Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup, 2012/13 / Commentary

Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup - Group B

Afghanistan v United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

0.1

Amjad Javed to Karim Sadiq, OUT, length ball, pushing forward, plays down the wrong line.

Karim Sadiq b Amjad Javed 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.2

Amjad Javed to , no run, length ball, outside off, plays and misses

0.3

Amjad Javed to , no run, back of a length ball, outside off, more of a leave this time

0.4

Amjad Javed to , no run

0.5

Amjad Javed to , no run, defended stoutly

0.6

Amjad Javed to , FOUR, pitched up and in the slot, driven firmly off middle with a checked drive, bisects bowler and mid-off

Best of starts by UAE, who have a terrific record in recent matches against Afghanistan

End of over 1 (4 runs) Afghanistan 4/1
   4* (5b 1x4)      Amjad Javed    1-0-4-1
Mohammad Sami    0* (0b)     

Left-arm spin from the Chovar End, Afghanistan not comfortable when the ball's not coming on to the bat

1.1

Silva to Mohammad Sami, no run

1.2

Silva to Mohammad Sami, no run

1.3

Silva to Mohammad Sami, no run

1.4

Silva to Mohammad Sami, no run

1.5

Silva to Mohammad Sami, OUT, plays back when he could have come forward, and that would have taken leg

Mohammad Sami lbw b Silva 0 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Leg-spinning all-rounder Shenwari promoted up the order

1.6

Silva to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

Two excellent overs for UAE, eleven balls without a boundary, and all but two fielders are in the circle

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) Afghanistan 4/2
Samiullah Shenwari    0* (1b)      EHSN Silva    1-1-0-1
   4* (5b 1x4)      Amjad Javed    1-0-4-1

2.1

Amjad Javed to , 2 runs, short and pulled, not timed optimally

2.2

Amjad Javed to , 1 run

2.3

Amjad Javed to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, beaten outside off, good carry through to Abdul Shakoor

2.4

Amjad Javed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, tucked off his legs, mid-on sticks out the right hand

2.5

Amjad Javed to , no run, driven firmly off the front foot, mid-off fields

2.6

Amjad Javed to , no run, driven, in the air for a while, one bounce to mid-on

End of over 3 (4 runs) Afghanistan 8/2
   7* (9b 1x4)      Amjad Javed    2-0-8-1
Samiullah Shenwari    1* (3b)      EHSN Silva    1-1-0-1

3.1

Silva to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, driven to mid-off, good stroke to a pitched up delivery

3.2

Silva to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

3.3

Silva to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

3.4

Silva to , no run, big appeal for lbw, Umpire Vinay Jha shakes his head, must have been sliding down leg

Fazal Rahman not comfortable against spin at this stage

3.5

Silva to , no run

3.6

Silva to , no run

End of over 4 (5 runs) Afghanistan 13/2
   7* (12b 1x4)      EHSN Silva    2-1-5-1
Samiullah Shenwari    6* (6b 1x4)      Amjad Javed    2-0-8-1

4.1

Amjad Javed to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT, driving at one outside off and the 'keeper pouches.

Samiullah Shenwari c †Abdul Shakoor b Amjad Javed 6 (9m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

Afghanistan in some trouble now, particularly when their man for a crisis, having been promoted up the order is out

4.2

Amjad Javed to Najibullah Zadran, no run, pitched up, on off, driven one bounce to long-off.

4.3

Amjad Javed to Najibullah Zadran, no run, good rhythm from the bowler, faster delivery, climbs up from a length, Najib defends on the back foot

4.4

Amjad Javed to Najibullah Zadran, no run, same again, batsman hurries into defense

4.5

Amjad Javed to Najibullah Zadran, no run, pitched up, met with the full face, timed well but straight to mid-off

4.6

Amjad Javed to Najibullah Zadran, no run, looking for the yorker, thuds into the pads, pitched outside leg

UAE's second wicket maiden of the innings

End of over 5 (wicket maiden) Afghanistan 13/3
Najibullah Zadran    0* (5b)      Amjad Javed    3-1-8-2
   7* (12b 1x4)      EHSN Silva    2-1-5-1

5.1

Silva to , OUT, never looked comfortable against the spinner, skidded through off a length and trapped in front playing neither forward nor back

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Nabi in, will no doubt use his long reach to scotch any spin. He is the big wicket left

5.2

Silva to Mohammad Nabi, no run, comes forward to play it back

5.3

Silva to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, flicked fine, good timing

