Afghanistan tour of United Arab Emirates, 2013/14 / Commentary

Afghanistan v Pakistan T20I Match

Afghanistan v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

Hello all and welcome to the coverage of the only T20 International between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The match is being played at Sharjah, which serves as a home venue for Afghanistan. How many of you saw the final of T20 World Cup qualifier? Those who did see it will remember the intent with which Mohammad Shahzad started the innings. If he and a couple of other Afghanistan batsman fire in the game today, they might pull off an upset.

That's easier said than done though as Pakistan spinners will try to minimise the run scoring areas for the batsman.

News from the middle is that Afghanistan have won the toss and they chose to bat

Delawar khan niazi: "Will we all hope for both team to play the game good n hard we don't wanna see easy win. I will pray for both because it's game one have to win it can be anyone. Good luck shahzad ahmad"

Mohammad khan: "I think Afghanistan has better team then pakistan n if they perform to their strength then pakistan has no chance against them.. Good luck afghanistan"

0.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, well tossed up delivery outside offstump, goes straight with the arm, outside edge to point, missfield by Tanvir

0.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, no run, pushed to midwicket

0.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, no run, forward defense

0.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, 1 leg bye, good length ball, pitching middle leg, tries to go big over midwicket, misses it, sneak a leg bye

0.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, short of length, spins sharply, tries to play it to mid wicket, misses it

0.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, fullish delivery, pushed to long on

End of over 1 (3 runs) Afghanistan 3/0
Mohammad Shahzad    2* (3b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-2-0
Nawroz Mangal    0* (3b)     

1.1

Sohail Tanvir to Mohammad Shahzad, OUT, slightly wide, angling away, Shahzad pokes at it, gets an outside edge to Akmal

Mohammad Shahzad c †Umar Akmal b Sohail Tanvir 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

1.2

Sohail Tanvir to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, outisde offstump, left alone

1.3

Sohail Tanvir to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, outside offstump, seaming away, leaves it with ease

1.4

Sohail Tanvir to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 leg bye, good length ball, gets to jag back into the batsman, run a leg bye

1.5

Sohail Tanvir to Nawroz Mangal, no run, short of length, seams into Nowroz, tries to dab it to thirdman, misses it

1.6

Sohail Tanvir to Nawroz Mangal, no run, short of length, Norwoz solid behind the ball

End of over 2 (1 run, wicket maiden) Afghanistan 4/1
Nawroz Mangal    0* (5b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-1-0-1
Asghar Stanikzai    0* (3b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-2-0

2.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, plays it to square leg

2.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, good length ball, steps out, plays it to square leg

2.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, angling in with the arm, plays it between fine leg and square leg, diving Tanvir stops it

2.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, no run, length ball, spins in sharply, Nowroz tries a hoick, misses it, hit on the pads, loud shout, going down says the umpire

2.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, no run, pushed to mid on

2.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, steps down too early, Hafeez spots it and pitches it a bit short, pushed to mid on

End of over 3 (2 runs) Afghanistan 6/1
Nawroz Mangal    1* (8b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-4-0
Asghar Stanikzai    1* (6b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-1-0-1

3.1

Sohail Tanvir to Nawroz Mangal, 1 leg bye, good length ball, seaming in, tries to go big over midwicket, misses it, loud shout, pitching outside leg

3.2

Sohail Tanvir to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, slower delivery, back of the hand, well spotted by Asghar

3.3

Sohail Tanvir to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, short ball, banged in halfway, Asghar lets it go

3.4

Sohail Tanvir to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, good length bal, outside offstump, wild slog, tries to smash it through the line, misses it

3.5

Sohail Tanvir to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, length ball, seaming in, hit on the pads, pitching outside leg

3.6

Sohail Tanvir to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, slower ball, Asghar falls over to the offside, misses it

End of over 4 (1 run, maiden) Afghanistan 7/1
Asghar Stanikzai    1* (11b)      Sohail Tanvir    2-2-0-1
Nawroz Mangal    1* (9b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-4-0

