat and have Younis or Shafiq to open with Hafeez. No place for malik also with 3 spinners enough so Hammad Azam would be an ideal replacement if we want to fill the void created by Razzaq absence."

End of over 39 (8 runs) Afghanistan 160/6 (RR: 4.10)

    • Mirwais Ashraf 10 (18b 2x4)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 15 (48b 1x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 7-1-20-0
    • Wahab Riaz 7-1-28-0
39.1

Wahab Riaz to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, full outside them off stump and he places it straight to cover

39.2

Wahab Riaz to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, gets beside the line and steers him down to point

39.3

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, gets a half stride forward and pushes it down the pitch

39.4

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, we've seen Riaz beating the right-hander quite a few times already, once again wide and he fails to make contact

39.5

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, nips it back inwards and he manages to get behind the line to defends

39.6

Wahab Riaz to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 leg bye, he tries to run it round the corner but it really balloons off his thigh pad and rolls to long leg

End of over 40 (2 runs) Afghanistan 162/6 (RR: 4.05)

    • Mirwais Ashraf 10 (22b 2x4)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 16 (50b 1x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 8-1-29-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 7-1-20-0
40.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and he pushes it to the on side

40.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, keeps a bit low and he opens the face of the bat and dabs it wide of point

40.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, down the leg side and it clips his pads

40.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, quicker delivery and he places it to the off side

40.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, goes back and punches it down to cover

40.6

Saeed Ajmal to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, beats him outside the off stump as he tries to dab that away

End of over 41 (3 runs) Afghanistan 165/6 (RR: 4.02)

    • Samiullah Shenwari 17 (53b 1x4)
    • Mirwais Ashraf 12 (25b 2x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 8-1-23-0
    • Wahab Riaz 8-1-29-0

Afridi returns

41.1

Shahid Afridi to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, drives down the track and Afridi dives to stop that

41.2

Shahid Afridi to Mirwais Ashraf, OUT, yet another five-for for Afridi! The sharp googly is too good for Ashraf, jags back in from wide outside off and catches Ashraf flush on the pad in front of the stumps

Mirwais Ashraf lbw b Shahid Afridi 12 (26m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

41.3

Shahid Afridi to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, pushes it towards cover and he squeezes a single

41.4

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, lunges forward to defend and gets an inside edge onto the pads

41.5

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, well swept! He tosses it on middle and leg and gets on his knee and sweeps him hard behind square on the on side

41.6

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 wide, down the leg side

41.6

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, gets on the front foot and pushes it to cover

End of over 42 (6 runs) Afghanistan 171/7 (RR: 4.07)

    • Samiullah Shenwari 21 (56b 2x4)
    • Dawlat Zadran 1 (1b)
    • Shahid Afridi 9-0-32-5
    • Saeed Ajmal 8-1-23-0
42.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dawlat Zadran, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and he gets forward to defend

42.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dawlat Zadran, no run, gets forward and beats him and misses the off stump

42.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dawlat Zadran, no run

42.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dawlat Zadran, SIX, Not the best day at work for Ajmal, he tosses it up on middle and leg and Zadran gets on his knee and gives it a tonk over deep midwicket

42.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dawlat Zadran, no run, flatter delivery and he defends

42.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dawlat Zadran, no run

End of over 43 (6 runs) Afghanistan 177/7 (RR: 4.11)

    • Dawlat Zadran 7 (7b 1x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 21 (56b 2x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 9-1-29-0
    • Shahid Afridi 9-0-32-5
43.1

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

43.2

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, reaches out to drive a wide ball outside the off stump and he gets an inside edge past the stumps

43.3

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, another reverse sweep! Shenwari changes guard and falls over at the crease as he plays the shot, doesn't matter though because he finds the gap comfortably at sweeper cover

43.4

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, taps it to the on side

43.5

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, tries to nudge it to the on sie and gets caught on the pad

43.6

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

End of over 44 (4 runs) Afghanistan 181/7 (RR: 4.11)

    • Samiullah Shenwari 25 (62b 3x4)
    • Dawlat Zadran 7 (7b 1x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 10-0-36-5
    • Saeed Ajmal 9-1-29-0
44.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dawlat Zadran, no run, gets forward and defends with a dead bat

44.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dawlat Zadran, no run, gets forward and blocks it out again

44.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dawlat Zadran, no run, gets a half stride forward and defends

44.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dawlat Zadran, 2 runs, opens the face of the bat to a ball that skids through and he places it to third man

