We should be starting soon. Matthew Wade and David Warner are the openers. Shapoor Zadran to start off, left-arm seamer

Toss: This match will go beyond midnight, starting at 6pm local time. Australia have won the toss and chosen to bat. Glenn Maxwell, the allrounder, has been handed an ODI debut for Australia. This is Afghanistan's second ODI game against a full ICC member. "We're going to have a bat on this concrete," says Michael Clarke. "It's big for the nation of Afghanistan," says Nowroz Mangal. Watch out for the XIs above.

Hello and welcome to a special day for Afghanistan cricket. Their national team is taking on Australia in a one-off game in Sharjah. They had played Pakistan in February this year, and lost. This is the first time they're taking on Australia in any format, and there's been a good build-up to this occasion. Here's Brydon Coverdale's preview. We should have the toss happening soon. Here's what the Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal had to say about this match.

0.1

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, banged in short outside off stump and that's been left alone to the keeper

Two slips in place

0.2

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, short of a length outside off, leaves that one through to the keeper

0.3

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, short of a good length outside off, this one holds its line and it's been left alone to the keeper

0.4

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, straying in line slightly, turned down towards fine leg for a single

A sparse crowd to begin with but it will build up. Afghanistan will have a lot of support

0.5

Shapoor Zadran to Warner, no run, short of a good length on the off, tried to crunch it through extra cover, mistimes it towards mid-on

0.6

Shapoor Zadran to Warner, no run, shortish on the off, rocks back and defends him solidly towards extra cover

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
DA Warner    0* (2b)      Shapoor Zadran    1-0-1-0
MS Wade    1* (4b)     

Dollat Zadran to bowl from the other end.

Tim: "It's midnight in Australia but I'm still pumped to see us in action against the afghans. Big game for some of the Aussies too with spots in the T20 WC team certainly on the line in this tour. With this current wave of change any chance to impress should be taken." Two slips for him too

1.1

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, no run, accurate start, on the off stump, lands on a good length, Wade gets forward and defends it back to the bowler

1.2

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, no run, goodish length on middle, Wade gets front and across and drives it back to the bowler

1.3

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, no run

1.4

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, no run, short of a good length on middle, rocks on the back foot and pats it back down the pitch

1.5

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, 3 runs, pitched up and it's been driven beautifully through the covers in the deep, nicely timed, the fielder at extra cover got a hand to it

A slip and a short extra cover

1.6

Dawlat Zadran to Warner, no run, goodish length on the off, gets on the back foot and defends it towards point

End of over 2 (3 runs) Australia 4/0 (RR: 2.00)
DA Warner    0* (3b)      Dawlat Zadran    1-0-3-0
MS Wade    4* (9b)      Shapoor Zadran    1-0-1-0

2.1

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, short of a good length on the off, Wade plays it form the crease, gets an inside edge into the ribs

2.2

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, short of a length outside off, chops it down on the bounce towards point

2.3

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, pitched up on the off stump, driven through towards mid-on, can't beat that fielder

2.4

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, short of a good length and he watches that one through to the keeper

2.5

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, FOUR, ooh, just wide of the diving square leg fielder, full toss on middle and it's flicked away firmly, a full length dive to the right but it's in vain

2.6

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, short of a length outside off, chops that one towards point from the crease

End of over 3 (4 runs) Australia 8/0 (RR: 2.66)
MS Wade    8* (15b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    2-0-5-0
DA Warner    0* (3b)      Dawlat Zadran    1-0-3-0

3.1

Dawlat Zadran to Warner, no run, short of a good length on the off, punches it into the off side from the crease

3.2

Dawlat Zadran to Warner, no run, lands on a length on middle, seems quite nippy, on target, pushes that one back to the bowler

3.3

Dawlat Zadran to Warner, FOUR, a thick outside edge, full and wide and he goes hard at that one, gets a thick edge past slip down to the third-man boundary

3.4

Dawlat Zadran to Warner, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, turned away towards fine leg for a single

3.5

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, no run, short of a good length, comes down the track to flay it through point, goes hard at it and misses

3.6

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, 1 run, shortish on middle, drops it down in front of square leg and steals a quick single

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia 14/0 (RR: 3.50)
MS Wade    9* (17b 1x4)      Dawlat Zadran    2-0-9-0
DA Warner    5* (7b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    2-0-5-0

4.1

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, lands on a length on the off, that's been driven towards mid-off on the front foot, didn't time it well

4.2

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, shortish outside off, crunches it off the back foot towards point

4.3

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, 1 run, times this one better, pitched up on middle, it's driven down the pitch, mid-off cuts it off, they just get a single

4.4

Shapoor Zadran to Warner, FOUR, superbly struck, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and crunches it through the covers for a boundary, took a while to get to the boundary though, a slow outfield this

Yeskallam: "Hey why is that i can't see the bowling speeds... Really curious to see what pace Afgans are bowling at..." Yes, unfortunately they're not being shown on TV

4.5

Shapoor Zadran to Warner, no run, kept a little low, shortish, goes for the cut, misses, it zips through under his bat

4.6

Shapoor Zadran to Warner, no run, shortish on middle, punched off the back foot in front of mid-on

A relatively quiet start for Australia, these two seamers have kept it fairly tight. They look like bowling in the high 120s or the low 130s.

End of over 5 (5 runs) Australia 19/0 (RR: 3.80)
DA Warner    9* (10b 2x4)      Shapoor Zadran    3-0-10-0
MS Wade    10* (20b 1x4)      Dawlat Zadran    2-0-9-0

5.1

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, 1 run, short and it comes on to him a little quicker than he expected, shortish, went for the pull, tried to smash it through midwicket, got an inside edge onto the thigh

5.2

Dawlat Zadran to Warner, 2 runs, shortish on the off, punched through point and cover for a couple of runs, a bit of a fumble as the fielder slides and tries to throw back

Fitzy: "Would have loved to have seen McDermott in action instead of the two left handers in Johnson and Starc who both tend too leak runs and go missing. McDermott had a great Ford Ranger Cup last season and this would have been a perfect opportunity for him and the Aus selectors to see where he is at with his bowling."

