Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup, Group B: Afghanistan v Kuwait at Lalitpur, Mar 31, 2013
Afghanistan won by 4 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
31 March 2013 (20-over match)

Welcome to what has become a knock-out match in this group, only the winner gets to the semi-final. Wicket is hard and true, sun is baking us all and it's going to be a game of big hitting! Kuwait a dangerous batting side, and if they can mount a big score, may just be able to pull off a huge coup.

0.1

Shapoor Zadran to Yasar Idrees, FOUR, not in the best of shape Shapoor, neither was that delivery. Sat up waiting to be smacked. It was.

0.2

Shapoor Zadran to Yasar Idrees, no run

0.3

Shapoor Zadran to Yasar Idrees, no run

0.4

Shapoor Zadran to Yasar Idrees, no run

0.5

Shapoor Zadran to Yasar Idrees, FOUR, square driven, on the up, perfectly timed

0.6

Shapoor Zadran to Yasar Idrees, FOUR, stands and delivers! Short, short and flat-batted: ball flies one bounce to the long-on boundary. Whip crack sound off the bat

End of over 1 (12 runs) Kuwait 12/0

    • Yasar Idrees 12 (6b 3x4)
    • Aamir Javed 0 (0b)
    • Shapoor Zadran 1-0-12-0
1.1

to Aamir Javed, no run

1.2

to Aamir Javed, no run

1.3

to Aamir Javed, 2 runs

1.4

to Aamir Javed, no run

1.5

to Aamir Javed, no run

1.6

to Aamir Javed, no run

Good over by Fazal who looks a decent prospect

End of over 2 (2 runs) Kuwait 14/0

    • Aamir Javed 2 (6b)
    • Yasar Idrees 12 (6b 3x4)
    • 1-0-2-0
    • Shapoor Zadran 1-0-12-0
2.1

Nasim Baras to Yasar Idrees, SIX, full-length, just outside off, right in the slot, driven high over mid-off

2.2

Nasim Baras to Yasar Idrees, FOUR, faster and flatter, not timed as well, goes straighter to the mid-off rope

2.3

Nasim Baras to Yasar Idrees, 1 run, gets away with a loose drive, skews off the bat, Afghanistan's prime fielder Samiullah at cover, runs back, swirls just out of his diving reach

2.4

Nasim Baras to Aamir Javed, 1 run, short and pulled in front of square, not timed optimally

2.5

Nasim Baras to Yasar Idrees, 1 wide

2.5

Nasim Baras to Yasar Idrees, no run

2.6

Nasim Baras to Yasar Idrees, no run

End of over 3 (13 runs) Kuwait 27/0

    • Yasar Idrees 23 (11b 4x4 1x6)
    • Aamir Javed 3 (7b)
    • M Nasim Baras 1-0-13-0
    • 1-0-2-0
3.1

to Aamir Javed, 1 run

3.2

to Yasar Idrees, no run

3.3

to Yasar Idrees, no run

3.4

to Yasar Idrees, FOUR, pitched up, driven through midwicket

3.5

to Yasar Idrees, no run

3.6

to Yasar Idrees, 1 no ball

3.6

to Yasar Idrees, SIX, full, on the legs and slammed over mid-on

End of over 4 (12 runs) Kuwait 39/0

    • Yasar Idrees 33 (17b 5x4 2x6)
    • Aamir Javed 4 (8b)
    • 2-0-14-0
    • M Nasim Baras 1-0-13-0
4.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Aamir Javed, OUT, back when being forward would have been best, top-spinner skids through the defence

Aamir Javed b Samiullah Shenwari 4 (19m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

4.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Mohammed Ghulam, OUT, static feet, thin tickle

Mohammed Ghulam c †Karim Sadiq b Samiullah Shenwari 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

4.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Abid Mushtaq, no run, big appeal for a bat-pad, lbw, something! Not given

4.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Abid Mushtaq, 1 wide

4.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Abid Mushtaq, no run

4.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Abid Mushtaq, no run

4.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Abid Mushtaq, 1 run

End of over 5 (2 runs) Kuwait 41/2

    • Abid Mushtaq 1 (4b)
    • Yasar Idrees 33 (17b 5x4 2x6)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 1-0-2-2
    • 2-0-14-0
5.1

Nasim Baras to Abid Mushtaq, no run

5.2

Nasim Baras to Abid Mushtaq, SIX, huge hit, soars over the long-on boundary

5.3

Nasim Baras to Abid Mushtaq, OUT, pitched up, batsman planted, through with the shot, catching practise for mid-off.

