ICC World Cup Qualifiers, 2009 / Commentary

ICC World Cup Qualifiers - 43rd match, Super Eight

Afghanistan v Scotland

Afghanistan won by 42 runs

Good Morning from Benoni where Scotland has won the toss and sent Afghanistan in to bat Another clear sky and a pitch that by this stage must be a bit dry and slow Today they are using one of the side pitches so there is one short and one long square boundary Play is on schedule to start in 8 minutes Blain to start for Scotland bowling to Noor Ali

0.1

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, starts short outside off and left alone

0.2

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, just outside off, short again, gets back and dabs to cover point

0.3

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 leg bye, touch too traight, moves leg side, attempted glance, off the pad for a run

0.4

Blain to Karim Sadiq, no run, short outside off, left alone

0.5

Blain to Karim Sadiq, no run, fuller ball, forward and defends to cover

0.6

Blain to Karim Sadiq, 1 wide, angled down the leg side, beaten on the hook off the front foot

0.6

Blain to Karim Sadiq, no run, well forward, defends to the off

Dewald Nel to share the new ball

End of over 1 (2 runs) Afghanistan 2/0
Karim Sadiq    0* (3b)      JAR Blain    1-0-1-0
Noor Ali Zadran    0* (3b)     

1.1

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, left alone outside off

1.2

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, touch wide and short, gets across plays away from the body, angled to backward point

1.3

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, left alone wide outside off, slight away movement, maybe more off the pitch than through the air

1.4

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, left alone outside off

1.5

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, forward, soft hands to the off, quick run taken

1.6

Nel to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, outside off, well forward, angled bat runs that towards third man

So neither team team has any realistic chance of making the final, but SCotland who have not had a good super eights has to win to get up into the top four

End of over 2 (2 runs) Afghanistan 4/0
Karim Sadiq    1* (4b)      JD Nel    1-0-2-0
Noor Ali Zadran    1* (8b)     

2.1

Blain to Karim Sadiq, no run, defends from the crease to the off

2.2

Blain to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, on the back foot, runs that down to third man

2.3

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, again, ALi this time runs it to third man from the back foot

2.4

Blain to Karim Sadiq, no run, defends to the off

2.5

Blain to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, short of length, width given, taken, slaps the cut through the covers for the first boundary

2.6

Blain to Karim Sadiq, no run, follows it up with one driveable outside off, beaten

End of over 3 (6 runs) Afghanistan 10/0
Karim Sadiq    6* (9b 1x4)      JAR Blain    2-0-7-0
Noor Ali Zadran    2* (9b)     

3.1

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, 2 runs, short into the body, does not get up too much, comfortably taken off the hips wide of the fine leg

3.2

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, defending the fuller ball from the crease, runs it to third man

3.3

Nel to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, outside off, short of length, dabs to the off, ball dies on the pitch as they scamper through

3.4

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 wide, too wide outside off

3.4

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

3.5

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run

3.6

Nel to Karim Sadiq, no run

End of over 4 (6 runs) Afghanistan 16/0
Karim Sadiq    7* (11b 1x4)      JD Nel    2-0-8-0
Noor Ali Zadran    6* (13b)     

4.1

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

4.2

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

4.3

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

4.4

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, strokes from the front foot towards mid-off

4.5

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, outside off, drives, beaten by the away movement

4.6

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

End of over 5 (maiden) Afghanistan 16/0
Noor Ali Zadran    6* (19b)      JAR Blain    3-1-7-0
Karim Sadiq    7* (11b 1x4)     

5.1

Nel to Karim Sadiq, no run, has a little nibble outside off, almost walked into that, beaten

5.2

Nel to Karim Sadiq, no run, left alone outside off

5.3

Nel to Karim Sadiq, no run, short, back to pull, plays under it, taken on the body, ball falls back to the pitch

5.4

Nel to Karim Sadiq, no run, betaen outside off again

5.5

Nel to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, gets bat to it this time, runs it from the front foot to third man

5.6

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, stroked towards mid-off from the front foot

End of over 6 (1 run) Afghanistan 17/0
Noor Ali Zadran    6* (20b)      JD Nel    3-0-9-0
Karim Sadiq    8* (16b 1x4)     

