Afghanistan v Pakistan, only T20, Sharjah December 8, 2013

Pakistan prevail in last-over finish

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Pakistan 138 for 4 (Hafeez 42*, Shehzad 35) beat Afghanistan 137 for 8 (Najibullah 38, Junaid 3-24) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A score of 137 wouldn't have appeared a match-winning one at the halfway stage of the match, but Afghanistan's bowlers made Pakistan fight till the final ball. Pakistan preserved wickets through their chase and though they lost only four, they were made to sweat against a side brimming with confidence having recently sealed their berth in the upcoming World T20. Mohammad Hafeez kept Pakistan afloat with an unbeaten 42 to set up a six-wicket win in the first ever T20 between the two countries.

At the start of the penultimate over, bowled by Hamid Hassan, Pakistan were still comfortably placed needing 16 with a set Hafeez on 32. Sohaib Maqsood's run out off the fourth ball gave Afghanistan hope but Hafeez calmed the nerves in the Pakistan camp with a streaky, under-edged boundary past the keeper off the last ball to bring the equation down to six from six.

Shahid Afridi pushed the first ball by the seamer Dawlat Zadran to midwicket for a single but Hafeez left the next, expecting it to be called a wide. Afghanistan had a chance to run out Hafeez off the third when he took a risky single to cover and nearly gave up. Zadran then employed the bouncer against Afridi but it backfired with the umpire penalising him for height. Afridi slogged and missed the next ball and stole a bye. Hafeez pinched a single to point, levelling the scores before the last ball. Zadran banged in another bouncer but it cost Afghanistan dear as it was signaled a no ball.

The finish was an anti-climax from the way Pakistan started. The openers Ahmed Shehzad and Sharjeel Khan had added 49 in 7.4 overs before Shehzad was caught at deep midwicket off Samiullah Shenwari. Shehzad dominated the stand with six fours. Sharjeel, on debut, made a steady 18 before he was caught at point off the off spin of Mohammad Nabi.

Afghanistan tightened things up conceding only 15 off the next three overs and no boundaries. Hafeez broke the drought when he launched Shenwari over long-on in the 14th over, leaving Pakistan 49 to get off the last six. Two more sixes, by Umar Akmal, brought the equation down to 27 off 23, comfortably in Pakistan's favour. However, immediately after launching Dawlat over long-on, Akmal dragged the next ball onto his stumps to give Afghanistan relief. However, Hafeez's presence meant that Pakistan still held the edge, despite Afghanistan's comeback.

The pressure began to mount with 21 required off 14, but a four to deep midwicket by Hafeez released the pressure and the captain took it upon himself to stay till the end and avoid a repeat of their shocking collapse against South Africa in an ODI at the same venue recently.

Earlier, a combined performance by Pakistan's bowlers restricted Afghanistan to a middling total. Afghanistan struggled to get going at the start, the score reading a sorry 8 for 2 after five overs. Asghar Stanikzai broke the shackles with two sixes in one over off Zulfiqar Babar but he fell soon after, bowled by Bilawal Bhatti.

The middle order, led by Najibullah Zadran, made starts but regular strikes kept them in check. Afghanistan had recovered well to score 92 in an eight-over period, ending in the 15th over. However, Pakistan clawed back by dismissing Najibullah for 38 and Afghanistan managed only 37 off the last five overs. In the final analysis, a few more could have made the difference.

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  • bouncer709 on December 11, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @Abdullah Aryan : LOL : I am happy for your team to give you some happiness, and wish they become able to beat Pakistan next time, instead of loosing on last ball, But what is the use of saying 90 years, 50 years experience, it has nothing to do with players playing in the team.. The players in all the teams are playing cricket since their child hood, so they have equal experience in playing cricket. Australia, England , SA they are playing cricket over more than 150 years, so it make no sense if they win against us, and we start saying that their country have more experience than ours..Don't be loser with such thinking.

  • on December 10, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    @solid_snake - cricket was being played in that region (current Pak) during the British Raj. So it's been well over 60 years for cricket there. In fact, the first international match was held in 1935 between Sindh and Australia.

    Of course that doesn't really matter. A win for your team is a win...how or why you got it is not that important. Afg fans are just happy that their got a chance to play a test team (and thankful to PCB), and played competitively. A win would have bee just a bonus.

  • Solid_Snake on December 10, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    @Abdul Aryan:Are you feeling okay? It's been 66 years that Pakistan was created..From where did this 90 years Cricketing Experience come from?

