Asian Cricket Council Trophy Elite, 2012/13 / Commentary

Asian Cricket Council Trophy Elite - Group A

Afghanistan v Oman

Afghanistan won by 74 runs

Afghanistan not taking this match lightly, their warm-up this morning was one of intensity and they're fielding a full-strength side. Oman - after their exertions against Bhutan yesterday - just did stretches for the most part and their 199-run making debutant of yesterday Zeeshan Masood is resting with a calf strain. Already feels like its going to be even hotter than yesterday here in Sharjah, the on field temperature could breach 40 degrees! Tough on the players no matter how hard they prepare. Play gets underway in a few minutes time, with Afghanistan batting. Afghanistan today: Nawroz Mangal*, Shapoor Zadran, Gulbodin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Karim Sadiq, Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Afsar Khan†, Mohammad Shahzad, Dawlat Zadran; 12th man: Javed Ahmadi Oman: HJ Mehta*, VS Wategaonkar, Adnan Ilyas, Aamir Kaleem, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Sultan Ahmed†, RJ Ranpura, Jatinder Singh, Khalid Rasheed, Khawar Ali, Amir Ali; 12th Man: Yousuf Mahmood

Karim Sadiq to face the first ball from slow left-armer Khalid Rasheed. Expect fireworks!

0.1

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run, Pitched up, in the block hole, Karim comes forward, pushing

0.2

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run, similar ball, similar result

0.3

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run, appeal for lbw, turned down, bouncing high perhaps

0.4

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run, length ball on off stump, played to cover

0.5

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run, length ball, defended

0.6

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run, pitched up, driven firmly, mid-on gets down to his left. Good MAIDEN by the wily left-arm spinner

End of over 1 (maiden) Afghanistan 0/0
Karim Sadiq    0* (6b)      Khalid Rasheed    1-1-0-0
    

The tall and rangy Rajesh Ranpura on from the Pavilion End

1.1

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, pitched up, defended

1.2

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, full length and swung over midwicket, one bounce to the rope

1.3

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, fullish, blocked back

1.4

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, right up there, on middle and leg and swung over, inches over the outstretched hands of Wategaonkar at mid-on, streaky

1.5

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, fullish, not quick, but no room given

1.6

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, defended back to the bowler, length delivery on off stump

End of over 2 (8 runs) Afghanistan 8/0
Mohammad Shahzad    8* (6b 2x4)      RJ Ranpura    1-0-8-0
Karim Sadiq    0* (6b)      Khalid Rasheed    1-1-0-0

2.1

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run

2.2

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run

2.3

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run

2.4

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run, Karim looking a little stiff today, planting his feet before playing anything. That ball thudded into the front pad and the appeal for lbw is declined by umpire Fidel Jarry

2.5

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run

2.6

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run, Two maidens in a row, Oman's tactics of opening with the spinner paying off

End of over 3 (maiden) Afghanistan 8/0
Karim Sadiq    0* (12b)      Khalid Rasheed    2-2-0-0
Mohammad Shahzad    8* (6b 2x4)      RJ Ranpura    1-0-8-0

3.1

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, faster and full, Shahzad respectfully defends the ball aimed at the base of middle

3.2

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, decent pace, heading down leg and Shahzad taken on the thighpad

3.3

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, slower ball, outside off, Shahzad glances it down to third man

3.4

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, no run, the easy-pace of the wicket allows Karim to come forward and wait for the ball, the length delivery is played back to the bowler

3.5

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, no run, defended on the front foot, bat way ahead of the pads

3.6

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, short, outside off, and slashed away over cover with a flat bat. Classic Karim

End of over 4 (5 runs) Afghanistan 13/0
Karim Sadiq    4* (15b 1x4)      RJ Ranpura    2-0-13-0
Mohammad Shahzad    9* (9b 2x4)      Khalid Rasheed    2-2-0-0

Khalid Rasheed to continue, over the wicket at the Club End

4.1

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, pitched up and Shahzad leans back and takes the ball from off-stump and sends it over the mid-off boundary

4.2

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

4.3

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

4.4

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

4.5

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, stroke of some power! Full length delivery, coming in with the arm, Shahzad gets low and explodes into the ball to launch it over long-off

4.6

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, driven to mid-off to pinch the strike