5.3

Dawlat Zadran to Warner, FOUR, plenty of width there for him to free his arms, short and it's been slashed hard through point for a boundary

5.4

Dawlat Zadran to Warner, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, pushed to the right of cover for a quick single

5.5

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, tries to turn that one fine, gets it behind square for a single

5.6

Dawlat Zadran to Warner, 1 run, shortish again down the leg side, whipped through to fine leg for a single

End of over 6 (10 runs) Australia 29/0 (RR: 4.83)
DA Warner    17* (14b 3x4)      Dawlat Zadran    3-0-19-0
MS Wade    12* (22b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    3-0-10-0

6.1

Shapoor Zadran to Warner, 1 run, short outside off, cut that one down towards third man for a single

6.2

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, 1 run, goes hard at that one, pitched it fuller, tried to drive it through extra cover, got a thick outside edge, actually ended up slicing that towards third man

6.3

Shapoor Zadran to Warner, FOUR, length ball and he cashes in, slams it over mid-on for a one bounce four, nicely hit, two bounces in fact

6.4

Shapoor Zadran to Warner, 2 runs, thrashed, short and wide and that's been hit hard past point, good fielding by the man at third man, runs to his left and dives to haul it back in, that's 1,000 runs for Warner in ODI cricket

Five fifties and two centuries in 31 innings for Warner

6.5

Shapoor Zadran to Warner, OUT, that's out, there was a noise, short of a length, tried to chop it through point, a faint nick through the keeper, big cheers all round, there's a trumpet blowing somewhere, Shapoor Zadran's ecstatic

DA Warner c †Mohammad Shahzad b Shapoor Zadran 24 (15m 18b 4x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Clarke walks in

6.6

Shapoor Zadran to Clarke, no run, goodish length on middle, gets across and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 7 (8 runs) Australia 37/1 (RR: 5.28)
MJ Clarke    0* (1b)      Shapoor Zadran    4-0-18-1
MS Wade    13* (23b 1x4)      Dawlat Zadran    3-0-19-0

Mark: "Agreed Fitzy. McDermott would of been a great idea. At least he has a chance in the Pakistan series, with the record of our bowlers and injuries...."

7.1

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, 1 run, pitched on a length outside off, opens the face a little to drive it towards third man for a single

A slip and an extra cover

7.2

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, no run, short of a good length outside off, pushed towards point from the crease

7.3

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, 2 runs, nicely timed, angling in and it's driven past mid-on, the fielder dives over the ball, just a couple in the end

7.4

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, no run, shortish on middle, rocks back and knocks it down into the leg side

7.5

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, no run, pitched on a length and it's been driven back firmly to the bowler

Matt: "@fitzy FYI, its the ryobi cup, not the Ford ranger cup."

7.6

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, no run, pitched up outside off, that's been dug out towards point from the crease, almost yorker length

End of over 8 (3 runs) Australia 40/1 (RR: 5.00)
MJ Clarke    2* (6b)      Dawlat Zadran    4-0-22-0
MS Wade    14* (24b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    4-0-18-1

Matt: "Agree with Fitzy on Johnson, but a bit harsh on Starc. He's been fantastic for Yorkshire in England this season."

8.1

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, 2 runs, drops that one short outside off, runs that towards third man, the fielder takes a while to get to it and he scrambles back for the second

8.2

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and punches it to extra cover

No slip, A short point and a short cover

8.3

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, short of a good length on the off, drops that one down towards the short point fielder

8.4

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, pitched up on middle, that's driven down towards mid-on from the crease

8.5

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, no run, short of a good length on middle, rocks back and defends it towards mid-on

Tim: "Ahh old sponsors. Remember the Mercantile Mutual Cup. Back in the days of Jamie Cox, Darren Berry and Joe Angel."

8.6

Shapoor Zadran to Wade, FOUR, width is what Wade wanted and he got it, short of a good length and it's blazed through point and cover for a boundary

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia 46/1 (RR: 5.11)
MS Wade    20* (30b 2x4)      Shapoor Zadran    5-0-24-1
MJ Clarke    2* (6b)      Dawlat Zadran    4-0-22-0

A wide slip in place for Clarke

9.1

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, no run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and defends it towards mid-on

9.2

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, no run, nips back in, maybe he cut it back in, struck in the ribs as he tried to play it off the back foot

9.3

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, no run, short of a good length, punched towards cover from the crease

9.4

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, no run, bowled that full on the off and that's been driven straight to mid-off

9.5

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, 1 run, shortish outside off, cut away towards third man for a single

9.6

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, no run, beaten, Wade played a little inside the line to that one, could have actually nipped away a hint, kept a little low as well, went past the outside edge

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 47/1 (RR: 4.70)
MS Wade    20* (31b 2x4)      Dawlat Zadran    5-0-23-0
MJ Clarke    3* (11b)      Shapoor Zadran    5-0-24-1

Sawifan: "Why must we open with Wade?! I have no problem with him in the team, he should be. But surely we can find a 'proper' opening 'batsman'. Just cos all keepers wear gloves, doesn't mean they're all Gilly! Australia must really stop this obsession!!"

Gulbadin Naib comes on now. Has a wide slip

10.1

Gulbadin Naib to Clarke, 2 runs, pitched up outside off, width and Clarke leans into the drive, gets it past mid-off for a couple

10.2

Gulbadin Naib to Clarke, 2 runs, low full toss on middle, a couple more as he closes the face and plays this one wide of mid-on

10.3

Gulbadin Naib to Clarke, no run, well struck but also well fielded by the bowler, pitched up and it's driven back firmly, the bowler got a hand to it

10.4

Gulbadin Naib to Clarke, FOUR, well timed by Clarke, on a good length, he rocked forward, got across a little and drove it hard past the bowler, past mid-off for a boundary

10.5

Gulbadin Naib to Clarke, no run, pitched on a good length, rocks forward and defends it towards cover

10.6

Gulbadin Naib to Clarke, FOUR, flays that one, extra effort needed on this ground since the outfield's slow, in the slot outside off and it's been creamed through extra cover, there is a fielder in the deep but he had no chance

End of over 11 (12 runs) Australia 59/1 (RR: 5.36)
MJ Clarke    15* (17b 2x4)      Gulbadin Naib    1-0-12-0
MS Wade    20* (31b 2x4)      Dawlat Zadran    5-0-23-0

Karim Sadiq to bowl some spin now, comes round the wicket to the left-hander

11.1

Karim Sadiq to Wade, no run, tossed up, bowled full outside off, driven straight to extra cover

11.2

Karim Sadiq to Wade, no run, shortish on the off, punched off the back foot to extra cover

11.3

Karim Sadiq to Wade, no run, flighted on the off, that's been pushed back to the bowler

11.4

Karim Sadiq to Wade, no run, tidy stuff, short of a length, cut but straight to point

11.5

Karim Sadiq to Wade, no run, floating it outside off, gets forward and stabs that to extra cover

11.6

Karim Sadiq to Wade, 1 run, tossed up, drives that one down to long-off for a single, good start by Sadiq

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 60/1 (RR: 5.00)
MS Wade    21* (37b 2x4)      Karim Sadiq    1-0-1-0
MJ Clarke    15* (17b 2x4)      Gulbadin Naib    1-0-12-0

Caino: "@Sawifan, I do see your point, however the simple fact is that there is no-one else to do the job as watto has been rested. Personally I wouldve liked to have seen shaun marsh get the nod even though the last time we saw him he was terribly out of form but he is a world class limited overs opening batsmen. Besides, Wade has opened the innings for Victoria various times and has done quite well plus it gives balance to the team."