6.1

Blain to Karim Sadiq, no run, left alone outside off

6.2

Blain to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, pushed wide of midwicket

6.3

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, defends to cover

6.4

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, forward, strokes frimly to cover

6.5

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, on the back foot, defends to the off

6.6

Blain to Karim Sadiq, no run, swing and a miss outside off

End of over 7 (2 runs) Afghanistan 19/0
Karim Sadiq    9* (19b 1x4)      JAR Blain    4-1-9-0
Noor Ali Zadran    7* (23b)     

7.1

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, on the back foot, defends to the off

7.2

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, playing standing up in the crease, flashes the bat at that, plays away from the body, beaten

7.3

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, FOUR, too full on the legs, clipped away neatly forward of midwicket

7.4

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run, pushed into the leg side

7.5

Nel to Karim Sadiq, no run, drives down the ground, bowler gets a hand to it

7.6

Nel to Karim Sadiq, no run, yorker well dug out down the pitch, bowler again gets a hand to it

End of over 8 (5 runs) Afghanistan 24/0
Karim Sadiq    9* (21b 1x4)      JD Nel    4-0-14-0
Noor Ali Zadran    12* (27b 1x4)     

8.1

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, 2 runs, outside off open face wide of 2nd slip

8.2

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, has a push at a short of length ball outside off, no foot movement, beaten

8.3

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, 2 runs, drives hard into the ground, bounds over the bowler as mid-off chases

8.4

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, left alone outside off

8.5

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, outside off, forward on the drive, dropped by the keeper diving across to first slip, pops out as his elbows hit the ground, had to go for it, was short of slip

8.6

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, FOUR, drives through the covers

End of over 9 (8 runs) Afghanistan 32/0
Noor Ali Zadran    20* (33b 2x4)      JAR Blain    5-1-17-0
Karim Sadiq    9* (21b 1x4)     

9.1

Nel to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, short, pulls well, behind and over square leg

9.2

Nel to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, same again, short, pulls, this nearly goes all the way

9.3

Nel to Karim Sadiq, no run

9.4

Nel to Karim Sadiq, no run

9.5

Nel to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

9.6

Nel to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

End of over 10 (9 runs) Afghanistan 41/0
Noor Ali Zadran    20* (34b 2x4)      JD Nel    5-0-23-0
Karim Sadiq    18* (26b 3x4)     

10.1

Blain to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, outside off, touch short, cuts, top edge over slips

10.2

Blain to Karim Sadiq, no run, well forward outside off, pushes at that, beaten, huge appeal, rubs the arm, umpire agrees

10.3

Blain to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

10.4

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, back, defends to backward point

10.5

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, 2 runs, worked through the covers on the off

10.6

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run

Craig Wright replaces Nel

End of over 11 (7 runs) Afghanistan 48/0
Noor Ali Zadran    22* (37b 2x4)      JAR Blain    6-1-24-0
Karim Sadiq    23* (29b 4x4)     

11.1

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run, defends down the pitch

11.2

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run, defends down the pitch

11.3

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run, defends down the pitch

11.4

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run

11.5

Wright to Karim Sadiq, 2 wides

11.5

Wright to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run

11.6

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run

End of over 12 (3 runs) Afghanistan 51/0
Karim Sadiq    23* (34b 4x4)      CM Wright    1-0-3-0
Noor Ali Zadran    23* (38b 2x4)     

12.1

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, 1 run

12.2

Blain to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, outside off, too short, chops that wide of 3rd man

12.3

Blain to Karim Sadiq, no run, trupets out, charges down the pitch swinging, beaten

12.4

Blain to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, short, back to pull, bottom of the bat to the off

12.5

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, outside off, dabs to point

12.6

Blain to Noor Ali Zadran, no run, defends to the on side

End of over 13 (6 runs) Afghanistan 57/0
Noor Ali Zadran    24* (41b 2x4)      JAR Blain    7-1-30-0
Karim Sadiq    28* (37b 5x4)     

13.1

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run

13.2

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run

13.3

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run, defends to cover

13.4

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run, defends to the off

13.5

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run

13.6

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run

Jan Stander, a good Scotish name that, takes over from Blain

End of over 14 (maiden) Afghanistan 57/0
Karim Sadiq    28* (43b 5x4)      CM Wright    2-1-3-0
Noor Ali Zadran    24* (41b 2x4)     