End of over 5 (13 runs) Afghanistan 26/0
Mohammad Shahzad    22* (15b 2x4 2x6)      Khalid Rasheed    3-2-13-0
Karim Sadiq    4* (15b 1x4)      RJ Ranpura    2-0-13-0

Third man and midwicket the boundary men

5.1

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, Length ball on off, Shahzad jumps up to defend

5.2

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, similar this ball too, to the previous one

5.3

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, false stroke, mistimes a pushed drive and lands two yards in front of cover

5.4

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, length ball turned to midwicket

5.5

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, no run, back of a length and climbing outside off, no timing in Karim's cut

5.6

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, no run, a little short, rising, Karim defends

End of over 6 (1 run) Afghanistan 27/0
Karim Sadiq    4* (17b 1x4)      RJ Ranpura    3-0-14-0
Mohammad Shahzad    23* (19b 2x4 2x6)      Khalid Rasheed    3-2-13-0

6.1

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, defended back to the bowler

6.2

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, nothing wrong with the delivery, pitching outside off and turning in, Shahzad just gets down to heft it over long-on

6.3

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, driven straight back over the bowler, one-bounce to the sightscreen

6.4

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

6.5

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

6.6

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, swept powerfully, Shahzad hammering the steel railings at square leg

End of over 7 (14 runs) Afghanistan 41/0
Mohammad Shahzad    37* (25b 4x4 3x6)      Khalid Rasheed    4-2-27-0
Karim Sadiq    4* (17b 1x4)      RJ Ranpura    3-0-14-0

7.1

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, no run, Karim coming down the wicket to the back of a length delivery but defends in the end

7.2

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, leaning forward to the length delivery, angles it down to backward point

Wide third man and fine leg on the boundary

7.3

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, no run, good length delivery, defended carefully

Slip and short-extra the close catchers

7.4

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, no run

7.5

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, no run, length ball on off, defended carefully, Karim's middling it, but not timing it

7.6

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, no run, end of a decent over from the Oman paceman

End of over 8 (2 runs) Afghanistan 43/0
Karim Sadiq    6* (23b 1x4)      RJ Ranpura    4-0-16-0
Mohammad Shahzad    37* (25b 4x4 3x6)      Khalid Rasheed    4-2-27-0

Medium-pacer Adnan Ilyas on at the Club End in place of Khalid Rasheed 4-2-27-0.

8.1

Adnan Ilyas to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, Skids through and almost beats the defensive stroke

8.2

Adnan Ilyas to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, full-length delivery flicked to square leg

8.3

Adnan Ilyas to Karim Sadiq, no run

8.4

Adnan Ilyas to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, comes forward to push a fullish delivery to long-on for a comfortable run

8.5

Adnan Ilyas to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, length delivery, just outside off, glanced past backward point, cover comes round

8.6

Adnan Ilyas to Karim Sadiq, no run, comes forward, head over ball to defend

End of over 9 (3 runs) Afghanistan 46/0
Karim Sadiq    7* (26b 1x4)      Adnan Ilyas    1-0-3-0
Mohammad Shahzad    39* (28b 4x4 3x6)      RJ Ranpura    4-0-16-0

9.1

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

9.2

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, faster delivery than the ones before, dropped down to silly mid-on and they scurry a run

9.3

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, no run

9.4

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, no run, faster still, and Karim beaten, gets the bat late on to the ball aimed at the top of the leg peg

9.5

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, turned off his hips to midwicket

9.6

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs, the attempted yorker becomes a full-toss and Shahzad deflects it to point

End of over 10 (4 runs) Afghanistan 50/0
Mohammad Shahzad    42* (31b 4x4 3x6)      RJ Ranpura    5-0-20-0
Karim Sadiq    8* (29b 1x4)      Adnan Ilyas    1-0-3-0

Sultan Ahmed standing up to the medium-pacer

10.1

Adnan Ilyas to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, pushed to point

10.2

Adnan Ilyas to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs, slash-drive, in the air but bisects cover and point

10.3

Adnan Ilyas to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, batsman gets it right this time, cut shot slammed into the cover boundary

10.4

Adnan Ilyas to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, moves on to 49

10.5

Adnan Ilyas to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

10.6

Adnan Ilyas to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, Gets to 50 with a top stroke, leans into a full-length delivery and carpets the drive to the cover boundary

End of over 11 (13 runs) Afghanistan 63/0
Mohammad Shahzad    53* (35b 6x4 3x6)      Adnan Ilyas    2-0-16-0
Karim Sadiq    10* (31b 1x4)      RJ Ranpura    5-0-20-0