5.4

Silva to Mohammad Nabi, no run, forward defensive, bat and pad together, impregnable

5.5

Silva to Mohammad Nabi, no run

5.6

Silva to Mohammad Nabi, no run, fired in faster, bounces off a length, defended firmly

End of over 6 (4 runs) Afghanistan 17/4
Mohammad Nabi    4* (5b 1x4)      EHSN Silva    3-1-9-2
Najibullah Zadran    0* (5b)      Amjad Javed    3-1-8-2

6.1

Amjad Javed to Najibullah Zadran, OUT, Amjad's and UAE's morning! Pitches middle, knocks back off, through the gate, Najib flat-footed at the crease

Najibullah Zadran b Amjad Javed 0 (9m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

6.2

Amjad Javed to Shafiqullah, no run, beaten outside off, reaching forward

6.3

Amjad Javed to Shafiqullah, no run, again, zips through to the 'keeper

6.4

Amjad Javed to Shafiqullah, no run, fine delivery, on a length in the off-stump corridor, Shafiq raises his bat in a leave

6.5

Amjad Javed to Shafiqullah, 1 run, nudged to square leg

6.6

Amjad Javed to Mohammad Nabi, no run, forward in defense to a length delivery and Amjad has bowled excellently this morning, done just what, if not more than his team could have expected

End of over 7 (1 run) Afghanistan 18/5
Mohammad Nabi    4* (6b 1x4)      Amjad Javed    4-1-9-3
Shafiqullah    1* (4b)      EHSN Silva    3-1-9-2

Shadeep keeps one over up his sleeve, left-arm spinner Fayyaz Ahmed on at the Chovar End

7.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Shafiqullah, 1 run

7.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, no run

7.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run

7.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Shafiqullah, 3 runs, swept to backward square, good running for the second and then when the throw hits the stumps, they take another

7.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, no run

7.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, no run

Afghanistan's most productive over of the morning but that's not saying much. Much depends on Nabi. Shafiq - one of the legendary Taj Malik's finds back in the day - is a hitter but the last thing his team needs is recklessness at this stage

End of over 8 (5 runs) Afghanistan 23/5
Mohammad Nabi    5* (10b 1x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    1-0-5-0
Shafiqullah    5* (6b)      Amjad Javed    4-1-9-3

The wily veteran Arshad Ali on at the Clubhouse End with his sliders

8.1

Arshad Ali to Shafiqullah, no run

8.2

Arshad Ali to Shafiqullah, no run

8.3

Arshad Ali to Shafiqullah, FOUR, dropped short and Shafiq swivels, almost steps on his stumps, ball to the backward square rope

8.4

Arshad Ali to Shafiqullah, no run

8.5

Arshad Ali to Shafiqullah, no run, cut hard but straight to backward point

8.6

Arshad Ali to Shafiqullah, SIX, Arshad corrects his length but its overpitched and hammerwed over long-on onto the roof of the press-box. Big hit

End of over 9 (10 runs) Afghanistan 33/5
Shafiqullah    15* (12b 1x4 1x6)      Arshad Ali    1-0-10-0
Mohammad Nabi    5* (10b 1x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    1-0-5-0

9.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, defensive push to the off-side

9.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Shafiqullah, no run

9.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Shafiqullah, 1 run

9.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, tip and run to cover

9.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Shafiqullah, 1 run

9.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, full-toss, clipped to midwicket along the ground. Nabi keeping his powder dry. In it for the long haul

38 for 5 - no one but the UAE coach and team could have thought this possible and even they wouldn't have put too much faith in it. But Amjad and Shadeep bowled brilliantly, helped by some poor footwork at the top of the Afghan lineup. Nabi and Shafiq are going to have go some now!

End of over 10 (5 runs) Afghanistan 38/5
Mohammad Nabi    8* (13b 1x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    2-0-10-0
Shafiqullah    17* (15b 1x4 1x6)      Arshad Ali    1-0-10-0

10.1

Arshad Ali to Mohammad Nabi, no run

10.2

Arshad Ali to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, driven to cover, and the fielder on the boundary lets it through his crouching legs

10.3

Arshad Ali to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, half a stride forward and thumps the over-pitched delivery over midwicket

10.4

Arshad Ali to Mohammad Nabi, no run

10.5

Arshad Ali to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run

10.6

Arshad Ali to Shafiqullah, no run, fired in fast and flat and almost yorks Shafiq, then has to dive back to beat the throw from cover