More off-spin, this time from Javed Ahmadi. He was the captain of the U-19 team

12.1

Javed Ahmadi to Wade, 1 run, tossed up outside off, pushes that one into the off side

Over the wicket to the right-hander

12.2

Javed Ahmadi to Clarke, no run, turns in from outside off, gets across and drives it to midwicket

12.3

Javed Ahmadi to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes it to long-on for a single

12.4

Javed Ahmadi to Wade, no run, flighted on the off, drives that straight to extra cover

12.5

Javed Ahmadi to Wade, no run, full toss, crunches that down the pitch and into the stumps at the non-striker's end, Ahmadi didn't get a hand to that one

12.6

Javed Ahmadi to Wade, 1 run, low full toss, pushed it through quicker on the off stump, pushes that towards long-off for a single

End of over 13 (3 runs) Australia 63/1 (RR: 4.84)
MS Wade    23* (41b 2x4)      Javed Ahmadi    1-0-3-0
MJ Clarke    16* (19b 2x4)      Karim Sadiq    1-0-1-0

Naib is back, though Sadiq bowled a very good first over. Round the wicket to the left-hander

13.1

Gulbadin Naib to Wade, 1 run, pitched on a length, that's been driven towards long-off for a single

Vishnu: "Disagree with Sawifan. Wade is technically very strong mainly on slow pitches as we have seen in WI. With important SL and India tours coming it is important for Aus to nurture their opening batsmen. Wade and Warner should be ideal combination if Cowan doesnt come good."

13.2

Gulbadin Naib to Clarke, 1 run, full toss outside off, steers that towards third man for a single

Tim: "@Sawifan, I'm actually a big fan of Wade opening. He does it all the time for Victoria with great success. He'll find his feet at international level. Remember it took Warner a fair while and he's still not totally established."

13.3

Gulbadin Naib to Wade, 1 run, short of a length outside off, punched through point for a single

13.4

Gulbadin Naib to Clarke, 1 run, shortish outside off, cut towards third man for a single again

13.5

Gulbadin Naib to Wade, 1 run, angling in towards middle, gets across to drive it wide of mid-on for a single

13.6

Gulbadin Naib to Clarke, 1 run, angling in towards middle and leg, clipped away through to deep square leg for a single

End of over 14 (6 runs) Australia 69/1 (RR: 4.92)
MJ Clarke    19* (22b 2x4)      Gulbadin Naib    2-0-18-0
MS Wade    26* (44b 2x4)      Javed Ahmadi    1-0-3-0

Hamid Hasan is part of Afghanistan's squad for the World T20. He underwent a knee surgery recently and is recovering. Sadiq returns

14.1

Karim Sadiq to Clarke, no run, reaches forward and plays that back to the bowler

14.2

Karim Sadiq to Clarke, no run, comes down the track and defends it to the bowler

14.3

Karim Sadiq to Clarke, 1 run, drives that one towards long-off for a single

14.4

Karim Sadiq to Wade, no run, gets on the back foot and tries to tap it into the leg side

14.5

Karim Sadiq to Wade, 1 run, chopped past point for a single

14.6

Karim Sadiq to Clarke, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and he punches it to extra cover

End of over 15 (2 runs) Australia 71/1 (RR: 4.73)
MJ Clarke    20* (26b 2x4)      Karim Sadiq    2-0-3-0
MS Wade    27* (46b 2x4)      Gulbadin Naib    2-0-18-0

Afghanistan have taken the bowling Powerplay.

Fitzy: "@Tim, Why not Phil Hughes? I know this may cause some drama but give him a crack in the one day format. He's been destroying it in England in the 40-over games. One or two hundreds and three 60's. He also averages above 50 in Twenty20's. I mean, why not? He wouldn't be making these runs if he couldn't handle the swinging ball in England."

Samiullah Shinwari comes on, more spin

15.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, 1 bye, yorker length outside off, failed to dig that one out, went through to the keeper, got a bit of an edge onto the keeper's pad

That was the first extra of the innings, given a bye

15.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, floating it on the off stump, rocks forward and plays it back to the bowler

He bowls leg-spin

15.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, 1 run, flighted on the off, lands full and it's driven through to long-off for a single

15.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, no run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and chops it to point

15.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, no run, flat on middle, gets on the back foot and defends it into the off side

15.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, 1 run, struck hard, on middle and off and it's swept towards deep square leg for a single

End of over 16 (3 runs) Australia 74/1 (RR: 4.62)
MS Wade    28* (50b 2x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    1-0-2-0
MJ Clarke    21* (28b 2x4)      Karim Sadiq    2-0-3-0

16.1

Karim Sadiq to Wade, 1 run, shortish on middle, tickled towards square leg for a single

16.2

Karim Sadiq to Clarke, no run

16.3

Karim Sadiq to Clarke, 1 run, fires it flat on middle, gets on the back foot and taps it wide of midwicket

16.4

Karim Sadiq to Wade, no run, floating it on the off, gets forward and pushes it to extra cover

16.5

Karim Sadiq to Wade, no run, shortish outside off, cut away towards point off the back foot

16.6

Karim Sadiq to Wade, no run, kept low, short outside off, tried to slam it through cover, missed, quicker delivery from Sadiq

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 76/1 (RR: 4.47)
MS Wade    29* (54b 2x4)      Karim Sadiq    3-0-5-0
MJ Clarke    22* (30b 2x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    1-0-2-0

Dan: "We also have to remember that Australia is in a very critical rebuilding mode. Giving blokes a chance to prove themselves, to nurture them, is importantfor the future. The 'old guard' is not likely our future."

17.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, Huge appeal for lbw from Shenwari, he was miles down the track and it was missing off

17.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, floating it on middle, drives it down the pitch to the bowler

17.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, chops that one down to point

17.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, flatter, comes down the track and pushes it in front of the bowler

17.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, gave that a bit of a rip, gets a stride out and defends it into the leg side

17.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, shortish outside off, turns away just a hint and he lets it go

Tim: "@Fitzy, personally I'd like to see Hughes back in form in Australia first. England stretch their talent pretty thin in domestic cricket. I don't think he deserves to take Warner's spot at this stage and he can't displace Wade cos he can't keep."

