Asian Cricket Council Premier League, 2014 / Commentary

Welcome to an ODI between the two traditional rivals, Afghanistan and UAE at the Kinrara Oval on Day 2 of the ACC Premier League in Malaysia. Afghanistan may have plenty of big scalps in their locker, but UAE is the one team that have been regularly beating them in the past three years. It's a warm humid day in Kuala Lumpur, UAE won the toss and have chosen to bat.

0.1

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, FOUR, floated up, half volley outside off, bit of a loosener, cover driven immaculately to the boundary

0.2

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, bends his back, length ball, Noor Ali beaten outside off

0.3

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, full, played gently to cover

0.4

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, tucked off his hips for an easy one

0.5

Mohammad Naveed to Usman Ghani, 1 run

0.6

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, FOUR, full, on leg, flicked away square

End of over 1 (10 runs) Afghanistan 10/0
Noor Ali Zadran    9* (5b 2x4)      Mohammad Naveed    1-0-10-0
Usman Ghani    1* (1b)     

1.1

Mohammad Shahzad to Usman Ghani, no run

1.2

Mohammad Shahzad to Usman Ghani, no run

1.3

Mohammad Shahzad to Usman Ghani, no run, misses with the pull and the ball thuds perilously close to the groin. Batsman bent over in agony out there, physio Azeem rushes on

Still receiving treatment, trying to walk off the nausea now

Back on his feet, one slip in place. Shahzad with his slingy action running in from the Mosque End

1.4

Mohammad Shahzad to Usman Ghani, 2 runs, full, on off, square driven

1.5

Mohammad Shahzad to Usman Ghani, 2 runs

1.6

Mohammad Shahzad to Usman Ghani, no run, pitched on leg, driven to mid on, no run

End of over 2 (4 runs) Afghanistan 14/0
Usman Ghani    5* (7b)      Mohammad Shahzad    1-0-4-0
Noor Ali Zadran    9* (5b 2x4)      Mohammad Naveed    1-0-10-0

2.1

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, full, on off, on driven, head over the ball

2.2

Mohammad Naveed to Usman Ghani, no run, full, on off, dug out, one bounce to cover

2.3

Mohammad Naveed to Usman Ghani, FOUR, CHANCE, climbs off a length sharply, takes the edge, chest high a foot to the 'keeper's right, gets glove on it

Two slips in place

2.4

Mohammad Naveed to Usman Ghani, 1 run, full, tip and run to cover

2.5

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, on a length, back foot defense

2.6

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, FOUR, fullish length, outside off, glance-cut to third man

End of over 3 (10 runs) Afghanistan 24/0
Noor Ali Zadran    14* (8b 3x4)      Mohammad Naveed    2-0-20-0
Usman Ghani    10* (10b 1x4)      Mohammad Shahzad    1-0-4-0

3.1

Mohammad Shahzad to Usman Ghani, no run

3.2

Mohammad Shahzad to Usman Ghani, no run, wild heave Karim Sadiq-style, coming down the wicket, misses

3.3

Mohammad Shahzad to Usman Ghani, FOUR, driven on the up through mid-off, don't need to be crazy when you can play like that

3.4

Mohammad Shahzad to Usman Ghani, no run

3.5

Mohammad Shahzad to Usman Ghani, no run

3.6

Mohammad Shahzad to Usman Ghani, FOUR, full, on middle, clean strike to send the ball one bounce over the rope in front of the sightscreen

End of over 4 (8 runs) Afghanistan 32/0
Usman Ghani    18* (16b 3x4)      Mohammad Shahzad    2-0-12-0
Noor Ali Zadran    14* (8b 3x4)      Mohammad Naveed    2-0-20-0

4.1

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, 2 runs, full, bit of width, Noor Ali opens the face and drives between point and cover

4.2

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, on a length outside off, Noor Ali rides the bounce to effect a back foot push square of the wicket

Still two slips in place, Naveed bowling with whip

4.3

Mohammad Naveed to Usman Ghani, no run

4.4

Mohammad Naveed to Usman Ghani, no run, opens his stance, steps down - a Karim Sadiq disciple today is Usman - drives to cover

4.5

Mohammad Naveed to Usman Ghani, 1 run, angles a length delivery to third man

4.6

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, on a length, rising into the ribs, played down

End of over 5 (4 runs) Afghanistan 36/0
Noor Ali Zadran    17* (11b 3x4)      Mohammad Naveed    3-0-24-0
Usman Ghani    19* (19b 3x4)      Mohammad Shahzad    2-0-12-0

Keralite Krisha Karate comes on at Kinrara

5.1

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run, beaten outside off, the keeper standing up to the stumps now to stop those charges down the wicket

5.2

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run, wide of off, keeper takes well

5.3

Karate to Usman Ghani, 2 runs, full, edged wide of slip, third man does well

5.4

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run, back of a length outside off, cut hard but straight to backward point