End of over 11 (11 runs) Afghanistan 49/5
Shafiqullah    17* (16b 1x4 1x6)      Arshad Ali    2-0-21-0
Mohammad Nabi    19* (18b 2x4 1x6)      Fayyaz Ahmed    2-0-10-0

11.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, drives at one outside off, skews off the outer half of the bat, loops over Rohan Mustafa at point, one of those that needed a perfectly timed jump in order to be caught

11.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, no run

11.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs

11.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run

11.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Shafiqullah, 3 runs, short and chopped down to third man, UAE not the sprightliest in the field by a long way

11.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, driven to mid-on

End of over 12 (11 runs) Afghanistan 60/5
Mohammad Nabi    27* (23b 3x4 1x6)      Fayyaz Ahmed    3-0-21-0
Shafiqullah    20* (17b 1x4 1x6)      Arshad Ali    2-0-21-0

12.1

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs, driven firmly to wide mid-off

12.2

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, pitched up on off, driven to long-off along the ground

12.3

Ahmed Raza to Shafiqullah, 1 run, CHANCE low half-volley, edged, and thuds off Shakoor's gloves

12.4

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, no run

12.5

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run

12.6

Ahmed Raza to Shafiqullah, 1 run, a little short, on leg, and swung round to backward square

End of over 13 (6 runs) Afghanistan 66/5
Shafiqullah    22* (19b 1x4 1x6)      Ahmed Raza    1-0-6-0
Mohammad Nabi    31* (27b 3x4 1x6)      Fayyaz Ahmed    3-0-21-0

13.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Shafiqullah, 1 run, strides down to stroke a one-bounce drive to the long-off fielder

13.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, clipped leg-side, easy stroll

13.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Shafiqullah, FOUR, short ball, gets the treatment, in the air for a while, catchable, long-on doesn't look too good in doing what he does

13.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Shafiqullah, 1 run

13.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, well-timed defensive push to mid-on

13.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Shafiqullah, 1 run, short and helped round to backward square

End of over 14 (9 runs) Afghanistan 75/5
Shafiqullah    29* (23b 2x4 1x6)      Fayyaz Ahmed    4-0-30-0
Mohammad Nabi    33* (29b 3x4 1x6)      Ahmed Raza    1-0-6-0

14.1

Ahmed Raza to Shafiqullah, 1 run, short and cut to mid-off, Nabi looking for two and disappointed with Shafiq that he didn't put more pressure on the fielder with his running

14.2

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, back of a length and lat-chopped to the third man boundary

14.3

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, steps down to stroke a low skimmer over the long-off rope

14.4

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, no run

14.5

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, comes forward to drive hard and straight, fielders no chance

14.6

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, well-timed off-drive, the call's for "two, two" by Nabi initially but he's placed it well and it reaches the long-off boundary

Afghanistan's most productive over so far. They can make the game look so easy and yet so difficult within the course of a match!

End of over 15 (19 runs) Afghanistan 94/5
Mohammad Nabi    51* (34b 6x4 2x6)      Ahmed Raza    2-0-25-0
Shafiqullah    30* (24b 2x4 1x6)      Fayyaz Ahmed    4-0-30-0

15.1

Rohan Mustafa to Shafiqullah, 1 run, short and swivel-pulled in front of square

15.2

Rohan Mustafa to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs, driven to long-on

15.3

Rohan Mustafa to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, reverse-swept, timed well, bowler has hands on hips looking to his captain for consolation, inspiration

15.4

Rohan Mustafa to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, pitched up, driven to long-off

15.5

Rohan Mustafa to Shafiqullah, FOUR, pitched up and hammered hard, bottom hand all the way to the sightscreen

15.6

Rohan Mustafa to Shafiqullah, no run

Afghanistan have recovered well, 88 runs off the last 10 overs, for the loss of just one wicket.

