Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup, 1st Semi-Final: Afghanistan v Hong Kong at Kirtipur, Apr 2, 2013
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)
2 April 2013 (20-over match)

35-yard run-up of Shapoor....

0.1

Shapoor Zadran to Irfan Ahmed, no run, Irfan moving on to the back foot initially, ball flies past chest-high

0.2

Shapoor Zadran to Irfan Ahmed, no run

0.3

Shapoor Zadran to Irfan Ahmed, FOUR, short and swung over, lands inches in front of the square leg rope

0.4

Shapoor Zadran to Irfan Ahmed, 2 runs, pitched up, driven to long-off

0.5

Shapoor Zadran to Irfan Ahmed, 5 leg byes, leg-bye initially, to cover, shies at the stumps, unnecessarily really, beats the back-up fielder for boundary overthrows

0.6

Shapoor Zadran to Waqas Barkat, no run

End of over 1 (11 runs) Hong Kong 11/0

    • Waqas Barkat 0 (1b)
    • Irfan Ahmed 6 (5b 1x4)
    • Shapoor Zadran 1-0-6-0

Hamza Hotak in the XI today

1.1

Amir Hamza to Irfan Ahmed, no run

1.2

Amir Hamza to Irfan Ahmed, OUT, comes down the wicket, and is beaten in the flight initially, that zips off the wicket

Irfan Ahmed st †Karim Sadiq b Amir Hamza 6 (6m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

1.3

Amir Hamza to Atkinson, FOUR, driven crisply off the front foot, good stroke

1.4

Amir Hamza to Atkinson, no run

1.5

Amir Hamza to Atkinson, 1 run

1.6

Amir Hamza to Waqas Barkat, no run

End of over 2 (5 runs) Hong Kong 16/1

    • Waqas Barkat 0 (2b)
    • JJ Atkinson 5 (3b 1x4)
    • Amir Hamza 1-0-5-1
    • Shapoor Zadran 1-0-6-0

Nirmal: "Hi Cricinfo team... a good afternoon from Melbourne. Any indication what speed the 35-yard run-up Shapoor is bowling at? I presume there are no speed guns to assist us but nonetheless..." He's in the 120 kphs today is the best guesstimate, hasn't been in the best rhythm this event but persevering. Picking up pace with every delivery though

2.1

Shapoor Zadran to Atkinson, 1 run, pushed to cover

2.2

Shapoor Zadran to Waqas Barkat, no run

AK from Canada: "Where's the usual wicketkeeper Mohammad Shehzad? Is he injured that he isn't playing?" He wasn't even in the original playing squad

2.3

Shapoor Zadran to Waqas Barkat, no run, that delivery almost gets through, extra pace, Waqas late on the stroke

2.4

Shapoor Zadran to Waqas Barkat, no run

2.5

Shapoor Zadran to Waqas Barkat, 1 run

2.6

Shapoor Zadran to Atkinson, no run, Shapoor building up a head of steam here, batsmen forced into defense

End of over 3 (2 runs) Hong Kong 18/1

    • JJ Atkinson 6 (5b 1x4)
    • Waqas Barkat 1 (6b)
    • Shapoor Zadran 2-0-8-0
    • Amir Hamza 1-0-5-1
3.1

Gulbadin Naib to Waqas Barkat, FOUR, short and slashes with an angled bat, beats third man

3.2

Gulbadin Naib to Waqas Barkat, FOUR, top shot, square driven on the up, fielded by Cricinfo

3.3

Gulbadin Naib to Waqas Barkat, FOUR, edged, but safe, goes past vacant slip

3.4

Gulbadin Naib to Waqas Barkat, FOUR, pitched up and driven over the head of mid-off, Waqas making up for the loss of Irfan's striking ability with some of his own.

3.5

Gulbadin Naib to Waqas Barkat, no run

3.6

Gulbadin Naib to Waqas Barkat, no run

End of over 4 (16 runs) Hong Kong 34/1

    • Waqas Barkat 17 (12b 4x4)
    • JJ Atkinson 6 (5b 1x4)
    • Gulbadin Naib 1-0-16-0
    • Shapoor Zadran 2-0-8-0
4.1

Shapoor Zadran to Atkinson, no run, Shapoor's extra pace means the batsmen can't take liberties. Just yet...