5.5

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run, slower ball, almost foxes the batsman, played away to cover

5.6

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run, slower one again, on leg, played to mid on

End of over 6 (2 runs) Afghanistan 38/0
Usman Ghani    21* (25b 3x4)      K Karate    1-0-2-0
Noor Ali Zadran    17* (11b 3x4)      Mohammad Naveed    3-0-24-0

One slip now

6.1

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

6.2

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, 2 leg byes, full, on leg, hurries back for the second

6.3

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, there's that spot on a length which Naveed is finding that's making Noor Ali hurry into a backfoot defence

6.4

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, just a hint of a false stroke, bowler in anguish, Noor Ali takes one to third man with an angled bat drive

6.5

Mohammad Naveed to Usman Ghani, 1 run, back of a length, tucked off his hips to square leg

6.6

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, on a length, played to mid on

Naveed going for runs but is troubling the batsmen, has had one chance go begging already

End of over 7 (4 runs) Afghanistan 42/0
Noor Ali Zadran    18* (16b 3x4)      Mohammad Naveed    4-0-26-0
Usman Ghani    22* (26b 3x4)      K Karate    1-0-2-0

7.1

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run

7.2

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run, hustles through again, not optimum timing with that back-foot drive

7.3

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run, on a length on off, played square

7.4

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run, full, again no timing with the drive, bowler fields to his right

7.5

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run, slingier delivery, on off, played to mid-off

7.6

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run, slower delivery, on middle and leg, played gently back down the track. The first maiden of the innings

UAE keeping the big shots down for the most part, Afghanistan threatening but not yet breaking away

End of over 8 (maiden) Afghanistan 42/0
Usman Ghani    22* (32b 3x4)      K Karate    2-1-2-0
Noor Ali Zadran    18* (16b 3x4)      Mohammad Naveed    4-0-26-0

Naveed continues from the Pavilion End

8.1

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, back of a length, climbing into the ribs, defended

8.2

Mohammad Naveed to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, fuller, tapped to mid-off, hurries through

8.3

Mohammad Naveed to Usman Ghani, no run

8.4

Mohammad Naveed to Usman Ghani, no run, fullish, on the pads, played to mid on

8.5

Mohammad Naveed to Usman Ghani, SIX, short, lost his run-up the bowler, and pulled round over deep backward square

8.6

Mohammad Naveed to Usman Ghani, FOUR, short outside off this time and upper cut over 'keeper and slip, five feet over their reach

Never dull with Usman Ghani - he's half Karim Sadiq/half Noor Ali.

End of over 9 (11 runs) Afghanistan 53/0
Usman Ghani    32* (36b 4x4 1x6)      Mohammad Naveed    5-0-37-0
Noor Ali Zadran    19* (18b 3x4)      K Karate    2-1-2-0

9.1

Karate to Noor Ali Zadran, 2 runs, hint of inswing, tucked off the legs behind square

9.2

Karate to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, length ball on off, Noor Ali times the backfoot drive but straight to point

9.3

Karate to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, genuine play and miss outside off

9.4

Karate to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, that slower ball, Noor Ali forward in defense

9.5

Karate to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, full on off, pushed to the bowler's left

9.6

Karate to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, looking for those inswingers, just a bit of movement, Noor Ali forward in defense

Seyar: "hope to see Usman and Hashmat in world cup 2015". Aziz: "Oh dearr!!!! This kid (Usman Ghani) is beauty. Can't wait to see him in Oz. Go Afghanistan Go!!"

End of over 10 (2 runs) Afghanistan 55/0
Noor Ali Zadran    21* (24b 3x4)      K Karate    3-1-4-0
Usman Ghani    32* (36b 4x4 1x6)      Mohammad Naveed    5-0-37-0

Spin from Fayyaz Ahmed now

10.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Usman Ghani, no run, tossed right up, played back down the track

10.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Usman Ghani, no run

10.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Usman Ghani, no run, full, played to point

10.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Usman Ghani, no run, full and played to the bowler's right

10.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Usman Ghani, no run, giving it lots of air, Usman not tempted

10.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Usman Ghani, 1 run, fuller and not so much air, flat-bat drive to point

End of over 11 (1 run) Afghanistan 56/0
Usman Ghani    33* (42b 4x4 1x6)      Fayyaz Ahmed    1-0-1-0
Noor Ali Zadran    21* (24b 3x4)      K Karate    3-1-4-0

11.1

Karate to Usman Ghani, 1 run, off-cutter, back of a length, played to mid-off

11.2

Karate to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, a little bit of width, tapped to point

11.3

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run, length, on middle, played to mid on

11.4

Karate to Usman Ghani, FOUR, bit of width outside off, slashed hard and backward point down to it slowly, ball races away

11.5

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run, full, driven back to the bowler's left

