Asian Games 2010, 1st semi-final, Guangzhou

Afghanistan upset Pakistan to reach final

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 25, 2010

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Afghanistan 125 for 8 (Noori 35) beat Pakistan 103 for 7 (Latif 26) by 22 runs

Afghanistan are delighted after completing an upset victory, Afghanistan v Pakistan, Asian Games, 1st semi-final, Guangzhou, November 25, 2010
Afghanistan celebrate reaching the final © Associated Press
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Afghanistan stunned a second-string Pakistan in the semi-finals of the Asian Games in Guangzhou to continue their fairytale run in cricket over the past two years. This victory assures them of at least a silver, boosting the medals tally of a nation that has only two medals - both in taekwondo - in the Asian Games.

They will face Bangladesh, who beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the second semi-final, in Friday's title match.

It's been a low-scoring tournament so far, and Afghanistan's 125, after being sent in, was a competitive total. Eighteen-year-old Shabir Noori top scored with 35 to revive Afghanistan after they had slid to 55 for 4, but another bunch of wickets towards the end prevented a big final push.

Pakistan's opening pair, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, began the chase in a hurry, racing to 30 off three overs, seemingly setting the platform for a straightforward victory. Sharjeel then fell lbw to Mirwaiz Ashraf for 23, but Latif guided Pakistan to 60 for 1. There was a heated exchange between Latif and Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, which needed the umpires to intervene. Latif was then dismissed lbw, and Naeemuddin Qazi was run out soon after, and two wickets in an over from offspinner Karim Sadiq left Pakistan at 68 for 5.

With the asking-rate mounting, the Pakistan lower-order was unable to find the boundary and Afghanistan completed a famous upset.

"It's a big win for Afghanistan," their captain Mohammad Nabi said. "Every person there is watching the match and everybody is happy about this win. I'm very satisfied because we have fantastic fitness levels and the boys have worked very hard in every position, whether it's fielding, bowling or batting. "

The vice-captain, Sadiq, said the whole the country was behind the team. "On TV last night in Afghanistan, they told people to pray that we would win," he said. "Tonight they will be celebrating all over the country. It's a dream for us."

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Posted by FaisalAsghar on (November 27, 2010, 10:10 GMT)

congratulation to the afghan team. A win is a win certainly, be it against Pakistan A or Pakistan Z but i am shocked at the arrogance shown by some supporters. Instead of being thankful to Pakistans help and assistance, they have lost their sanity to say that they can take down any test playing nation by just winning a gold medal?? probably but i dont see it happening in less than a dozen centuries!!!

Posted by   on (November 26, 2010, 8:26 GMT)

Well done Afghan's it is always good to see that cricket is taken seriously in Afghanistan. A match is a match and there is no love lost when Afghanistan beat Pakistan. All those Pakistanis who are acting immaturely towards this win should understand that Afghanistan has suddenly come into the scene and from a low position went up the ladder to compete in a World Cup. Pakistan should support this team and it is through Kabir Khan's efforts.

Well done Afghanistan, go and win the title.

By the way I am a Pakistani but was very happy to see Afghanistan move to the final.

Loy Afghanistan all the way :)

Posted by Hamza.Aziz on (November 26, 2010, 7:32 GMT)

Thanks to Mr. Rashid Latif

Posted by   on (November 26, 2010, 7:10 GMT)

Beating a very very low string team from pakistan, doesnt means that afghan team is any where near to pakistan. Grow up kids. Ur so called talented batsman wont even see the bowl, if bowled by Shoaib and company. learn more, and may be after 80-90 years you will be able to beat Pakistan 10 string team. Lolzz

Posted by StatLover on (November 26, 2010, 5:19 GMT)

It will be the greatest win for Afghanistan cricket, since they have never won a Gold medal in the Asian Games.

Posted by urmi-alam on (November 26, 2010, 3:39 GMT)

the win of Afghanistan is significance for south asia cz another nation is coming in Cricket world. I congratulate them.

Posted by Rahimi on (November 26, 2010, 3:33 GMT)

i am very happy that agian our team show that Afghan people are able to elimenat such teams like pakistan . i want from my people to pray that our team win the the final and score the golden stage .

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 23:57 GMT)

I wont be surprized to see Afghanistan defeating Bangladesh. They have power, momentum and clear objective to win.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 22:14 GMT)

First of all i would like to congredulate the afghan nation and afghan cricket team for their hard work ,good performence and as well as would like to congredulate the coach of afghan team for his storng commetment with the team ,and finaly he got the result of his commetment and coaching which is to be appreciated. and I hope that,the team will keep and maintin their hard working and understanding to achive a biger success in the final with bangladish ,and make the whole nation happy ,good luck ,and best wishes to all team and nation,

Posted by le_stephenois on (November 25, 2010, 22:05 GMT)

great stuff by Afghanistan!! I am seriously alarmed at some of the comments here. Beating any team from Pakistan is a huge achievement for Afghanistan. A win is a win, hopefully in a couple of years they will be good enough to beat official Pakistan.