  • on December 10, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Posted by Zaheer Aslam on (December 10, 2013, 6:01 GMT) Wldone Hafeez You are the real hero against weak team

    In response to Above comment, This is to kindly let you know, if we have 90 years cricket experience like Pakistan we will not let any team to get more than 50 runs, but our hero make it and fight up to last ball of the game, you saw the weak team that fight up to end, we are really happy that our hero's did a great job over 90 years experience cricket country, but we greatly thanks PCB to play with our Cricket team.

  • on December 10, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @sals gron: yes because of that injustice, in the history of game, 1st time 1 host will play in qualifying round to get in to main event.

  • on December 10, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Wldone Hafeez You are the real hero against weak team

  • on December 10, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Afghan Bowling is at least better than India, well done afghans

    please publish this time this is not offensive of abusive

    thanks

  • on December 10, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    It was nice to see Pak agreeing to play Afg. Other teams should do the same. Ire and Afg deserve more games against the top teams.

    Good game Overall. Very impressed with Afg's improvements, specially in the fielding department. I also noticed improvements in their batting. 137 may not big total in a T20 match, but you have to admit Pak is one of the best bowling sides in the game. And it specially commendable that they achieved that after a very poor start, which looked like a case of nerves considering this was a big game for them. The last time they played a game (in any format) against a Test teams was ages ago.

    On the result itself, taking nothing away from Pak, the game could have gone either way had luck not turned their way on a couple plays.

  • on December 10, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Pakistan won the game but Afghanistan won all cricket world attention. Afghanistan surprised those teams that they would be facing Afghanistan in 20twenty world cup.They might start thinking we are in the wrong group. i believe that Afghanistan will be more danger team than now because the way they are improving they have some time to world cup to learn more.

  • on December 10, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    hey Afg & Pak fan don't u think that pak played poor cricket.it's shame for pakistan. there r not able to make a good effort against a poor team.I'm concern that really this team should play in super 10 without any qualify round.ohh it's really injustice with other.shame.....shame....ICC

  • bouncer709 on December 11, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @Abdullah Aryan : LOL : I am happy for your team to give you some happiness, and wish they become able to beat Pakistan next time, instead of loosing on last ball, But what is the use of saying 90 years, 50 years experience, it has nothing to do with players playing in the team.. The players in all the teams are playing cricket since their child hood, so they have equal experience in playing cricket. Australia, England , SA they are playing cricket over more than 150 years, so it make no sense if they win against us, and we start saying that their country have more experience than ours..Don't be loser with such thinking.

  • on December 10, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    @solid_snake - cricket was being played in that region (current Pak) during the British Raj. So it's been well over 60 years for cricket there. In fact, the first international match was held in 1935 between Sindh and Australia.

    Of course that doesn't really matter. A win for your team is a win...how or why you got it is not that important. Afg fans are just happy that their got a chance to play a test team (and thankful to PCB), and played competitively. A win would have bee just a bonus.

  • Solid_Snake on December 10, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    @Abdul Aryan:Are you feeling okay? It's been 66 years that Pakistan was created..From where did this 90 years Cricketing Experience come from?

  • on December 10, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Posted by Zaheer Aslam on (December 10, 2013, 6:01 GMT) Wldone Hafeez You are the real hero against weak team

    In response to Above comment, This is to kindly let you know, if we have 90 years cricket experience like Pakistan we will not let any team to get more than 50 runs, but our hero make it and fight up to last ball of the game, you saw the weak team that fight up to end, we are really happy that our hero's did a great job over 90 years experience cricket country, but we greatly thanks PCB to play with our Cricket team.

  • on December 10, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @sals gron: yes because of that injustice, in the history of game, 1st time 1 host will play in qualifying round to get in to main event.

  • on December 10, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Wldone Hafeez You are the real hero against weak team

  • on December 10, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Afghan Bowling is at least better than India, well done afghans

    please publish this time this is not offensive of abusive

    thanks

  • on December 10, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    It was nice to see Pak agreeing to play Afg. Other teams should do the same. Ire and Afg deserve more games against the top teams.

    Good game Overall. Very impressed with Afg's improvements, specially in the fielding department. I also noticed improvements in their batting. 137 may not big total in a T20 match, but you have to admit Pak is one of the best bowling sides in the game. And it specially commendable that they achieved that after a very poor start, which looked like a case of nerves considering this was a big game for them. The last time they played a game (in any format) against a Test teams was ages ago.

    On the result itself, taking nothing away from Pak, the game could have gone either way had luck not turned their way on a couple plays.

  • on December 10, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Pakistan won the game but Afghanistan won all cricket world attention. Afghanistan surprised those teams that they would be facing Afghanistan in 20twenty world cup.They might start thinking we are in the wrong group. i believe that Afghanistan will be more danger team than now because the way they are improving they have some time to world cup to learn more.