11.6

Karate to Usman Ghani, no run, on a length, punched back down the track

End of over 12 (6 runs) Afghanistan 62/0
Usman Ghani    38* (47b 5x4 1x6)      K Karate    4-1-10-0
Noor Ali Zadran    22* (25b 3x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    1-0-1-0

12.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

12.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

12.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, driven to long-off

12.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Usman Ghani, no run

12.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Usman Ghani, no run, play and miss

12.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Usman Ghani, 1 run, wide and cut square

End of over 13 (2 runs) Afghanistan 64/0
Usman Ghani    39* (50b 5x4 1x6)      Fayyaz Ahmed    2-0-3-0
Noor Ali Zadran    23* (28b 3x4)      K Karate    4-1-10-0

Spin now from the tall Irfan Sajid at the Mosque End, no close fielders, boundary fielders at the four 'corners'

13.1

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, no run, full toss, driven to mid-off

13.2

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, no run

13.3

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, 1 run, wide outside off, cut to short third man

13.4

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

13.5

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, full, driven to long off

13.6

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, 1 run, driven to mid-off's left

End of over 14 (3 runs) Afghanistan 67/0
Usman Ghani    41* (54b 5x4 1x6)      Irfan Sajid    1-0-3-0
Noor Ali Zadran    24* (30b 3x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    2-0-3-0

14.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Usman Ghani, no run, tossed up, driven back to the bowler's left, good effort in his follow-through to save a run

14.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Usman Ghani, 1 run, lot of work on that one, really fizzing down to Usman, driven square

14.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

14.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

14.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, flighted, lands on leg, driven gently to mid-on for a single. UAE not the most intimidating in the field when it comes to stopping singles

14.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Usman Ghani, no run

End of over 15 (2 runs) Afghanistan 69/0
Usman Ghani    42* (57b 5x4 1x6)      Fayyaz Ahmed    3-0-5-0
Noor Ali Zadran    25* (33b 3x4)      Irfan Sajid    1-0-3-0

15.1

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run

15.2

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, no run

15.3

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, no run

15.4

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, no run

15.5

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, 1 run, full, driven to long-off

15.6

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, a little slow through the air, Noor Ali just pushes it to the bowler's left and sets off for an easy one

End of over 16 (3 runs) Afghanistan 72/0
Noor Ali Zadran    27* (35b 3x4)      Irfan Sajid    2-0-6-0
Usman Ghani    43* (61b 5x4 1x6)      Fayyaz Ahmed    3-0-5-0

16.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, tossed up on leg, driven crisply, Irfan down well at mid-on

16.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

16.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run

16.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Usman Ghani, 1 run, short and outside off, cut away to extra cover

16.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, full and driven on the bounce to cover

16.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, on a length, hint of turn, played off the back foot down the track

End of over 17 (2 runs) Afghanistan 74/0
Noor Ali Zadran    28* (40b 3x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    4-0-7-0
Usman Ghani    44* (62b 5x4 1x6)      Irfan Sajid    2-0-6-0

17.1

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, 1 run, driven to long off, ambled run

17.2

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, full and driven square, Afghanistan not trying anything over the top, playing each ball on its merits and content to milk the singles to set a platform

17.3

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, no run, worked off the pads but can't beat the field

17.4

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, no run

17.5

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, SIX, short and asking for it, rocks back to send the ball soaring over vacant midwicket. That's his second fifty in two days

17.6

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, no run

Drinks being taken with Aghanistan taking command of a track on which 260 looks par, outfield is a little heavy but the deck itself is full of runs. UAE's bowling doesn't look too penetrative and any penchant for Afghan self-destruction at the hands of UAE spinners has been scotched. Plenty of cricket left though and whatever Afghanistan score UAE will fancy their batters to match irrespective. UAE of course the one team to consistently beat Afghanistan over the past few years in all forms of the game.

End of over 18 (8 runs) Afghanistan 82/0
Usman Ghani    51* (67b 5x4 2x6)      Irfan Sajid    3-0-14-0
Noor Ali Zadran    29* (41b 3x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    4-0-7-0

Crafty Khurram Khan, UAE's captain on from the Pavilion End

18.1

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, full, driven to mid-on, Irfan down well

18.2

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

18.3

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, driven to long on

18.4

Khurram Khan to Usman Ghani, no run

18.5

Khurram Khan to Usman Ghani, no run

18.6

Khurram Khan to Usman Ghani, no run, tossed up, driven gently to mid-off

End of over 19 (1 run) Afghanistan 83/0
Usman Ghani    51* (70b 5x4 2x6)      Khurram Khan    1-0-1-0
Noor Ali Zadran    30* (44b 3x4)      Irfan Sajid    3-0-14-0

19.1

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, on a length, driven to cover

19.2

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, full, driven back to the bowler.