Time for a drink. Australia are building a platform here. It's a slow track and the conditions are new for them. They're adapting well.

End of over 18 (maiden) Australia 76/1 (RR: 4.22)
MJ Clarke    22* (36b 2x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    2-1-2-0
MS Wade    29* (54b 2x4)      Karim Sadiq    3-0-5-0

The Afghan team had a short prayer break during the drinks break

18.1

Karim Sadiq to Wade, no run, shortish on middle, gets on the back foot and punched it towards long-on for a single

18.2

Karim Sadiq to Wade, 1 run, shortish outside off, crunched past point for a single

18.3

Karim Sadiq to Clarke, 1 run, drives that one down the ground for a single

18.4

Karim Sadiq to Wade, 1 run, pushed away into the off side

18.5

Karim Sadiq to Clarke, 1 run

18.6

Karim Sadiq to Wade, 1 run, drives that one down the ground towards long-off for a single

End of over 19 (5 runs) Australia 81/1 (RR: 4.26)
MS Wade    32* (58b 2x4)      Karim Sadiq    4-0-10-0
MJ Clarke    24* (38b 2x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    2-1-2-0

19.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, no run, dropped, short on the off, drags it hard towards midwicket, a powerful pull and it's been put down at midwicket by Nowroz Mangal, timed his jump well but spilt it

19.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, no run, knocks that one into the leg side off the back foot

19.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, 1 run, punched off the back foot past the bowler for a single

19.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, 1 run, flighted on the off, drives it down towards long-off for a single

19.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, 1 run, shortish on middle, pulled away to deep square leg for a single

19.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, 1 run, floated it on leg stump, gets forward and pushes it into the leg side

End of over 20 (4 runs) Australia 85/1 (RR: 4.25)
MJ Clarke    26* (40b 2x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    3-1-6-0
MS Wade    34* (62b 2x4)      Karim Sadiq    4-0-10-0

20.1

Karim Sadiq to Clarke, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, pushes it through square leg for a single into the deep

20.2

Karim Sadiq to Wade, no run, round the wicket, angling in towards middle, comes down the track and knocks it into the off side

20.3

Karim Sadiq to Wade, 1 run, gets forward, closes the face and tickles it behind square for a single

20.4

Karim Sadiq to Clarke, no run, flighted on middle, comes down the track and drives it to midwicket

20.5

Karim Sadiq to Clarke, no run, short of a good length, punched off the back foot towards extra cover

20.6

Karim Sadiq to Clarke, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, turns it away through square leg for a single

End of over 21 (3 runs) Australia 88/1 (RR: 4.19)
MJ Clarke    28* (44b 2x4)      Karim Sadiq    5-0-13-0
MS Wade    35* (64b 2x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    3-1-6-0

21.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, shortish on middle, goes for the pull, tries to smash it through square leg, struck high on the thigh

21.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, reaches forward to that good length ball and defends in front of the bowler

21.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, flighted on the off, comes down the track and drives it back to the bowler, well fielded by the bowler off his own bowling

21.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, FOUR, full toss, juicy, on the off, drags it over square leg, struck hard for a one-bounce four

21.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, chops that one down to point

21.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, 3 runs, short and down the leg side, helps that on its way wide of the diving short fine for three runs

End of over 22 (7 runs) Australia 95/1 (RR: 4.31)
MJ Clarke    35* (50b 3x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    4-1-13-0
MS Wade    35* (64b 2x4)      Karim Sadiq    5-0-13-0

Dan: "Also, as an old timer, one of if the primary role of an opener, and I know ODI is a little different, is time at the crease. The primary goal is to take the shine off the ball, runs are of course very nice, but to be honest, secondary. I know this will evoke some response! :-o)"

Mohammad Nabi to bowl now, no dearth of spinners in the Afghan side

22.1

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, no run, offspinner, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and pushes to point

22.2

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, no run, good length on the off, stretches forward and defends to cover

22.3

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, no run, flat outside off, comes down the track and drops it into the leg side

22.4

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, no run, flattish on the off, gets forward and knocks it down into the off side

22.5

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, 1 run, flighted on middle, turns it away wide of midwicket for a single

22.6

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, no run, pushed it full on middle, gets forward and taps it towards cover

End of over 23 (1 run) Australia 96/1 (RR: 4.17)
MS Wade    35* (65b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    1-0-1-0
MJ Clarke    36* (55b 3x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    4-1-13-0

23.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and works it past midwicket

23.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, no run, flighted on middle, drives it back towards the bowler, he dives and palms it to midwicket

23.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, 2 runs, cracked it through extra cover into the deep for a couple of runs

23.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, 1 wide, down the leg side, first wide of the innings, raises the 100 for Australia

23.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, 1 run, full toss on the off, drills that down towards long-off for a single

23.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, 1 run, flattish on the off, comes down the track and drives it to long-on for a single

23.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, 1 run, short outside off, cut uppishly into the deep towards point for a single

End of over 24 (7 runs) Australia 103/1 (RR: 4.29)
MS Wade    39* (69b 2x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    5-1-20-0
MJ Clarke    38* (57b 3x4)      Mohammad Nabi    1-0-1-0

24.1

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, no run, flighted on leg and middle, gets forward and pushes it towards cover

24.2

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, no run, comes down the track and drives it straight to extra cover again

24.3

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, 2 runs, slides that down the leg side, sweeps it fine for a couple of runs

24.4

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, no run, tossed up on the off, comes down the track and drives it towards extra cover

24.5

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, no run, shapes up for a sweep, comes round the wicket does the bowler, it turns away after pitching and he fails to make contact

24.6

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, 1 run, tossed up outside off, drives it down to long-off for a single

End of over 25 (3 runs) Australia 106/1 (RR: 4.24)
MS Wade    42* (75b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    2-0-4-0
MJ Clarke    38* (57b 3x4)      Samiullah Shenwari    5-1-20-0

25.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, no run, full toss on middle, drives that towards midwicket from the crease

25.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, 1 run, full toss on middle, driven down to long-on for a single

25.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, SIX, into the stands, full toss and Clarke doesn't spare it, comes down the track and swings it over the deep square leg boundary

25.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, well fielded at midwicket, long hop, moved back and smashed it hard but Nabi fielded it well inside the circle

25.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, floating it outside off, turns away and he leaves that one alone to the keeper

