We are ready for the Afghanistan chase. Welcome back. Ahmadi and Sadiq to open for Afghanistan. Pattinson runs in

0.1

Pattinson to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, excellent start, a full delivery on the pads and that's been driven hard through midwicket for a boundary, firmly hit

0.2

Pattinson to Karim Sadiq, no run, shaping away there, in the channel outside off and he leaves that one alone to the keeper

Two slips in place

0.3

Pattinson to Karim Sadiq, no run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and drops it into the leg side in front of the bowler

0.4

Pattinson to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, drops that short on the leg stump, turns that away towards fine leg for a single

0.5

Pattinson to Javed Ahmadi, no run, pitched on a length on the off, that's been pushed straight to mid-off

0.6

Pattinson to Javed Ahmadi, no run, short of a length outside off, tries to cut that past point, doesn't make contact

End of over 1 (5 runs) Afghanistan 5/0 (268 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.46)
Javed Ahmadi    0* (2b)      JL Pattinson    1-0-5-0
Karim Sadiq    5* (4b 1x4)     

Mitchell Starc to bowl now, two slips for him too

1.1

Starc to Karim Sadiq, no run, the ball curves in there, swung in to land on a good length outside off, mistimes an attempted drive to mid-off

1.2

Starc to Karim Sadiq, no run, pitched up on middle, bowled quick and got it to swing in, just managed to get some bat on it, an inside edge onto the pads

1.3

Starc to Karim Sadiq, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and pushes it to extra cover

1.4

Starc to Karim Sadiq, 1 bye, goodish length outside off, tries to crash it through extra cover, misses and so does Wade, who concedes a bye, good carry there

1.5

Starc to Javed Ahmadi, OUT, bowled'im! Quick and it swung in to castle him, landed on middle, was late in bringing his bat down to play it, got an inside edge and was bowled, an early loss for Afghanistan

Javed Ahmadi b Starc 0 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Arpit: "Can the Afgans score 250 or am I expecting too much??? by the way they did reach 195 against Pak which had a much better bowling attack..."

Stanikzai is the new man

1.6

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, in the channel outside off stump and he lets that one go through

End of over 2 (1 run, wicket maiden) Afghanistan 6/1 (267 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 5.56)
Asghar Stanikzai    0* (1b)      MA Starc    1-1-0-1
Karim Sadiq    5* (8b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    1-0-5-0

Do read Alex Malcolm's report of the first innings here.

2.1

Pattinson to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, short of a good length, punched wide of mid-off for a single

2.2

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, this one came back in, got forward and got a thick inside edge towards square leg

2.3

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, they like playing their shots, dropped it short on the off, pulled but straight to midwicket, kept it down

2.4

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, bowled that one in the channel outside off, moving away and it's left alone

2.5

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 wide, a touch too wide there and it's called by the umpire, he leaves that one alone

2.5

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, edged and goes down towards third man, didn't go hard at that one, all along the ground for a single

2.6

Pattinson to Karim Sadiq, no run, Sadiq drives that one sweetly, pitched on a length outside off, straight to mid-off

End of over 3 (3 runs) Afghanistan 9/1 (264 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 5.61)
Karim Sadiq    6* (10b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    2-0-8-0
Asghar Stanikzai    1* (5b)      MA Starc    1-1-0-1

3.1

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, short of a good length outside off and it's been left alone to the keeper

3.2

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, shortish on the off, played it towards square leg for a single

3.3

Starc to Karim Sadiq, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and crunches it to point

3.4

Starc to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, slashed hard, short of a good length, tried to smack it over point, got a thick outside edge well past second slip for a boundary

3.5

Starc to Karim Sadiq, no run, dropped it short on middle, ducks under that one and lets it be

3.6

Starc to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, goes over point, on a good length and he slices that over the in-field, got a good amount of bat on it, earns a boundary

End of over 4 (9 runs) Afghanistan 18/1 (255 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 5.54)
Karim Sadiq    14* (14b 3x4)      MA Starc    2-1-9-1
Asghar Stanikzai    2* (7b)      JL Pattinson    2-0-8-0

4.1

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, FOUR, boundaries flowing for Afghanistan, short and wide and he gets into position early to smack it through point

4.2

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, beaten, bowled from slightly wide of the crease, short of a good length and moved away, pushed at it and missed

4.3

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, in the channel outside off stump, a bit of away movement there, left alone to the keeper

4.4

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, shortish on the off, pushed from the crease towards cover

4.5

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, fires it full on middle, plays it out towards mid-on from the crease, attempted yorker

4.6

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocked back to defend, got an inside edge and dropped into the leg side

End of over 5 (4 runs) Afghanistan 22/1 (251 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 5.57)
Asghar Stanikzai    6* (13b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    3-0-12-0
Karim Sadiq    14* (14b 3x4)      MA Starc    2-1-9-1

5.1

Starc to Karim Sadiq, no run, struck on the helmet, dropped it short and it nipped back in, was too late to react there, tried to duck but in vain, got him hard on the helmet, Starc immediately asks him if he's doing fine and he is

5.2

Starc to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, he's lost his bat, heaved that one, didn't connect as well as he would have liked though, past square leg for a couple of runs

5.3

Starc to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, fierce bowling from Starc, tries to fend that one away, short ball, sharp and it nips back in, comes off the glove and then the helmet, goes towards fine leg

5.4

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, ooh, lovely delivery, curving in again and he just managed to get his bat down in time, almost yorker length, gets an inside edge for a single

5.5

Starc to Karim Sadiq, OUT, Through the gate, Sadiq has been given a tough time, short of a good length, got it to nip back in and Sadiq, played a little outside the line to that one, was bowled between bat and pad

Karim Sadiq b Starc 17 (28m 18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 94.44