19.3

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run

19.4

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, no run, a little short, rocks back to cut, straight to point

19.5

Irfan Sajid to Usman Ghani, 1 run, tucked off his legs

19.6

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, short and cut to deep extra

End of over 20 (3 runs) Afghanistan 86/0
Noor Ali Zadran    32* (48b 3x4)      Irfan Sajid    4-0-17-0
Usman Ghani    52* (72b 5x4 2x6)      Khurram Khan    1-0-1-0

20.1

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, full, driven to long on

20.2

Khurram Khan to Usman Ghani, no run, full, driven to mid-off

20.3

Khurram Khan to Usman Ghani, 1 run, tucked off the pads to the leg-side gap, mid on runs in

20.4

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, back of a length, punched off the back foot to long off

20.5

Khurram Khan to Usman Ghani, 1 run, quicker through the air, played off the back foot

20.6

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run

End of over 21 (5 runs) Afghanistan 91/0
Noor Ali Zadran    35* (51b 3x4)      Khurram Khan    2-0-6-0
Usman Ghani    54* (75b 5x4 2x6)      Irfan Sajid    4-0-17-0

Noor Ali in cap and bandanna accumulating, Usman a little more flamboyant: racking up the runs

21.1

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, defended to point

21.2

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, FOUR, KP-like, down on one knee to hit inside out over mid-off

21.3

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

21.4

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

21.5

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, 2 runs, short and wide and cut away to deep extra who runs to his left on the boundary's edge and sends in a good flat throw

21.6

Irfan Sajid to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, works a back of a length ball to mid-on, decides against the single

End of over 22 (6 runs) Afghanistan 97/0
Noor Ali Zadran    41* (57b 4x4)      Irfan Sajid    5-0-23-0
Usman Ghani    54* (75b 5x4 2x6)      Khurram Khan    2-0-6-0

22.1

Khurram Khan to Usman Ghani, 1 run, beaten in the flight, on middle, pops up short of mid-on, Khurram anguished

22.2

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

22.3

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, more zip on that delivery, Noor Ali drives a little uncertainly

22.4

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, on the pads, clipped away

22.5

Khurram Khan to Usman Ghani, OUT, beaten in the flight again, footwork a tangle and the ball ends up in Khurram's safe hands

Usman Ghani c & b Khurram Khan 55 (77b 5x4 2x6) SR: 71.42

End of a good innings from the young Afghan, when he's not premeditating his shots looks more than a match for any delivery. Usman undone by a crafty old stager this time in Khurram Khan

Another young prospect in, a first-class century to his name already

22.6

Khurram Khan to Rahmat Shah, no run

End of over 23 (2 runs) Afghanistan 99/1
Rahmat Shah    0* (1b)      Khurram Khan    3-0-8-1
Noor Ali Zadran    42* (60b 4x4)      Irfan Sajid    5-0-23-0

UAE on the attack now, Khurram brings Ahmed Raza on from the Mosque End

23.1

Ahmed Raza to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, on the money, ball one

23.2

Ahmed Raza to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

23.3

Ahmed Raza to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, full, on off, pushed to long off

23.4

Ahmed Raza to Rahmat Shah, no run, a little short, played off the back foot to cover

23.5

Ahmed Raza to Rahmat Shah, no run, width, flat-batted to cover

23.6

Ahmed Raza to Rahmat Shah, 1 run, tossed right up, driven to long on

End of over 24 (2 runs) Afghanistan 101/1
Rahmat Shah    1* (4b)      Ahmed Raza    1-0-2-0
Noor Ali Zadran    43* (63b 4x4)      Khurram Khan    3-0-8-1

24.1

Khurram Khan to Rahmat Shah, no run

24.2

Khurram Khan to Rahmat Shah, 1 run, tossed up in temptation, driven to long off

24.3

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, FOUR, short and wide and cut hard, extra cover dives over it

24.4

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, 2 runs, worked off his pads, throw comes in from a lumbering Irfan, batsman would have been in trouble if the fielder had been quicker

24.5

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

24.6

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, that's Noor Ali's first ODI 50

Afghanistan have a platform to accelerate, 270's par on this fine batting track

End of over 25 (8 runs) Afghanistan 109/1
Noor Ali Zadran    50* (67b 5x4)      Khurram Khan    4-0-16-1
Rahmat Shah    2* (6b)      Ahmed Raza    1-0-2-0

25.1

Ahmed Raza to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, tucked off the pads backward of square

25.2

Ahmed Raza to Rahmat Shah, 1 run

25.3

Ahmed Raza to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

25.4

Ahmed Raza to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, tossed right up, on off, driven to long-off

25.5

Ahmed Raza to Rahmat Shah, 1 run

25.6

Ahmed Raza to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

End of over 26 (4 runs) Afghanistan 113/1
Noor Ali Zadran    52* (71b 5x4)      Ahmed Raza    2-0-6-0
Rahmat Shah    4* (8b)      Khurram Khan    4-0-16-1