4.1

Zulfiqar Babar to Nawroz Mangal, OUT, well tossed up delivery, slower through the air, slow spin, Nowroz goes into the shot too early, gets an outside edge to the slips off Akmal's pad, comfortable catch for Sohaib at slips

Nawroz Mangal c Sohaib Maqsood b Zulfiqar Babar 1 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.00

4.2

Zulfiqar Babar to Najibullah Zadran, no run, plays it back to the bowler

4.3

Zulfiqar Babar to Najibullah Zadran, no run, slower through the air, Najib steps down,pushes it to covers

4.4

Zulfiqar Babar to Najibullah Zadran, no run, backfoot defense

4.5

Zulfiqar Babar to Najibullah Zadran, no run, slightly short, Najib rocks back and cuts it hard to point

4.6

Zulfiqar Babar to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, short ball, goes on the backfoot and punches it to wide mid off

End of over 5 (1 run) Afghanistan 8/2
Najibullah Zadran    1* (5b)      Zulfiqar Babar    1-0-1-1
Asghar Stanikzai    1* (11b)      Sohail Tanvir    2-2-0-1

5.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, slightly short, quicker through the air, pushes it to long off

5.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, pushed to deep square leg

5.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Najibullah Zadran, no run, slight short, Najib goes on the backfoot and tries to punch it through covers, gets an inside edge onto the pads, close call

5.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Najibullah Zadran, 4 byes, goes back to a length ball, angling in, beaten on the inside, keeper misses it as well

5.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run

5.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 leg bye, fullish length, fired into the pads, tries to sweep it, misses it, sneak a leg bye

End of over 6 (8 runs) Afghanistan 16/2
Asghar Stanikzai    2* (13b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-7-0
Najibullah Zadran    3* (9b)      Zulfiqar Babar    1-0-1-1

6.1

Zulfiqar Babar to Asghar Stanikzai, SIX, in the slot, slower through the air, smashes it to the midwicket boundary, just outside

6.2

Zulfiqar Babar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, forward defense

6.3

Zulfiqar Babar to Asghar Stanikzai, SIX, tossed up again, steps down the track, and muscles it over long on, hits the roof

6.4

Zulfiqar Babar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, shorter and quicker, tries to cut it, under cuts it

6.5

Zulfiqar Babar to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, pushed to covers, tries to take a quick single, sent back by Najib

6.6

Zulfiqar Babar to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, smashes it to long off just for a single

End of over 7 (13 runs) Afghanistan 29/2
Asghar Stanikzai    15* (19b 2x6)      Zulfiqar Babar    2-0-14-1
Najibullah Zadran    3* (9b)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-7-0

7.1

Bilawal Bhatti to Asghar Stanikzai, OUT, good length ball, seaming in, tries to go big over covers, gets an inside edge onto the stumps, rattled!!

Asghar Stanikzai b Bilawal Bhatti 15 (20b 0x4 2x6) SR: 75.00

7.2

Bilawal Bhatti to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs, short and wide, cuts it into the ground and over the point fielder, sweeper does the covering up

7.3

Bilawal Bhatti to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, guide it to thirdman

7.4

Bilawal Bhatti to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, clips it to fine leg off his legs

7.5

Bilawal Bhatti to Mohammad Nabi, no run, short of length, pushed to point, shy at the non striker, Najib in comfortably

7.6

Bilawal Bhatti to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, banged in short, perfect bouncer, aimed at the head, Nabi takes a swipe at it, top edges it over Akmal

End of over 8 (8 runs) Afghanistan 37/3
Mohammad Nabi    7* (4b 1x4)      Bilawal Bhatti    1-0-8-1
Najibullah Zadran    4* (10b)      Zulfiqar Babar    2-0-14-1

8.1

Shahid Afridi to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, pushed to sweeper cover, stays back and eases it to covers