Off-spinner Amir Ali replaces Rajesh Ranpura 5-0-20-0 at the Pavilion End. Showed in Nepal in the ACC Twenty20 how useful he can be on a turning track

11.1

Amir Ali to Karim Sadiq, no run, turn and bounce and inside-edged past the stumps

11.2

Amir Ali to Karim Sadiq, no run

11.3

Amir Ali to Karim Sadiq, SIX, gets to the pitch and swings it cleanly, into the stands beyond long-on

11.4

Amir Ali to Karim Sadiq, no run

11.5

Amir Ali to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

11.6

Amir Ali to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

End of over 12 (8 runs) Afghanistan 71/0
Mohammad Shahzad    53* (36b 6x4 3x6)      Amir Ali    1-0-8-0
Karim Sadiq    18* (36b 1x4 1x6)      Adnan Ilyas    2-0-16-0

Oman's captain on, hardly ever takes punishment, almost always takes wickets

12.1

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, full-length, lands on leg, defended

12.2

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

12.3

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

12.4

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, comes forward to drive to cover's left

12.5

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, hit softly over the bowler's head, moral victory for the bowler

12.6

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, driven into the off-side gap between mid-off and long-off

End of over 13 (3 runs) Afghanistan 74/0
Mohammad Shahzad    55* (41b 6x4 3x6)      HJ Mehta    1-0-3-0
Karim Sadiq    19* (37b 1x4 1x6)      Amir Ali    1-0-8-0

Left-arm orthodox from Aamir Kaleem at the Pavilion End after that one Ali over

13.1

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, long-on, square leg, extra cover and long-off the Oman boundary fielders

13.2

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

13.3

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, no run

13.4

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, no run

13.5

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

13.6

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, decent over, batsmen given no opportunity to attack

End of over 14 (2 runs) Afghanistan 76/0
Mohammad Shahzad    56* (44b 6x4 3x6)      Aamir Kaleem    1-0-2-0
Karim Sadiq    20* (40b 1x4 1x6)      HJ Mehta    1-0-3-0

14.1

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, lofted over the bowler and long-on makes a hash of it in front of the sightscreen

14.2

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, no run

14.3

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, variations in pace this over from Mehta, this one floated up, Karim waits and takes it from the off-stump to cover's right hand

14.4

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs, faster and a fraction short and cut-glanced to the third man region

14.5

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

14.6

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

End of over 15 (8 runs) Afghanistan 84/0
Mohammad Shahzad    59* (47b 6x4 3x6)      HJ Mehta    2-0-11-0
Karim Sadiq    25* (43b 2x4 1x6)      Aamir Kaleem    1-0-2-0

15.1

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

15.2

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

15.3

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, comes forward to drive, times it well and pressures the fielder into a fumble and steals a run

15.4

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, no run

15.5

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, no run

15.6

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, no run

End of over 16 (1 run) Afghanistan 85/0
Karim Sadiq    25* (46b 2x4 1x6)      Aamir Kaleem    2-0-3-0
Mohammad Shahzad    60* (50b 6x4 3x6)      HJ Mehta    2-0-11-0

Four on the boundary, square leg, long on, long off, extra cover

16.1

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, looking for runs but not quite timing the flamboyant drive

16.2

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

16.3

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

16.4

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, no run

16.5

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

16.6

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, turned to the on side and they amble a run

End of over 17 (3 runs) Afghanistan 88/0
Mohammad Shahzad    62* (54b 6x4 3x6)      HJ Mehta    3-0-14-0
Karim Sadiq    26* (48b 2x4 1x6)      Aamir Kaleem    2-0-3-0

17.1

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

17.2

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, comes down the wicket to hoist a ball pitching on middle to the sightscreen

17.3

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, no run

17.4

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, driven to long-on

17.5

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

17.6

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, no run, Karim slips, the ball pops up, Sultan Ahmed tries to gather and in doing so lands right on Karim who's flattened face down in the crease. This is a family website so we won't go any further

End of over 18 (7 runs) Afghanistan 95/0
Karim Sadiq    31* (52b 3x4 1x6)      Aamir Kaleem    3-0-10-0
Mohammad Shahzad    64* (56b 6x4 3x6)      HJ Mehta    3-0-14-0