Abid Mushtaq c Aftab Alam b Nasim Baras 7 (4m 7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Kuwait: brilliance followed by bathos. Never dull when they're playing.

5.4

Nasim Baras to Ali Zaheer, no run

5.5

Nasim Baras to Ali Zaheer, FOUR, slog-swept to mid-wicket, effortless stroke

5.6

Nasim Baras to Ali Zaheer, 1 run

End of over 6 (11 runs) Kuwait 52/3

    • Ali Zaheer 5 (3b 1x4)
    • Yasar Idrees 33 (17b 5x4 2x6)
    • M Nasim Baras 2-0-24-1
    • Samiullah Shenwari 1-0-2-2
6.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Ali Zaheer, no run, driven firmly to mid-off, Shapoor, stiff back and all, gets down well enough to win a round of applause from his team-mates

6.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Ali Zaheer, no run

6.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Ali Zaheer, FOUR, Shapoor makes a hash of this though, at long-on, through his arms and legs to trickle over the line

6.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Ali Zaheer, 1 run

6.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Yasar Idrees, 2 runs

6.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Yasar Idrees, 1 run

Kuwait scoring at a fair rate, Yasir Idrees carrying on his destructive form from the Oman match. Hitters to come too. Big score quite conceivable at this stage

End of over 7 (8 runs) Kuwait 60/3

    • Yasar Idrees 36 (19b 5x4 2x6)
    • Ali Zaheer 10 (7b 2x4)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 2-0-10-2
    • M Nasim Baras 2-0-24-1

Afghanistan's main bowling weapon, Nabi on now. Carrying a few knocks on his bowling hand from yesterday's match against UAE so may not be at his best today

7.1

Mohammad Nabi to Yasar Idrees, 1 run

7.2

Mohammad Nabi to Ali Zaheer, 1 run

7.3

Mohammad Nabi to Yasar Idrees, 1 run

7.4

Mohammad Nabi to Ali Zaheer, FOUR, tall lad, fetches this from middle and just wrists it along the ground to midwicket

7.5

Mohammad Nabi to Ali Zaheer, no run

7.6

Mohammad Nabi to Ali Zaheer, 2 runs

Kuwait continuing to flourish. Afghanistan don't quite have the force with them yet. Top contest in the making

End of over 8 (9 runs) Kuwait 69/3

    • Ali Zaheer 17 (11b 3x4)
    • Yasar Idrees 38 (21b 5x4 2x6)
    • Mohammad Nabi 1-0-9-0
    • Samiullah Shenwari 2-0-10-2
8.1

Gulbadin Naib to Yasar Idrees, no run, full-length, driven back, well-fielded in his follow-through

8.2

Gulbadin Naib to Yasar Idrees, 1 run

8.3

Gulbadin Naib to Ali Zaheer, no run, zips past the outside edge, fastest ball of the day

8.4

Gulbadin Naib to Ali Zaheer, no run

8.5

Gulbadin Naib to Ali Zaheer, 2 runs, CHANCE of a run-out, Ali would have been out by five feet, at the bowler's end if Shapoor's direct throw from mid-off would have hit. And they take an overthrow

8.6

Gulbadin Naib to Ali Zaheer, no run

End of over 9 (3 runs) Kuwait 72/3

    • Ali Zaheer 19 (15b 3x4)
    • Yasar Idrees 39 (23b 5x4 2x6)
    • Gulbadin Naib 1-0-3-0
    • Mohammad Nabi 1-0-9-0
9.1

Mohammad Nabi to Yasar Idrees, 1 run, just drops the ball behind square on the off-side, Yasir playing very circumspectly in recent overs! Good call by Ali to bring them through

9.2

Mohammad Nabi to Ali Zaheer, 1 run

9.3

Mohammad Nabi to Yasar Idrees, SIX, slog-swept to backward-square, fielder tracks it and the ball lands on him, diving, when he's over the rope

9.4

Mohammad Nabi to Yasar Idrees, 1 run

9.5

Mohammad Nabi to Ali Zaheer, OUT, floated up on a full length, Ali tries to go long, just a little early on the shot and straight down mid-on's throat, Ali thumps his pads on the way back, disgusted with himself. Had been looking good

Ali Zaheer c Nasim Baras b Mohammad Nabi 20 (18m 17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 117.64

9.6

Mohammad Nabi to Sibtain Raza, no run

Wickets down but Kuwait still on course for 160. Yasir Idrees going very well and a hundred looks for the taking

