3rd Match (D/N), Fatullah, Feb 27 2014, Asia Cup
(47.2/50 ov, target 249)176
Pakistan won by 72 runs
Player Of The Match
102* (89)
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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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Scores: Sanjay Murari
Comms: Alagappan Muthu
Scorecard summary
Pakistan248/8(50 overs)
Afghanistan176/10(47.2 overs)

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

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
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 471 run
AFG: 176/9CRR: 3.74 RRR: 24.33
Amir Hamza0 (2)
Samiullah Shinwari14 (18)
Saeed Ajmal 9-1-25-2
Mohammad Hafeez 9-0-29-2

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

Ajmal to Amir Hamza, no run

shuffles across to protect his stumps and defends this flighted ball with an open face

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

Ajmal to Samiullah Shinwari, 1 run
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

Ajmal to Samiullah Shinwari, no run

flighted doosra on off stump, too good for Shenwari. Lunges forward to defend and he's beaten again

Ajmal to Samiullah Shinwari, no run

flighted on off stump, defended

Hamza Hotak is the last man in

end of over 461 run • 1 wicket
AFG: 175/9CRR: 3.80 RRR: 18.50
Samiullah Shinwari13 (14)
Mohammad Hafeez 9-0-29-2
Saeed Ajmal 8-1-24-2
Hafeez to Shapoor, OUT

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

Shapoor Zadran c Saeed Ajmal b Mohammad Hafeez 1 (5m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28
Hafeez to Shapoor, no run

full and flat on off stump, defended

Hafeez to Shapoor, no run

goes back to a fuller delivery outside off. Doesn't turn much and he's beaten. Umar Akmal fumbles another take

Hafeez to Samiullah Shinwari, 1 run

charges down the pitch for an almight slog, another inside edge which runs down to deep square leg

Hafeez to Samiullah Shinwari, no run

lunges forward to defend the tossed up ball on off stump. Gets an inside edge to mid-on

Hafeez to Samiullah Shinwari, no run

gets a bit of turn as he pushes this through on middle and leg. Brushes the pad and goes towards short fine leg

end of over 452 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 174/8CRR: 3.86 RRR: 15.00
Shapoor Zadran1 (4)
Samiullah Shinwari12 (11)
Saeed Ajmal 8-1-24-2
Mohammad Hafeez 8-0-28-1

Zain: "How many for bonus point ?" They nreed to restrict Afghanistan to 198 or under

Ajmal to Shapoor, no run

flighted on middle and leg, defended

Ajmal to Samiullah Shinwari, 1 run

lunges forward to defend the tossed up delivery on off stump with an open face

Ajmal to Shapoor, 1 run

shortish and outside off, goes back and cuts towards third man

Ajmal to Shapoor, no run

lunges forward to defend this tossed up straighter one. Bounces more and hits him quite high on the bat. But midwicket is too deep

Ajmal to Shapoor, no run

flighted outside off stump and this one turns too. The tailender goes for a forward defensive, but is no match

Ajmal to Zadran, OUT

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

Dawlat Zadran b Saeed Ajmal 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Around the wicket to the No.9 Dawlat Zadran

Best performances - batters
Umar Akmal portrait
Umar Akmal PAK
102 runs (89)
7 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
30 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
Ahmed Shehzad portrait
Ahmed Shehzad PAK
50 runs (74)
7 fours
0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
17 runs
2 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Hafeez portrait
Mohammad Hafeez PAK
Saeed Ajmal portrait
Saeed Ajmal PAK
Match details
Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah
TossAfghanistan, elected to field first
SeriesAsia Cup
Player Of The Match
Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
Match numberODI no. 3475
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days27 February 2014 - daynight (50-over match)
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Billy Bowden
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Johan Cloete
TV Umpire
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Reserve Umpire
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Masudur Rahman
Match Referee
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Chris Broad
PointsPakistan 5, Afghanistan 0
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