Pakistan A v Afghanistan, 1st unofficial ODI, Islamabad May 25, 2011

All-round Pakistan A register five-wicket win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan A 154 for 5 (Sharjeel 47, Dawlat 3-45) beat Afghanistan 152 (Nabi 72, Talha 3-29) by five wickets

An all-round performance by Pakistan A resulted in a five-wicket win over Afghanistan in Islamabad, in the first game of the three-match limited-overs series.

Choosing to bat, Afghanistan lost wickets in a hurry early on, being reduced to 13 for 3 by the left-arm pace bowling of Sohail Tanvir and Sadaf Hussain. They didn't really recover from the poor start, losing wickets at regular intervals thereafter. The only resistance came from No. 7 batsman Mohammad Nabi. He attacked the Pakistan A bowlers, stroking 72 off 75 balls with seven fours and three sixes to push his side past the 150 mark, something that looked unlikely at 94 for 8. First-change bowler Mohammad Talha finished with the best figures - 3 for 29.

Pakistan A built their chase around a number of cameos from their top order. They stumbled briefly, going from 99 for 2 to 123 for 5, due to a double-strike by debutant Dawlat Zadran and a run-out, but the paltry target was never really beyond their reach. They got home with 61 balls to spare.

Nabi, who had starred with the bat, and later stifled the hosts with his offspin, going for just 34 in his ten overs was named Man of the Match.

The second match is on Friday in Rawalpindi.

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  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2011, 2:04 GMT

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  • Zabihullah on May 26, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    It was a poor batting show by Afghan players, start from Openers till last man all of them were intended to play big big shots which in fact cost them the game. Therefore, there must be changes in the next game XI men, Karim Sadiq should be left out forever and Javeed Ahmadi should open with Noor Ali. Second Hamid Hasseen must get in and replace Mairwais Ashraf. The young guy Dawlat Zadran needs to play more games in order to become experienced bowler. Third Change Shabir Noori is going to replace Gulbudin the new guy. Most importantly they need to develop the stemna of 50 overs game and should play all 50 overs no matter how much they score. Hope we observe some good mental and Psychological changes in the team for next games.

  • MANU on May 26, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Don't blame Afghans.It was their first List A match with a test A team.They missed Hamid Hassan.Also,Afgh have shown mainly in first class cricket in associate cricket.They need to improve in one dayers.Exposure to teams like Pak A will help them.

  • Tim on May 26, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    No doubt Afghanistan were a bit rusty, this was their first ever match against a test playing A team I believe. They'll be better in their remaining matches. Pity Hammid Hasan wasn't playing as he is their only true international class bowler, although it was their batsmen who struggled anyway.

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    Shows that Pak have good bench strength, as ever. But Afghanistan needed at least 200. Their bowling is far better than their batting.

  • Stark on May 25, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    And I still wonder why Sarfraz or Yasin aren't in the team!

    Heck, even give Rizwan a chance but get rid off salman.

  • Amar on May 25, 2011, 13:44 GMT


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