Posted by asif_the_spotfixer on (November 25, 2010, 19:44 GMT)

i trained the our boys (pak) how to play in this match and they did exactly what i told to them... good work keep it up you got your gifts soon...

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 19:23 GMT)

hahahahahaa:) what can i say hahahahahahaa:) enjoy Afghanz and Pakistani boys do not worry about them :))) this team was Pakistan Z team :))) hahahahaha:) Y the hell are we debating this match :) hahahahahaa:) it's hilarious.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 19:06 GMT)

What a shame for Pakistan team :((((((((((( But congratssssssss Afgani Team...You guys rock :)) keep the good work!!!

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 18:46 GMT)

Good win, but lets not kid ourselves...Pakistan team is playing South africa, Pakistan A team is playing west Indies A. This article says it was second string which is incorrect, It was the third string team, meaning top 30 players were not playing and none of these guys except khalid latif has ever represented pak national team. So don't get too excited!! Also all afghans your team is what it is today because of pakistan, these guys grew up in peshawar and played for pak domestic teams so should be thankful to pakistan and not the other way around!!!

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 18:31 GMT)

Pakistan play cricket from last couple of decades and Afghanistan got team from last 3 years so how can we compare them guyzz??? of course Afghanistan did unbelievable so they shud b appreciated.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 18:18 GMT)

this year asia cup cricket for bangladesh,i hope to bangladesh win the cup.good luck of bangladesh team.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 17:26 GMT)

we are very happy on that we won the match but we have to have respect to the Pakistanis also that was their help with us they trend or cricketers and also all our coachs are from Pakistan so why we should use bad ascent on Pakistan cricket team they are like our brothers if there was their A team i am sure we will not be able to win that match i like Pakistan cricket team we have to be honest with them and they have to be honest with us we are All Muslims there is no different between Muslims on that i will be so happy when they bat India cricket team an UK ,SA, ect...........

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 17:21 GMT)

Long Live Afghanistan A Win Is Win who cares C B A fact is its capital (PAKISTAN) team So we celebrating it in New York on thanksgiving day Wtg A F G

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 15:43 GMT)

Afghanis don't be too excited... The bit of heads u have above the water is because of Pakistan... Ur former coach who started cricket in Afghanistan was Pakistani "Kabir Khan"... Ur current coach is also Pakistani "Rashid Latif"... Most of ur players have played in Pakistan that has boosted your experience... Dont remember we gave u a place to practice for ICC World T20 2010 "National Cricket Academy Lahore".

Talking about ur today's win... We have our national team busy in UAE against South Africa.. Pakistan-A team busy in West Indies against their A-team... Our hard-hitters like Shoaib Malik n Imran Nazir were busy in Hong Kong Sixes Tournament... The rest of key players are busy in our domestic event Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. The team sent to Asian Games was E or F team of ours.

And the tournament u won in Ramadan Trophy was against the local clubs having most of veteran part-time cricketers. So do u really want to be excited of winning against such teams.


Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 15:12 GMT)

Great win BROs, keep it up :)

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 15:11 GMT)

Whatever it is, Afghans always beat Pakistan in any game, weather cricket or football ;)

I hope someday AFG Team beat India Team then yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ^_^

God Bless Afghanistan team, keep it up Mates.

Posted by bhagath141181312081 on (November 25, 2010, 14:54 GMT)

hello guys there is no indian team, otherwise you cant deserve such type of wins, any way well afganistan team you are trying to get up

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 14:45 GMT)

did u gys forget about ramadan cup in afghanistan, where afghanistan A won the tournamet in style.

Posted by hilaman on (November 25, 2010, 14:41 GMT)

Guys Congertulation that for beating pakistan it was amazing i love u guys and i want to congertulate to everyone around the world and enshullah if u guys work hard will won the finall love u

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 14:26 GMT)

to pakistan fans, dont forget afghanistan A team beat most of your teams in pakistan and won the ramadan cup in karachi.

Posted by cricinme on (November 25, 2010, 14:16 GMT)

I am an Afghan pathan. Very will done boys. The whole cricketing world knows that the day will come very soon when the Afgani C team will be able to beat the l Pakistan national team, once we get into the ICC status.

Posted by mharisq on (November 25, 2010, 12:44 GMT)

Congrats to Afghanistan!!!! way to go boys:) i am a pakistani and i beleive that Afghanistan should be given the deserving credit for this win... whatever the team was, it was playing under the tag "Pakistan", not "Pakistan A"...