Those two blows to the helmet had an effect, was expecting a short one again, this one was shortish but not a bouncer by any means, he moved away a little there

In comes Mohammad Shehzad, the wicketkeeper

5.6

Starc to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, short of a good length on the off, rocks back and taps it towards point

End of over 6 (4 runs) Afghanistan 26/2 (247 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 5.61)
Mohammad Shahzad    0* (1b)      MA Starc    3-1-13-2
Asghar Stanikzai    7* (14b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    3-0-12-0

Here's the Afghanistan squad for the World Twenty20. Mitchell Johnson comes in to bowl

6.1

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, starts off with a widish delivery, slightly short and it keeps low, left alone to the keeper

6.2

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, well fielded at cover point, short of a good length and it's crunched hard into the ground, Maxwell throws himself to his left

6.3

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, short of a good length, runs that towards third man for a single

6.4

Johnson to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 wide, wide, too wide, full and Shehzad doesn't need to play at that one

6.4

Johnson to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, pulled hard, took his eyes off the ball for a moment there, dropped that short did Johnson and it was played to fine leg

6.5

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, shortish on middle, turned towards fine leg for a single

6.6

Johnson to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, goodish length on the off, rocks on the back foot and defends it towards cover

End of over 7 (4 runs) Afghanistan 30/2 (243 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.28, RRR: 5.65)
Mohammad Shahzad    1* (3b)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0
Asghar Stanikzai    9* (18b 1x4)      MA Starc    3-1-13-2

7.1

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 wide, down the leg side, some swing there but misdirected, a single to the score courtesy a wide

7.1

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, 2 runs, swinging in, on middle, flicked away through square leg into the deep for a couple of runs

7.2

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, shortish outside off, chopped into the ground towards point

7.3

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, low full toss outside off, he didn't see that coming did Stanikzai, defended awkwardly towards point

7.4

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, in the channel outside off, leaves that one alone to the keeper

7.5

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, short and he sensed a chance, shaped up for a pull but it came on to him a little quickly, got an inside edge onto the ribs

7.6

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, 4 leg byes, slides down the leg side, full and down the leg side, clipped past short fine to the boundary, did it come off the pads? Starc appealed for lbw but that was missing leg anyway

End of over 8 (7 runs) Afghanistan 37/2 (236 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.62, RRR: 5.61)
Asghar Stanikzai    11* (24b 1x4)      MA Starc    4-1-16-2
Mohammad Shahzad    1* (3b)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0

8.1

Johnson to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, a full toss well outside off, tries to flay that through the covers, gets an inside edge towards the keeper

8.2

Johnson to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, short of a good length, punched wide of extra cover for a single

8.3

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, beaten, on a length outside off, gets forward to defend but is late on the shot, goes past the outside edge

8.4

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, shortish on the off, rocks back and taps that towards point from the crease

Osmund: "Afghanistan needs to hang in there and not got overwhelmed by the enormity of the match.Aussie attack is not what it used to be.If they`ll be able to reach close to the target that in itself would be a great boost for them.Happy for them though..."

8.5

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, pitched up and he drives that well but straight to cover point, hit hard into the ground

8.6

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, beaten, this one moved away just a hint and Stanikzai got forward to that good length ball, just went past the outside edge

End of over 9 (1 run) Afghanistan 38/2 (235 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.22, RRR: 5.73)
Asghar Stanikzai    11* (28b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-5-0
Mohammad Shahzad    2* (5b)      MA Starc    4-1-16-2

A change of ends for Pattinson, just the one slip

9.1

Pattinson to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs, angling in towards middle, forces that through midwicket for a couple of runs, was slightly uppish but safe in the end

9.2

Pattinson to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, lovely shot from Shehzad, pitched up from Pattinson and he rocked forward to cream that elegantly through the covers

9.3

Pattinson to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets on the back foot and defends

9.4

Pattinson to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, fires it quick on middle, gets across and clips it through square leg for a single

9.5

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, pitched up outside off, drives it straight to mid-off from the crease

9.6

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, short of a good length, rocks back and defends him in front of the bowler

End of over 10 (7 runs) Afghanistan 45/2 (228 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 5.70)
Asghar Stanikzai    11* (30b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    4-0-19-0
Mohammad Shahzad    9* (9b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-5-0

10.1

Johnson to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, uppish, pitched on a length and he chips that between mid-on and midwicket, didn't time it but it landed safe

10.2

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and punches that towards extra cover

10.3

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, shapes up to play an attacking shot through cover but mistimes it, straight to extra cover

10.4

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, slower one this time, steered that one wide of third man behind point for a single

10.5

Johnson to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, edged, shortish on the off, played it down did Shehzad, Clarke's there at first slip but he fumbled

10.6

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 wide, drops that short, too high and it's called a wide, Stanikzai hooks and misses

10.6

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, slightly short on the off, defends that towards cover from the crease

End of over 11 (4 runs) Afghanistan 49/2 (224 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.45, RRR: 5.74)
Asghar Stanikzai    12* (34b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-9-0
Mohammad Shahzad    11* (11b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    4-0-19-0

11.1

Pattinson to Mohammad Shahzad, OUT, edged and taken by the keeper, short of a good length, it appeared to keep just a little low, Shehzad had made up his mind to cut, got a thick edge to Wade

Mohammad Shahzad c †Wade b Pattinson 11 (28m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 91.66

The Afghan captain Nowroz Mangal walks in

11.2

Pattinson to Nawroz Mangal, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and defends it towards square leg

11.3

Pattinson to Nawroz Mangal, OUT, trapped in front, Pattinson pushes that full, on middle and leg, Mangal gets a little across, is on the crease when he misses and it strikes him on the pads, the only question was whether it missed leg. Unlikely, and that's what the umpire thinks as well, one more goes