Khurram to continue, hasn't been played with complwete conviction by Rahmat or Uman so far

26.1

Khurram Khan to Rahmat Shah, no run

26.2

Khurram Khan to Rahmat Shah, 2 runs, big outside edge, down to third man

26.3

Khurram Khan to Rahmat Shah, 1 run

26.4

Khurram Khan to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run

26.5

Khurram Khan to Rahmat Shah, no run, tries to sweep a full delivery, misses, big appeal, going down leg in the judgement of Buddhi Pradhan

26.6

Khurram Khan to Rahmat Shah, OUT, that one turns the other way, Rahmat Shah plays round it, and Buddhi Pradhan no hesitation this time

Rahmat Shah lbw b Khurram Khan 7 (13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 53.84

End of over 27 (4 runs) Afghanistan 117/2
     Khurram Khan    5-0-20-2
Noor Ali Zadran    53* (72b 5x4)      Ahmed Raza    2-0-6-0

27.1

Ahmed Raza to Noor Ali Zadran, OUT, A big blow! Noor Ali just lifts that back leg, good work by Swapnil and Afghanistan from cruising are now being bruised

Noor Ali Zadran st †Patil b Ahmed Raza 53 (73b 5x4 0x6) SR: 72.60

Game-changer Sami in, if UAE get him early they'll be well on top

27.2

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

27.3

Ahmed Raza to Hashmatullah Shaidi, no run

27.4

Ahmed Raza to Hashmatullah Shaidi, 1 run

27.5

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

27.6

Ahmed Raza to Hashmatullah Shaidi, 1 run

Usman's been in the news these past two days with two 50s but the real future of Afghanistan batting is Hashmatullah Shaidi. A young player of immense promise who has risen to every challenge sent his way so far. He and Afghanistan are certainly being challenged now by a UAE side that now just which buttons to press.

End of over 28 (4 runs) Afghanistan 121/3
Hashmatullah Shaidi    2* (3b)      Ahmed Raza    3-0-10-1
Samiullah Shenwari    2* (2b)      Khurram Khan    5-0-20-2

28.1

Khurram Khan to Hashmatullah Shaidi, 1 run

28.2

Khurram Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, Sami miscues the drive with that strong bottom hand of his, one bounce to backward point

28.3

Khurram Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

28.4

Khurram Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

28.5

Khurram Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

28.6

Khurram Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, the ability to make runs out of nothing is Sami's forte and he does it again, scampering a run from an inside-out drive

End of over 29 (2 runs) Afghanistan 123/3
Samiullah Shenwari    3* (7b)      Khurram Khan    6-0-22-2
Hashmatullah Shaidi    3* (4b)      Ahmed Raza    3-0-10-1

29.1

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

29.2

Ahmed Raza to Hashmatullah Shaidi, no run, back of a length and played off the back foot

29.3

Ahmed Raza to Hashmatullah Shaidi, no run, full and played back to the bowler

29.4

Ahmed Raza to Hashmatullah Shaidi, OUT, full, tries to work it away to leg but misses!

Hashmatullah Shaidi lbw b Ahmed Raza 3 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

UAE right back in it. Nabi strides in with lots to do. Aziz: "Now that's what we were afraid of. Once the wickets starts falling it goes like Pakistan's."

Slip in place

29.5

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, no run, on a length and spinning in, Nabi a little cramped in defence

29.6

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, no run

Three wickets in the last three overs, another great contest building between these great rivals

End of over 30 (1 run) Afghanistan 124/4
Mohammad Nabi    0* (2b)      Ahmed Raza    4-0-11-2
Samiullah Shenwari    4* (8b)      Khurram Khan    6-0-22-2

30.1

Khurram Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

30.2

Khurram Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

30.3

Khurram Khan to Mohammad Nabi, no run, forward in defence, Khurram probing away

30.4

Khurram Khan to Mohammad Nabi, no run, full, driven to mid on

30.5

Khurram Khan to Mohammad Nabi, no run, played back to the bowler

30.6

Khurram Khan to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, dropped short, back foot drive to long on to get off the mark

End of over 31 (2 runs) Afghanistan 126/4
Mohammad Nabi    1* (6b)      Khurram Khan    7-0-24-2
Samiullah Shenwari    5* (10b)      Ahmed Raza    4-0-11-2

31.1

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, forward to scotch any spin, played to cover point

31.2

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, squirts off the outer half of the bat, Raza screams in disappointment

31.3

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, played to mid on

31.4

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, back of a length and worked away to midwicket

31.5

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, no run, full, driven back down the track

31.6

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, flighted on a length, bounces, Nabi taps square, Sami late to respond but all safe enough in the end

Just 12 runs off the last five overs

End of over 32 (3 runs) Afghanistan 129/4
Mohammad Nabi    3* (9b)      Ahmed Raza    5-0-14-2
Samiullah Shenwari    6* (13b)      Khurram Khan    7-0-24-2

32.1

Khurram Khan to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, done in the flight again, ball pops up off a leading edge, being Nabi it's quite an edge and Fayyaz at long-off doesn't make much of an effort at all, ball coming into his hands on the bounce, and Khurram is fuming!