25.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, 1 run, full toss, comes down the track and drives it to long-off for a single

End of over 26 (8 runs) Australia 114/1 (RR: 4.38)
MJ Clarke    45* (61b 3x4 1x6)      Samiullah Shenwari    6-1-28-0
MS Wade    43* (77b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    2-0-4-0

26.1

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, 1 run, flat on the off, comes down the track and pushes it through midwicket for a single

26.2

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, no run, shortish on middle and off, pushes it towards point from the crease

26.3

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, no run, comes down the track as he slowed it down a little, pushes it to cover

26.4

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, 1 run, fires it full on the off, drives it to long-off for a single

26.5

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, 1 run, gets to the pitch after coming down the track and drives it to long-on for a single

26.6

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, 1 run, swept hard towards deep midwicket for a single

End of over 27 (4 runs) Australia 118/1 (RR: 4.37)
MS Wade    45* (81b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    3-0-8-0
MJ Clarke    47* (63b 3x4 1x6)      Samiullah Shenwari    6-1-28-0

27.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, 1 run, flighted, turns out to be a low full toss, drilled down the ground to long-off

27.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up on the off, comes down the track and drives it to long-off

27.3

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, no run, gets front and across and taps it into the leg side in front of square leg

27.4

Samiullah Shenwari to Wade, 1 run, short outside off, waits for it to turn in and slaps it hard to long-on for a single

27.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, floating it on middle, gets front and across and defends it back to the bowler

27.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, no run, flighted on the off, comes down the track and pushes it back to Shenwari

End of over 28 (3 runs) Australia 121/1 (RR: 4.32)
MJ Clarke    48* (66b 3x4 1x6)      Samiullah Shenwari    7-1-31-0
MS Wade    47* (84b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    3-0-8-0

28.1

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, 1 run, bowled it with some air on middle, swept towards deep square leg for a single

28.2

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, 1 no ball, oversteps, short outside off, chopped towards point, freehit time

28.2

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, 1 run, full outside off, driven towards deep cover for a single

28.3

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, turned away behind square for a single

28.4

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, no run, comes down the pitch but Shenwari holds it back, plays it back to the bowler

28.5

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, 1 run, gets across and turns it wide of midwicket for a single to raise his half-century, brings up his 53rd ODI fifty

28.6

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, 1 run, Wade's turn to reach a ha;f-century, pushes that down to long-off for a single, fifty No.4 for Wade

More importantly, it's his first half-century in the last 12 ODI innings

End of over 29 (6 runs) Australia 127/1 (RR: 4.37)
MS Wade    50* (87b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    4-0-14-0
MJ Clarke    50* (70b 3x4 1x6)      Samiullah Shenwari    7-1-31-0

Javed Ahmadi is back

29.1

Javed Ahmadi to Wade, no run, shortish on middle, punched back down the pitch to the bowler

29.2

Javed Ahmadi to Wade, 1 run, shortish outside off, crunched towards deep point for a single

29.3

Javed Ahmadi to Clarke, no run, flattish outside off, comes down the track and pushes it to midwicket

29.4

Javed Ahmadi to Clarke, 1 run, floating it outside off, driven down towards long-off for a single

29.5

Javed Ahmadi to Wade, 1 run, flatter on middle, drives that past the bowler to long-off for a single

29.6

Javed Ahmadi to Clarke, no run, shortish on the off, turns in and he stabs it in front of cover

End of over 30 (3 runs) Australia 130/1 (RR: 4.33)
MJ Clarke    51* (73b 3x4 1x6)      Javed Ahmadi    2-0-6-0
MS Wade    52* (90b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    4-0-14-0

A healthy crowd now, plenty of Afghans have gathered to support their team. There's some music in the stands as well

30.1

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, 2 runs, short outside leg stump, swept wide of deep square leg for a couple of runs

Dan: "Great way to get your eye in! Valuable innings by both of them - now it's time to knock the leather off."

30.2

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

30.3

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, no run, comes down the track, he slows it down, pushed back gently to the bowler

30.4

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, 1 run, shortish outside off, slaps that towards extra cover, there's a misfield there and they run a single

Wade is tiring and he's making sure he gets a bit of a rest each time he reaches the non-striker's end

30.5

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, 1 run, shortish outside off, cracks it past point into the deep for a single

30.6

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, 1 run, fired flat outside off, cracked through to long-off for a single

End of over 31 (5 runs) Australia 135/1 (RR: 4.35)
MS Wade    56* (95b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    5-0-19-0
MJ Clarke    52* (74b 3x4 1x6)      Javed Ahmadi    2-0-6-0

31.1

Javed Ahmadi to Wade, no run, looping it towards the off stump, pushes it towards extra cover

31.2

Javed Ahmadi to Wade, 2 runs, shortish outside off, "yeah two, mate" says Wade right after he plays that shot, cuts it past point for a couple

31.3

Javed Ahmadi to Wade, 1 run, slog-sweep, powerfully struck but deep midwicket gets around and cuts it off, just the single but it raises the 100-run stand

31.4

Javed Ahmadi to Clarke, 1 run, floating it on the off, plays it down towards long-on for a single

31.5

Javed Ahmadi to Wade, 1 run, comes down the track, gets to the pitch and drives it to long-off for a single

31.6

Javed Ahmadi to Clarke, 1 run, shortish on the off, turns in, gets on the back foot and turned past square leg for a single

End of over 32 (6 runs) Australia 141/1 (RR: 4.40)
MJ Clarke    54* (76b 3x4 1x6)      Javed Ahmadi    3-0-12-0
MS Wade    60* (99b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    5-0-19-0

Ice-packs doing the rounds, a mini-shower of sorts for Wade. The batting Powerplay has been taken now

32.1

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, 1 run, flat on middle, comes down the track and turns it through square leg for a single

32.2

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, no run, shortish on the off, pushed from the crease towards extra cover

32.3

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, 1 run, quicker ball bowled full on middle, pushes it down to long-off for a single

32.4

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, SIX, Clarke collects his second six, came down the pitch, took it off a length and smashed it over the deep extra cover boundary, inside out

32.5

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, 1 run, shortish on the off, turning in, tickles it through square leg for a single

32.6

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, no run, a touch too close to cut there, slowed it up, turned away, he chopped it to point

End of over 33 (9 runs) Australia 150/1 (RR: 4.54)
MS Wade    61* (102b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    6-0-28-0
MJ Clarke    62* (79b 3x4 2x6)      Javed Ahmadi    3-0-12-0

Dollat Zadran is back into the attack, some of you have mailed in saying he has a Waqar Younis-like action and I would agree