Nawroz Mangal lbw b Pattinson 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Mohammad Nabi is the new man

11.4

Pattinson to Mohammad Nabi, no run, short of a good length, rocks forward and presents the straight bat to the bowler

11.5

Pattinson to Mohammad Nabi, no run, angling in towards middle, gets across and defends it towards midwicket

11.6

Pattinson to Mohammad Nabi, no run, short of a good length, pushed firmly but straight to cover point

End of over 12 (wicket maiden) Afghanistan 49/4 (224 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.08, RRR: 5.89)
Mohammad Nabi    0* (3b)      JL Pattinson    5-1-19-2
Asghar Stanikzai    12* (34b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-9-0

Spin being introduced now, Xavier Doherty to bowl his left-arm spinners. Round the wicket to the right-hander

12.1

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, flighted on the off, gets forward and gets an inside edge wide of square leg for a single

12.2

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, flighted on the off, gets forward and he pushes it back to the bowler

12.3

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, shortish outside off, gets on the back foot and slaps it to deep cover for a single

12.4

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, tossed up on the off, gets forward to defend, gets an inside edge

12.5

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, short and it's crashed towards deep cover for a single

12.6

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, shortish outside off, cut down to deep point for a single

End of over 13 (5 runs) Afghanistan 54/4 (219 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.15, RRR: 5.91)
Asghar Stanikzai    15* (37b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-5-0
Mohammad Nabi    2* (6b)      JL Pattinson    5-1-19-2

Change of ends for Johnson. Going round the wicket to the right-hander

13.1

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, full outside off, sliced on the bounce towards Warner who dives to his left and saves the single, also throws at the non-striker's end

13.2

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, goodish length, tries to drive that on the up through extra cover, got an inside edge towards the keeper

13.3

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, full but a touch too wide, tries to reach for it and he misses

13.4

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, short of a good length, stabs that wide of point, thinks of a single but it's not there

13.5

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 leg bye, angling in towards middle, clipped that behind square leg for a single into the deep

Rohit: "The most interesting thing in the Australia matches these days is the words from the keeper Wade..u'll always sense that suddenly the great Warnie is bowling at the moment induced by the lovely words of Wade when any of the spinner is bowling!!"

13.6

Johnson to Mohammad Nabi, no run, catches him on the glove, drops that short on middle and he tries to fend that away into the leg side

End of over 14 (1 run, maiden) Afghanistan 55/4 (218 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 3.92, RRR: 6.05)
Mohammad Nabi    2* (7b)      MG Johnson    4-1-9-0
Asghar Stanikzai    15* (42b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-5-0

14.1

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, tossed up outside off, drives that straight to extra cover

14.2

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, a bit of an outside edge there, tossed up again, turns away, played behind point for a single

14.3

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, floating it outside off, pushes it wide of cover, Warner doesn't allow them a single

14.4

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, went straight on, shortish on the off, defended towards point from the crease

14.5

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, tossed up on middle, defended towards square leg

14.6

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, angling in towards middle, comes down the pitch and drives it to the bowler

End of over 15 (1 run) Afghanistan 56/4 (217 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 3.73, RRR: 6.20)
Mohammad Nabi    2* (11b)      XJ Doherty    2-0-6-0
Asghar Stanikzai    16* (44b 1x4)      MG Johnson    4-1-9-0

The bowling Powerplay has been taken

15.1

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, fullish on the off, played that towards third man for a single

15.2

Johnson to Mohammad Nabi, no run, angling in towards the off stump, gets forward and knocks it down towards point

15.3

Johnson to Mohammad Nabi, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and defends towards Warner at cover

15.4

Johnson to Mohammad Nabi, no run, slightly short on the off, is nicely behind that one and plays it to cover

15.5

Johnson to Mohammad Nabi, no run, goodish length on the off, gets forward and plays it back to the bowler

15.6

Johnson to Mohammad Nabi, no run, angling in towards middle and leg, tried to turn it into the leg side, struck him high on the pad

End of over 16 (1 run) Afghanistan 57/4 (216 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 3.56, RRR: 6.35)
Mohammad Nabi    2* (16b)      MG Johnson    5-1-10-0
Asghar Stanikzai    17* (45b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-6-0

16.1

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, dropped that wide of cover for an easy single

16.2

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, floating it on middle, gets forward and taps it in front of cover

16.3

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, angling in towards middle, knocked down on the side of the pitch

16.4

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, pushes that wide of cover for a single

16.5

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, flighting it on middle, pushes that one down the ground to mid-on

16.6

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, uppishly defended into the leg side off the front foot

The asking rate is getting out of hand, the focus now is to play this out and see how long they can last

End of over 17 (2 runs) Afghanistan 59/4 (214 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 3.47, RRR: 6.48)
Asghar Stanikzai    18* (48b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-8-0
Mohammad Nabi    3* (19b)      MG Johnson    5-1-10-0

Maxwell, on debut, to bowl his offspinners now

17.1

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, round the wicket to the right-hander, pushes that towards midwicket and Clarke dives to prevent the single, flighted ball that

17.2

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, cut towards point, slightly short outside off

17.3

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, short outside off, slaps that straight towards cover from the crease

17.4

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, tossed up outside off, defends it with an open face to point

17.5

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, tossed up on middle, drives it back towards the bowler

17.6

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, pushes that off the front foot towards midwicket from the crease

End of over 18 (maiden) Afghanistan 59/4 (214 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 3.27, RRR: 6.68)
Mohammad Nabi    3* (25b)      GJ Maxwell    1-1-0-0
Asghar Stanikzai    18* (48b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-8-0