4.2

Shapoor Zadran to Atkinson, 2 runs, manufactures a shot to a back of a length delivery, bisects mid-off and mid-on

4.3

Shapoor Zadran to Atkinson, SIX, drops short, down leg and just lofted over the fine leg rope. Shapoor's first bad ball, and gets the treatment

4.4

Shapoor Zadran to Atkinson, no run, pitched up, defended

4.5

Shapoor Zadran to Atkinson, no run, on a length outside off, played to point

4.6

Shapoor Zadran to Atkinson, 1 run, short, hurries on, uses his body strength to pull, leaning back, to square leg

End of over 5 (9 runs) Hong Kong 43/1

    • JJ Atkinson 15 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • Waqas Barkat 17 (12b 4x4)
    • Shapoor Zadran 3-0-17-0
    • Gulbadin Naib 1-0-16-0
5.1

Amir Hamza to Atkinson, OUT, playing a drive, and through him, Hamza's delivery has that extra bit of hang-time and then zips off the wicket

JJ Atkinson b Amir Hamza 15 (16m 12b 1x4 1x6) SR: 125.00

5.2

Amir Hamza to Nizakat Khan, no run, beaten! On a length, batsman pushes forward, ball spins past the outer edge

5.3

Amir Hamza to Nizakat Khan, no run, false stroke again, slip interested but bounces in front

5.4

Amir Hamza to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, turned to leg, not at all sure against the spinner

5.5

Amir Hamza to Waqas Barkat, no run, ball hits bat

5.6

Amir Hamza to Waqas Barkat, OUT, goes to sweep one pitched up on leg, takes the top-edge goes high and Karim just has to run three yards forward

Waqas Barkat c †Karim Sadiq b Amir Hamza 17 (27m 14b 4x4 0x6) SR: 121.42

End of over 6 (1 run) Hong Kong 44/3

    • Nizakat Khan 1 (3b)
    • Amir Hamza 2-0-6-3
    • Shapoor Zadran 3-0-17-0

Khushal Safi: "Hello cricinfo, it's really nice to see such a good commentary for the ACC T20 Cup, though this match is coming live on television in Afghanistan, but I am doing both watching it on TV and reading your commentary here. So, thanks for the wonderful commentary." You're very welcome. Sami Shenwari on from the Chovar End now in place of Shapoor 3-0-17-0

6.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Kruger, no run

6.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Kruger, 1 run

6.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, full-toss, driven along the ground to long-off

6.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Kruger, 1 run, driven to long-off

6.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Nizakat Khan, 1 run, slower, flighted, batsman not tempted into indiscretion

6.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Kruger, no run

End of over 7 (4 runs) Hong Kong 48/3

    • CK Kruger 2 (4b)
    • Nizakat Khan 3 (5b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 1-0-4-0
    • Amir Hamza 2-0-6-3

Hamza Hotak to continue from the Clubhouse End, 3-6 so far and has caused all sorts of problems, spinning it both ways

7.1

Amir Hamza to Nizakat Khan, no run

7.2

Amir Hamza to Nizakat Khan, OUT, played to point, Shafiqullah throws to the 'keeper, Kruger had raced down, sent back, tossed to the bowler, and Kruger's out by a yard

CK Kruger run out 2 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

7.3

Amir Hamza to Nizakat Khan, 1 run

sumit: "Hello Cricinfo, Nepalese crowd is the biggest crowd outside Test Nation ?" Afghanistan get substantial crowds too. Until there's an official cumulative head-count for all matches its impossible to say

7.4

Amir Hamza to Babar Hayat, no run

7.5

Amir Hamza to Babar Hayat, 1 run

7.6

Amir Hamza to Nizakat Khan, FOUR, flighted, waits on it, driven to long-off, good stroke

End of over 8 (6 runs) Hong Kong 54/4

    • Nizakat Khan 8 (9b 1x4)
    • Babar Hayat 1 (2b)
    • Amir Hamza 3-0-12-3
    • Samiullah Shenwari 1-0-4-0
8.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Babar Hayat, no run

8.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Babar Hayat, 1 run

8.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Nizakat Khan, no run

8.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Nizakat Khan, no run, CHANCE of a run-out, Babar races down the wicket, sent back, ball in 'keeper's hands, underarmed to the bowler, bowler can't gather, Babar survives

8.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Nizakat Khan, SIX, the argy-bargy with Babar has fired up Nizakat, short delivery is hoisted over square leg into the scoreboard

8.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Nizakat Khan, OUT, trying to repeat the stroke, is bowled!

Nizakat Khan b Samiullah Shenwari 14 (15m 13b 1x4 1x6) SR: 107.69

End of over 9 (7 runs) Hong Kong 61/5

    • Babar Hayat 2 (4b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 2-0-11-1
    • Amir Hamza 3-0-12-3

SC Khanal: "This commentary is faster than Live broadcast, I am enjoying it Here at Louisiana..."