14.1

Stander to Noor Ali Zadran, OUT, outside off, pushes at that, no foot work, plays away from the body and this time he pays for it

Noor Ali Zadran c †Smith b Stander 24 (59m 42b 2x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

14.2

Stander to , no run, left alone outside off, keeper fumbles

14.3

Stander to , no run, left alone outside off

14.4

Stander to , no run, pushes that, beaten

14.5

Stander to , 1 wide, outside off

14.5

Stander to , 1 run, pushes into the covers, quick run, fielder fails to collect

14.6

Stander to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, slaps that shortish ball past point

End of over 15 (6 runs) Afghanistan 63/1
Karim Sadiq    32* (44b 6x4)      JH Stander    1-0-6-1
   1* (4b)     

15.1

Wright to , no run

15.2

Wright to , no run

15.3

Wright to , no run

15.4

Wright to , 1 run, outside off, runs that to third man

15.5

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run, defends down the pitch

15.6

Wright to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, too short, cuts well behind point

End of over 16 (5 runs) Afghanistan 68/1
Karim Sadiq    36* (46b 7x4)      CM Wright    3-1-8-0
   2* (8b)     

16.1

Stander to , 1 run

16.2

Stander to Karim Sadiq, no run

16.3

Stander to Karim Sadiq, no run, defends down the on side

16.4

Stander to Karim Sadiq, no run, defends to the on side, leading edge to the off

16.5

Stander to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, over pitched on the on side, slams that past mid-on

16.6

Stander to Karim Sadiq, no run, defends to the off

Match State: Drinks

End of over 17 (5 runs) Afghanistan 73/1
Karim Sadiq    40* (51b 8x4)      JH Stander    2-0-11-1
   3* (9b)     

17.1

Wright to , no run

17.2

Wright to , no run

17.3

Wright to , no run

17.4

Wright to , no run

17.5

Wright to , FOUR, full pitched ball, lofted over mid off

17.6

Wright to , FOUR, cuts over backward point

End of over 18 (8 runs) Afghanistan 81/1
   11* (15b 2x4)      CM Wright    4-1-16-0
Karim Sadiq    40* (51b 8x4)     

18.1

Stander to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

18.2

Stander to , no run

18.3

Stander to , FOUR, outside off, cuts past point

18.4

Stander to , 1 run, drives past the short cover, wide mid-off gets around

18.5

Stander to Karim Sadiq, no run, outside off, drives, thin edge, keeper drops standing up

18.6

Stander to Karim Sadiq, no run, width given, not taken, beaten as he has a wild swing to the on side

End of over 19 (6 runs) Afghanistan 87/1
Karim Sadiq    41* (54b 8x4)      JH Stander    3-0-17-1
   16* (18b 3x4)     

19.1

Wright to , no run, defends back down the pitch

19.2

Wright to , no run, beaten outside off

19.3

Wright to , 1 run, nudges wide of midwicket

19.4

Wright to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, gets on the pull, bit late on the shot, loops over mid-on

19.5

Wright to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, flicks fine outside leg, fine leg gets around

19.6

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run, outside off, slower ball, has to check the shot to the off

End of over 20 (5 runs) Afghanistan 92/1
Karim Sadiq    45* (57b 8x4)      CM Wright    5-1-21-0
   17* (21b 3x4)     

20.1

Stander to , FOUR, drives past cover

20.2

Stander to , 1 run, all defensive wide of the cover

20.3

Stander to Karim Sadiq, no run

20.4

Stander to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

20.5

Stander to , no run

20.6

Stander to , no run

End of over 21 (6 runs) Afghanistan 98/1
   22* (25b 4x4)      JH Stander    4-0-23-1
Karim Sadiq    46* (59b 8x4)     

21.1

Wright to Karim Sadiq, SIX, slog sweeps that out the middle, goes to his 50 with a maximum, went a long way