18.1

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, FOUR, nicely struck, slog-sweep, on the off stump and the field is in, he smacks it over midwicket for a one bounce four

18.2

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, fired it quick on middle, gets on the back foot and plays it to midwicket

That was the first four in 53 balls

18.3

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, goes for another big one, gets a leading edge as he tries to go over midwicket again, was the flighted ball, it turned away and he was lucky it landed safe behind point

18.4

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, that's a massive six, didn't get to the pitch, was bowled flat but he had made up his mind, charged down the track and sent it miles over the long-on boundary, over the roof

It's approaching midnight in Sharjah but this predominantly Afghan crowd is in good spirits. That six just cheered them up even more. The umpires pick a new ball, that one's been lost

18.5

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, flighted on middle and it's defended soundly into the leg side

18.6

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, flat this time, pushes it back towards the bowler

End of over 19 (11 runs) Afghanistan 70/4 (203 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 3.68, RRR: 6.54)
Mohammad Nabi    9* (28b 1x6)      XJ Doherty    4-0-19-0
Asghar Stanikzai    23* (51b 2x4)      GJ Maxwell    1-1-0-0

19.1

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, worked away through square leg for a single, Maxwell's bowling round the wicket

19.2

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, Nabi had again made up his mind, played it with the turn, that was the key, charged down and heaved it high behind the deep square leg fielder, connected very well indeed

19.3

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, slightly short outside off, pushes it to point

19.4

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, 2 leg byes, nicely played, that's turning down and he paddles it smartly wide of fine leg for a couple of runs

19.5

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, shortish on the off, crunched it straight towards cover

19.6

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, flattish on the off and it's been pushed towards cover

End of over 20 (9 runs) Afghanistan 79/4 (194 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 3.95, RRR: 6.46)
Mohammad Nabi    15* (33b 2x6)      GJ Maxwell    2-1-7-0
Asghar Stanikzai    24* (52b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    4-0-19-0

20.1

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, shortish outside off, smacked towards deep cover for a single

20.2

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, comes down the track and pushes it to extra cover

20.3

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, went on straight but slower through the air, gets forward, inside edge onto the pads

20.4

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, shortish on the off, pushed off the back foot to extra cover

20.5

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, comes down the track and pushes it straight to midwicket

20.6

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, no run, shortish on the off, pushes that towards point from the crease

End of over 21 (1 run) Afghanistan 80/4 (193 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 3.80, RRR: 6.65)
Mohammad Nabi    15* (38b 2x6)      XJ Doherty    5-0-20-0
Asghar Stanikzai    25* (53b 2x4)      GJ Maxwell    2-1-7-0

21.1

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, fullish on the off, defended towards point, they pick a quick single, a possibility of an overthrow as well but it's averted

Maxwell's bowling over the wicket

21.2

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, no run, a bit of turn there for Maxwell, gets forward and pushes it to the bowler

21.3

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long-on for a single

21.4

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, tossed it up and he decided to play it off the back foot, made room to cut, missed

21.5

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, waits for that one to turn in and nudges it towards point

21.6

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, gets front and across and drives it through square leg for a single

End of over 22 (3 runs) Afghanistan 83/4 (190 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 3.77, RRR: 6.78)
Asghar Stanikzai    27* (57b 2x4)      GJ Maxwell    3-1-10-0
Mohammad Nabi    16* (40b 2x6)      XJ Doherty    5-0-20-0

22.1

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, drives that one down to long-off for a single

22.2

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, meaty blow, tossed up and he charged down, got to the pitch and bludgeoned it flat over the long-on boundary, powerful hit

22.3

Doherty to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, opens the face to play it behind point for a single

22.4

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, gets forward and drops that one towards cover from the crease

22.5

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, shortish on the off, pushed it towards cover from the crease

22.6

Doherty to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, tossed up, gets forward and works it through square leg for a single

End of over 23 (9 runs) Afghanistan 92/4 (181 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.70)
Asghar Stanikzai    29* (61b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    6-0-29-0
Mohammad Nabi    23* (42b 3x6)      GJ Maxwell    3-1-10-0

23.1

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, flighted outside off, gets forward and defends it in front of the bowler

23.2

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, flat on the off, defends that back to the bowler

23.3

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, shortish outside off, but bowled with a bit of air, chopped to point

23.4

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, gets across and works that away to midwicket

23.5

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, shortish outside off, quicker, didn't turn, punched towards extra cover

23.6

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, shortish outside off, chops that one down towards point

End of over 24 (maiden) Afghanistan 92/4 (181 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 3.83, RRR: 6.96)
Asghar Stanikzai    29* (67b 2x4)      GJ Maxwell    4-2-10-0
Mohammad Nabi    23* (42b 3x6)      XJ Doherty    6-0-29-0

Starc, Australia's best bowler today, is back

24.1

Starc to Mohammad Nabi, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and defends it to point

24.2

Starc to Mohammad Nabi, no run, pitched on a length this time, it's been driven straight to mid-off

24.3

Starc to Mohammad Nabi, 1 leg bye, tries to work it away into the leg side, struck on the pads but it would have been going down, they collect a leg-bye

24.4

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, dropped, took the fielder by surprise at midwicket, Stanikzai struck it well, landed on a good length and he struck across the line, George Bailey didn't react in time, tried to take it in front of his chest but failed to hold on

24.5

Starc to Mohammad Nabi, no run, dropped that one short and he is struck on the shoulder as he takes his eyes off it

24.6

Starc to Mohammad Nabi, no run, nicely played, shortish, rises up, gets on the back foot and drops it down to point

End of over 25 (2 runs) Afghanistan 94/4 (179 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 3.76, RRR: 7.16)
Mohammad Nabi    23* (47b 3x6)      MA Starc    5-1-17-2
Asghar Stanikzai    30* (68b 2x4)      GJ Maxwell    4-2-10-0

