Shehzad, Afridi lead Pak A to comfortable win

Pakistan A 189 for 6 (Shehzad 68, Afridi 45) beat Afghanistan 140 for 9 (Stanikzai 47) by 49 runs

Afghanistan crumbled under the weight of Pakistan A's big total of 189, to lose by 49 runs in the Twenty20 in Lahore. Opener Ahmed Shehzad and Shahid Afridi took the contest away from Afghanistan with their attacking knocks of 68 and 45 respectively. In reply, regular wickets and slow scoring hurt them, and they limped to 140 for 9.

Afghanistan started the chase brightly, the openers scoring 32 in three overs, but they slipped to 89 for 6 in the 11th over. Asghar Stanikzai was the only batsman to remain unbeaten eventually, scoring 47. The last seven batsmen scored 27 runs in all.

Pakistan's innings was based on partnerships of 66, between openers Shehzad and Sharjeel Khan, and 65, between Shehzad and Afridi, after which they were 131 for 2 in 13 overs. Although Afghanistan bounced back to keep them to below 200, the target ultimately proved too daunting for them.

Afghanistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st32Karim SadiqMohammad Shahzad
2nd23Nawroz MangalKarim Sadiq
3rd6Nawroz MangalAsghar Afghan
4th3Asghar AfghanMirwais Ashraf
5th25Javed AhmadiAsghar Afghan
6th14Asghar AfghanGulbadin Naib
7th18Asghar AfghanMohibullah Oryakhel
8th2Asghar AfghanDawlat Zadran
9th15Asghar AfghanAftab Alam
10th2Asghar AfghanAmir Hamza