8.2

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs, pushed just past Afiride, picks it up and throws it between his legs, over the fielder at the stumps, results in an overthrow

8.3

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, paddles it to fine leg

8.4

Shahid Afridi to Najibullah Zadran, SIX, slower through the air, Najib steps down and lofts it over long on, clean hit

8.5

Shahid Afridi to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run

8.6

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, no run, pushedto midwicket, Junaid comes in quick and stops a single

End of over 9 (11 runs) Afghanistan 48/3
Mohammad Nabi    10* (7b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-11-0
Najibullah Zadran    12* (13b 1x6)      Bilawal Bhatti    1-0-8-1

9.1

Bilawal Bhatti to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, short ball, clears his left leg and pulls it behind square to the deep fielder

9.2

Bilawal Bhatti to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, fullish ball, powers it over the covers fielder, sweet timing

9.3

Bilawal Bhatti to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, short of length, outside offstump, guides it to thirdman

9.4

Bilawal Bhatti to Najibullah Zadran, no run, slower ball, short of length, Najib into the shot too early, misses it,bounces over the stumps

9.5

Bilawal Bhatti to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR, Najib moves towards legside, Bilawal follows him, clipped to fine leg with elegance, neat touch

9.6

Bilawal Bhatti to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, short ball, too high, Najib has a go at it, manages to hit it to fine leg

End of over 10 (11 runs) Afghanistan 59/3
Najibullah Zadran    18* (17b 1x4 1x6)      Bilawal Bhatti    2-0-19-1
Mohammad Nabi    15* (9b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-11-0

10.1

Shahid Afridi to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR, tossed up delivery, goes straight on, Najib pokes at it, gets an outside edge past Tanvir at thirdman

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, sweeps it to deep square leg

10.3

Shahid Afridi to Mohammad Nabi, OUT, Nabi steps down the track too early, Afridi throws it up in the air, pulls his length back a bit, Nabi goes through with the shot, misses it, his the top of off

Mohammad Nabi b Shahid Afridi 15 (10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, forward defense

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, SIX, length ball, in the slot, slog sweeps it over midwicket, flat bats it

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Samiullah Shenwari, 2 runs, cuts it to sweeper cover, good running

End of over 11 (13 runs) Afghanistan 72/4
Samiullah Shenwari    8* (3b 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-24-1
Najibullah Zadran    23* (19b 2x4 1x6)      Bilawal Bhatti    2-0-19-1

11.1

Junaid Khan to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, short of length, Najin hangs back and pulls it past midwicket

11.2

Junaid Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, pushed to sweeper cover

11.3

Junaid Khan to Najibullah Zadran, no run, pushes it to mid off

11.4

Junaid Khan to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, short ball, pulls it to midwicket

11.5

Junaid Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, short and wide, cuts it past the diving point fielder, sweeper does the cleaning up

11.6

Junaid Khan to Najibullah Zadran, no run, short ball, sticks in the wicket, Najib takes his chances, plays under it

End of over 12 (4 runs) Afghanistan 76/4
Najibullah Zadran    25* (23b 2x4 1x6)      Junaid Khan    1-0-4-0
Samiullah Shenwari    10* (5b 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-24-1

12.1

Zulfiqar Babar to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, pushed to wide of Ahmed at long off, comes in quick, prevents the second

12.2

Zulfiqar Babar to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, short of length, pulls it to long on

12.3

Zulfiqar Babar to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, tossed up, lands on the full, driven to wide long on, Ahmad comes in quick

12.4

Zulfiqar Babar to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR, straying on to the legs, helps it past the deep square leg fielder, wristy stroke

12.5

Zulfiqar Babar to Najibullah Zadran, no run, hit back to the bowler

12.6

Zulfiqar Babar to Najibullah Zadran, SIX, in the slot, slog sweeps it between midwicket and square leg, clean hit