33.1

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, 1 run, goodish length on middle, turned past midwicket for a single

33.2

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, 4 runs, the field is in and he finds the gap, short of a length and it's bee cut past point for three runs, he gets one more as the keeper aims at the non-striker's end and misses to concede overthrows

33.3

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, 2 runs, misfield at extra cover, pitched up and that's crunched, mid-off has to give chase, two more

Wade is panting, and remember he has to keep after this as well

33.4

Dawlat Zadran to Wade, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, happy to get off strike, steered that towards third man for a single, this is highest score in ODIs

33.5

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, no run, some reverse there for Zadran, pitched up on middle and he's smashed it down the ground, Zadran kicks it away and he's in a bit of pain

33.6

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, 1 run, shortish outside off, cut towards third man for a single

End of over 34 (9 runs) Australia 159/1 (RR: 4.67)
MJ Clarke    64* (82b 3x4 2x6)      Dawlat Zadran    6-0-32-0
MS Wade    68* (105b 2x4)      Mohammad Nabi    6-0-28-0

Zadran has gone off the field, Nabi to bowl now

34.1

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, no run, comes down the track and turns it towards short fine

34.2

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, 1 run, shortish on middle, turns that one wide of short fine for a single

Tim: "Lucky they breed them tough in Tassie, cos this is not conditions Wade will be used to at all."

34.3

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, SIX, slog-sweep and that's cleared the ropes, fetched it from middle and off, got it in the middle and dispatched it over deep midwicket

34.4

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, 1 run, followed that up with a quicker delivery, dug out towards square leg for a single

34.5

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps out of the crease and plays it down to long-on for a single

34.6

Mohammad Nabi to Wade, OUT, Wade goes, a soft dismissal in the end, bowled it quicker and it was struck well but straight back to the bowler, Nabi reacted well to bend low and take it clean

MS Wade c & b Mohammad Nabi 75 (121m 108b 2x4 1x6) SR: 69.44

A hard-working knock from Wade. Got back into form, albeit in tough conditions and he can now have a bit of a break before returning to stand behind the stumps.

End of over 35 (9 runs) Australia 168/2 (RR: 4.80)
     Mohammad Nabi    7-0-37-1
MJ Clarke    66* (85b 3x4 2x6)      Dawlat Zadran    6-0-32-0

35.1

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, 1 run

Maxwell's the new man. On debut.

35.2

Dawlat Zadran to Maxwell, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, gets off the mark immediately, guiding that to third man

35.3

Dawlat Zadran to Clarke, 1 run, slower one on middle, turned through square leg for a single

35.4

Dawlat Zadran to Maxwell, no run, drops that one short outside off, seemed a touch too high, was not called a wide though, he let that one go

35.5

Dawlat Zadran to Maxwell, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets forward and plays it back to the bowler

35.6

Dawlat Zadran to Maxwell, 1 run, slower one bowled short, jabs it through square leg for a single

End of over 36 (4 runs) Australia 172/2 (RR: 4.77)
GJ Maxwell    2* (4b)      Dawlat Zadran    7-0-36-0
MJ Clarke    68* (87b 3x4 2x6)      Mohammad Nabi    7-0-37-1

36.1

Mohammad Nabi to Maxwell, no run, kept low as he went for the cut, got an inside edge onto his pads

36.2

Mohammad Nabi to Maxwell, OUT, Maxwell has holed out, struck it very well but didn't get the elevation he wanted, struck it flat, tempted by the flight and played it straight down long-on's throat

GJ Maxwell c Najibullah Zadran b Mohammad Nabi 2 (4m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Two quick wickets for Afghanistan, that too in the batting Powerplay. Will this force Australia to slow down?

Michael Hussey is the new man

36.3

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, no run, Clarke gets out of the crease and works that to midwicket

36.4

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, 1 run, gets on the back foot and tickles it wide of square leg for a single

36.5

Mohammad Nabi to MEK Hussey, 1 run, on leg stump, that's played down in front of square leg for a single

36.6

Mohammad Nabi to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up on middle, drives it down to long-on for a single

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 175/3 (RR: 4.72)
MJ Clarke    70* (90b 3x4 2x6)      Mohammad Nabi    8-0-40-2
MEK Hussey    1* (1b)      Dawlat Zadran    7-0-36-0

Shenwari is back. Afghanistan had the better of the powerplay

37.1

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, 2 runs, tossed up, full toss again, punched through midwicket for a couple of runs

37.2

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, 1 run, comes down the pitch and pushes that down to long-on for a single

37.3

Samiullah Shenwari to MEK Hussey, no run, tossed up on the off, rocks forward and defends it to point

37.4

Samiullah Shenwari to MEK Hussey, 1 run, shortish on middle and leg, turns it past square leg for a single

37.5

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, 2 runs, tossed up on middle, comes down the track and drives that wide of long-on for a couple of runs

37.6

Samiullah Shenwari to Clarke, OUT, stumped, Clarke just kept walking, was done in by the spin, it turned away as he charged down the pitch to launch him over midwicket, missed, the keeper collected, he was in no hurry to take down the stumps as Clarke had given up and began walking, four down now

MJ Clarke st †Mohammad Shahzad b Samiullah Shenwari 75 (120m 94b 3x4 2x6) SR: 79.78

Good comeback for Afghanistan led by their spinners. The Hussey brothers need to contain some of the damage now, three quick wickets.

End of over 38 (6 runs) Australia 181/4 (RR: 4.76)
     Samiullah Shenwari    8-1-37-1
MEK Hussey    2* (3b)      Mohammad Nabi    8-0-40-2

38.1

Javed Ahmadi to MEK Hussey, 1 run, angling in towards middle, defended in front of point for a quick single

38.2

Javed Ahmadi to DJ Hussey, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets on the back foot and whips it through midwicket

38.3

Javed Ahmadi to MEK Hussey, 1 run, gets on the back foot and turns it through square leg

38.4

Javed Ahmadi to DJ Hussey, no run, turns in from outside off, defended towards extra cover

38.5

Javed Ahmadi to DJ Hussey, no run, tossed up on middle, drives it to midwicket, no single conceded there

38.6

Javed Ahmadi to DJ Hussey, 1 run, short on middle, pulled away towards deep square leg for a single

End of over 39 (4 runs) Australia 185/4 (RR: 4.74)
DJ Hussey    2* (4b)      Javed Ahmadi    4-0-16-0
MEK Hussey    4* (5b)      Samiullah Shenwari    8-1-37-1

39.1

Samiullah Shenwari to DJ Hussey, no run, shortish on the off, turns away, gets on the back foot and pushes it to cover