21.2

Wright to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, pushes to mid-on

21.3

Wright to , OUT, pushes forward, gets through the gate

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21.4

Wright to Nawroz Mangal, no run, well forward, defends to the off

21.5

Wright to Nawroz Mangal, no run, defends towards the on side

21.6

Wright to Nawroz Mangal, no run

End of over 22 (7 runs) Afghanistan 105/2
Nawroz Mangal    0* (3b)      CM Wright    6-1-28-1
Karim Sadiq    53* (61b 8x4 1x6)     

22.1

Haq to Karim Sadiq, no run

22.2

Haq to Karim Sadiq, no run

22.3

Haq to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

22.4

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, flighted on line, nudges forward of the short fine leg

22.5

Haq to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, drives down the ground towards long off

22.6

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, 2 runs, slog sweep, top edges, that goes high, midwicket goes back, can not get to it

End of over 23 (5 runs) Afghanistan 110/2
Nawroz Mangal    3* (5b)      RM Haq    1-0-5-0
Karim Sadiq    55* (65b 8x4 1x6)     

23.1

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run, drives firmly to a deep mid-off

23.2

Wright to Karim Sadiq, SIX, leg stump line, in the slot, take that, lofted well over midwicket, halfway up the bank, and then over the top of it

That could take a while to come back

23.3

Wright to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, drives through the covers, sweeper cleans up

23.4

Wright to Nawroz Mangal, no run, defends to the off

23.5

Wright to Nawroz Mangal, no run, defends to the off

23.6

Wright to Nawroz Mangal, no run

End of over 24 (7 runs) Afghanistan 117/2
Nawroz Mangal    3* (8b)      CM Wright    7-1-35-1
Karim Sadiq    62* (68b 8x4 2x6)     

24.1

Haq to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, well forward, nudges mast midwicket, man on the fence can not stop the second

24.2

Haq to Karim Sadiq, no run, defends to the on side

24.3

Haq to Karim Sadiq, 3 runs, back, nudges to the short fine leg, quick run, plus 2 overthrows

24.4

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, no run

24.5

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, no run, left alone outside off

24.6

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, no run, dabs to the on side

End of over 25 (5 runs) Afghanistan 122/2
Nawroz Mangal    3* (11b)      RM Haq    2-0-10-0
Karim Sadiq    67* (71b 8x4 2x6)     

25.1

Stander to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, looks to the on side, leading edge, misfield at backward point

25.2

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, no run

25.3

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, no run

25.4

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run

25.5

Stander to Karim Sadiq, no run

25.6

Stander to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, shot, touch full on the legs, clips that over a jumping midwicket

End of over 26 (6 runs) Afghanistan 128/2
Karim Sadiq    72* (74b 9x4 2x6)      JH Stander    5-0-29-1
Nawroz Mangal    4* (14b)     

26.1

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, 2 runs

26.2

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run

26.3

Haq to Karim Sadiq, 1 wide

26.3

Haq to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

26.4

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run

26.5

Haq to Karim Sadiq, no run

26.6

Haq to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs

End of over 27 (8 runs) Afghanistan 136/2
Karim Sadiq    75* (77b 9x4 2x6)      RM Haq    3-0-18-0
Nawroz Mangal    8* (17b)     

27.1

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, no run, angled into the legs, dabs to midwicket

27.2

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, no run, all defensive to the off side

27.3

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, no run, well forward, that gets up slightly from short of length, defends high off the bat

27.4

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, no run, looks to clip to the on side, inside edge into the pad

27.5

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, FOUR, too full, drives straight, bowler can not get the hand down in time

27.6

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, no run, again the insid edge saves him as he looks to the on side

Captain Watson into the attack

End of over 28 (4 runs) Afghanistan 140/2
Nawroz Mangal    12* (23b 1x4)      JH Stander    6-0-33-1
Karim Sadiq    75* (77b 9x4 2x6)     

28.1

Watson to Karim Sadiq, no run, starts on line and length, defends gently down the pitch

28.2

Watson to Karim Sadiq, no run, left alone outside off

28.3

Watson to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, outside off, nudges inside slip who gets a hand to it but can not stop cleanly

28.4

Watson to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, flighted in, flighted out wide of long on

28.5

Watson to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, sweeps well but straight at deep backward square leg

28.6

Watson to Nawroz Mangal, no run, drives straight back at the bowler

End of over 29 (7 runs) Afghanistan 147/2
Nawroz Mangal    12* (24b 1x4)      RR Watson    1-0-7-0
Karim Sadiq    82* (82b 10x4 2x6)     