18.1

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

18.2

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

18.3

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, no run

18.4

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, no run

18.5

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, swept, top-edge more than meat and it just floats away from the backward square leg fielder

18.5

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, swept, top-edge more than meat and it just floats away from the backward square leg fielder

18.5

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, swept, top-edge more than meat and it just floats away from the backward square leg fielder

18.6

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

Match State: Drinks

End of over 19 (2 runs) Afghanistan 97/0
Mohammad Shahzad    65* (59b 6x4 3x6)      HJ Mehta    4-0-16-0
Karim Sadiq    32* (55b 3x4 1x6)      Aamir Kaleem    3-0-10-0

19.1

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

19.2

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

19.3

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, no run

19.4

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

19.5

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

19.6

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs

End of over 20 (6 runs) Afghanistan 103/0
Karim Sadiq    36* (59b 3x4 1x6)      Aamir Kaleem    4-0-16-0
Mohammad Shahzad    67* (61b 6x4 3x6)      HJ Mehta    4-0-16-0

20.1

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

20.2

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, ball pitching on middle and turning in, has Shahzad all a tangle and he just gets enough bat on it to save himself, Hemal Mehta throws his hands in the air in anguish

20.3

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

20.4

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

20.5

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, all too easy for the Afghans on this wicket, milking runs like dairy farmers

20.6

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

End of over 21 (4 runs) Afghanistan 107/0
Karim Sadiq    38* (61b 3x4 1x6)      HJ Mehta    5-0-20-0
Mohammad Shahzad    69* (65b 6x4 3x6)      Aamir Kaleem    4-0-16-0

21.1

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, no run

21.2

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, and that's a CHANCE, Karim gets a leading edge to a length delivery as he comes forward and the bowler gets fingertips to it above his head but can't hold on

21.3

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

21.4

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, tucked away for a strolled single

21.5

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, huge appeal, goes on and on for a caught behind as Shahzad slashes at one turning away to off

21.6

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, nudged down to backward point

End of over 22 (4 runs) Afghanistan 111/0
Mohammad Shahzad    71* (68b 6x4 3x6)      Aamir Kaleem    5-0-20-0
Karim Sadiq    40* (64b 3x4 1x6)      HJ Mehta    5-0-20-0

Khalid Rasheed back on, took some stick from Shahzad in his first spell without ever bowling badly

22.1

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, driven to long-on, easy walk down the track for 1

22.2

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run

22.3

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run

22.4

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

22.5

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

22.6

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, lashes a drive to long-off

End of over 23 (4 runs) Afghanistan 115/0
Karim Sadiq    42* (68b 3x4 1x6)      Khalid Rasheed    5-2-31-0
Mohammad Shahzad    73* (70b 6x4 3x6)      Aamir Kaleem    5-0-20-0

23.1

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, Tricky one for Hemal Mehta, there's a single every time they get bat on ball with an on-drive with long-on being on the boundary, but if he does come inside the circle, the boundary prospects become greater.

23.2

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

23.3

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

23.4

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, Afghanistan's batsmen not lactose intolerant at all, another easy run to long-on

23.5

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

23.6

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

End of over 24 (3 runs) Afghanistan 118/0
Mohammad Shahzad    74* (74b 6x4 3x6)      Aamir Kaleem    6-0-23-0
Karim Sadiq    44* (70b 3x4 1x6)      Khalid Rasheed    5-2-31-0

24.1

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run

24.2

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run

24.3

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

24.4

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

24.5

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, no run

24.6

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, driven to long on for another ambled run

On a wicket like this only the batsmen can get themselves out. Run-outs look the likeliest wicket-takers at the moment

End of over 25 (3 runs) Afghanistan 121/0
Karim Sadiq    46* (75b 3x4 1x6)      Khalid Rasheed    6-2-34-0
Mohammad Shahzad    75* (75b 6x4 3x6)      Aamir Kaleem    6-0-23-0

25.1

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, no run

25.2

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

25.3

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

Oman haven't bowled badly at all, its just that they've lacked a cutting edge in these batsmen-friendly conditions

25.4

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, no run

25.5

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, SIX, a half-stride down the wicket to send the ball soaring over long-on, the fielder there can only lift his eyes and watch. That's Karim's 50 too

25.6

Aamir Kaleem to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, driven hard through the off-side, Karim motoring