44.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dawlat Zadran, no run

44.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and places it to point

End of over 45 (3 runs) Afghanistan 184/7 (RR: 4.08)

    • Dawlat Zadran 10 (13b 1x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 25 (62b 3x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 10-1-32-0
    • Shahid Afridi 10-0-36-5
45.1

Umar Gul to Dawlat Zadran, no run, stands pretty wide outside the leg stump to give himself room, he squeezes out a full delivery to cover

45.2

Umar Gul to Dawlat Zadran, no run, exposes his stumps again, he makes room and taps it towards cover

45.3

Umar Gul to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, overthrows! He places it towards cover and the throw to the keeper's end was wide, Akmal dives but can't save it

45.4

Umar Gul to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, good length delivery outside off and he punches it to point

45.5

Umar Gul to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, stabs at it towards mid-off and charges off his crease, another quick single taken

45.6

Umar Gul to Dawlat Zadran, no run, Gul bowls the slower ball and the batsman decides against anything expansive and opts to defend

End of over 46 (2 runs) Afghanistan 186/7 (RR: 4.04)

    • Dawlat Zadran 11 (17b 1x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 26 (64b 3x4)
    • Umar Gul 7-0-29-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 10-1-32-0

It may not be much but it's been quite a commendable performance by the lower middle order

46.1

Wahab Riaz to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, full and wide outside the off stump and he slashes at it and carves it down to third man, aggressive and effective

46.2

Wahab Riaz to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, does well to squeeze out a fast yorker outside off

46.3

Wahab Riaz to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, makes room to a length delivery and carves it over point, third man is square

46.4

Wahab Riaz to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, jabs it down towards mid-off and once again the calling and running is good

46.5

Wahab Riaz to Dawlat Zadran, OUT, the middle stump goes for a toss! Zadran stands wide outside the leg stump to give himself room, Riaz gets some reverse swing and beats the bat, the stump goes back a few yards

Dawlat Zadran b Wahab Riaz 12 (20m 19b 0x4 1x6) SR: 63.15

46.6

Wahab Riaz to Amir Hamza, no run, full and wide outside off and Hotak was expecting a wide call but the bowler was lucky to get away with that

End of over 47 (7 runs) Afghanistan 193/8 (RR: 4.10)

    • Amir Hamza 0 (1b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 32 (67b 4x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 9-1-36-1
    • Umar Gul 7-0-29-1
47.1

Umar Gul to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT, Shenwari tries to get very innovative and moves right across his stumps and tries to paddle a full toss wide of short fine leg, the ball clips his pads in front of the stumps, he appears to show his bat to the umpire but Taufel was convinced the ball snuck past the bat

Samiullah Shenwari lbw b Umar Gul 32 (98m 68b 4x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

47.2

Umar Gul to Shapoor Zadran, no run, digts out a yorker to the off side

47.3

Umar Gul to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run, fullish in length outside off and he squirts it out to the off side

47.4

Umar Gul to Amir Hamza, no run, on the blockhole on middle and off and he digs it out

47.5

Umar Gul to Amir Hamza, no run, outside off and he goes for the drive and misses

47.6

Umar Gul to Amir Hamza, no run, fullish outside off and he squeezes it back down the track

End of over 48 (1 run) Afghanistan 194/9 (RR: 4.04)

    • Amir Hamza 0 (4b)
    • Shapoor Zadran 1 (2b)
    • Umar Gul 8-0-30-2
    • Wahab Riaz 9-1-36-1
48.1

Wahab Riaz to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run, Zadran thuds a full delivery down the ground but doesn't time it well

48.2

Wahab Riaz to Amir Hamza, no run, there was a sound as the ball passed the bat but that was the sound of bat on ground, Akmal was the only on appealing

48.3

Wahab Riaz to Amir Hamza, OUT, this time Akmal gets his man! Hotak chips down the track and gets an outside edge on the drive, Akmal takes the low catch and basically pleads with the umpire but he didn't have to wait too long for the umpire's decision

Amir Hamza c †Umar Akmal b Wahab Riaz 0 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Could've been worse but Afghanistan entertained in phases. A challenge for minnows is playing out the 50 overs and they nearly did it today. The reverse sweeps were the stand-out feature and there were a few impressive, clean hits as well. Afghanistan should take heart from this performance so far, especially in the way they treated Ajmal.

The pitch is slow and it will take a slightly watchful approach. We'll see how they get along. Join us in 35 minutes.

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