  • on December 10, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    hey Afg & Pak fan don't u think that pak played poor cricket.it's shame for pakistan. there r not able to make a good effort against a poor team.I'm concern that really this team should play in super 10 without any qualify round.ohh it's really injustice with other.shame.....shame....ICC

  • Jonah58 on December 9, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    I am trying to work out why so many 'fans' here are knocking Pakistan. They are unique amongst the top 8 test nations in their willingness to support Associate teams by playing against them in Full internationals. Bangladesh and Pakistan have both given Ireland full series knowing that a failure could cause them loss of ranking points. Bangladesh the same. I am sure that All true Afghanistan and Irish fans would be only to happy to acknowledge the support given to help in their development by both theses teams. Even today Pakistan extended an invitation to Ireland ladies to play a triangular series with them and South Africa. If a few other test nations were prepared to be as generous the game truly would develop.

  • Reverse-_-Sweep on December 9, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    I knew that people will start criticizing Pakistan if the match becomes a thriller, which it did. Pakistan had to go according to the target set by afg, not above and not below. They were in control of the run chase throughout the innings, and no wonder why they lost only 4 wickets. If Pakistan had batted first, they would have made close to 200, because they were going to be able to play freely. I am not saying Afg played bad, they were actually very good. People who are criticizing Pakistan should read....

  • Hassan2528 on December 9, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    afghanistan lost bcz of lack of experience nd ability to handle pressure, hopefully they will learn it with time

  • on December 9, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Paksitan is still one of the most unpredicatble sides in world cricket.....Their performances in South Africa recently showed they have got plenty of options in both departments of the game... winning a one-day series against South Africa was a great accomplishment....but against an odd side like Afghanistan and had to fight to the last ball underlined my belief.....in addition to that Pakistan believed in consistency but not a team's effort....welll-played Afghanistan..... and good luck at the T20 WC next year...

  • on December 9, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Hi anyone knows Pak v Sri cricket series which tv channel is coming on in UK?

  • drnaveed on December 9, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    an excellent performance by the Afghanistan team, they will definitely give a tough time to their opponents in their group matches, and might even upset some big team, who knows. . the good thing is that they are quick learners, not afraid to use the power of the bat against any bowler.it will be interesting to see how their batsmen cope up with quality fast bowlers of the world.

  • on December 9, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Well Played brave Afghan Cricket team you fought till the last ball, you won the hearts of million fan, thanks for the hard work and entertainment.

  • on December 9, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Pakistan won the match unceremoniously; Afghans fought it valiantly. The only problem with Afghan bowlers was short pitched deliveries at wrong time, and that cost them match. Last ball could have yielded a wicket and tied the match; it did not happen. I give 10 marks to Pakistan for winning and 90 marks to Afghans for losing in this way. Hats off to both.

  • on December 9, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    The match was interesting to watch. The only problem from Afghanistan batsmen was the first 5 overs in which they only made 8 runs for 2 wickets and I think they were under pressure. The openers were not good that day since they wasted 5 overs in vein. Anyway the trailers were very good. Also we thank Pakistan team playing International such a match with our team. Pakistan team is a strong team, while winning the match not easily from Afghan team, I think, it raised the moral of our team and is now fully ready for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Samiullah Weesa from Khost Afghanistan

  • Rubic on December 9, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Hafiz's 41 in 37 ball with one run out agaist Afghan..this tells where does he stands...

  • on December 9, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    It was very nice game for both countries, I hope that every Afghan enjoyed the game as well as Pakistani too. it was rely big game for Afghanistan played against first class international team. it is clear that Pakistan team couldn't beat Afghanistan team easy at the last moment of the game there were a lot of pressure on Pakistani players while faced with Afghani bowler. I am requesting from ICC to give more chance for Afghanistan team to play against first class international team and Hope that Afghanistan team will play very positively against each international team and will appear as new star in the cricket world.

  • Cricket_Connecters on December 9, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    @Cricket_is_Unpopular:- No, this is not the CASE..... MUTUAL SET of SERIES of T20's is not a CASE of imroving/boost an individual STATS, but, a mater of improvement and amuzment of CRICKET in these countries....

  • Captainman on December 9, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @Cricket_Connecters:- Yes because so your players can nicely boost up their stats and compare them with the best :)

  • on December 9, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    good game. Well played by Afghanistan. They always impress . Got so much potential. ICC should step in now and give Afghanistan more games with full members so that they get more experience and games. Helping them financially is not the only thing required. They should be given opportunity to play with big teams more often.