End of over 26 (12 runs) Afghanistan 133/0
Karim Sadiq    57* (80b 4x4 2x6)      Aamir Kaleem    7-0-35-0
Mohammad Shahzad    76* (76b 6x4 3x6)      Khalid Rasheed    6-2-34-0

26.1

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

26.2

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

26.3

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, Shahzad has more than enough unorthodoxy, let alone his talent, to exasperate bowlers. goes back into the crease to on-drive a full-pitched delivery turning into him

26.4

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

26.5

Khalid Rasheed to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

26.6

Khalid Rasheed to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

End of over 27 (6 runs) Afghanistan 139/0
Karim Sadiq    60* (83b 4x4 2x6)      Khalid Rasheed    7-2-40-0
Mohammad Shahzad    79* (79b 6x4 3x6)      Aamir Kaleem    7-0-35-0

Hemal Mehta back, at the Pavilion End, for his second spell in place of Aamir Kaleem 7-0-35-0

27.1

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, driven past the bowler

27.2

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

27.3

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs

27.4

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

27.5

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, huge swing across the line, down on one knee, misses, ball is gathered from outside off and an attempted stumping made

27.6

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, no run

End of over 28 (4 runs) Afghanistan 143/0
Karim Sadiq    61* (85b 4x4 2x6)      HJ Mehta    6-0-24-0
Mohammad Shahzad    82* (83b 6x4 3x6)      Khalid Rasheed    7-2-40-0

Zeeshan Siddiqui and his leg-breaks on at the Pavilion End now

28.1

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, defended

28.2

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

28.3

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

28.4

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, takes it on the half-volley and swings it against the turn, one bounce to the midwicket fence

28.5

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Karim Sadiq, no run, floated up, outside off, play and a miss

28.6

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Karim Sadiq, no run

Just the one over from Mehta this spell, calls up Amir Ali to bowl before changing his mind and summoning paceman Rajesh Ranpur. A bit of a delay too as the ball's being changed

End of over 29 (5 runs) Afghanistan 148/0
Karim Sadiq    65* (88b 5x4 2x6)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    1-0-5-0
Mohammad Shahzad    83* (86b 6x4 3x6)      HJ Mehta    6-0-24-0

29.1

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, decent delivery, turned away to mid-on by the re-helmeted Shahzad

29.2

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, short and pulled away emphatically

29.3

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

29.4

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, attempted 'helicopter shot', yes, that one, but not enough pace on the ball to really fly and it goes straight along the ground to long on

29.5

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, no run

29.6

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, and he pinches the strike

End of over 30 (8 runs) Afghanistan 156/0
Karim Sadiq    71* (92b 6x4 2x6)      RJ Ranpura    6-0-28-0
Mohammad Shahzad    85* (88b 6x4 3x6)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    1-0-5-0

third spell from Hemal Mehta, back to the Club End

30.1

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, no run, defended, soft hands

30.2

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, no run

30.3

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, tries to force the length delivery from middle to the midwicket boundary, doesn't get hold of it and square leg comes in to gather

30.4

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

30.5

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

30.6

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

Oman still keen in the field as the temperature reaches the mid-30s

End of over 31 (2 runs) Afghanistan 158/0
Mohammad Shahzad    86* (91b 6x4 3x6)      HJ Mehta    7-0-26-0
Karim Sadiq    72* (95b 6x4 2x6)      RJ Ranpura    6-0-28-0

31.1

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs, glanced down to backward point

31.2

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

31.3

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, back-foot/front-foot/one-legged shot forced off a length to long-on

31.4

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, no run, yorker jams into Karim's right boot and he's in pain. Receiving treatment so play will be held up for a while

31.5

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, FOUR

31.6

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, short and Karim pulls it away without perfect timing and limps through

End of over 32 (8 runs) Afghanistan 166/0
Karim Sadiq    77* (98b 7x4 2x6)      RJ Ranpura    7-0-36-0
Mohammad Shahzad    89* (94b 6x4 3x6)      HJ Mehta    7-0-26-0

32.1

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, no run

32.2

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, no run

32.3

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

32.4

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, SIX, Shot of the day: comes forward to drive a ball pitching on off and deposits it over extra cover

32.5

Mehta to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, and deftly takes a single next ball, to leg

32.6

Mehta to Karim Sadiq, no run

End of over 33 (8 runs) Afghanistan 174/0
Karim Sadiq    78* (102b 7x4 2x6)      HJ Mehta    8-0-34-0
Mohammad Shahzad    96* (96b 6x4 4x6)      RJ Ranpura    7-0-36-0