29.1

Stander to Karim Sadiq, no run, leg stump line, inside edge as he swings to the on side, ball hits keeper on the knee, goes down and stays down

Players gather around him as the physio rushes out Keeper back up after getting the magic spray to the knee

29.2

Stander to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, worked to the on side

29.3

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, pushes to the on side, misfield

29.4

Stander to Karim Sadiq, no run

29.5

Stander to Karim Sadiq, 1 wide

29.5

Stander to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

29.6

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run

End of over 30 (5 runs) Afghanistan 152/2
Nawroz Mangal    14* (26b 1x4)      JH Stander    7-0-38-1
Karim Sadiq    84* (86b 10x4 2x6)     

30.1

Blain to Nawroz Mangal, 2 runs, charges down the pitch, swings across the line, deep forward square leg cleans up

30.2

Blain to Nawroz Mangal, no run

30.3

Blain to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run

30.4

Blain to Karim Sadiq, no run

30.5

Blain to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

30.6

Blain to Nawroz Mangal, no run

Nel comes back

End of over 31 (4 runs) Afghanistan 156/2
Nawroz Mangal    17* (30b 1x4)      JAR Blain    8-1-34-0
Karim Sadiq    85* (88b 10x4 2x6)     

31.1

Nel to Karim Sadiq, no run, starts with a yorker dug out to the bowler

31.2

Nel to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

31.3

Nel to Nawroz Mangal, 1 leg bye, leg stump line, squirts off the pad to backward square leg

31.4

Nel to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, gets inside that and dabs towards midwicket, quick run taken

31.5

Nel to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, outside off, drops that dead on the pitch, another good quick single

31.6

Nel to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, gets well inside that, worke off the legs towards fine leg

Haq replaces Blain who seems to have a problem with a leg

End of over 32 (5 runs) Afghanistan 161/2
Karim Sadiq    88* (92b 10x4 2x6)      JD Nel    6-0-27-0
Nawroz Mangal    18* (32b 1x4)     

32.1

Haq to Karim Sadiq, no run

32.2

Haq to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, full toss, clipped away towards deep midwicket

32.3

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, drives down the ground to long off

32.4

Haq to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, defends towards covers

32.5

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, drives to long on

32.6

Haq to Karim Sadiq, no run, drives, this time straight at extra cover

Match State: Drinks Wright back on

End of over 33 (4 runs) Afghanistan 165/2
Karim Sadiq    90* (96b 10x4 2x6)      RM Haq    4-0-22-0
Nawroz Mangal    20* (34b 1x4)     

33.1

Wright to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run

33.2

Wright to Karim Sadiq, 1 run

33.3

Wright to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, worked that off the feet towards the deep midwicket

33.4

Wright to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, one more worked off the legs

33.5

Wright to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, drives straight this time, singles the order of the day now, long on gathers

33.6

Wright to Karim Sadiq, no run, full on the off, squeezes out to backward point

End of over 34 (5 runs) Afghanistan 170/2
Karim Sadiq    92* (99b 10x4 2x6)      CM Wright    8-1-40-1
Nawroz Mangal    23* (37b 1x4)     

34.1

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, SIX, down the pitch, lofted well over long on, clears the man on the fence by a lot

34.2

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, drives straight down the ground to long off

34.3

Haq to Karim Sadiq, no run, well flighted, dabs to midwicket

34.4

Haq to Karim Sadiq, OUT, nudges towards short fine leg, late call, Khan races through, dives, but to no avail, direct hit has the finger up, what a pity that, he deserved a 100

Karim Sadiq run out 92 (151m 101b 10x4 2x6) SR: 91.08

34.5

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, nudges to the on side, wide of midwicket

34.6

Haq to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, left alone outside off, that does turn away from the bat but started too wide

End of over 35 (8 runs) Afghanistan 178/3
Asghar Stanikzai    0* (1b)      RM Haq    5-0-30-0
Nawroz Mangal    31* (40b 1x4 1x6)     

35.1

Wright to Nawroz Mangal, no run, left alone outside off

35.2

Wright to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, nudges off the legs towards a deep square leg