25.1

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run

25.2

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, shortish outside off, cuts that past point for a single

25.3

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, tossed up on the off, gets across to work it square

25.4

Maxwell to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, gives it plenty of air, drives it down to long-on for a single

25.5

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs, fired in quick, on the leg stump and it clips the pads to make its way past short fine for a couple of runs, given runs

25.6

Maxwell to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, superbly struck, the ball actually curved in the air after impact, dead straight, came down and hammered it over the bowler's head

End of over 26 (11 runs) Afghanistan 105/4 (168 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.03, RRR: 7.00)
Mohammad Nabi    32* (50b 4x6)      GJ Maxwell    5-2-21-0
Asghar Stanikzai    32* (71b 2x4)      MA Starc    5-1-17-2

The pair brought up its half-century stand in the previous over, and that six brought up the century for Afghanistan

26.1

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, turned off the back foot into the leg side

26.2

Starc to Mohammad Nabi, 1 wide, an attempted slower bouncer gone bad, dropped it short, way too short and the umpire had no hesitation calling it a wide, two batsmen on top of one another would not have covered it

26.2

Starc to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, gets on the back foot and defends it in front of cover for a single

26.3

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, shortish outside off, opens the face to play it down to third man

26.4

Starc to Mohammad Nabi, no run, pitched on a length, driven sweetly but straight to mid-off

26.5

Starc to Mohammad Nabi, no run, shortish on the off, gets back to knock it towards cover from the crease

26.6

Starc to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, edged and four past third man, on a good length, tried to open the face there and got it finer that he'd intended, gets him a boundary

End of over 27 (8 runs) Afghanistan 113/4 (160 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.18, RRR: 6.95)
Mohammad Nabi    37* (54b 1x4 4x6)      MA Starc    6-1-25-2
Asghar Stanikzai    34* (73b 2x4)      GJ Maxwell    5-2-21-0

Stanikzai, it seems, has suffered a cramp. Getting some attention from the physio. Pattinson returns to bowl

27.1

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, appeal for lbw, struck on the pads as he moved across to play it towards square leg, Stanikzai immediately showed his bat to the umpire, yes he did get an inside edge

27.2

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, FOUR, nicely hit, short and he's pulled that one away, pulled it hard over square leg and found the boundary

27.3

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, goodish length on the off, defends that solidly towards mid-on from the crease

27.4

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, lands on a good length, defends that back towards the bowler

27.5

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, a couple more, goodish length, crunched over the point fielder for a couple of runs into the deep

27.6

Pattinson to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, things going Afghanistan's way here, just outside off and he tries to launch that over the in-field, gets a thin inside edge to the fine-leg boundary

That makes it 28 off the last three overs, a spirited recovery from Afghanistan, this.

End of over 28 (9 runs) Afghanistan 122/4 (151 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.35, RRR: 6.86)
Mohammad Nabi    41* (55b 2x4 4x6)      JL Pattinson    6-1-28-2
Asghar Stanikzai    39* (78b 3x4)      MA Starc    6-1-25-2

Johnson returns to bowl

28.1

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, Johnson goes round the wicket, bowled it on a good length, defended towards extra cover

28.2

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, 2 runs, angling in, whipped through square leg for a couple of runs, a good throw from the deep from Maxwell but Stanikzai was in and the keeper took off the bails with his gloves

28.3

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, beaten, pushed inside the line to that one and he missed it

28.4

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, 2 runs, gets a bit of a leading edge wide of point, they run a couple

28.5

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, good length outside off, pushed through to deep cover for a single

28.6

Johnson to Mohammad Nabi, no run, short of a length, cut straight to point

End of over 29 (5 runs) Afghanistan 127/4 (146 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.37, RRR: 6.95)
Mohammad Nabi    41* (56b 2x4 4x6)      MG Johnson    6-1-15-0
Asghar Stanikzai    44* (83b 3x4)      JL Pattinson    6-1-28-2

29.1

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, shortish on the off, mistimes a pull to midwicket, Clarke fields and prevents the single, misses a throw to the non-striker's end

29.2

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, full toss on the pads, turned away towards fine leg for a single

29.3

Pattinson to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched towards deep cover for a single

29.4

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, ooh, short of a good length, tried to run that down to third man, missed, just went past the glove

29.5

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, angling in towards middle, gets on the back foot and defends it to the bowler

29.6

Pattinson to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, short and wide, cut away towards third man for a single

End of over 30 (3 runs) Afghanistan 130/4 (143 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 7.15)
Asghar Stanikzai    46* (88b 3x4)      JL Pattinson    7-1-31-2
Mohammad Nabi    42* (57b 2x4 4x6)      MG Johnson    6-1-15-0

30.1

Johnson to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, turned away from middle towards deep square leg for a single

Aditya: "I have to side with Sunil Gavaskar on this one. It is rather unfair for bye-runners to have been banned. It should be upto the umpires to make sure abuse does not take place. But in situations like the current one it is just cruel and unfair, considering the fielders can walk of the field for a breather, a shower and a change of clothes.

Cricket does appear somewhat sedentary compared to other sports, but for a batsmen it is gruelling in all that gear in this kind of heat and to focus every ball without respite for hours. If runners are banned so should be sub-fielders.

And I speak as a full-time leg-spinner, no.11 batsman for my local cricket team."

30.2

Johnson to Mohammad Nabi, no run, short of a good length, crunched that one towards point from the crease

30.3

Johnson to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, swatted that, short and wide and he had the room he needed to free his arms, thwacked it over extra cover

30.4

Johnson to Mohammad Nabi, OUT, Johnson has struck, Nabi was rooted to the crease there and just loosely tried to chip that over the in-field on the off side, missed it completely and was bowled

Mohammad Nabi b Johnson 46 (78m 60b 3x4 4x6) SR: 76.66

Afghanistan would have loved for him to hang on for longer. He was the more attacking of the two partners there. The pressure grows with his departure.