33.1

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

33.2

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, audacious flat-batted cover drive to a back of a length delivery

33.3

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, pulls it, again not with the best timing

Karim calls for the physio after completing his run, that foot which was hit a couple of overs earlier, troubling him

Karim fit to continue

33.4

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

33.5

Ranpura to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

33.6

Ranpura to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, genuine edge! But no slip and no third man

End of over 34 (9 runs) Afghanistan 183/0
Karim Sadiq    85* (105b 8x4 2x6)      RJ Ranpura    8-0-45-0
Mohammad Shahzad    98* (99b 6x4 4x6)      HJ Mehta    8-0-34-0

Zeeshan Siddiqui back on with his slow leggies

34.1

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

34.2

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

34.3

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

34.4

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

34.5

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Karim Sadiq, no run

34.6

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Karim Sadiq, no run, top-edged slice to third man and Karim refuses the run. He's in too much pain to run

Karim Sadiq retired out 85 (107b 8x4 2x6) SR: 79.43

Karim retires. Never quite at his best but fought through to another big score. Asghar Stanikzai comes in, wearing a cap.

End of over 35 (1 run) Afghanistan 184/0
     Zeeshan Siddiqui    2-0-6-0
Mohammad Shahzad    99* (103b 6x4 4x6)      RJ Ranpura    8-0-45-0

35.1

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

35.2

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run

35.3

Aamir Kaleem to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

35.4

Aamir Kaleem to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

35.5

Aamir Kaleem to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, to mid-off for an easy run

35.6

Aamir Kaleem to Mohammad Shahzad, no run

End of over 36 (2 runs) Afghanistan 186/1
Mohammad Shahzad    100* (106b 6x4 4x6)      Aamir Kaleem    8-0-37-0
Asghar Stanikzai    1* (3b)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    2-0-6-0

36.1

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run

36.2

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Mohammad Shahzad, OUT, Shahzad's out right after his 100, stumped off Zeeshan Siddiqui, and he looks he's tweaked a hamstring in attempting the huge drive which made him overbalance.

Mohammad Shahzad st †Sultan Ahmed b Zeeshan Siddiqui 100 (107b 6x4 4x6) SR: 93.45

36.3

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Mohammad Nabi, OUT, And now Nabi's out first ball! Caught and bowled, waist high, from a drive to a ball that bounced on him

Mohammad Nabi c & b Zeeshan Siddiqui 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

36.4

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Gulbadin Naib, no run, hat-trick ball kept out, watchfully

36.5

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Gulbadin Naib, no run

36.6

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run

End of over 37 (2 runs) Afghanistan 188/3
Gulbadin Naib    1* (3b)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    3-0-8-2
Asghar Stanikzai    2* (4b)      Aamir Kaleem    8-0-37-0

250 still on, but 300 will take some getting now. Oman holding firm in the field and they've yet to concede a single extra

37.1

Aamir Kaleem to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run

37.2

Aamir Kaleem to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run

37.3

Aamir Kaleem to Gulbadin Naib, no run

37.4

Aamir Kaleem to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run

37.5

Aamir Kaleem to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run

37.6

Aamir Kaleem to Gulbadin Naib, no run

End of over 38 (4 runs) Afghanistan 192/3
Gulbadin Naib    3* (7b)      Aamir Kaleem    9-0-41-0
Asghar Stanikzai    4* (6b)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    3-0-8-2

38.1

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Asghar Stanikzai, 2 runs

38.2

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Asghar Stanikzai, 2 runs

38.3

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

38.4

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run

38.5

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run

38.6

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run

End of over 39 (7 runs) Afghanistan 199/3
Asghar Stanikzai    10* (11b)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    4-0-15-2
Gulbadin Naib    4* (8b)      Aamir Kaleem    9-0-41-0

39.1

Aamir Kaleem to Asghar Stanikzai, FOUR, full-length delivery lofted with ease over and past midwicket

39.2

Aamir Kaleem to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, tapped down past backward point, bit of bounce there

39.3

Aamir Kaleem to Gulbadin Naib, no run

39.4

Aamir Kaleem to Gulbadin Naib, 2 runs, back-foot punch to extra cover

A slight pause in the action as the call for prayers is heard across Sharjah stadium