    Can also participate in Asia Cup . that can enhance their skills. teams like Afghanistan and Ireland should be promoted. Its been ages that a new full member added. and That last full member Ban has disappointed. Cricket needs more teams.

    Pakistan played well as well. Not too good but not too bad. should not take it to last over. But in a sense it was good to see batsmen playing according to situation. there was no need to go slogging everything.

    Some funny comments here about bang & afghn better than pak. guys 1st win & then talk. Ban is unable to beat pakistan for last 14 years. No body will remember that how close was this game. Only win matters.

  • on December 9, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    good Luck Pakistan

  • Warm_Coffee on December 9, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    How embarrassing by taking the last ball to beat Afghanistan. Some people on here saying they can beat Bangladesh blah blah Bangladesh batsman are not like Pakistan which lacks clear talent and rely on older players like Hafeez, Misbah etc hope your ready when your silly predictions as usual are wrong yet again :)

  • Cricket_Connecters on December 9, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    I have a suggestion ...... for ICC ..... announce a series of 5 t20's in PAKISTAN and in AFGHANISTAN...

  • Fijicricket on December 9, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    If the game was held in Afghanistan, they would have thrashed Pakistan beyond any doubt! Pakistans rating of 7th should be reviewed! Afghans should demand a soccer style promotion/relegation 5 match series! The winner gets into premieir level and losr to associate level. Pakistan will struggle at associate level slao!

  • Sports4Youth on December 9, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Such a shame. If this team struggles against teams like Afghanistan, Ireland and Scotland then I really dont know, what to expect of this team.

  • on December 9, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    afghanistan was going tp win

  • zzby on December 9, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Pakistan team & Nation is true champions , they were playing easy with Afghan team and giving them full chance to show thier potential. Afghan team also played very well and I wish they will become better by every game...

  • on December 9, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Well played Afghanistan team, Why Afghanistan not given chance in Asia Cup, as we know that UAE and hong Kong played in Asia Cup and Afghanistan much more better team than them, Hope Pakistan play a bilateral series with Afghanistan in Pakistan it will give chance Afghanistan-to enhance their skills

  • on December 9, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    im a pakistani but i wished in the end that pak should lose...we are very happy with our recent win over south africa,,specially after what s.a is doing to ind on same pitches there......pakistan did it with bangladesh , y not afghanistan...pakistanis r use to up sets now...recently by zimb too..it was a perfect time for afghanistan but their bowler bowled two balls over the head n ruined the moment...as a pakistani we will alwayd support afghanistan...they r v near to us as most of their players have learned cricket in peshawar and under coaches like kabir khan.

  • on December 9, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Well played Afghanistan team, they really deserve to have more matches with full members, The difference b/w Afghanistan and full members is the opportunity of matches, I am so surprised why Afghanistan is not given chance to play in Asia Cup,PCB should arranged a bilateral series with Afghanistan it will help Afghanistan to prepare for world cups they qualified and as well as will Pakistani fans to see some good cricket in Pakistan. Plz post my comment

  • Ahmad-Shoaib on December 9, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Afghanistan team show that the have the ability of super ten teams and we request from ICC that make more opportunities for afghan team to get experience Afghanistan team only need experience

  • absartabish on December 9, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    A sweet game of cricket between 2 neighbouring countries , facing very similar political problems. Hats off 2 Afghan team & congratulations to Pakistan team.Play more to learn more for both the teams.

  • Sorcerer on December 9, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Pakistan's strategy was evident yesterday. They simply did not need to break sweat and had the match always under control. Never once did you get the feel that Afghanistan was scoring too many or that the target for Pakistan was out of reach. Pakistan won in a canter, in second gear, and it showed. No celebrations on taking wickets, no intensity or aggressive body language so much associated with Pak bowlers...just a stroll to victory. It seemed as if they respected their Afghan brethren too much to put real intensity into the game.

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    As an Afghan of course I want Afghanistan to win and as you all saw that Afghanistan is not an easy team of course there are some problems in the team that Inshah-allah our team coach will work on that to make it fixed for our upcoming games also one more thing again as an Afghan fan I am not satisfied with our players they should have get those two or three match winning run outs which unfortunately they didn't also we Afghans should say a big thanks to Pakistan cricket board for their support I think all four Asian teams ( India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan including ICC should help Afghanistan). Long Life AFG

  • Pak_Guru on December 9, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    I agree... Why was this match not played in Pakistan? Good show by the Afghan team. Pak team needs the calmness and big hitting capability of Misbah in T20, he should be in the squad. Hope they white wash the Lankans.

