788dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy in Fatullah

Umar Akmal, spinners earn bonus-point win

Umar Akmal's unbeaten 89-ball 102 helped steer Pakistan from a precarious 117 for 6 to what seemed at the end of their innings a safe total of 248 for 8, which proved enough to give them a 72-run win

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
102(89) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 30 runs
  • 2x4 - 2x6
10 5 6 11 2 15 39 14
Ahmed Shehzad
Ahmed Shehzad
50(74) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 17 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 8 7 5 12 5 2 11

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez
O9.2
M0
R29
W3
Eco3.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Saeed Ajmal
O9
M1
R25
W2
Eco2.77
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

9.50 pm Pakistan were given a scare but they held their nerve well and it was in that department that Afghanistan faltered. But it has to be said that they faced bowling of immense class and it was a decent showing almost lasting 50 overs. That's all we have for you from this match, but India go head to head against Sri Lanka tomorrow, so hope we have your company then. Goodbye.

Umar Akmal is the Man of the Match "It was a team effort. When the ball was going in the air I was hopping it would get dropped and I would continue my innings," he said "I only wanted to play till the end and that's what happened. I have learnt a lot from the downs and when I was batting the messages I was getting from the dressing room was to stay till the end. It's one of my best innings. Hopefully, I will get more opportunities like this and I want to thank my seniors for their support."

Misbah-ul-Haq says at the start Pakistan's fall of wickets made him hope they reached somewhere around 200. But one of the best innings from Umar Akmal led a very good fightback. The shot selection from the batsmen was disappointing, he says. They did not read the pitch very well and were playing like how it behaved in the first match. They were eyeing the kind of total in the first game, but this was turning and slaying low as well. As professionals, they need to read the situation better. Afghanistan stuck to the basics and hit the lengths and lines that they planned. They really made it hard to score runs and they're a really good side and their fielding effort was impressive too. Pakistan's bowlers put in a great effort, especially the three spinners. Saeed Ajmal was excellent and he considered the bonus point as a bonus

9.45 pm Mohammad Nabi says the bowlers bowled brilliantly in the first few overs but Umar Akmal played very well in the end to put a big total on the board. His drop was the turning point because he is a top batsman. It was a crucial time. Saeed Ajmal bowled brilliantly and we did not expect so much turn.

9.35 pm Afghanistan began well, but they completely stalled against the combined prowess of Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi. They could not pick up the singles, much less pick off boundaries and the run-rate kept mounting. Noor Ali Zadran played a sparkling little innings but Ajmal's bag of tricks eventually proved too good for the Associate nation. I think they did not pick even one of his doosras. Stay tuned for the presentation

Fasahat Khan: "Umar Akmal made 74 runs after he was dropped. Pakistan win by 72 runs. It's clear where Afghanistan lost the game."

Febin: "The whip/flick, the dab, run outs and not picking the wrong'un has been the story of this entire innings."

paul: "i am PROUD of this afghanistan team.... an asian big gun like the pakistan could not score a 250 plus and the little guns play more than 47 overs/176 for 9....... "

Saeed Ajmal says there was a bit of tension before Umar Akmal took control of the innings. They had been looking at a total of 170-175 because this pitch was a lot drier and might offer a bit more turn. Totally different from the first match, he says. Pakistan needed a breakthrough when Ajmal was brought into the attack and he credited his partnership with Shahid Afridi, which built a lot pf pressure and also added that the quicks and Hafeez also did a very good job. He hoped Pakistan could build on this performance and win the next two games and get through to the finals

47.2
W
Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shinwari, OUT, 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!

Samiullah Shinwari b Mohammad Hafeez 14 (31m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

47.1
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Samiullah Shinwari, no run, flighted on middle and off, kept out

Rahul Kapoor: "n the first 10 overs of Pakistan batting that Afghanistan will find it difficult to maintain their intensity for the entire 100 overs of the match. This is the main difference between established teams and upcoming cricketing nations. "

END OF OVER:
47 | 1 Run | AFG: 176/9 (73 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 3.74, RRR: 24.33)

  • Amir Hamza0 (2b)
  • Samiullah Shinwari14 (18b)
  • Saeed Ajmal9-1-25-2
  • Mohammad Hafeez9-0-29-2

Vinoj Jayasunda: "That dropped catch of Umar Akmal when he was on 28 was the turning point of the match....it changed the game upside down"

46.6
0
Saeed Ajmal to Amir Hamza, no run, shuffles across to protect his stumps and defends this flighted ball with an open face
46.5
0
Saeed Ajmal to Amir Hamza, no run, gets loads of bounce off the straighter one which goes right across him. Hotak pushes and is beaten

two slips

46.4
1
Saeed Ajmal to Samiullah Shinwari, 1 run,
46.3
0
Saeed Ajmal to Samiullah Shinwari, no run, tossed up on middle and turns into leg. He's struck on the pads, but that might have missed leg. Was playing down the wrong line again as he tried to protect himself against the doosra

Dropped!

29

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

Afghanistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
32Noor Ali ZadranMohammad Shahzad
33Noor Ali ZadranAsghar Afghan
74Nawroz MangalAsghar Afghan
1Mohammad NabiNawroz Mangal
11Mohammad NabiNajibullah Zadran
8Mohammad NabiSamiullah Shinwari
13Samiullah ShinwariMirwais Ashraf
0Samiullah ShinwariDawlat Zadran
3Samiullah ShinwariShapoor Zadran
1Samiullah ShinwariAmir Hamza

Boom Boom

5

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

Asia Cup rearguard

131

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!

6

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

Long Wait

18

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

Dropped!

28

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

First choice

3.53

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

Opening partnership

11

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