9.1

Mohammad Nabi to Babar Hayat, 1 run

9.2

Mohammad Nabi to Anshuman Rath, no run, length delivery, beaten on the outside

9.3

Mohammad Nabi to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, full-length, driven to long-on

9.4

Mohammad Nabi to Babar Hayat, no run

9.5

Mohammad Nabi to Babar Hayat, 1 run, played to leg, not with conviction, scrambled run

9.6

Mohammad Nabi to Anshuman Rath, no run, play and miss

End of over 10 (3 runs) Hong Kong 64/5

    • Anshuman Rath 1 (3b)
    • Babar Hayat 4 (7b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 1-0-3-0
    • Samiullah Shenwari 2-0-11-1
10.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Babar Hayat, 1 wide, first of the innings, floated down leg

10.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Babar Hayat, 1 run, cut to backward point, Sami Shenwari slowing his usual pace here, actually tends to go for less runs when he does so

10.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Anshuman Rath, no run

10.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, waist-high full-toss, pulled to backward square, fielder's there

10.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Babar Hayat, 1 run

10.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Anshuman Rath, 1 run

Dynewmoon (Nepal): "Hello crickinfo,i would like to thanks that i enjoying see the ur commentry....but why my commenry fedback wasn't posted?anyway enjoying the match! Thanks again" Well, play is running and there are about 100 comments so far in 10 overs, so you can appreciate what needs to be prioritised. Thank you for your interest

10.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Babar Hayat, no run

End of over 11 (5 runs) Hong Kong 69/5

    • Babar Hayat 6 (10b)
    • Anshuman Rath 3 (6b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 3-0-16-1
    • Mohammad Nabi 1-0-3-0
11.1

Mohammad Nabi to Anshuman Rath, no run

11.2

Mohammad Nabi to Anshuman Rath, no run, Karim appeals for lbw, only Afghan to do so!

11.3

Mohammad Nabi to Anshuman Rath, 2 runs, tossed up, driven to long on, fielder runs in, lands just in front of his dive

11.4

Mohammad Nabi to Anshuman Rath, FOUR, flicked to leg, good stroke

11.5

Mohammad Nabi to Anshuman Rath, no run

11.6

Mohammad Nabi to Anshuman Rath, 1 run

End of over 12 (7 runs) Hong Kong 76/5

    • Anshuman Rath 10 (12b 1x4)
    • Babar Hayat 6 (10b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 2-0-10-0
    • Samiullah Shenwari 3-0-16-1

Aftab Alam coming on from the Chovar End, batsmen ask for helmets

12.1

Aftab Alam to Anshuman Rath, 1 run, full, edged down to third man

12.2

Aftab Alam to Babar Hayat, 1 run, glanced to fine leg, Aftab not at his fastest yet

12.3

Aftab Alam to Anshuman Rath, OUT, batsman through with the attempted pull, ball goes off his midriff and lands on the stumps, bails fall

Anshuman Rath b Aftab Alam 11 (12m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 78.57

12.4

Aftab Alam to Tanwir Afzal, no run

12.5

Aftab Alam to Tanwir Afzal, no run, short, outside off, batsman decides late to attempt a cut

12.6

Aftab Alam to Tanwir Afzal, no run, through him with a full-length delivery, hint of inswing too

End of over 13 (2 runs) Hong Kong 78/6

    • Tanwir Afzal 0 (3b)
    • Babar Hayat 7 (11b)
    • Aftab Alam 1-0-2-1
    • Mohammad Nabi 2-0-10-0
13.1

Mohammad Nabi to Babar Hayat, 1 run, turned off his legs to square leg

13.2

Mohammad Nabi to Tanwir Afzal, OUT, swept, hit hard but more loft than distance, and square leg just has to wait for it, he was all alone on the leg side

Tanwir Afzal c Fazal Niazai b Mohammad Nabi 0 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

13.3

Mohammad Nabi to Babar Hayat, no run

13.4

Mohammad Nabi to Babar Hayat, 1 run

Hong Kong haven't run as well as they'd like today

13.5

Mohammad Nabi to Aizaz Khan, 1 run

13.6

Mohammad Nabi to Babar Hayat, 1 leg bye, goes to backward square

End of over 14 (4 runs) Hong Kong 82/7

    • Babar Hayat 9 (15b)
    • Aizaz Khan 1 (1b)
    • Mohammad Nabi 3-0-13-1
    • Aftab Alam 1-0-2-1
14.1

Aftab Alam to Babar Hayat, no run, short and swatted off his face to mid-on

14.2

Aftab Alam to Babar Hayat, no run, aiming for that yorker, Nizakat's bat and pad impregnable

14.3

Aftab Alam to Babar Hayat, 1 run, full-delivery, leg-glanced

14.4

Aftab Alam to Aizaz Khan, 1 run, right up there, aimed at leg and middle, defended to cover

14.5

Aftab Alam to Babar Hayat, 1 run, shorter and helped round to fine leg

14.6

Aftab Alam to Aizaz Khan, FOUR, half-volley on leg, flicked over vacant midwicket, Gulbadin runs round from backward square, beaten on the rope