End of over 10 (9 runs) Kuwait 81/4

    • Sibtain Raza 0 (1b)
    • Yasar Idrees 47 (26b 5x4 3x6)
    • Mohammad Nabi 2-0-18-1
    • Gulbadin Naib 1-0-3-0
10.1

Gulbadin Naib to Yasar Idrees, no run

10.2

Gulbadin Naib to Yasar Idrees, SIX

10.3

Gulbadin Naib to Yasar Idrees, 2 runs, excellent one-handed save by Sami Shenwari on the mid-wicket boundary

10.4

Gulbadin Naib to Yasar Idrees, 2 runs

10.5

Gulbadin Naib to Yasar Idrees, FOUR, top shot, played on the up through cover

10.6

Gulbadin Naib to Yasar Idrees, 1 run

End of over 11 (15 runs) Kuwait 96/4

    • Yasar Idrees 62 (32b 6x4 4x6)
    • Sibtain Raza 0 (1b)
    • Gulbadin Naib 2-0-18-0
    • Mohammad Nabi 2-0-18-1
11.1

Mohammad Nabi to Yasar Idrees, no run

11.2

Mohammad Nabi to Yasar Idrees, 1 run

11.3

Mohammad Nabi to Sibtain Raza, 1 leg bye

11.4

Mohammad Nabi to Yasar Idrees, no run

11.5

Mohammad Nabi to Yasar Idrees, no run

11.6

Mohammad Nabi to Yasar Idrees, no run

Sibtain Raza no mean shakes with the bat either, Kuwait just setting themselves for a late overs assault one senses, no big shots being attempted just yet

End of over 12 (2 runs) Kuwait 98/4

    • Yasar Idrees 63 (37b 6x4 4x6)
    • Sibtain Raza 0 (2b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 3-0-19-1
    • Gulbadin Naib 2-0-18-0
12.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Sibtain Raza, 1 run

12.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Yasar Idrees, no run

12.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Yasar Idrees, 1 run

12.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Sibtain Raza, no run

12.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Sibtain Raza, 1 run

12.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Yasar Idrees, OUT, short and swung round, swerving towards square leg who crouches to pouch.

Yasar Idrees c Aftab Alam b Samiullah Shenwari 64 (57m 40b 6x4 4x6) SR: 160.00

Potential one man demolition-derby Saad Khalid in

End of over 13 (3 runs) Kuwait 101/5

    • Sibtain Raza 2 (5b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 3-0-13-3
    • Mohammad Nabi 3-0-19-1
13.1

Mohammad Nabi to Saad Khalid, OUT, trapped right in front, ball scooting through bat and pad, struck shin high, could have been the top-spinner. Kuwait's potential total goes down by 20 runs

Saad Khalid lbw b Mohammad Nabi 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

13.2

Mohammad Nabi to Azmatullah Nazeer, 1 run

13.3

Mohammad Nabi to Sibtain Raza, no run

13.4

Mohammad Nabi to Sibtain Raza, 1 run

13.5

Mohammad Nabi to Azmatullah Nazeer, no run

13.6

Mohammad Nabi to Azmatullah Nazeer, no run

End of over 14 (2 runs) Kuwait 103/6

    • Azmatullah Nazeer 1 (3b)
    • Sibtain Raza 3 (7b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 4-0-21-2
    • Samiullah Shenwari 3-0-13-3

Aftab Alam on from the City End. Could go for a few if he's having an off day, Kuwait much prefer hitting pace to spin

14.1

Aftab Alam to Sibtain Raza, no run, back of a length, hurried into a back-foot defense

14.2

Aftab Alam to Sibtain Raza, 1 run, full and wide, slashed to point

14.3

Aftab Alam to Azmatullah Nazeer, no run, good ball, in the blockhole, almost gets through

14.4

Aftab Alam to Azmatullah Nazeer, 1 wide, bouncer! Over the head of the batsman

14.4

Aftab Alam to Azmatullah Nazeer, OUT, real effort ball, looking for the yorker, big stride down the wicket to cover it, but no bat on ball

Azmatullah Nazeer lbw b Aftab Alam 1 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

14.5

Aftab Alam to Rizwan Ali, 1 leg bye, again yorker length, this one down leg though

14.6

Aftab Alam to Sibtain Raza, no run, full-length delivery, comes off the pad, Karim Sadiq dives well to his right to save runs

Really good over by Aftab, one wicket and troubled the batsmen with his yorkers

End of over 15 (3 runs) Kuwait 106/7

    • Sibtain Raza 4 (10b)
    • S Rizwan Ali 0 (1b)
    • Aftab Alam 1-0-2-1
    • Mohammad Nabi 4-0-21-2