End of over 13 (13 runs) Afghanistan 89/4
Najibullah Zadran    36* (27b 3x4 2x6)      Zulfiqar Babar    3-0-27-1
Samiullah Shenwari    12* (7b 1x6)      Junaid Khan    1-0-4-0

13.1

Junaid Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, slower ball, Sami reads it well, pushes it to mid off past the bowler

13.2

Junaid Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, short and wide, upper cuts it to thirdman, good effort by Bilawal at thirdman, palms it just inside the boundary

13.3

Junaid Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT, short ball, aimed at the body, Sami fends at it, pokes and gets the handle of the bat to Shehzad at point

Samiullah Shenwari c Ahmed Shehzad b Junaid Khan 16 (10b 1x4 1x6) SR: 160.00

13.4

Junaid Khan to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, wide ball, pokes at it, misses it

13.5

Junaid Khan to Mirwais Ashraf, no run

13.6

Junaid Khan to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, short of length, pushed to covers, easy single

End of over 14 (5 runs) Afghanistan 94/5
Mirwais Ashraf    1* (3b)      Junaid Khan    2-0-9-1
Najibullah Zadran    36* (27b 3x4 2x6)      Zulfiqar Babar    3-0-27-1

14.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, full toss; pushed to long on

14.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, short and wide, cuts it infront of square

14.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, full onto legs, clips it to midwicket

14.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, good length ball, turning away slightly, Najib tries to play it towards legside, gest a leading edge to covers

14.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, full toss,driven back to the bowler

14.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Mirwais Ashraf, 2 runs, fired onto the legstump, clips it to backward square leg, good active running, wild throw over the keeper

End of over 15 (6 runs) Afghanistan 100/5
Mirwais Ashraf    5* (7b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-13-0
Najibullah Zadran    38* (29b 3x4 2x6)      Junaid Khan    2-0-9-1

15.1

Junaid Khan to Najibullah Zadran, OUT, good length ball, aimed at the stumps, Najib hangs back as usual, tries to pull it, plays all over it, hits the middle stump

Najibullah Zadran b Junaid Khan 38 (30b 3x4 2x6) SR: 126.66

15.2

Junaid Khan to Gulbadin Naib, no run, short and wide, Gulbadin tries to smash it over long on, plays under it,loud shout by Akmal for a caught behind, umpire not interested

15.3

Junaid Khan to Gulbadin Naib, no run, punched to point

15.4

Junaid Khan to Gulbadin Naib, 1 wide, bangs it halfway, sticks in the wicket, way over Gul's head

15.4

Junaid Khan to Gulbadin Naib, no run, slower ball, waits for it and pushed to point

15.5

Junaid Khan to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, short ball, angling away, cuts it to thirdman, one bounce to the fielder

15.6

Junaid Khan to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, coming around the wicket, angling in, gets a thick inside edge to fine leg

End of over 16 (3 runs) Afghanistan 103/6
Mirwais Ashraf    6* (8b)      Junaid Khan    3-0-12-2
Gulbadin Naib    1* (4b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-13-0

16.1

Bilawal Bhatti to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, full outside offstump, squirts it over point

16.2

Bilawal Bhatti to Gulbadin Naib, no run, off cutter, Gul through the shot too early, misses it

16.3

Bilawal Bhatti to Gulbadin Naib, 4 leg byes, Gul moves towards the legside, Bilwal follows him, hit on the pads and the ball races away to the fine leg boundary

16.4

Bilawal Bhatti to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, yorker length, Gul makes room for himself and drives it to mid off

16.5

Bilawal Bhatti to Mirwais Ashraf, FOUR, full toss on legstump, clips it behind square, Tanvir cannot stop it, easy pickings for Mirwais

16.6

Bilawal Bhatti to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 leg bye, down the leg again, Mirwais misses it this time, leg bye to fine leg

End of over 17 (11 runs) Afghanistan 114/6
Mirwais Ashraf    11* (11b 1x4)      Bilawal Bhatti    3-0-25-1
Gulbadin Naib    2* (7b)      Junaid Khan    3-0-12-2