  • bouncer709 on December 9, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Afghanistan team is good, they played attaching cricket, but lack of experience, they were trying to hit every ball out of Park, they should concentrate on taking singles in the middle of the innings instead of trying everything to hit.I am sure, they have given red signal to BD whom they will meet in WC qualifier round.

  • alidaas on December 9, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Excellent performanc by Afghanistan, though they lost the match kept Pakistani batsmen at bay till the end. Sharjeel Khan looked under pressure as this was no a domestic match where you don't have any pressure of failure. In contrast, Nasir Jamshed who had a confident start to his ODI career with strike rate and average both very impressive until he played against the mighty South Africans.

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    This match should have been played in PAK, not in UAE , I don't see any problem for Afghanistan players to be in PAK, as few years back they came to PAK to play in the domestic season

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Afghanistan played very well and they will be threat for the teams in the t20 World Cup.......................

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Afghanistan played very well and almost pulled off a stunner.You could see the tension on Hafeez and Afridi's face.Afghanistan,once again, proved that they belong to this stage and ICC should provide them more opportunities to play major test playing nations.I am very sure that Afghanistan would qualify for super 10 in the upcoming world cup event .

  • sohailmalik1985 on December 9, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    I am feeling very sorry about poor bagladesh team that they have too face afghanistan in upcoming world T-20.

  • mohsad on December 9, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    This is what we expect from Afghan Lions, it was really great performance by Afghan cricket team, they showed up that with the skills having in this career through recent years, they can be a nightmare for all of'em . . . Long Live Afghanistan :)

  • sohailmalik1985 on December 9, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Well done dear afghans. You played so well according to expectations. These guys have so much talent and very soon they become the world dangerous side their bodies are very strong. very soon fast bowlers will come from afghanistan with the ability to bowl at the pace of 100mps or even more. Afghans have ability to go for power hitting. They are very good addition in cricket world. Now it is the responsibility of ICC to provide them opportunities regularly

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    It's Amazing how people are celebrating what would have happen instead of what happened. more over Fans from other countries have no right what so ever to denigrate Pakistan team as they don't bother playing with associate nations like afghanistan, ireland etc. atleast Pakistan show some courtesy and love for cricket by playing with Afghanistan and ireland. But irony is no body is appreciating that.

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    All I want to thank you ICC, PCB and ACB for arranging this match, we are looking forward seeing Afghanistan vs test nations. As an Afghan I thank PCB for playing against Afghanistan.

    such matches boost morale of our players and help them get ready for Bangladesh 2014.

    there is a lot for our heroes to learn from this game especially the openers who lost their wicket for taking unnecessary risk.

  • dawlatzai19 on December 9, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    well played Afghanistan , we proud on you guys you give us a big achievement cause we saw the pressure on Pakistan team in last 2 and 3 overs but unfortunately we missed tree run out chances otherwise we didn't last the match once again i said your the winner for us Afghan tigers and wish you best of luck for your two upcoming world cup long live Afghanistan

  • Waqs77 on December 9, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    @ Fijicricket & All those who thinking that Afganistan is even close to Pakistan' standard are day dreaming. Come on guys Pakistan looked in full control of game even on the last ball. The calmness and patience on their faces was showing that they do not panic which counts in crikcet. Last over second last ball 2 runs required, hafeez just stopped it and got a single. Because he was sure that they will definitely win even if they miss the last ball and score ties. Then the super over will come and for sure Pakistan would thrash them easily. So Hafeez could have hit that second last ball for a boundry but he didn't take risk because he was so calculative and in control. And those who are saying that pak won due to 2 wides in last over...come on guys that shows you are not only lacking cricket experience but cricketing sense also. Obviously if they would not get those wides, they would go to hit a big shot but they did not try that and avoided risk. So here you guys lack in cricket

  • mattandy on December 9, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Well Done Afganistan!!!! Pakistan did good surviving the game!!!!LOL. Pakistan met the right opponent with the same standard......

  • on December 9, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Afghanistan played really well, no surprises for me, but we should also appreciate Pakistan. No other team has guts to play them on their rise, and in games like this they have nothing to lose, while Pakistan does. Also, i think Pakistan's approach was quite right until Umar Akmal gave out like usual in crucial time when he was set and could have easily won it for us in the next overs. All in all, good match with good spirits shown by both teams. If I can remember none of the Pakistani bowlers celebrated their wicket like they are used to, especially Afridi. RESPECT!

  • bouncer709 on December 9, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    LOL Earlier during UAE series against SA some Bangladesh fans also started thinking they are better than Pakistan, and now playing one close game Afghanistan also. They have to go long way. Yes in T20 WC, in qualifier round i think these Afghans can kick out Bangladesh to play in super 10 round.

