12.3 slog sweep straight into the hands of deep midwicket! That's a terribly soft dismissal. This posed no threat to him, actually it flighted just a bit outside off and was in his arc. But Sharjeel just hasn't hit this well enough, especially with three men on the leg side boundary. Afghanistan have been very disciplined so far and they snare a deserved wicket, if not off the best ball 55/1
    22.6 strikes in his first over and another Pakistan batsman falls to a slog! Flatter delivery on the stumps, Shehzad clears his front leg and wanted to whack this to the next town. Gets an inside edge onto leg stump. Shenwari is pumped! Afghanistan on top! 89/3
    19.5 taken at mid-off! Hafeez has played one slog too many! Another good length ball targeting top of off. The pressure generated by the Afghanistan bowlers over the past five overs shows as the batsman goes for another almighty swing. Only manages a leading edge which gives Nabi the easiest of catches 78/2
    26.5 another for Shenwari as Maqsood perishes to mid-on! Flighted on off stump and he drags it towards the leg side. Doesn't bother to keep it down. It was only a matter of time considering he was hitting everything way too hard. Maqsood is completely out of sorts in this series. Meanwhile, Shenwari becomes the highest wicket-taker for Afghanistan 108/5
    23.1 complete mix-up! Absolute comedy out there as both batsmen end up at the same end! Maqsood reaches the pitch and drives this into the covers and sets off. His captain answers the call, but Maqsood then has second thoughts and while turning back, he slips. Races back to the batsman's with Misbah following him! The throw comes to the keeper, who runs the full 22 yards and breaks the stumps. Maqsood should have sacrificed himself and now Pakistan's best hope is gone 89/4
    not out
    29.3 you said it, JC. Slog over midwicket and the off stump is knocked off it's perch. This pitches on a good length outside off and darts in just a touch, Afridi employs one of his favourite shots and the result is no more a surprise. Afghanistan are ecstatic 117/6
    42.4 skips down the track and lofts over extra cover, but Nawroz Mangal has made a spectacular run and grabs it in front of his body! The bowler had spotted him charging and dragged the length short. His pace is not enough to bother Anwar into changing his shot though as he swings with an open face. It goes high and the man had to race a long way to his left from mid-off, had his eyes on the ball all the way through and sticks his hands out at the perfect time to snag it safely 177/7
    47.6 castled! You miss, I hit says Dawlat. It was fullish and Gul was a little rooted on leg stump as he swung for the fences again. This time though the ball seems to have ducked in the smallest bit to beat him and crash into the stumps 217/8
    not out
    5 (lb 2, nb 1, w 2)
    248/8 (50 Overs, RR: 4.96)
    Did not bat: Junaid Khan
    Fall of wickets: 1-55 (Sharjeel Khan, 12.3 ov), 2-78 (Mohammad Hafeez, 19.5 ov), 3-89 (Ahmed Shehzad, 22.6 ov), 4-89 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 23.1 ov), 5-108 (Sohaib Maqsood, 26.5 ov), 6-117 (Shahid Afridi, 29.3 ov), 7-177 (Anwar Ali, 42.4 ov), 8-217 (Umar Gul, 47.6 ov)
    Shapoor Zadran914204.66293110
    Dawlat Zadran1007327.30329201
    Mohammad Nabi804605.75224100
    Amir Hamza812212.75311000
    Mirwais Ashraf812923.62313000
    Samiullah Shinwari703424.85212110
    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 Afghan, 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 Shinwari, 47.2 ov)
    Umar Gul904424.88337000
    Anwar Ali402305.75154000
    Junaid Khan611602.66262000
    Shahid Afridi1003113.10393000
    Saeed Ajmal912522.77372020
    Mohammad Hafeez9.202933.10310030

Match Notes



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

Afghanistan 2nd innings Partnerships

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


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