End of over 15 (7 runs) Hong Kong 89/7

    • Aizaz Khan 6 (3b 1x4)
    • Babar Hayat 11 (19b)
    • Aftab Alam 2-0-9-1
    • Mohammad Nabi 3-0-13-1
15.1

Mohammad Nabi to Babar Hayat, 1 run, played to backward point

15.2

Mohammad Nabi to Aizaz Khan, 1 run, turned round to fine leg inside the circle

15.3

Mohammad Nabi to Babar Hayat, 1 run, pushed to cover

15.4

Mohammad Nabi to Aizaz Khan, no run, Nabi's top-spinner, the doosra lies in wait

15.5

Mohammad Nabi to Aizaz Khan, 1 run, driven to point

15.6

Mohammad Nabi to Babar Hayat, 5 wides, down leg

15.6

Mohammad Nabi to Babar Hayat, no run, quicker delivery, defended

Hong Kong's first aim: to see out 20 overs, their next: 130. Anything above that's a bonus at this stage. Still plenty of cricket left in this match

End of over 16 (9 runs) Hong Kong 98/7

    • Babar Hayat 13 (22b)
    • Aizaz Khan 8 (6b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Nabi 4-0-22-1
    • Aftab Alam 2-0-9-1
16.1

Aftab Alam to Aizaz Khan, 1 run, full-length, driven to mid-off

16.2

Aftab Alam to Babar Hayat, 1 run, back of a length, chopped to backward point

16.3

Aftab Alam to Aizaz Khan, 2 runs, full-length, driven to wide long-off

16.4

Aftab Alam to Aizaz Khan, 2 runs, short, and rides the bounce to cut high to cover point

16.5

Aftab Alam to Aizaz Khan, 1 run, looking for that yorker, Aizaz gets down to dig it out, played to point

16.6

Aftab Alam to Babar Hayat, no run, right in the blockhole, outside off, through the batsman

End of over 17 (7 runs) Hong Kong 105/7

    • Babar Hayat 14 (24b)
    • Aizaz Khan 14 (10b 1x4)
    • Aftab Alam 3-0-16-1
    • Mohammad Nabi 4-0-22-1

Hamnza Hotak back on at the Clubhouse End, taken three wickets and been involved in a run-out

17.1

Amir Hamza to Aizaz Khan, no run, defended

17.2

Amir Hamza to Aizaz Khan, no run, tried for a run, sent back, dive just beats the throw

17.3

Amir Hamza to Aizaz Khan, OUT, played to short fine leg, sets off, Babar hares down but the direct hit from Aftab Alam beats him

Babar Hayat run out 14 (39m 24b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

17.4

Amir Hamza to Nadeem Ahmed, 1 run, driven to long-off, Nadeem's a bit of a self-admitted slogger, may just be able to play a useful cameo for his team now

17.5

Amir Hamza to Aizaz Khan, 1 run

17.6

Amir Hamza to Nadeem Ahmed, no run

End of over 18 (2 runs) Hong Kong 107/8

    • Nadeem Ahmed 1 (2b)
    • Aizaz Khan 15 (14b 1x4)
    • Amir Hamza 4-0-14-3
    • Aftab Alam 3-0-16-1

Sami Shinwari to bowl his last, has done well today

18.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Aizaz Khan, no run

18.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Aizaz Khan, OUT, tossed up, driven back, chest high to the bowler

Aizaz Khan c & b Samiullah Shenwari 15 (20m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 93.75

16-year old Karan Shah in

18.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Shah, 1 run

18.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Nadeem Ahmed, no run

18.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Nadeem Ahmed, no run, Nadeem tries two shots, a drive and then a cut, misses both

18.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Nadeem Ahmed, 1 run, OUT, driven to mid-on, direct hit from Gulbadin, at the base of the stumps with one to aim at runs out Karan Shah by centimetres, on the dive

KC Shah run out 1 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Match State: Innings Break Afghanistan's morning, Hamza Hotak foxed the top-order and with close to faultless fielding and good support from the Afghan bowlers who didn't give the Hong Kong batsmen any freedom to play their strokes , Afghanistan have bossed this one. So far. Low totals to chase can cause problems of their own, let alone the ones the Hong Kong bowlers will be posing. Play resumes in 15 minutes' time.

Nirmal (Australia): "Do the umpires refer to technology to judge run outs in these matches?" It's classic, old-school umpiring here. Like 99.9% of the cricket played around the world

End of over 19 (2 runs) Hong Kong 109/9

    • Nadeem Ahmed 2 (5b)
    • Samiullah Shenwari 4-0-18-2
    • Amir Hamza 4-0-14-3
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