32.2

Khurram Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, fuming even more now, that's paddled away to fine leg with another typically impudent Sami stroke

32.3

Khurram Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

32.4

Khurram Khan to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run

32.5

Khurram Khan to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, driven to long on

32.6

Khurram Khan to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, back of a length delivery is met on the back foot with a drive to long on

End of over 33 (9 runs) Afghanistan 138/4
Mohammad Nabi    6* (12b)      Khurram Khan    8-0-33-2
Samiullah Shenwari    12* (16b 1x4)      Ahmed Raza    5-0-14-2

Spends a long time setting the field and then almost sprints in to bowl

33.1

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, no run, fired in flat, big appeal for lbw

33.2

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, no run

33.3

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, no run

33.4

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, no run, forward, ball squirts off the outer half of the bat

33.5

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, square driven to cover point

33.6

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, worked off the pads to square leg inside the circle

End of over 34 (2 runs) Afghanistan 140/4
Samiullah Shenwari    13* (17b 1x4)      Ahmed Raza    6-0-16-2
Mohammad Nabi    7* (17b)      Khurram Khan    8-0-33-2

Khurram takes himself off after eight excellent overs in case he needs to manage a late-overs assault, Fayyaz back on at the Pavilion End

34.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, full on middle, pushed away

34.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, driven to long off, ambled run

34.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, play and miss outside off, there's grip in them thar grasses

34.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

34.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, short and wide, flat-bat drive to deep extra

34.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, authoritative cut to a back of a length delivery, extra cover has to run hard to cut off the boundary to his right

8 an over from now on gets Afghanistan to 264.

End of over 35 (4 runs) Afghanistan 144/4
Mohammad Nabi    9* (19b)      Fayyaz Ahmed    5-0-11-0
Samiullah Shenwari    15* (21b 1x4)      Ahmed Raza    6-0-16-2

35.1

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, no run

35.2

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run

35.3

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

35.4

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, good stroke, driven wide of long-on's left hand, Nabi's class revealed

35.5

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, no run

35.6

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, no run

End of over 36 (6 runs) Afghanistan 150/4
Mohammad Nabi    14* (24b 1x4)      Ahmed Raza    7-0-22-2
Samiullah Shenwari    16* (22b 1x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    5-0-11-0

36.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, fizzes away from a length, batsman beaten

36.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

36.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, given plenty of air, tapped down at the top of the bounce to short third man

36.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, 2 runs, cut through the infield

36.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, tossed up, played to midwicket inside the circle

36.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, full, driven hard from middle, Khurram down well at cover to save

End of over 37 (2 runs) Afghanistan 152/4
Samiullah Shenwari    18* (28b 1x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    6-0-13-0
Mohammad Nabi    14* (24b 1x4)      Ahmed Raza    7-0-22-2

37.1

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, full, played away to midwicket

37.2

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, tossed up on off, driven to cover

37.3

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, nudged off the pads backward of square

37.4

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, 4 byes, down leg, as the batsman misses with the paddle

37.5

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, driven to long on

37.6

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, short and Sami rocks back to swat away to midwicket

Bit of a ragged over from Raza there, Afghanistan getting back into it after being rocked by that cluster of dismissals

End of over 38 (11 runs) Afghanistan 163/4
Samiullah Shenwari    23* (31b 2x4)      Ahmed Raza    8-0-29-2
Mohammad Nabi    16* (27b 1x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    6-0-13-0

38.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, no run, plenty of air from Fayyaz again, Nabi unsure whether to stick or twist

38.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, CHANCE! Shimmies down to send a flat skimmer straight down Amjad's throat at long on and its shelled. For a former national wicket-keeper that's an unlikely drop.

38.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

38.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, no run, plays and misses outside off

38.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, no run

38.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, full, driven to cover's right

Afghanistan survived what could have been a mortal blow - Nabi will hope he can capitalise on the let off. 8 an over from now on will get Afghanistan to 254.

End of over 39 (3 runs) Afghanistan 166/4
Mohammad Nabi    18* (32b 1x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    7-0-16-0
Samiullah Shenwari    24* (32b 2x4)      Ahmed Raza    8-0-29-2

39.1

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, no run

39.2

Ahmed Raza to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run

39.3

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

39.4

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

39.5

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, Sami top edges the sweep but lands in front of fine leg who fumbles anyway

39.6

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

Afghan: "You know what Nabi & Shinwari are capable of once they are set. Contest building :)"

End of over 40 (6 runs) Afghanistan 172/4
Samiullah Shenwari    29* (36b 3x4)      Ahmed Raza    9-0-35-2
Mohammad Nabi    19* (34b 1x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    7-0-16-0

40.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, Sami waits on a flighted delivery to push to mid-off

40.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, shin-high full toss, Nabi picks his spot to bisect long off and extra cover.