39.5

Aamir Kaleem to Gulbadin Naib, no run

39.6

Aamir Kaleem to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, driven to long on

End of over 40 (8 runs) Afghanistan 207/3
Gulbadin Naib    7* (12b)      Aamir Kaleem    10-0-49-0
Asghar Stanikzai    15* (13b 1x4)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    4-0-15-2

40.1

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Gulbadin Naib, OUT, Gulbodin tries to clear the long-on fence but finds the man posted there instead and its straight down his throat

Gulbadin Naib c Adnan Ilyas b Zeeshan Siddiqui 7 (13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 53.84

New man is Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal

40.2

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Nawroz Mangal, no run

40.3

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Nawroz Mangal, no run

40.4

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Nawroz Mangal, OUT, Nawroz out in the same way as Gulbodin and the wheels falling off the Afghan bus here. 300 looks pretty distant now

Nawroz Mangal c Adnan Ilyas b Zeeshan Siddiqui 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

New man is Sami Shenwari

40.5

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

40.6

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

Zeeshan Siddiqui, slow in the air, tosses it up high and with the ball coming from outside the typical eyeline landing in a blindspot, has bamboozled the Afghan batsmen who've been going after him.

End of over 41 (wicket maiden) Afghanistan 207/5
Samiullah Shenwari    0* (2b)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    5-1-15-4
Asghar Stanikzai    15* (13b 1x4)      Aamir Kaleem    10-0-49-0

41.1

Khalid Rasheed to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run

41.2

Khalid Rasheed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

41.3

Khalid Rasheed to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

41.4

Khalid Rasheed to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

41.5

Khalid Rasheed to Asghar Stanikzai, 2 runs

41.6

Khalid Rasheed to Asghar Stanikzai, no run

End of over 42 (4 runs) Afghanistan 211/5
Asghar Stanikzai    18* (18b 1x4)      Khalid Rasheed    8-2-44-0
Samiullah Shenwari    1* (3b)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    5-1-15-4

42.1

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

42.2

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

42.3

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, worked to midwicket inside the circle for a quick run

42.4

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, genuine leg-break, genuinely beaten outside off

42.5

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run

42.6

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

End of over 43 (3 runs) Afghanistan 214/5
Samiullah Shenwari    3* (7b)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    6-1-18-4
Asghar Stanikzai    19* (20b 1x4)      Khalid Rasheed    8-2-44-0

43.1

Khalid Rasheed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, clipped over the bowler's head, scampered single

43.2

Khalid Rasheed to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, driven from middle to long-off by the cap-wearing batsman

43.3

Khalid Rasheed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, driven to long-off

43.4

Khalid Rasheed to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, punched off the back-foot to long-off

43.5

Khalid Rasheed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, pushed to cover

43.6

Khalid Rasheed to Asghar Stanikzai, OUT, slog-sweep attempted, caught well by midwicket diving forward to take the ball low down

Asghar Stanikzai c Jatinder Singh b Khalid Rasheed 21 (23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 91.30

End of over 44 (5 runs) Afghanistan 219/6
     Khalid Rasheed    9-2-49-1
Samiullah Shenwari    6* (10b)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    6-1-18-4

44.1

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

44.2

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

44.3

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, SIX, First boundary off Zeeshan in seven overs! And its to a ball that pitched on middle and was clubbed over long on

44.3

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, SIX, First boundary off Zeeshan in seven overs! And its to a ball that pitched on middle and was clubbed over long on

44.4

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

44.5

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Afsar Zazai, 1 run

44.6

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

End of over 45 (9 runs) Afghanistan 228/6
Samiullah Shenwari    14* (15b 1x6)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    7-1-27-4
Afsar Zazai    1* (1b)      Khalid Rasheed    9-2-49-1

45.1

Khalid Rasheed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

45.2

Khalid Rasheed to Afsar Zazai, 1 run

45.3

Khalid Rasheed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

45.4

Khalid Rasheed to Afsar Zazai, no run

45.5

Khalid Rasheed to Afsar Zazai, 2 runs

45.6

Khalid Rasheed to Afsar Zazai, no run

End of over 46 (5 runs) Afghanistan 233/6
Afsar Zazai    4* (5b)      Khalid Rasheed    10-2-54-1
Samiullah Shenwari    16* (17b 1x6)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    7-1-27-4