Shenwari is the new man. Johnson goes over the wicket

30.5

Johnson to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, goodish length, stabs that one into the off side

30.6

Johnson to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 wide, drops that short and it's down the leg side, called a wide

30.6

Johnson to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 wide, down the leg side again and the umpire isn't going to spare those

Goes round the wicket now

30.6

Johnson to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, bowled on a length outside off, steered through to deep point for a single

End of over 31 (8 runs) Afghanistan 138/5 (135 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.45, RRR: 7.10)
Samiullah Shenwari    1* (2b)      MG Johnson    7-1-23-1
Asghar Stanikzai    47* (89b 3x4)      JL Pattinson    7-1-31-2

David Hussey to bowl

31.1

DJ Hussey to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, drives that one down the ground to long-on for a single

31.2

DJ Hussey to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, paddles that one towards short fine leg

31.3

DJ Hussey to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, fires it straight on middle, tickles it behind square for a single

31.4

DJ Hussey to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, tossed up on the off, drives that one towards long-off for a single

31.5

DJ Hussey to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, pitches it up on the off, drives it straight to midwicket

31.6

DJ Hussey to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, bowled that flat on the off, drives it towards long-off for a single

End of over 32 (4 runs) Afghanistan 142/5 (131 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.43, RRR: 7.27)
Asghar Stanikzai    49* (93b 3x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-4-0
Samiullah Shenwari    3* (4b)      MG Johnson    7-1-23-1

Clarke to bowl now

32.1

Clarke to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, shortish outside off, makes room and chops that down to point

32.2

Clarke to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, flighted on the off, drives that down to long-off for a single to raise his half-century, a special occasion for him this, a hard-fought innings

32.3

Clarke to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, drives that through to deep cover for a single

32.4

Clarke to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, floating it on the off, drives that towards long-off for a single

32.5

Clarke to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, angling in towards middle, gets forward and knocks it down into the leg side

32.6

Clarke to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, pushes that to long-off for one more

End of over 33 (4 runs) Afghanistan 146/5 (127 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 7.47)
Samiullah Shenwari    5* (7b)      MJ Clarke    1-0-4-0
Asghar Stanikzai    51* (96b 3x4)      DJ Hussey    1-0-4-0

This is Stanikzai's third half-century in ODI cricket. David Hussey runs in

33.1

DJ Hussey to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, low full toss on the off, drives it straight to extra cover

33.2

DJ Hussey to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, went for the reverse-sweep, got a top-edge and it landed safe, behind point

33.3

DJ Hussey to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, flighted on the off, drives that down to long-off for a single

33.4

DJ Hussey to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, shortish on the off, punches it back to the bowler from the crease

33.5

DJ Hussey to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, flicked away through square leg for a single

33.6

DJ Hussey to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, shortish outside off, chops that one wide of point for a single

End of over 34 (4 runs) Afghanistan 150/5 (123 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 7.68)
Asghar Stanikzai    53* (98b 3x4)      DJ Hussey    2-0-8-0
Samiullah Shenwari    7* (11b)      MJ Clarke    1-0-4-0

34.1

Clarke to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, shortish on the off, punches it to long-off for a single

34.2

Clarke to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, angling in towards middle, plays it into the leg side from the crease

34.3

Clarke to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and punches it towards extra cover

34.4

Clarke to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, angling in towards middle, clipped through square leg for a single

34.5

Clarke to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, flighted on middle from round the wicket, defended into the off side

34.6

Clarke to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, angling in towards off this time, defends it back to the bowler

End of over 35 (2 runs) Afghanistan 152/5 (121 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.34, RRR: 8.06)
Asghar Stanikzai    54* (101b 3x4)      MJ Clarke    2-0-6-0
Samiullah Shenwari    8* (14b)      DJ Hussey    2-0-8-0

The required-rate is above eight now. The batting Powerplay has to be taken now. Starc has been brought back, round the wicket

35.1

Starc to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, full toss on the off, pushed through cover for a single into the deep

35.2

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, FOUR, a bad ball from Starc, full toss and it's been hammered over mid-off, easy pickings this

35.3

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, nicely driven, pitched on a length but straight to mid-off this time

35.4

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, FOUR, four, four, lucky but he'll take it, tries to swing that over square leg, gets an inside edge past short fine leg for a boundary

Stanikzai is in pain, he's cramping. He can't have a runner.

35.5

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, FOUR, three boundaries in the over, Starc has bowled badly this over, full toss and it's another four over mid-off, Afghanistan are fighting, Stanikzai's in pain again

He's cramping badly and he's flat on the ground. The physio is out. Stanikzai is now back on his feet.