Kuwait's run-rate, once 8 an over, has now slipped to 7

15.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Rizwan Ali, no run

15.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Rizwan Ali, no run

15.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Rizwan Ali, 1 run

15.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Sibtain Raza, 1 wide

15.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Sibtain Raza, 1 wide, turn and bounce some consolation for the bowler

15.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Sibtain Raza, 1 run

15.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Rizwan Ali, no run, tries the googly, through to pad but too high

15.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Rizwan Ali, 1 run

Afghanistan coming back into it since the half-way stage, just 30 runs in 6 overs since

End of over 16 (5 runs) Kuwait 111/7

    • S Rizwan Ali 2 (6b)
    • Sibtain Raza 5 (11b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 4-0-18-3
    • Aftab Alam 1-0-2-1
16.1

Aftab Alam to Rizwan Ali, OUT, it's that yorker again, at pace too, Aftab 'hitting his straps' today

S Rizwan Ali b Aftab Alam 2 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

16.2

Aftab Alam to Haroon Shahid, no run

16.3

Aftab Alam to Haroon Shahid, no run

16.4

Aftab Alam to Haroon Shahid, FOUR, full and just outside off, slashes hard, beats the lurching third man

16.5

Aftab Alam to Haroon Shahid, 2 runs, driven to mid-wicket

16.6

Aftab Alam to Haroon Shahid, FOUR, short and climbs almost throat-high, batsman in a crouching hook-shot, takes the top-edge over the head of 'keeper Karim,

End of over 17 (10 runs) Kuwait 121/8

    • Haroon Shahid 10 (5b 2x4)
    • Sibtain Raza 5 (11b)
    • Aftab Alam 2-0-12-2
    • Samiullah Shenwari 4-0-18-3
17.1

Nasim Baras to Sibtain Raza, 1 run, slog-swept to midwicket

17.2

Nasim Baras to Haroon Shahid, 2 runs, angled-bat slash, swerves round to backward point

17.3

Nasim Baras to Haroon Shahid, 1 run

17.4

Nasim Baras to Sibtain Raza, OUT, slog-swept again, not timed as well as the batsman'd like, high to midwicket coming in from the boundary

Sibtain Raza c Mohammad Nasim b Nasim Baras 6 (33m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 46.15

Kuwait now in danger of not batting out their overs

17.5

Nasim Baras to Ali Shahzad, no run

17.6

Nasim Baras to Ali Shahzad, no run

End of over 18 (4 runs) Kuwait 125/9

    • Ali Shahzad 0 (2b)
    • Haroon Shahid 13 (7b 2x4)
    • M Nasim Baras 3-0-28-2
    • Aftab Alam 2-0-12-2
18.1

Aftab Alam to Haroon Shahid, 2 runs

18.2

Aftab Alam to Haroon Shahid, 1 run

18.3

Aftab Alam to Ali Shahzad, no run

18.4

Aftab Alam to Ali Shahzad, FOUR, searching for that yorker again, edged to third man

18.5

Aftab Alam to Ali Shahzad, no run

18.6

Aftab Alam to Ali Shahzad, no run, cat-and-mouse running, as the ball is played towards backward point, Karim alert to all possibilities, in the end no run taken

End of over 19 (7 runs) Kuwait 132/9

    • Ali Shahzad 4 (6b 1x4)
    • Haroon Shahid 16 (9b 2x4)
    • Aftab Alam 3-0-19-2
    • M Nasim Baras 3-0-28-2
19.1

Nasim Baras to Haroon Shahid, 1 leg bye

19.2

Nasim Baras to Ali Shahzad, OUT, slog-swept, goes low to long-on, comes in and takes the catch diving in front of him.

Ali Shahzad c Shafiqullah b Nasim Baras 4 (6m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Match State: Innings Break Kuwait will be disappointed with that, 81 for 3 in the 10th over, 160 looked on. Which even on this good batting wicket would have pushed Afghanistan. Yasir Idrees had been going well, and Afghanistan looking ragged in the field, but he got increasingly less of the strike and once he and Saad Khalid (first ball) were out, Kuwait's innings lost all momentum. Good bowling at the death by Aftab Alam and Afghanistan will fancy themselves in chasing 133. Kuwait, though: never a boring match when they play. Could end up being close! Join us again for the start Afghanistan innings. And remember, the winner of this match goes up to the semi-finals on Tuesday to join Hong Kong, Nepal and UAE.

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