And that's the 50-partnership

40.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, back of a length, punched off the back foot to long off

40.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, held back just a touch, Sami pushes back down the track

40.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, tossed up, driven to the bowler's left, who fields

40.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

End of over 41 (6 runs) Afghanistan 178/4
Samiullah Shenwari    30* (40b 3x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    8-0-22-0
Mohammad Nabi    24* (36b 2x4)      Ahmed Raza    9-0-35-2

Krishna Karate back on, bowled well in his first spell with those brisk off-cutters

41.1

Karate to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, pushed away to md-on

41.2

Karate to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

41.3

Karate to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, powered away, almost Dhoni-esquely, a full delivery on off played wide of long on's right

41.4

Karate to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, full, tapped to mid-on, quick single

41.5

Karate to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, forward to drive a length ball, cover's in the way

41.6

Karate to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, full and on middle, bottom-handed away on the bounce past the bowler's right hand

End of over 42 (8 runs) Afghanistan 186/4
Samiullah Shenwari    32* (43b 3x4)      K Karate    5-1-18-0
Mohammad Nabi    30* (39b 3x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    8-0-22-0

Fayyaz has kept things tight, could have had a couple of wickets but surely Nabi and Sami are going to go after him now

42.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

42.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, one clean swing of the bat, one clean six over the long-off boundary

42.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, opens the shoulders to drive along the ground to long-off's left

42.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs, driven to midwicket

42.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, full and driven to long-off's left, controlled aggression from Nabi here

Afghanistan's 200

42.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, tip and run from Sami

Fayyaz's most expensive over by far, had conceded just one boundary up to the start of it in eight overs up to then

End of over 43 (15 runs) Afghanistan 201/4
Samiullah Shenwari    34* (45b 3x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    9-0-37-0
Mohammad Nabi    43* (43b 4x4 1x6)      K Karate    5-1-18-0

43.1

Karate to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

43.2

Karate to Mohammad Nabi, no run

43.3

Karate to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, straight-driven sight-screen denter. Stroke of immense power

43.4

Karate to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, in the slot and just heaved over the midwicket rope. And that's his fifth ODI 50

43.5

Karate to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, Nabi's worked out that Karate's got just the one delivery and every pitched-up delivery that's angling in is being hammered through the leg side

43.6

Karate to Mohammad Nabi, 3 runs, back of a length on off and that's driven to wide long-off

53 off the last five overs, 40 of them from Nabi

End of over 44 (18 runs) Afghanistan 219/4
Mohammad Nabi    60* (48b 6x4 2x6)      K Karate    6-1-36-0
Samiullah Shenwari    35* (46b 3x4)      Fayyaz Ahmed    9-0-37-0

Naveed and pace back on from the Pavilion End

44.1

Mohammad Naveed to Mohammad Nabi, no run

44.2

Mohammad Naveed to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, just a little short, just a little wide, one heck of a lot of distance on that pull over midwicket

And that's the 100-partnership

44.3

Mohammad Naveed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, full, driven, one bounce to mid-on inside the circle

44.4

Mohammad Naveed to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, Naveed tries a short one, Sami pulls behind square

44.5

Mohammad Naveed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, full, looking for that leg-cutter, driven to mid-on

44.6

Mohammad Naveed to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, blockhole delivery, jammed out to mid-off

8 an over from now on gets Afghanistan past 270. UAE have batsmen of considerable ability themselves, Afghanistan have talented bowlers - its going to be a terrific contest. Clouds in the sky but they're quite high and there's just enough blue evident to make us think the forecast showers will hold off

End of over 45 (13 runs) Afghanistan 232/4
Mohammad Nabi    68* (52b 6x4 3x6)      Mohammad Naveed    6-0-50-0
Samiullah Shenwari    40* (48b 4x4)      K Karate    6-1-36-0

45.1

Mohammad Shahzad to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, wide full toss, Nabi slices wide of backward point

45.2

Mohammad Shahzad to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, full on off and middle, hit high and inside out, long-off can't reach it

45.3

Mohammad Shahzad to Mohammad Nabi, no run, short, doesn't come through as quickly as Nabi expected, misses with the pull

45.4

Mohammad Shahzad to Mohammad Nabi, 1 wide, trampoline bounce to one dug in

45.4

Mohammad Shahzad to Mohammad Nabi, 1 wide, down leg

45.4

Mohammad Shahzad to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, short on off, swung round on the bounce to midwicket

45.5

Mohammad Shahzad to Samiullah Shenwari, 2 runs, yorker-length, squeezed out to midwicket and good running gives them two

45.6

Mohammad Shahzad to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, short, spliced pull over the shoulder races down to vacant fine leg

End of over 46 (17 runs) Afghanistan 249/4
Samiullah Shenwari    46* (50b 5x4)      Mohammad Shahzad    3-0-29-0
Mohammad Nabi    77* (56b 8x4 3x6)      Mohammad Naveed    6-0-50-0

46.1

Mohammad Naveed to Mohammad Nabi, OUT, CATCH! It's Amjad who takes the difficult one, running to his left to intercept a certain 6 at long-on. 8 overs and 61 runs in between the first much easier chance Nabi gave him and Amjad knows it, throwing the ball away in anger after taking the catch.