Posted by shanarshad on (November 25, 2010, 12:36 GMT)

No doubt the way Afghanistan team has improve in recent times its very good and should be appreciated. As far as this game, i think it is Pakistan "C" team which, have no match winner or even a renowned player accept Khalif Lateef. So Afghan team should not celebrate this a lot. Yes if they can beat the full star studded pakistani team than it will be a time to celebrate.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 12:33 GMT)

great win by afghans!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 12:14 GMT)

No doubt this is not Pakistan,s first or second eleven but Afghans definitely deserve a lot of admiration and buck up. They are very talented and passionatate about their game. Pakistan has been supporting Afghan team in every way and their cuurent position is largely due to the good coaching of Kabir Khan,an Ex-test fast bowler of Pakistan. T20 is best format for young and enthusiastic teams like Afghans and on their day, they can create huge upset.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 12:13 GMT)

Well Done Boys !! whether it was Pakistan B Team or C Team, we dont care....for me Pakistan A is weaker than Pakistan B and C... Pakistan A team is scared enough to play when we invited them...

Posted by Thunee_man_Naidoo on (November 25, 2010, 11:14 GMT)

Well done Afghanistan, I hope to see them competing for full-member status in a couple years time.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 11:08 GMT)

Guys no need to feel so bad and let Afghanistan celebrate for they have earned the right to do so. They have been playing good cricket consistently and guess who is their coach; RASHID LATIF of PAKISTAN. So in a way its victory both Pakistan and Afghanistan should celebrate. Does nt matter if it was a third string Pakistan, the fact that they beat us is proof of how good they are becoming.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 10:51 GMT)

you ought to appreciate this...they started playing just few years back...muhammad nabi and hamid hassan at least are top-class players...we can't excuse that it was our team C or whatever...we shouldn't be so stupid..a medal matters afterall..

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 10:45 GMT)

Well done afghanistan... I am proud of all player.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 10:45 GMT)

Afghanistan desrerve test status now.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 10:29 GMT)

Hey guys common get up spite on Pakistanis now we are a nation none of the country can beat us be in hurry celebrate your day this is Eid As well god always keep our Afghans alive.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 9:55 GMT)

No need for locking horns. Afghan win was brilliant. Good sign for cricket in Asia. PAKS need to help Afghans develop into a very good side even to beat them. Briitish Raj (India ) had a good team. After partition, a new nation (PAKS) was born. They accepted cricket with both hands. Went on to beat the Indians . That is the life and reality

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 9:53 GMT)

good on you brave afghans. I hope u guys continue playing for ur ppl and we will pray every time for ur success and hope u do not follow on foot steps of some cheat paki cricketers who embarrased their nation by playing for money not their country"s pride. Zinda bad Afghanistan

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 9:48 GMT)

WELL DONE BOYS, it is so good to see Afghanistan beaten a country that everyone of them born with batt and ball.. lollllllllllll good job guys I am sure you guys will be the first to bring the first Gold Medal for Afg..................

Posted by Daylight on (November 25, 2010, 9:48 GMT)

Not a big deal.... It was not even a Pakistani "B" team, it was a Pak "C" team.

Posted by ZubairEzzat on (November 25, 2010, 9:29 GMT)

Congratulations Afghanistan! @Mian @Tariq - You should accept the one dears and it's part of the game. What would have been the reaction of England when you first beat them? They were your colonizers, however, and we were refugees in your country. Keep Good Spirit of the Game! Wish You Best!!!

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 9:13 GMT)

Well played Afghanistan...... But to inform all people, guys need to take it seriously because this is a Pakistan C side ; Pakistan national team is in UAE Pakistan A is on the tour of West Indies and rest of the players who are good cricketers are playing the biggest Domestic tournament Qua-id-e-Azam Trophy this Pakistan team contained all the discards even from domestic tournaments so cool down and don't take it as a big upset

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 9:13 GMT)

congratulations afghanistan...well done...Though you beat us, I am very happy...coz its always good to see an under dog win...

Posted by ABRAR-JANJUA on (November 25, 2010, 9:11 GMT)

@MaiwandAkbari & cricinme too early man you are dreaming in the day.this was not second-string but i must say third-string Pakistani side with only one international (mediocre) player, Khalid Latif was playing.Let Your team face Pakistan and then come with your comments.New world records are waiting for you...

Posted by Shammi_Shafi on (November 25, 2010, 8:47 GMT)

The lost against Afganistan clearly indicates Pakistan's downfall in cricket first loose to Ireland and then will looseto Nepal, Hongkong and China for sure.

Posted by MaiwandAkbari on (November 25, 2010, 7:56 GMT)

hooooooooooooray..........this is amazing and memorable victory for all Afghans. We are truly proud of our national team. We will beat Pakistan's national team as well one day inshallah. Zwand Zwand Afghanistan....

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 7:38 GMT)

It is unacceptable to loose from those who did not know what is cricket a few decades back SHAME on US

Posted by cricinme on (November 25, 2010, 7:07 GMT)

Watch out Pak. Afghanistan are coming fast to be your arch rivals and probably rank up above you.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 6:54 GMT)

Afghanistan played very well today....... Hopefully Bangladesh will join with them.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2010, 6:51 GMT)

Stunning!!! unelectable, and at the same time wonderful! its amazing how a newly built team like Afghanistan takes down an experienced beast. Funny how they practice in Pakistan fields and then beat them in their own game...

Good luck boys!

The victory shall be yours :)

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