it's all over, Afghanistan have won, a landmark day for their cricket, the final wicket came after a swipe to midwicket, fielder gets under it and there's no fumbling this time
Time for the presentation:
Mushfiqur Rahim: We were outplayed in all three departments. We played well earlier in the first 30 overs but they did well thereafter, especially in the slog overs. They batted very well and didn't gave us any chance and we were one bowler short. 254 was chasable, we could have batted better but they bowled well too. Bowling was ok, but they batted really well in the end. Shakib and Tamim aren't there so there was a lot of pressure, I tried to bat well but I got out cheaply. Hard luck to the boys. It's hard to believe that we disappointed the fans but we'd want to improve in the remaining matches.
Mohammad Nabi: Our first win against a Full Member. They bowled very well till 25th over, and the last partnership was brilliant. It was a good partnership. Our boys bowled brilliantly in the first few overs and fielded well. We missed some catches towards the end…Fans and the whole country must be celebrating and inshallah we'll try to do even better in the coming matches. Our fans have always prayed for us and they love us so I'd like to thank them.
Samiullah Shenwari is the Man of the Match: It was a team effort…from the coach, manager and everyone. We wanted to bat till 50 overs and I did. 150 was the big partnership, our plan was to just stay at the wicket and when we took 107 runs from the last 10 overs, that was the main point. I have learnt legspin from the beginning and have been working hard with the coaches.
9.47pm That's a historic win for Afghanistan, their first ODI victory against a Test-playing nation and their 17th ODI win overall. They were in tatters at one point of time, at 90 for 5, but Shenwari and Stanikzai revived and charged them to 254. Shapoor Zadran and Hassan started very well when they bowled, with early wickets. But Mominul replied with some fireworks and was followed by Nasir's 41 before Ziaur's 22-ball 41, which gave Afghanistan a scare. But Nabi struck again and again and finished it off in the 48th over for the epic win. They will never forget this day, what a journey they have had. That's all we have for you from this historic win, it's Vishal Dikshit signing off for now, bye bye!
Hamid Hassan : Amazing win, thanks to god. Congratulations to all Afghanistan people around the world. First time we have beaten a Test-nation side. Everyone worked very hard and that's why we won. Feel very proud because we have been playing only for last 10 years and other teams have been playing for much longer, so very very happy. I pulled a muscle and was praying that we would win when I was sitting out.
full toss on the pads, pushed towards midwicket
drilled towards long-off this time for a single
length ball from Nabi, Rubel looks to swipe that out of the ground, can only get it as far as short fine leg
full toss outside off, he takes the injured hand off the bat and no time for a single as he jabs to point. Just one from the over
tries to drive outside off but misses again
just past the outside edge as Sohag poked but missed. Oh wait, the keeper passed the ball to his team-mate and they still ran a bye, but the umpire says the ball was dead by then
almost in the block hole outside off, jabbed to point for a quick single
low full toss outside off, drives to cover but can't middle it
full ball on off, driven down to mid-off
Zuber: "Cricket lovers always want a new upcoming team to win, so that more non-cricket countries are encouraged and progress of cricket increases."
fuller on off, turned to midwicket from off and that's just three singles in the over
another dot ball as he defends it back to Nabi
flat and short of length on off, whipped to deep midwicket for one more
turns the length ball on off towards midwicket
short of length ball steered to deep backward square leg for one
flighted delivery on off, defended off the front foot
There were a lot of discussions between Mangal and Nabi in between the overs. 39 form 30, one wicket to go
11 from the over
full toss is edged to the keeper but lands in front of him
full delivery outside off, driven to cover for a quick single
edged and goes just past the keeper! He slashed at the ball outside off, got an outside edge and it went to the right of the keeper for four