35.3

Wright to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, defends from the crease, on line, just short of length

35.4

Wright to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, defends to the off

35.5

Wright to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, frimly driven on the up straight at mid-off

35.6

Wright to Asghar Stanikzai, OUT, pressure gets to him, tries to clear mid-off, gets too much under it, loops high to STander at mid-off

Asghar Stanikzai c Stander b Wright 0 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 36 (1 run) Afghanistan 179/4
     CM Wright    9-1-41-2
Nawroz Mangal    32* (42b 1x4 1x6)     

36.1

Haq to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs, nudges from the legs towards long leg, good running

36.2

Haq to Mohammad Nabi, OUT, plays the lofted drive, also gets under it, loops away to Poonia at mid-off on the circle

Mohammad Nabi c Poonia b Haq 2 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

36.3

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, no run

36.4

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, FOUR, drive along the ground and you cant get caught, nicely timed cover drive

36.5

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, no run, drives back at the bowler

36.6

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, no run

End of over 37 (6 runs) Afghanistan 185/5
Nawroz Mangal    36* (46b 2x4 1x6)      RM Haq    6-0-36-1
Raees Ahmadzai    0* (0b)     

37.1

Wright to Raees Ahmadzai, no run

37.2

Wright to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, defends to the on side, mix-up, Mangal has to scamper back

37.3

Wright to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, beaten outside off

37.4

Wright to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, left alone outside off

37.5

Wright to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, left alone outside off

37.6

Wright to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, gets well forward outside off, dabs to backward point, and a maiden to end with, good bowling for this stage of the game

End of over 38 (maiden) Afghanistan 185/5
Raees Ahmadzai    0* (6b)      CM Wright    10-2-41-2
Nawroz Mangal    36* (46b 2x4 1x6)     

38.1

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run

Have a read about Raees Ahmadzai in an interview with Cricinfo "http://content.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/398424.html"

38.2

Haq to Raees Ahmadzai, 1 run

38.3

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, no run

38.4

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, no run

38.5

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run

38.6

Haq to Raees Ahmadzai, 1 run, defends to the off

Still no bowling or batting power play taken

End of over 39 (4 runs) Afghanistan 189/5
Raees Ahmadzai    2* (8b)      RM Haq    7-0-40-1
Nawroz Mangal    38* (50b 2x4 1x6)     

39.1

Stander to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, outside off, dabs to backward point

39.2

Stander to Raees Ahmadzai, 1 run, nudges to the on side, easy quick run

39.3

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, leans across to the off, worked wide of midwicket

39.4

Stander to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, well forward, open face, does not beat a deep backward point

39.5

Stander to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, slower ball is defended to cover

39.6

Stander to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, defends towards cover

Now we have to have a power play, but which one? strange umpires have not signalled anything, either I have missed the signal, which I did, appologies, power play 2 was overs 12 to 16

End of over 40 (2 runs) Afghanistan 191/5
Raees Ahmadzai    3* (13b)      JH Stander    8-0-40-1
Nawroz Mangal    39* (51b 2x4 1x6)     

40.1

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, no run

40.2

Haq to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run

40.3

Haq to Raees Ahmadzai, no run

40.4

Haq to Raees Ahmadzai, FOUR, lofted the full toss one bounce to deep midwicket

40.5

Haq to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, dabs to the on side, mix-up as keeper is across quick, Mangal gets back

40.6

Haq to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, worked off the legs to short fine leg

End of over 41 (5 runs) Afghanistan 196/5
Raees Ahmadzai    7* (17b 1x4)      RM Haq    8-0-45-1
Nawroz Mangal    40* (53b 2x4 1x6)     

41.1

Nel to Nawroz Mangal, no run, full on the off, defends towards mid-off

41.2

Nel to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, drives, thick edge down to third man

41.3

Nel to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, bouncer, only just gets through under shoulder height

41.4

Nel to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, beaten outside off, Raees putting his team under a lot of pressure now

41.5

Nel to Raees Ahmadzai, 1 wide, outside off

All the good work done up the order being undone now, run rate down to 4.75

41.5

Nel to Raees Ahmadzai, 1 run, dabs to the off, quick run

41.6

Nel to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, driving to the on side, inside edge to backward square leg brings up the 200