  • on December 9, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Hug sixes from Afg players the showed to the world that they can do it

  • on December 9, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    If anyone see last night match so u should be seem the fear on Pakistani player from Afghan site

  • on December 9, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    That was Amazing Fight From Afghan Tigers Against Test Team Pak... We are Proud of them and we all are supporting our Tigers... the Request From ICC... that Afghanistan Cricket Team is the Team to fight and to make down other teams like Pakistan.... and also it means that Afghanistan is the winner of the match bcz Pakistan was very down from their confidence and also they were afraid of losing match.... best of Luck afghan Tigers......

  • on December 9, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Afghanistan cricket team showed that they can beat top teams of the world

  • on December 9, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    if pk play a serious of 3 taking into account the spirit of fighting afghan showed they will definitely win a match.Hatttttttts up gays u made us proud.

  • on December 9, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    This was a very tough competition, and a very tough time was given to Pakistani players by Afghanistan, It was just the last ball win... It means now Afghanistan is in the position to upset strongest sides... they have learnt from their previous mistakes and now they are getting really improved. Inshallah, Afghanistan will go through the Super Stage of the World t20, and will beat their opponents Bangladesh and etc...

    Anyhow, I really appreciate the support of Pakistan Cricket Board to Afghanistan in order they showcase their talent and improve more and more.

  • Smiling on December 9, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    The aim of the game is to win. Pakistan cruised...it was a practise match for goodness sake. No need for chances. If there was panic, more wickets would have been sacrificed. It was on Afghanistan to try to topple Pakistan which they couldn't quite do. Good team though. Hope they continue to be a force to be reckoned in the future.

  • on December 9, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    No matter if Afghanistan lost, they have done their job and played well MASHALLAH. Afghanistan proved, they can play well with full member team and can beat them. We hope they keep it on and wish them light future in cricket world.

  • Hamid79 on December 9, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    A win with the mercy of two wide balls in the last over ... Guess what would have been the result had it not been called wide in the last ball ... Take it Pakistan no matter how it comes... Well played Afghanistan .. You were just fraction of experience away

  • Crick_Expert on December 9, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Sarjeel and Soahib Maqsood good addition in PAK TEAM.

  • tao585 on December 9, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Afghanistan Well played ...I would be expecting more matches between the two teams...Question is...Can they play in Pakistan?

  • samincolumbia on December 9, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    The only way Pakistan could have won a game is off a no-ball and that's exactly what happened!

  • Zahidsaltin on December 8, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    Bhatti needs to learn the trade very fast. He has been expensive in the few matches which he participated in.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 8, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Pakistani batsmen always make mess of it, they let the asking rate rise by playing a lot of overs where they score 3 to 4 runs and then at the end they don't know what to do. It was surely the lucky boundry in the 19th over and some unprofessional bowling of last 3 deliveries which saved them from being humiliated by a minnow. Sending Afridi to bat in the last over was a big sin specially knowing his currunt batting form where he can't even spot the ball.

  • on December 8, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Afghanistan was impressive. The lack skills but they played with guts and passion. I reckon they will join to top team ranks soon. T20 World cup they will establish themselves. They should play more international games with top teams.

  • on December 8, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    it was a great performance from Afg players .love they way Najib batted today he is Afg future player to watche it was an execited matche we were 15 runs short .we lost but we are very happy with our players performance Bangladish be ready.

  • Jonah58 on December 8, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    Good fighting game by Afghanistan, well played guys, pity to see them lose in the way they did, but they certainly showed they have a great future in this format and Bangladesh will have to be on their best form in a few months time. I know I for one would love to see them progress through the 1st round and make it to the T20WC main round. That is no slight on Bangladesh i just feel that IF both associates can make it through to the WC proper the ICC will have to start seriously thinking about not treating the associates as 2nd class members when it comes to global competitions.

  • on December 8, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Sharjeel looks to be another good find with good technique and maturity. Playing in UA E is not same as playing on home pitches one may have played on for years. conditions may be similar but it is still an away series and we are seeing in SA and Aus , playing away from home is not always easy. You never know how our batsmen would have performed on home pitches, we too may have created falsehood of stardom.

  • on December 8, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Afghanistan could win this match but luck was with pakistan,cricket is by chance,this sentence proved it self ,bt doesnt matter if Afghanistan loose match but they won millions hearts of cricket fans by their great performance against a test cricket nation.

  • keptalittlelow on December 8, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Hafeez man of the match?? his batting today was a disgrace to be honest. Afghanistan did themselves a proud. With this level of performance Pakistan has no chance in the world cup.