46.1

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, 2 runs, cut away well, extra cover runs round

46.2

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, full-length delivery on off-and-middle, defended

46.3

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, full-toss! Swept straight to the fielder at square leg

46.4

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Afsar Zazai, no run

46.5

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Afsar Zazai, FOUR, fine stroke, hit inside out through cover

46.6

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Afsar Zazai, 1 run, driven to long on

End of over 47 (8 runs) Afghanistan 241/6
Afsar Zazai    9* (8b 1x4)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    8-1-35-4
Samiullah Shenwari    19* (20b 1x6)      Khalid Rasheed    10-2-54-1

47.1

Ranpura to Afsar Zazai, 3 runs

47.2

Ranpura to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

47.3

Ranpura to Afsar Zazai, 1 leg bye, big appeal for leg-before, the ball angling down leg, and that's the first extra of the Afghan innings from an attack that's bowled ever so straight

47.4

Ranpura to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

47.5

Ranpura to Afsar Zazai, OUT, backing away, making room to cut and has his off-stump knocked back. Due reward for some honest toil by Ranpura

Afsar Zazai b Ranpura 12 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 109.09

47.6

Ranpura to Rahmat Shah, 1 run

End of over 48 (7 runs) Afghanistan 248/7
Rahmat Shah    1* (1b)      RJ Ranpura    9-0-51-1
Samiullah Shenwari    21* (22b 1x6)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    8-1-35-4

48.1

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Rahmat Shah, 1 run

48.2

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, 2 runs

48.3

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, reverse-swept to orthodox extra cover

48.4

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Rahmat Shah, FOUR, shuffles down and hoists a length ball over the midwicket boundary

48.5

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Rahmat Shah, 2 runs, leans back to cut intentionally over the infield

48.6

Zeeshan Siddiqui to Rahmat Shah, OUT, another catch for Adnan Ilyas, the best of the lot, diving right in the deep at midwicket to pouch and Zeeshan Siddiqui has five wickets

Rahmat Shah c Adnan Ilyas b Zeeshan Siddiqui 8 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 160.00

End of over 49 (10 runs) Afghanistan 258/8
     Zeeshan Siddiqui    9-1-45-5
Samiullah Shenwari    24* (24b 1x6)      RJ Ranpura    9-0-51-1

49.1

Ranpura to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

49.2

Ranpura to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run

49.3

Ranpura to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 leg bye, big appeal for lbw, the ball jams out to the offside, Dawlat hurries through, Ranpura gathers, turns and shies at the bowler's end, Sami would have been out by yards, misses, looks for another on the overthrow, decides against it, sends Dawlat back to has to scramble to save being run out himself. Some runs are tougher than others

49.4

Ranpura to Dawlat Zadran, SIX, short and stands tall to hit through the line with a flat bat and that's the biggest 6 of the day, over straight long-on

49.5

Ranpura to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run

49.6

Ranpura to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, tip and run to end the innings.

Match State: Lunch

Oman happier overall with things, they've come back into the match after it looked like a 300+ total was on the cards. Karim Sadiq and Mohammad Shahzad put on 184 in 35 overs before Karim had to retire with a bruised foot on 85 and though Shahzad made 100, wickets fell to the part-time leg-spin of Zeeshan Siddiqui (5-45) and Afghanistan had to settle for 268. Oman were doughty and resilient in the field, and if their batsmen can play to their best, we're in for a for a cracker of a run-chase. Thanks for logging on, join us again at 0935 hrs GMT for the Oman innings.

49.6

Ranpura to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, tip and run to end the innings.

Match State: Lunch

Oman happier overall with things, they've come back into the match after it looked like a 300+ total was on the cards. Karim Sadiq and Mohammad Shahzad put on 184 in 35 overs before Karim had to retire with a bruised foot on 85 and though Shahzad made 100, wickets fell to the part-time leg-spin of Zeeshan Siddiqui (5-45) and Afghanistan had to settle for 268. Oman were doughty and resilient in the field, and if their batsmen can play to their best, we're in for a for a cracker of a run-chase. Thanks for logging on, join us again at 0935 hrs GMT for the Oman innings.

End of over 50 (10 runs) Afghanistan 268/8
Samiullah Shenwari    25* (27b 1x6)      RJ Ranpura    10-0-60-1
Dawlat Zadran    8* (3b 1x6)      Zeeshan Siddiqui    9-1-45-5
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