Batting power play now taken Power Play forces the hand as Blain is brought back

End of over 42 (4 runs) Afghanistan 200/5
Nawroz Mangal    42* (56b 2x4 1x6)      JD Nel    7-0-31-0
Raees Ahmadzai    8* (20b 1x4)     

42.1

Blain to Nawroz Mangal, 3 runs, short leg side, drags that on the pull to deep backward square leg, short fine leg does very well to chase it down

42.2

Blain to Raees Ahmadzai, FOUR, he is not going to chase that down, cleanly flicked off the legs to backward square leg

42.3

Blain to Raees Ahmadzai, 1 run, soft hands to the cover,e asy quick run

42.4

Blain to Nawroz Mangal, FOUR, shot, makes room to the leg, frees the arms, crashes the drive through the covers

42.5

Blain to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, drives down the ground and that is 50 for the captain

42.6

Blain to Raees Ahmadzai, 1 run, off the legs to the on side, good over for Afghanistan

End of over 43 (14 runs) Afghanistan 214/5
Raees Ahmadzai    14* (23b 2x4)      JAR Blain    9-1-48-0
Nawroz Mangal    50* (59b 3x4 1x6)     

43.1

Nel to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, plays and misses as he swats at one short of length outside the off

43.2

Nel to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, gets forward defending, he has to look at rotating the strike

43.3

Nel to Raees Ahmadzai, 2 runs, short on the leg, flicked away from the back foot to the on side

43.4

Nel to Raees Ahmadzai, no run, short ball, the one for the over flies over his chest

43.5

Nel to Raees Ahmadzai, OUT, lofted over the bowlers head, no timing, mid-off gets across and takes a good catch

Raees Ahmadzai c Watson b Nel 16 (29m 28b 2x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

43.6

Nel to Nawroz Mangal, FOUR, short ball, back to pull, top edges that over the keeper

Stander back on

End of over 44 (6 runs) Afghanistan 220/6
Nawroz Mangal    54* (60b 4x4 1x6)      JD Nel    8-0-37-1
Samiullah Shenwari    0* (0b)     

44.1

Stander to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, worked off the legs

44.2

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, full into the feet, clipped gently past the bowler towards long-on

44.3

Stander to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, quick run taken to mid-off, throw is just wide, was a goner with a direct hit

44.4

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, 2 runs, drives firmly towards long off, there was never two there, poor fielding from Watson

44.5

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, FOUR, swinging towards cow corner, edge, sails away to thrid man

44.6

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, yorker dug out, on the run, towards cover

End of over 45 (10 runs) Afghanistan 230/6
Nawroz Mangal    62* (64b 5x4 1x6)      JH Stander    9-0-50-1
Samiullah Shenwari    2* (2b)     

45.1

Nel to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, looks to go over midwicket, gets the toe of the bat, loops away safely on the on side

45.2

Nel to Samiullah Shenwari, 3 runs, full toss outside off, drives past a chasing cover

45.3

Nel to Nawroz Mangal, FOUR, cheeky little sweep overr the keepers head

45.4

Nel to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, swings hard to the on side, not timed, rolls away towards midwicket

45.5

Nel to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, short, pulls, does not get close to that, bowler gets the 1 finger for the over

45.6

Nel to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 leg bye, leg side, swings to the on side, off the hips behind backward point

End of over 46 (10 runs) Afghanistan 240/6
Samiullah Shenwari    5* (5b)      JD Nel    9-0-46-1
Nawroz Mangal    68* (67b 6x4 1x6)     

46.1

Stander to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, big swing and a miss, keeper fumbles but recovers quick enough to stop the bye

46.2

Stander to Samiullah Shenwari, SIX, shot, full on the off, swats the over the extra cover boundary, just got enough under that

46.3

Stander to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, short outside off, cuts, one bounce four over point

46.4

Stander to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, four more as he drives the off stump full toss through the covers

46.5

Stander to Samiullah Shenwari, 3 runs, goes leg side now, that is high over Haq at midwicket who gets back, dives, gets hands to it but can't hold on

46.6

Stander to Nawroz Mangal, no run, outside off, charging down, tries the cheeky little lap over the keeper again, beaten