35.6

Starc to Asghar Stanikzai, OUT, taken! Stanikzai has to go and his arms are over his head in disbelief, short and wide and he drags it hard towards midwicket, Clarke reacts sharply and takes a good catch moving to his left, relief for Australia, the end of another fighting knock

Asghar Stanikzai c Clarke b Starc 66 (154m 106b 6x4 0x6) SR: 62.26

At 49 for 4, this game seemed to be only heading one way and that could still likely be the result, but it's been an admirable comeback thanks to Stanikzai and Nabi

End of over 36 (13 runs) Afghanistan 165/6 (108 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.58, RRR: 7.71)
     MA Starc    7-1-38-3
Samiullah Shenwari    9* (15b)      MJ Clarke    2-0-6-0

36.1

Johnson to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, pushed towards mid-off from the crease

Najibullah is the new man

36.2

Johnson to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, goodish length, pushes it off the front foot back towards the bowler

36.3

Johnson to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, angling in towards middle, plays that towards short fine for a single

36.4

Johnson to Najibullah Zadran, OUT, appeal for a catch, Bowden raises his finger after an eternity, there was an outside edge surely but did the ball bounce on its way to the keeper, poked at a fullish delivery. Did the ball bump into the ground before getting to the keeper? Bowden ultimately thinks not, we need another replay but officially he's out

Najibullah Zadran c †Wade b Johnson 0 (5m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Gulbadin Naib is the new man. Seemed like it was fine, the dismissal. Bowden actually shook his head initially, sideways that is

36.5

Johnson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, full outside off and he decides to leave it alone to the keeper

36.6

Johnson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, pushed into the off side from the crease

End of over 37 (1 run) Afghanistan 166/7 (107 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.48, RRR: 8.23)
Gulbadin Naib    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    8-1-24-2
Samiullah Shenwari    10* (18b)      MA Starc    7-1-38-3

37.1

Starc to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, pitched on a length from round the wicket, driven straight to extra cover

Mark: "Whatever happens from here I think Afghanistan have shown they deserve a shot at this level. I'd love to see the game grow more globally. I'd much rather see at least 12 competitive international teams contesting than the endless round of meaningless games between a handful of nations just gathering revenue and being content to be a big fish in a little pond."

37.2

Starc to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 wide, shortish and down the leg side from round the wicket, called a wide

37.2

Starc to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and defends it to the bowler

37.3

Starc to Samiullah Shenwari, FOUR, nicely hit, pitched up and he picks that up over mid-off for a boundary

37.4

Starc to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT, bowled by the slower one, he seemed to pick it, opened the face there to guide it towards third man, got an inside edge onto the stumps

Samiullah Shenwari b Starc 14 (36m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

Dawlat Zadran walks in

37.5

Starc to Dawlat Zadran, no run, nippy, strikes him on the thighs there , short of a length and he was cramped there

37.6

Starc to Dawlat Zadran, no run, beaten, made room and Starc just had to aim straight but he missed, that just went past leg stump

End of over 38 (5 runs) Afghanistan 171/8 (102 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 8.50)
Dawlat Zadran    0* (2b)      MA Starc    8-1-43-4
Gulbadin Naib    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    8-1-24-2

Aditya: "Afghanistan should get a decent shot at first class cricket. In the limited matches they have played against the likes of Holland, they have done well. Maybe they deserve an invite to the Ranji trophy or the country championship in some capacity."

38.1

Johnson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, full and wide and he mistimes a drive to point

38.2

Johnson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, slower one this time, drags that towards midwicket

38.3

Johnson to Gulbadin Naib, SIX, Lovely strike, length ball and he got under it, launching Johnson over the long-on boundary, struck it sweetly

38.4

Johnson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, short outside off, was the slower one, into the pull a little too early there, missed

38.5

Johnson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, short of a god length on middle, pushed towards midwicket

38.6

Johnson to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR, this time he swings it over midwicket, pitched on a length again and he clears midwicket to collect four more

End of over 39 (10 runs) Afghanistan 181/8 (92 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.64, RRR: 8.36)
Gulbadin Naib    10* (8b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    9-1-34-2
Dawlat Zadran    0* (2b)      MA Starc    8-1-43-4

39.1

Starc to Dawlat Zadran, no run, swing and a miss, Starc went round the wicket and dropped it short, he was nowhere near it

39.2

Starc to Dawlat Zadran, no run, pitched on a length outside off, tries to drive it through cover, missed

39.3

Starc to Dawlat Zadran, no run, makes room as Starc tries to target the stumps, pushes it to extra cover

39.4

Starc to Dawlat Zadran, no run, pushed away into the leg side, appeared to come off the pad

39.5

Starc to Dawlat Zadran, no run, full toss over the stumps, Dawlat is struggling to make contact

39.6

Starc to Dawlat Zadran, FOUR, finally makes contact and gets a boundary, tries to swing it towards Dubai, gets an outside edge well past slip to the third-man boundary

End of over 40 (4 runs) Afghanistan 185/8 (88 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.62, RRR: 8.80)
Dawlat Zadran    4* (8b 1x4)      MA Starc    9-1-47-4
Gulbadin Naib    10* (8b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    9-1-34-2

Pattinson is back

40.1

Pattinson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and defends it back to the bowler

40.2

Pattinson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, slower one and he swings wildly at that one, cuts away and he misses

40.3

Pattinson to Gulbadin Naib, SIX, what a shot! Naib and Pattinson are having a bit of a tiff here, short on middle and he got into position early to dispatch it over the deep midwicket fence

40.4

Pattinson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, short outside off, blazed towards deep point, he decides not to take the single

40.5

Pattinson to Gulbadin Naib, SIX, another six, a full toss this time and he gives it the treatment, launches that beautifully over wide long-on

40.6

Pattinson to Gulbadin Naib, 1 wide, slower one bowled outside off, a marginal call there, Bowden thinks it's a wide, a little harsh there

40.6

Pattinson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, dropped that short on middle and he let that one go, not a wide, was the right height thinks Bowden

End of over 41 (13 runs) Afghanistan 198/8 (75 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.82, RRR: 8.33)
Gulbadin Naib    22* (14b 1x4 3x6)      JL Pattinson    8-1-44-2
Dawlat Zadran    4* (8b 1x4)      MA Starc    9-1-47-4

The tail showing some spunk as well, this stand is now worth 27. Doherty to bowl

41.1

Doherty to Dawlat Zadran, no run, tossed up on leg stump, doesn't get bat to it, clips the pads and goes behind point, no single there