  • on December 8, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    Well-done Afghanistan Cricket team. It was an extreme example of beauty in game of cricket. Truly the actual winners of this game was Afghanistan because they way the fought against a test nation was a amazing. Maybe with a little bit of luck they would have won the game. Watch world T20 Afghan tigers are coming...And Thanks PCB for providing this opportunity.

  • on December 8, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    Afghanistan played will and in future inshALLAH they will be the star and today they won our hearts bc of good performance and they make hard 4 t20 good team like pak all the best afg

  • afghan_cric_lover on December 8, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    well played afghanistan best of luck for next matches we want more matches from icc against full members afg played really well nearly we won the match but unfortunalty due to no ball we lost ,,

  • kc69 on December 8, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    No problem in being beaten by a team which is rated as top in T20 format but i still believe Afganistan has a good cricket future ahead.

  • on December 8, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    A very unconvincing win. Pakistan's batting was once again pathetic. They play T20 cricket like ODI and ODI's like Test cricket. They will go nowhere like this in big tournaments. Just a few days earlier Ireland had scored 225 in 20 overs against same Afghanistan side. Pakistan needs some big hitters for T20 cricket like Razzaq, Imran Nazir and Afridi of the old. Anyways well done Afghanistan. You just missed defeating a Test playing nation but I hope and pray that you do it in coming T20 World Cup.

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    You guys should guys credit to Afghanistan for such a great spirit and fight back. if afg scored ten or twenty more score in the first inning , they could take this game away from Pak.. at first Pakistan took the game easy but at last they were very worried and tense.. i think they should play more games . we thanks them for playing with afg and i hope they play more games in the future

  • kamal_andewal on December 8, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Pakistan had made such a strong team against Afghanistan as if they were playing world cup final.and this means they feared Afghanistan from the beginning.I hope ICC has watched this match carefully and help Afghanistan by convincing other countries with full membership to have matches with Afghanistan. well done Afghanistan team. its not a loss but rather a win for you

  • Greatest_Game on December 8, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Afghanistan needed one simple tactic to win today's game. The Afghani bowlers should have worn Dale Steyn masks. Hafeez would not have lasted an over.

  • malepas on December 8, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Playing against associated teams is a thankless job, no joy if u win and heap of criticism if u lose, that's why top teams don't play them, I don't know why Pakistan keep playing such useless matches? ICC should get other nations to play at least once a year with these team and not just leaving teams like PAK to play matches against lower ranked teams. On the other hand ICC is not helping PCB any sort to stage International cricket in PAK.

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Good game from Afghanistan, I happy to see another exiting Asian team, sorry to say but better than Bangladesh (nothing against Bangladesh). Keep it my love Pakistan, keep supporting and promoting associate teams like Afghanistan. India and other countries should start doing the same as well. More matches like this will be better for the Cricket but I guess no one really cares. I am happy that Pakistan won at the end, a well fought match by Afghanistan.

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Again a very disappointing performance by the Afghan team we could win this match if not missing couple run outs coming so close anyway good luck for the next game

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Even thou Afghanistan lost by 1 ball, credit should go to them for taking it this far. Take a bow Afghans! #AfgvPak

  • Omar-Briganto on December 8, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Sherjeel did not look that convincing and even that is against Afghanistan, let us see what he does in coming matches against Srilanka and he is way over weight not fit at all. Where is that Rawalpindi batsman Awais Zia why is not getting more chances atleast in T20. He was discarded right after the T20 series against England. PCB please give him some more chances, he can be a very explosive T20 opener.

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Good work Pakistan. Well done & performed calmly against a good bowling attack of Afghanistan, who have recently done very well against other nations in T20 and also qualified for it. I see the breeze of calmness in Team Pakistan. My good wishes with Afghanistan too.

  • Hamid79 on December 8, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan... Won it by the mercy of two bouncer wide balls in the last over... But you can take it as a win no matter how it comes and where it comes from... Good job Afghanistan... You just missed the target by a fraction

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    That Awkward moment when Afghanistan Bowler speaks better English than our bowlers

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    It was Afghanistan Victory. They didn't gift the match to team that is specialized in T20. but they brought the match to last ball which was really nice achievement for associate team. :)

  • Solid_Snake on December 8, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    So guys..Who is happy to see Sharjeel khan playing in the team? It was such a great decision to let him play today..So we got some great youngsters making their way into the team...

  • greenluv on December 8, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    shame on Pakistani batsmen who could not finish the game with in 15 overs . Their bowling is no near of what Pakistan has Experienced. Also our bowlers Cant believe that they have scored 137 against you guys ..should have wrapped it with in 10 overs. No disrespect to Afgani brothers but this is the reality.

