and a no-ball does it for Pakistan!
"We should have won by seven wickets," says Pakistan's coach Mansoor Rana but it's been another ripper of a match here at the ACC Emerging Teams Cup, Pakistan U-23 just pipping Afghanistan. A game of bowlers, Pakistan's first Bhatti and Adil with the new ball, then Raza Hasan in particular with his left-arm spin. Four stumpings by Rizwan of quality. Hashmatullah Shaidi on debut made a battling 52*, though Afghanistan in the end only had 142 to defend. But defend it how they did! Nabi and Hamid led from the front, with four wickets for 44, ably backed up by the rest of their team who all chipped in. Pakistan squeezed home, just.
ACC Match Referee Aminul Islam chooses Pakistan's Umar Waheed as Man of the Match.
big appeal for lbw, missing
on leg, played to square leg
driven to mid-on, scores are tied
full, on off, played back to the bowler
Pakistan want two runs, Afghanistan want two wickets, two overs to go
spins in, takes the toe of the bat, squeezed to leg
cut away square
driven to long on
on leg, played away to the onside gap
full, driven back to the bowler
Five wickets in the last five overs! Five runs left
almost run-out twice! Firm drive, deflected off the bowler's right-hand just wide of the stumps and then mid-on can't gather cleanly with the retreating batsman struggling
almost through, bowler has his head in his hands, just enough bat and pad on that incutter to survive
full, pushed out to cover
yorker-length, dug out
full, glanced down leg, Hamid fields, flat throw, to the bowler and Bhatti's run out coming back for the second!
Izatullah, fast and straight, back from the City End
forward in defece
full, batsman plops forward in defence, short square collects
Short square leg in place
No way Pakistan can lose this, is there? Afghanistan fighting all the way to win themselves
through the gate! Just kisses the bails off the timbers