41.2

Doherty to Dawlat Zadran, no run, gets forward and defends that towards midwicket

41.3

Doherty to Dawlat Zadran, no run, shortish on the off, chopped that towards extra cover

41.4

Doherty to Dawlat Zadran, no run, defends it a little uppishly towards extra cover

41.5

Doherty to Dawlat Zadran, no run, shortish on the off, taps it in front of extra cover

41.6

Doherty to Dawlat Zadran, no run, gets forward and plays out a maiden, defending it towards midwicket

End of over 42 (maiden) Afghanistan 198/8 (75 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.71, RRR: 9.37)
Dawlat Zadran    4* (14b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    7-1-29-0
Gulbadin Naib    22* (14b 1x4 3x6)      JL Pattinson    8-1-44-2

Rahul: "The result may be a foregone conclusion, but the number of sixes conceded by Aussie bowlers is a worrying sign...they've got Pakistan next, and then the T20 WC. Being hit for sixes on slow pitches against a second tier side.....not good omens these for the coming months."

42.1

Pattinson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, in the channel outside off stump and he lets that one go through

Sajith: "ICC should restructure match scheduling. It should do something to make sure emerging nations get fair share of international match experience before a world cup. Afghanistan justifies this need. Maybe on another day they would have beaten Australia."

42.2

Pattinson to Gulbadin Naib, no run, swings hard, was the slower one, it cut away and he missed

42.3

Pattinson to Gulbadin Naib, 1 wide, too wide this time and it's called by the umpire

42.3

Pattinson to Gulbadin Naib, OUT, short and Naib shapes up for a cut, there was an edge, a clear sound as he went for it, Wade dived low and to his left to catch that, the umpires are trying to verify if it carried, they've gone to the third umpire. Replays show it was a clean catch, he's got to go

Gulbadin Naib c †Wade b Pattinson 22 (31m 17b 1x4 3x6) SR: 129.41

Shapoor Zadran's the new man

42.4

Pattinson to Shapoor Zadran, no run, short of a good length, pushes at that one and misses

42.5

Pattinson to Shapoor Zadran, 1 wide, Pattinson goes round the wicket and bowls a wide down the leg side, raises the Afghan 200

42.5

Pattinson to Shapoor Zadran, no run, tries to fend it, strikes him on the pads, they decide not to run a leg-bye

42.6

Pattinson to Shapoor Zadran, 1 leg bye, full outside leg stump, clips the pads and they take a leg-bye this time

End of over 43 (3 runs) Afghanistan 201/9 (72 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.67, RRR: 10.28)
Shapoor Zadran    0* (3b)      JL Pattinson    9-1-46-3
Dawlat Zadran    4* (14b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    7-1-29-0

Doherty to bowl

43.1

Doherty to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run, slog-sweep, drags it towards deep midwicket for a single

43.2

Doherty to Dawlat Zadran, no run, comes down the track and tries to swing it into the stands, gets a thick inside edge

43.3

Doherty to Dawlat Zadran, no run, goodish length on the off, pushes that back down the pitch

43.4

Doherty to Dawlat Zadran, FOUR, that's been swept powerfully, tossed up and he smacks that through deep square leg

43.5

Doherty to Dawlat Zadran, OUT, holes out, tossed up and he swings hard, gets too much elevation there and finds Michael Hussey at deep midwicket

Dawlat Zadran c MEK Hussey b Doherty 8 (32m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

The four early wickets pegged Afghanistan back early but from there on we saw some fight from them. Nabi and Stanikzai were slow to start off but gradually opened up and would have had Australia a bit concerned at one point. But Nabi gave his wicket away and Australia tightened their grip during the batting Powerplay. Both teams will be reasonably happy with how things panned out, in tough conditions. We'll get you the details from the presentation in a bit.

Mitchell Starc is the Man of the Match: "It's a bit humid, quite sweaty, took a little bit of time to get accustomed to. It was quite sweaty, it was a bit hard to hold the ball, also with the dew. We all bowled quite well, we've been here for a couple of days to get used to the conditions. Afghanistan put up a good fight today. It's a bit different to play cricket this late."

Nowroz Mangal: "The players played very well. Australia is one of the best teams in the world. Our top order didn't click this time. The way the bowlers performed and the way we fielded, it was quite satisfactory and we proved we can compete with such big sides. We have learned a lot. This is a good preparation for the T20 World Cup. This was a better performance than we put up against Pakistan. I'd like to thank Cricket Australia for allowing us to play their team. We played the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and we'll rectify the errors we made then. It's a historic game. We are happy we have played the 200th game on this ground."

Michael Clarke: "After our trip to England, a very good performance. We've got three important games coming up, and tonight it was important to get off a good start. We've probably got areas to work on with both bat and ball. We coped pretty well with the heat. We had a good preparation. Mitch bowled very well, the ball got a little slippery there. Our batsmen deserve some credit as well. Nice to make some runs. Michael Hussey is an important player in this team. We have to be at our best against Pakistan, they know these conditions well."

There's a trophy for this one-off game and it's been handed to Michael Clarke. That's all from us here. Thanks for tuning in and we'll see you when the Pakistan-Australia series begins. See ya. You can read the report for this match here.

Series Results
Afghanistan v Australia at Sharjah - Aug 25, 2012
Australia won by 66 runs
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Aug 25, 2012

Asghar Stanikzai's dismissal ended Afghanistan's hopes of a famous upset, Afghanistan v Australia, only ODI, Sharjah, August 25, 2012

Asghar Stanikzai's dismissal ended Afghanistan's hopes of a famous upset

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Aug 25, 2012

Asghar Stanikzai acknowledges his half-century, Afghanistan v Australia, only ODI, Sharjah, August 25, 2012

Asghar Stanikzai acknowledges his half-century

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