17.1

Sohail Tanvir to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 wide, wayward delivery, short and wide outside offstump

17.1

Sohail Tanvir to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, short length, angling into Mirwais from around the wicket, gets an inside edge onto his pads

17.2

Sohail Tanvir to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, slwoer ball, Gul waits for it and pulls it to deep square leg

17.3

Sohail Tanvir to Mirwais Ashraf, 2 runs, fullish delivery, tries to go big over long on, gets a thick inside edge between long on and midwicket

17.4

Sohail Tanvir to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, well aimed yorker, gets the toe end of the bat to the bowler

17.5

Sohail Tanvir to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, slower delivery, back of the hand, Mirwais gets a bottom edge to fine leg

17.6

Sohail Tanvir to Gulbadin Naib, OUT, full and straight, Gul clears his left leg and tries to smash it through covers, mises it, stumps rattled!

Gulbadin Naib b Sohail Tanvir 3 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 18 (6 runs) Afghanistan 120/7
     Sohail Tanvir    3-2-6-2
Mirwais Ashraf    15* (15b 1x4)      Bilawal Bhatti    3-0-25-1

18.1

Junaid Khan to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, full ball, driven hard to covers

18.2

Junaid Khan to Mirwais Ashraf, SIX, slower ball on to the legs, whips it high in the air, good timing, over Sharjeels head at square leg

18.3

Junaid Khan to Mirwais Ashraf, FOUR, steps down the track and cuts it hard over point, one bounce over the ropes, good solid hit

18.4

Junaid Khan to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, yorker length, digs it out to sweeper cover

18.5

Junaid Khan to Dawlat Zadran, OUT, full and straight, you miss I hit, no intent from Dawlat, misses it, furniture disturbed

Dawlat Zadran b Junaid Khan 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.6

Junaid Khan to Hamid Hassan, 1 run, pushed to long off

End of over 19 (12 runs) Afghanistan 132/8
Hamid Hassan    1* (1b)      Junaid Khan    4-0-24-3
Mirwais Ashraf    26* (19b 2x4 1x6)      Sohail Tanvir    3-2-6-2

19.1

Sohail Tanvir to Hamid Hassan, 1 run, slower ball, back of the hand, goes in too early, sneak a quick run

19.2

Sohail Tanvir to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, well directed yorker, driven to mid off, could not get under it

19.3

Sohail Tanvir to Hamid Hassan, 1 run, pushed to covers, easy single

19.4

Sohail Tanvir to Mirwais Ashraf, no run, slower ball, through the shot too early, gets the toe end of the bat to the keeper

19.5

Sohail Tanvir to Mirwais Ashraf, 1 run, perfect yorker, Mirwais moves towards offside, gets the bottom of the bat, quick single

19.6

Sohail Tanvir to Hamid Hassan, 1 run, full ball, driven hard but straight to Hafeez at covers

Afghanistan were pegged back by early wickets. Their middle order continued to attack and it wasn't until Najibullah Zadran was dismissed that Pakistan could heave a sigh of relief.

138 seems to be an easy target to chase down, but with the way the Afghanistan bowlers performed in the WT20 qualifiers, they must make a fight out of it

End of over 20 (5 runs) Afghanistan 137/8
Hamid Hassan    4* (4b)      Sohail Tanvir    4-2-11-2
Mirwais Ashraf    28* (22b 2x4 1x6)      Junaid Khan    4-0-24-3
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Afghanistan v Pakistan at Sharjah - Dec 8, 2013
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
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Dec 8, 2013

Samiullah Shenwari made the first strike for Aghanistan, Afghanistan v Pakistan, only T20, Sharjah, December 8, 2013

Samiullah Shenwari made the first strike for Aghanistan

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Dec 8, 2013

Umar Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez added 47 for the third wicket, Afghanistan v Pakistan, only T20, Sharjah, December 8, 2013

Umar Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez added 47 for the third wicket

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