39.2

Samiullah Shenwari to DJ Hussey, 1 run, short outside off, cracks it through to deep cover for a single

39.3

Samiullah Shenwari to MEK Hussey, no run, appeal for lbw, turns in from middle and would have probably missed leg, Hussey may have got an inside edge

39.4

Samiullah Shenwari to MEK Hussey, 1 run, pulled that one towards deep square leg for a single

39.5

Samiullah Shenwari to DJ Hussey, no run, well fielded, tossed up and it was struck back hard at the bowler, he collected it cleanly

39.6

Samiullah Shenwari to DJ Hussey, no run, waits for it to turn away, cuts it wide of point, no single on offer there

End of over 40 (2 runs) Australia 187/4 (RR: 4.67)
DJ Hussey    3* (8b)      Samiullah Shenwari    9-1-39-1
MEK Hussey    5* (7b)      Javed Ahmadi    4-0-16-0

40.1

Mohammad Nabi to MEK Hussey, 1 run, on the pads, turned through midwicket for a single, misfield by the captain there

40.2

Mohammad Nabi to DJ Hussey, 1 run, flat on the off, pushes that down to long-on for a single

40.3

Mohammad Nabi to MEK Hussey, no run, Michael Hussey reverse-paddles that to point, sends his brother back as he calls for a single

40.4

Mohammad Nabi to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full on middle, drives it in front of midwicket, Mangal can't prevent the single

40.5

Mohammad Nabi to DJ Hussey, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched to long-off for one more

40.6

Mohammad Nabi to MEK Hussey, no run, leading edge as it turns towards off and he tries to close the face, lands in front of point

End of over 41 (4 runs) Australia 191/4 (RR: 4.65)
MEK Hussey    7* (11b)      Mohammad Nabi    9-0-44-2
DJ Hussey    5* (10b)      Samiullah Shenwari    9-1-39-1

41.1

Samiullah Shenwari to DJ Hussey, no run, ooh, that didn't miss the off stump by much, slower through the air and David Hussey was into the pull too early, missed

41.2

Samiullah Shenwari to DJ Hussey, 1 run, tossed up on middle, drives it to long-on for a single

41.3

Samiullah Shenwari to MEK Hussey, FOUR, short and it's pulled hard, found that gap between deep square leg and deep midwicket

41.4

Samiullah Shenwari to MEK Hussey, 1 run, drops that down in front of point for an easy single

41.5

Samiullah Shenwari to DJ Hussey, 2 runs, short outside off and slow, cut hard through point into the deep for a couple of runs

41.6

Samiullah Shenwari to DJ Hussey, 1 run, chipped that one towards long-off on the bounce for a single

End of over 42 (9 runs) Australia 200/4 (RR: 4.76)
DJ Hussey    9* (14b)      Samiullah Shenwari    10-1-48-1
MEK Hussey    12* (13b 1x4)      Mohammad Nabi    9-0-44-2

42.1

Mohammad Nabi to DJ Hussey, 1 run, flat on middle, turned wide of midwicket for a quick single

42.2

Mohammad Nabi to MEK Hussey, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, turns it wide of square leg for a single

42.3

Mohammad Nabi to DJ Hussey, 1 run, fires it full outside off, drilled towards deep cover for a single

42.4

Mohammad Nabi to MEK Hussey, 1 run, gets forward and knocks it to the left of the bowler for a quick single

42.5

Mohammad Nabi to DJ Hussey, 1 run, shortish on the off, punched wide of point for a single

42.6

Mohammad Nabi to MEK Hussey, 1 run, full toss on middle, driven towards deep midwicket for a single

End of over 43 (6 runs) Australia 206/4 (RR: 4.79)
MEK Hussey    15* (16b 1x4)      Mohammad Nabi    10-0-50-2
DJ Hussey    12* (17b)      Samiullah Shenwari    10-1-48-1

Dollat Zadran is back

43.1

Dawlat Zadran to MEK Hussey, no run, appeal for caught-behind, there was a sound, pitched on a length outside off, Mike Hussey chases it, did the bat hit the ground? Or was it an edge? Hard to make out from that first replay, bat may have hit the ground there

43.2

Dawlat Zadran to MEK Hussey, 1 run, pinches a single into the off side

43.3

Dawlat Zadran to DJ Hussey, no run, goodish length, drives that one straight to extra cover

43.4

Dawlat Zadran to DJ Hussey, 1 run, pitched on a length on the off, drives it towards mid-off for a quick single

43.5

Dawlat Zadran to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, slower one bowled short outside off, late-cuts it delicately towards third man for a couple of runs

43.6

Dawlat Zadran to MEK Hussey, OUT, run-out, yorker length on the off, dug out towards extra cover, excellent fielding there, collects it on the bounce and throws down the stumps at the non-striker's end, David Hussey was sent back, dived and failed to make it back

DJ Hussey run out 13 (22m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

Naib was the fielder, he aimed accurately

End of over 44 (4 runs) Australia 210/5 (RR: 4.77)
MEK Hussey    18* (20b 1x4)      Dawlat Zadran    8-0-40-0
     Mohammad Nabi    10-0-50-2

Shapoor Zadran is back. George Bailey, the T20 captain, is the new man

44.1

Shapoor Zadran to Bailey, 1 run, Misfield by Ahmadi at mid-off, concedes a run as he runs in to stop that

Nabi has suffered a cramp it seems and is off the field

44.2

Shapoor Zadran to MEK Hussey, 1 run, lands full outside off, is steered down to third man for a single

44.3

Shapoor Zadran to Bailey, no run, yorker length on the off stump, plays that one back to the bowler

44.4

Shapoor Zadran to Bailey, 2 runs, full toss on middle, struck straight to midwicket, no run on offer there

44.5

Shapoor Zadran to Bailey, 1 run, pitched on a length, pushed towards long-off for a single

44.6

Shapoor Zadran to MEK Hussey, 1 run, low full toss on middle, drives that one straight to long-on for a single

End of over 45 (6 runs) Australia 216/5 (RR: 4.80)
MEK Hussey    20* (22b 1x4)      Shapoor Zadran    6-0-30-1
GJ Bailey    4* (4b)      Dawlat Zadran    8-0-40-0

45.1

Dawlat Zadran to MEK Hussey, no run, fires that a little wide of the off stump, Hussey reaches for that one but misses

45.2

Dawlat Zadran to MEK Hussey, FOUR, short on the off and he dispatches it this time, rocks back and pulls it over midwicket for a boundary