End of over 16 (12 runs) Afghanistan 106/5
Shafiqullah    35* (27b 3x4 1x6)      Rohan Mustafa    1-0-12-0
Mohammad Nabi    58* (37b 7x4 2x6)      Ahmed Raza    2-0-25-0

16.1

Silva to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run

16.2

Silva to Shafiqullah, SIX, not that short really but Shafiq sees it early and goes into his crease to pull it high over square leg

16.3

Silva to Shafiqullah, 1 run

16.4

Silva to Mohammad Nabi, no run, steps down to drive, hard, bowler fields

16.5

Silva to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, miscues the drive, drops in short of Ahmed Raza inside the circle at mid-off

16.6

Silva to Shafiqullah, 1 run

End of over 17 (10 runs) Afghanistan 116/5
Shafiqullah    43* (30b 3x4 2x6)      EHSN Silva    4-1-19-2
Mohammad Nabi    60* (40b 7x4 2x6)      Rohan Mustafa    1-0-12-0

17.1

Rohan Mustafa to Shafiqullah, 2 runs, slammed hard and straight, long-on has to hustle to his left

And that's the 100-partnership

17.2

Rohan Mustafa to Shafiqullah, SIX, slog-swept doesn't do it justice, just goes down on one knee and hits it high over long-on into the crowd

17.3

Rohan Mustafa to Shafiqullah, OUT, the attempted drive on the walk flies off the edge, throat high to backward point

Shafiqullah c Ahmed Raza b Rohan Mustafa 51 (41m 33b 3x4 3x6) SR: 154.54

End of a good innings

17.4

Rohan Mustafa to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run

17.5

Rohan Mustafa to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, tries the dinked sweep to leg, catches the toe-end of the bat

17.6

Rohan Mustafa to Gulbadin Naib, no run

It's a 180-wicket this new resurfaced Tribhuvan one, and Afghanistan are going to end up under par but it has been some recovery from 17 for 5 in the 7th over

End of over 18 (10 runs) Afghanistan 126/6
Gulbadin Naib    1* (2b)      Rohan Mustafa    2-0-22-1
Mohammad Nabi    61* (41b 7x4 2x6)      EHSN Silva    4-1-19-2

18.1

Arshad Ali to Mohammad Nabi, no run, Nabi's struck on the hand

Receiving some treatment from the physio - you guessed right, 'the magic spray'

18.2

Arshad Ali to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, that spray, almost as magical as Nabi. Steps down to send a flat drive over long off

18.3

Arshad Ali to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, driven along the ground, to drive straight, to long on

18.4

Arshad Ali to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run

18.5

Arshad Ali to Gulbadin Naib, OUT, attempting a big drive to one that's pitched up, through the gate to knock back leg and middle

Gulbadin Naib b Arshad Ali 1 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Wafi: "Afghanistan cricket team is Asia's SA, in limited overs they easily collapse and are saved by lower order or tail."

18.6

Arshad Ali to Aftab Alam, 1 run, crunches his first delivery, looks like he's holding an axe, with that grip! To long off, don't risk a second as much as Nabi's itching to be on strike

End of over 19 (12 runs) Afghanistan 138/7
Aftab Alam    1* (1b)      Arshad Ali    3-0-33-1
Mohammad Nabi    72* (45b 8x4 3x6)      Rohan Mustafa    2-0-22-1

19.1

Rohan Mustafa to Aftab Alam, 1 run, clipped for the single they want

19.2

Rohan Mustafa to Mohammad Nabi, OUT, Nabi goes high, full-follow-through, the ball has a relatively vertical trajectory though and long-off waits two seconds before it lands in his hands, fingers pointing to the sky

Mohammad Nabi c Amjad Ali b Rohan Mustafa 72 (58m 46b 8x4 3x6) SR: 156.52

End of a top innings from one of the world's best limited overs all-rounders. We'll see later if the blow to his right hand will affect his bowling because he'll need to be at his best at that too if Afghanistan are to win today

19.3

Rohan Mustafa to Aftab Alam, 1 run

19.4

Rohan Mustafa to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run

19.5

Rohan Mustafa to Aftab Alam, 1 run

19.6

Rohan Mustafa to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run

Match State: Innings Break UAE the happier going in, its a batting wicket and 144 is gettable and what they'd have happily taken if offered at the start of the match. However, having had Afghanistan at 17 for 5 and all at sea against the opening bowlers they're going to be disappointed with the pedestrian performance of the back-up bowlers and fielders. Shafiq and Nabi played very positively in response to the crisis.Afghanistan are going to have to be near their best with the ball to win though.The crowd's already building for the afternoon match here at Tribhuvan, when home side Nepal take on Malaysia. They're going to be in for some exciting cricket as a prelude to that game. Play resumes in 15 minutes when UAE chase Afghanistan's 143

End of over 20 (5 runs) Afghanistan 143/8
Shapoor Zadran    2* (2b)      Rohan Mustafa    3-0-27-2
Aftab Alam    4* (4b)      Arshad Ali    3-0-33-1
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