Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    4.6 131 kph, nicked off says umpire Billy Bowden! Shehzad though is looking at his bat and is staring back. Terrific delivery though as this back of a length delivery gains a little more bounce. Far too much for that back foot punch and Umar Akmal pouches an easy catch. He was playing away from his body and this delivery straightened nicely. But did he edge it though? I'm not really sure 32/1
    18.5 this time he's trapped in front. Ajmal has struck in his first over! Struck low on the front pad as this turns in from outside the off stump. He was trying to play around his pads again and this time he pays the price. 65/2
    36.6 leading edge goes straigh to point! Stanikzai's trouble vigil at the crease finally ends and Afridi is just relieved that he has contributed today. It was pushed full and down the leg side. The batsman was charging him, having made his own room and tried to whip it away through the leg side. But he's deceived 139/3
    37.1 oh dear, another mix-up as Nabi charged down the pitch after the keeper fumbled his take of this delivery fired down the leg side. Mangal though was far more tentative and by the time he decided to get his motor running, the throw is in from short fine leg and he's comfortably short of his ground. Mangal pays for ball-watching 140/4
    40.4 ducks back in off a good length and Nabi was caught in the crease while trying to flick through midwicket. Umpire Bowden shakes his head first but then raises his old crooked finger. The batsman is shocked, but he has to walk back. No bat on that and I think that might just have clipped leg stump, by a feather says HawkEye 159/6
    39.5 chopped onto his stumps and Najibullah just stands there in disappointment. Goes for the cut as he sees this a bit shortish and outside off, but the ball stays a bit low and the inside edge does him in. 151/5
    47.2 knocks middle of middle and Pakistan have got the bonus point to go top of the table in this Asia Cup. Length ball keeps low as he looks to pull. Sneaks under the bat and then it's timber! 176/10
    43.6 terrible misunderstanding results in yet another run out. This was dabbed in front of point and he takes a couple of strides as he going for the single and then stops. By that time the non-striker was halfway down and he isn't even in the picture as Junaid sends the throw in to the bowler 172/7
    44.1 off goes the middle stump as the doosra finally fetches a wicket. He was lunging down the wrong line and of this flighted ball beats the outside edge by a considerable distance 172/8
    45.6 rank slog over midwicket manifests as a leading edge and Ajmal snares a catch at point. Tossed up delivery angled in on off stump. Wasn't to the pitch of it as he swings away as most No.10s do and has to walk back 175/9
    not out
    13 (b 8, w 5)
    176 all out (47.2 Overs, RR: 3.71)
    Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Mohammad Shahzad, 4.6 ov), 2-65 (Noor Ali Zadran, 18.5 ov), 3-139 (Asghar Stanikzai, 36.6 ov), 4-140 (Nawroz Mangal, 37.1 ov), 5-151 (Najibullah Zadran, 39.5 ov), 6-159 (Mohammad Nabi, 40.4 ov), 7-172 (Mirwais Ashraf, 43.6 ov), 8-172 (Dawlat Zadran, 44.1 ov), 9-175 (Shapoor Zadran, 45.6 ov), 10-176 (Samiullah Shenwari, 47.2 ov)
    Umar Gul9.004424.88337000
    Anwar Ali4.002305.75154000
    Junaid Khan6.011602.66262000
    Shahid Afridi10.003113.10393000
    Saeed Ajmal9.012522.77372020
    Mohammad Hafeez9.202933.10310030

Match Notes



Nawroz Mangal's score when dropped by Ajmal at fine-leg off Afridi

Boom Boom


Number of wickets for Shahid Afridi in Pakistan's only previous match against Afghanistan

Asia Cup rearguard


Runs by Pakistan for their seventh and eighth wkts. The last time they added more runs for their last four wkts was also in the Asia Cup, against Hong Kong in 2008

Wait Ends!


No. of ODI centuries by Pakistan wicketkeepers including this one, the other five have been hit by Kamran Akmal

Long Wait


No. of fifties Umar Akmal has hit in ODIs without getting to three figures, since his only hundred against Sri Lanka in 2009



Umar Akmal's score when he was dropped by Samiullah Shenwari off Shapoor Zadran in the 37th over

First choice


Mirwais Ashraf's economy when Afghanistan bowls first as opposed to 5.36 when they bowl second

Opening partnership


No. of matches Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad have taken to record their first half-century partnership