Mohammad Nabi c Amjad Ali b Mohammad Naveed 77 (57b 8x4 3x6) SR: 135.08

Nabi's turned a game around for Afghanistan yet again. What a champion he is.

46.2

Mohammad Naveed to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

46.3

Mohammad Naveed to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

46.4

Mohammad Naveed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

Could be frying-pan to fire for UAE, Shafiq's a mighty hitter in his own right

46.5

Mohammad Naveed to Shafiqullah, 1 run

Aziz: "BOOM BOOM Shafiqullah is a hard hitter. Can he take us to 300 ?"

46.6

Mohammad Naveed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run

End of over 47 (3 runs) Afghanistan 252/5
Samiullah Shenwari    48* (54b 5x4)      Mohammad Naveed    7-0-53-1
Shafiqullah    1* (1b)      Mohammad Shahzad    3-0-29-0

47.1

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 leg bye, attempted sweep, dribbles off the pad

47.2

Ahmed Raza to Shafiqullah, 2 wides, down leg and they take a run too

47.2

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

47.3

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, no run

47.4

Ahmed Raza to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, leg-stump line from Raza, swept away to square leg

47.5

Ahmed Raza to Shafiqullah, SIX, full toss, juicy as you like and its cracked away over long on, the sound audible through plate glass 80-yards away

47.6

Ahmed Raza to Shafiqullah, SIX, back of a length, sits up, Shafiq gets under it and it goes soaring over midwicket

The game running away from UAE now? 67 off the last 5 overs and normally parsimonious bowlers are being hit to all parts

End of over 48 (16 runs) Afghanistan 268/5
Shafiqullah    13* (3b 2x6)      Ahmed Raza    10-0-50-2
Samiullah Shenwari    49* (58b 5x4)      Mohammad Naveed    7-0-53-1

48.1

Mohammad Naveed to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, 50 for Sami wiith that lofted drive whcih evades Amjad's dive to his right running in from long-off

48.2

Mohammad Naveed to Samiullah Shenwari, 2 runs

48.3

Mohammad Naveed to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, short and helped round the corner, the Afghan fans at Kinrara have had plenty to cheer in the last hour

48.4

Mohammad Naveed to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, making runs out of nothing at all Sami, on a length on middle and flat-batted straight past the bowler to the sightscreen

48.5

Mohammad Naveed to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, hammered hard through, past and beyond long on

48.6

Mohammad Naveed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, 'just' a single to mid-on

Afghanistan's most productive over of the innings

End of over 49 (19 runs) Afghanistan 287/5
Samiullah Shenwari    68* (64b 9x4)      Mohammad Naveed    8-0-72-1
Shafiqullah    13* (3b 2x6)      Ahmed Raza    10-0-50-2

Fayyaz has drawn the short straw. Comes in from the Mosque End

49.1

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, SIX, on a length, sits up and short-arm swatted over long on, legs, arms, bat all on the up as Sami connected

49.2

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, played to mid on

49.3

Fayyaz Ahmed to Shafiqullah, 1 run, full, driven to long off

49.4

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, SIX, that Samiullah reverse-sweep!

49.5

Fayyaz Ahmed to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, down the wicket to manufacture a full-toss, on the bounce to long on

49.6

Fayyaz Ahmed to Shafiqullah, no run, It ends with a dot but Afghanistan have peppered the boundaries in the past 20 overs.

Match State: Innings Break Afghanistan set a platform with 50s from openers Noor Ali and Usman Ghani but then lost their way with three quick wickets in the middle of the innings thanks largely to some fine bowling from Khurram Khan and Fayyaz Ahmed. Nabi then gave a chance when on 16 and surviving it, made UAE pay with an authoritative 77. Sami having played a supporting hand then took over and with Shafiqullah took Afghanistan past 300. Even with their immense talent, UAE's batsmen are going to have to go some. Thank you for being with us. Join us again after the interval in 45 minutes when it's primarily the battle between Shapoor and Dawlat, Nabi and Hamza against Shaiman, Khurram and Swapnil that will decide the match.

End of over 50 (15 runs) Afghanistan 302/5
Shafiqullah    14* (5b 2x6)      Fayyaz Ahmed    10-0-52-0
Samiullah Shenwari    82* (68b 9x4 2x6)      Mohammad Naveed    8-0-72-1
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