  • mzm149 on December 8, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Sohaib Maqssod must improve his running.

  • MeAsFan on December 8, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Today anger n hate to hafez n afridi increase more, they simply doesn't deserve place in Pakistan team they are big big liabities... Can image hafeez leaving n defending balls in last over n afridi cannot make contact ball on bat...

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Hafeez always looks threatened by brilliant performer Sohaib since it is obvious if Sohaib performs hafeez own position would be in danger and that's the trick he played today. But the way he was playing he almost loose the match and nearly caused a huge humiliation. Extremely selfish intent shown here by Hafeez. very Sad

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    poor captaincy and poor bating plain by Pakistan... but Afghanistan played very well insha ALLAH they will be perform very well..proud be on Pakistan ....

  • Htc-Android on December 8, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    I think they should have arranged a warm up match between Afghanistan and SL as well. I can see SL going straight into the series without any warm-up games.

  • Blade-Runner on December 8, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Having watched the way Afghans played in this match, I get a feeling that Bangladesh will go down in the history as the first host nation not be qualified for a sporting event #WorldT20#2014. Pakistan barely managed to register the win. Way to go Afghanistan !!!!

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    What an anti-climax in the end

  • vicmultani on December 8, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    This is an extremely poor performance by pakistan. In order for oakistan to be a top performer-0--they should have scored the required runs by the 15th over.

    There really is no true power hitter in the team.

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    good game. Well played by Afghanistan. They always impress . Got so much potential. ICC should step in now and give Afghanistan more games with full members so that they get more experience and games. Helping them financially is not the only thing required. They should be given opportunity to play with big teams more often.

    Pakistan played well as well. Not too good but not too bad. should not take it to last over. But in a sense it was good to see batsmen playing according to situation. there was no need to go slogging everything.

  • yasirshabbir on December 8, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Pathetic performance by Pakistan... Can't see them beating Srilanka. Good job Afghns. Pak fan

  • ICCexpert.... on December 8, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    why is hafeez so threatened by Sohaib Maqsood by sending him so late ? May be he can take his place....

  • mzm149 on December 8, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Sharjeel like most other Pakistani batsmen throwing away after good start. But this time opponent is Afghanistan. Too bad.

  • on December 8, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Afghanistan did a very formidable total against Pakistan's strong bowling attack. Afghanistan's good fielding can win this match.

  • on December 8, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Sharjeel need to show some good cricket here he played most of cricket in Pakistan it's very important game for this youngster bat well and stay on wicket good luck

  • mtayyabrana on December 8, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Some Bowlers are very expensive today. Good Performance form Afghanistan

  • on December 8, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Is sharjeel a good choice ???

  • on December 8, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Afridi and Junaid should also have been rested. Such matches are an ideal platform for youngsters to perform, we have a habit of exposing our new crop in front of best bowling attacks.

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  • on December 8, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Afridi and Junaid should also have been rested. Such matches are an ideal platform for youngsters to perform, we have a habit of exposing our new crop in front of best bowling attacks.

  • on December 8, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Is sharjeel a good choice ???

  • mtayyabrana on December 8, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Some Bowlers are very expensive today. Good Performance form Afghanistan

  • on December 8, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Sharjeel need to show some good cricket here he played most of cricket in Pakistan it's very important game for this youngster bat well and stay on wicket good luck

  • on December 8, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Afghanistan did a very formidable total against Pakistan's strong bowling attack. Afghanistan's good fielding can win this match.

  • mzm149 on December 8, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Sharjeel like most other Pakistani batsmen throwing away after good start. But this time opponent is Afghanistan. Too bad.

  • ICCexpert.... on December 8, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    why is hafeez so threatened by Sohaib Maqsood by sending him so late ? May be he can take his place....

  • yasirshabbir on December 8, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Pathetic performance by Pakistan... Can't see them beating Srilanka. Good job Afghns. Pak fan

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    good game. Well played by Afghanistan. They always impress . Got so much potential. ICC should step in now and give Afghanistan more games with full members so that they get more experience and games. Helping them financially is not the only thing required. They should be given opportunity to play with big teams more often.

    Pakistan played well as well. Not too good but not too bad. should not take it to last over. But in a sense it was good to see batsmen playing according to situation. there was no need to go slogging everything.

  • vicmultani on December 8, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    This is an extremely poor performance by pakistan. In order for oakistan to be a top performer-0--they should have scored the required runs by the 15th over.

    There really is no true power hitter in the team.