45.3

Dawlat Zadran to MEK Hussey, 1 run, low full toss on middle, digs it into the ground and gets it over the bowler on the bounce for a single

45.4

Dawlat Zadran to Bailey, 2 runs, straying on the pads, full toss, clipped past short fine for a couple more runs, Shapoor gives chase

45.5

Dawlat Zadran to Bailey, 1 run, slower one on middle, whipped past square leg for a single

45.6

Dawlat Zadran to MEK Hussey, 1 leg bye, full outside leg stump, almost yorker length, tries to clip it square, gets a leg-bye instead

End of over 46 (9 runs) Australia 225/5 (RR: 4.89)
MEK Hussey    25* (26b 2x4)      Dawlat Zadran    9-0-48-0
GJ Bailey    7* (6b)      Shapoor Zadran    6-0-30-1

32.3 degrees C right now in Sharjah

46.1

Shapoor Zadran to MEK Hussey, SIX, poor ball from Zadran, was trying the yorker, ends up being the full toss, Hussey scoops that so well that it goes all the way, over short fine and the fine-leg boundary

46.2

Shapoor Zadran to MEK Hussey, SIX, length ball and that's gone for six as well, in the slot for Hussey on the off stump and it's launched high and handsome over the deep midwicket fence

46.3

Shapoor Zadran to MEK Hussey, 2 runs, full on middle, clipped through square leg into the deep for a couple of runs

46.4

Shapoor Zadran to MEK Hussey, no run, full toss on leg stump, tried to whack it through short fine, it was there to hit but missed out, got an inside edge onto the pads

46.5

Shapoor Zadran to MEK Hussey, 1 run, yorker length on the off, digs it out in front of extra cover for a single, a quick run as Mangal takes aim at the non-striker's end

46.6

Shapoor Zadran to Bailey, 1 run, full toss outside off, pushed towards long-off for a single

End of over 47 (16 runs) Australia 241/5 (RR: 5.12)
GJ Bailey    8* (7b)      Shapoor Zadran    7-0-46-1
MEK Hussey    40* (31b 2x4 2x6)      Dawlat Zadran    9-0-48-0

Zadran to finish off now

47.1

Dawlat Zadran to Bailey, 1 leg bye, nippy, bowled quick on leg stump, tried to force it through square leg, they get a single

47.2

Dawlat Zadran to MEK Hussey, 1 run, nicely fielded at point, was pitched up outside off, made room and steered it towards that fielder, just a single in the end

47.3

Dawlat Zadran to Bailey, 1 leg bye, slower one bowled on leg, tried to hoick it over short fine, got just the single, another leg bye

47.4

Dawlat Zadran to MEK Hussey, 1 leg bye, down the leg side again and Hussey misses out, fails to help it past short fine, one more leg bye

47.5

Dawlat Zadran to Bailey, FOUR, slower one bowled short, pulls it well, connects it off the middle, pulled away into that gap between deep square leg and deep midwicket

47.6

Dawlat Zadran to Bailey, no run, aims for a yorker, driven straight to midwicket, a dot ball, ends his spell

End of over 48 (8 runs) Australia 249/5 (RR: 5.18)
GJ Bailey    12* (11b 1x4)      Dawlat Zadran    10-0-53-0
MEK Hussey    41* (33b 2x4 2x6)      Shapoor Zadran    7-0-46-1

48.1

Shapoor Zadran to MEK Hussey, 1 run, makes a bit of room, he chases him outside leg stump, driven past midwicket for a single to raise the 250

48.2

Shapoor Zadran to Bailey, FOUR, length ball, gives way and clips that delivery over the short fine leg fielder for a boundary

48.3

Shapoor Zadran to Bailey, SIX, that's disappeared, Bailey has picked that up from a length again, made a bit of room, in landed in the zone on middle and he launched it over the long-on boundary, into the stands, 50-partnership up, off just 27 balls

48.4

Shapoor Zadran to Bailey, 1 run, better from Shapoor, almost gets the yorker right, drives it past midwicket for a single

48.5

Shapoor Zadran to MEK Hussey, (no ball) 1 run, called a no-ball for height, Hussey came down the track though but it would still comfortably have been above the waist is what the umpires reckon, mistimes a pull towards long-on

48.5

Shapoor Zadran to Bailey, no run, pitched up outside off, that's driven straight to extra cover

48.6

Shapoor Zadran to Bailey, OUT, gets the yorker right but after being hit around, in the blockhole on middle, Bailey fails to dig it out and the stumps take a beating

GJ Bailey b Shapoor Zadran 23 (25m 16b 2x4 1x6) SR: 143.75

An expensive spell from Shapoor but it's yielded two wickets. Bailey's played a nice, little cameo. Mitchell Johnson is the new man

End of over 49 (14 runs) Australia 263/6 (RR: 5.36)
     Shapoor Zadran    8-0-60-2
MEK Hussey    43* (35b 2x4 2x6)      Dawlat Zadran    10-0-53-0

Sadiq to bowl the final over

49.1

Karim Sadiq to MEK Hussey, SIX, full toss on the off and Hussey deals with it, thrashes it over long-on for another six, cleanly struck

49.2

Karim Sadiq to MEK Hussey, OUT, bowled'im, misses his half-century, shortish on the off, moves away to chop that through point, gets an inside edge onto the stumps

MEK Hussey b Karim Sadiq 49 (58m 37b 2x4 3x6) SR: 132.43

Pattinson to bat now

49.3

Karim Sadiq to Pattinson, 1 run, shortish and it kept low, was lucky to get some bat on that as he tried to pull, just the single

49.4

Karim Sadiq to Johnson, 1 run, flighted outside off, cracked straight to extra cover for a single

49.5

Karim Sadiq to Pattinson, OUT, Another wicket for Sadiq, slogs at that one, it's a straight ball from round the wicket, misses it completely and is bowled

JL Pattinson b Karim Sadiq 1 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

49.6

Karim Sadiq to Starc, 1 run, fullish outside off, dug out past cover, collects a single

Afghanistan seem fairly satisfied with that effort. A good performance from Sadiq, who was economical. But Australia have a very good score on a slow pitch. Afghanistan fought back to pick up those three wickets in the batting Powerplay, but that stand between Michael Hussey and George Bailey boosted them to a formidable score. Join us in 45 minutes for the chase. That's 10.15pm local time

End of over 50 (9 runs) Australia 272/8
MA Starc    1* (1b)      Karim Sadiq    6-0-22-2
MG Johnson    1* (1b)      Shapoor Zadran    8-0-60-2
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Afghanistan v Australia at Sharjah - Aug 25, 2012
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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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