Thats 57 runs off the batting power play

End of over 47 (17 runs) Afghanistan 257/6
Nawroz Mangal    68* (68b 6x4 1x6)      JH Stander    10-0-67-1
Samiullah Shenwari    22* (10b 2x4 1x6)     

47.1

Blain to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT, short leg side, hooks, not timed well, goes high and straight to deep square leg who hardly has to move

Samiullah Shenwari c Poonia b Blain 22 (17m 11b 2x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

47.2

Blain to Nawroz Mangal, FOUR, leg side, drives, inside edge to fine leg who has no chance

47.3

Blain to Nawroz Mangal, OUT, lofted drive does not clear long on

Nawroz Mangal c McCallum b Blain 72 (116m 70b 7x4 1x6) SR: 102.85

47.4

Blain to Khaliq Dad, no run, drives back at the bowler

47.5

Blain to Khaliq Dad, 1 run, gets forward, dabs to the on side, quick run taken

47.6

Blain to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run, outside off, short of length, back, slashes at that, thick edge to third man

End of over 48 (6 runs) Afghanistan 263/8
Shapoor Zadran    1* (1b)      JAR Blain    10-1-54-2
Khaliq Dad    1* (2b)     

48.1

Haq to Shapoor Zadran, SIX, called for a change of bat, seemed to have worked, gets a flighted delivery, sends it with interest over wide long on

48.2

Haq to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run, drives down the ground to long off

48.3

Haq to Khaliq Dad, 1 run, full toss, leg side, short fine leg up in the ring does very well to dive and get a hand to that

48.4

Haq to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run, full toss outside off, slices the drive to the deep cover point sweeper

48.5

Haq to Khaliq Dad, 1 run, easy runs on the leg side now, worked behind square on the on side

48.6

Haq to Shapoor Zadran, OUT, outside off, looks to hit that to Johannesburg coming down the pitch, misses, keeps on going

Shapoor Zadran st †Smith b Haq 9 (7m 5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 180.00

End of over 49 (10 runs) Afghanistan 273/9
     RM Haq    9-0-55-2
Khaliq Dad    3* (4b)     

49.1

Nel to Khaliq Dad, 1 run, ;worked away to the on side

49.2

Nel to Hamid Hassan, 1 run, on the back foot, pushed to cover

49.3

Nel to Khaliq Dad, 1 run, pushed to the on side

Scotland now have to score their highest total of the competition if they are to win this This is also Afghanistans highest of the tournament

49.4

Nel to Hamid Hassan, 2 runs, slaps that forward of deep cover

49.5

Nel to Hamid Hassan, 1 run, gets forward and dabs to the on side

49.6

Nel to Khaliq Dad, OUT, swings to the on side, top edge, well taken by the keeper, saving himself a bruised lip

Khaliq Dad c †Smith b Nel 5 (13m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Match State: Innings Break

End of over 50 (6 runs) Afghanistan 279/10
     JD Nel    10-0-52-2
Hamid Hassan    4* (3b)     
Tournament Results
Afghanistan v Scotland at Benoni - Apr 19, 2009
Afghanistan won by 89 runs
Canada v Ireland at Centurion - Apr 19, 2009
Ireland won by 9 wickets (with 45 balls remaining)
Kenya v Netherlands at Potchefstroom - Apr 19, 2009
Netherlands won by 6 wickets (with 107 balls remaining)
Namibia v U.A.E. at Krugersdorp - Apr 19, 2009
U.A.E. won by 4 wickets (with 51 balls remaining)
Afghanistan v Namibia at Krugersdorp - Apr 17, 2009
Afghanistan won by 21 runs
Canada v Netherlands at Johannesburg - Apr 17, 2009
Netherlands won by 6 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)
Ireland v Kenya at Pretoria - Apr 17, 2009
Kenya won by 6 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
Scotland v U.A.E. at Benoni - Apr 17, 2009
Scotland won by 122 runs
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Apr 15, 2009

Shapoor Zadran bowls, Afghanistan v Scotland, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Super Eights, Benoni, April 15, 2009

Shapoor Zadran bowls

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Apr 15, 2009

Karim Khan attempts a pull, Afghanistan v Scotland, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Super Eights, Benoni, April 15, 2009

Karim Khan attempts a pull

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