Pakistan 248 for 8 (Akmal 102*, Shehzad 50, Mirwaiz 2-29, Shenwari 2-34) kick Afghanistan 176 (Noor Ali 44, Hafeez 3-29, Ajmal 2-25) by 72 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Playing usually their third ODI opposite a Test-playing team, Afghanistan had Pakistan in critical risk of being bowled out for underneath 200. But Umar Akmal averted that predestine with his second ODI hundred, his dominant 89-ball 102 steering Pakistan from a unsafe 117 for 6 to a comparatively protected sum of 248 for 8, that valid adequate to give them a 72-run win.
Afghanistan got their follow off to a solid start, and usually mislaid one wicket in a initial 15 overs. But they struggled to lift their scoring rate above 4 an over. After a exclusion of Noor Ali Zadran, who had done an appealing 44, a innings slowed down further, as Asghar Stanikzai and Nawroz Mangal were mutilated by a Pakistan spinners on a slow, low pitch.
- Umar Akmal’s dominant 102 in this compare was his second ODI century. His final century was also an dominant 102, against Sri Lanka in 2009.
- Akmal’s century was usually a sixth by a Pakistan wicketkeeper in ODIs. All a other 5 are by Kamran Akmal – his final being an dominant 116 opposite Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2009.
- This was also usually a sixth ODI century by a Pakistan No. 6 and a initial given Shahid Afridi’s 124 against Bangladesh in Dambulla, in a 2010 Asia Cup.
- Pakistan combined a sum of 131 runs for their seventh to ninth wickets – a eighth-highest they have combined for their seventh to ninth wicket in ODIs. The final time they combined some-more runs for these wickets was also in a Asia Cup, against Hong Kong in Karachi in 2008.
- This was a second time in his ODI career that Misbah-ul-Haq was run out for a ‘diamond’ duck. The other instance was against Ireland in Dublin in 2013. He is a first captain to be discharged run out for a steep though confronting a ball, twice in ODIs.
- Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad combined fifty-plus runs for a opening mount initial time in 11 innings. In their prior 10 innings, they had combined 195 runs during an normal of 19.5.
- Pakistan took Afghanistan’s final 7 wickets for usually 37 runs, that equals a seventh-lowest a group has managed opposite them for their final 7 wickets.
Stanikzai and Mangal stranded during it, though, and put on 74 in 18.1 overs, before they both fell in a space of 3 balls. That began a fall that saw Afghanistan slip from 139 for 2 to 176 all out, with Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez using by a reduce order.
Last male out was Samiullah Shenwari. He had taken dual wickets during Pakistan’s innings, and had spun his legbreaks a prolonged way. He had also forsaken Akmal a candid skier during point. Akmal was on 28 during that stage, and Pakistan 146 for 6. From that point, Afghanistan’s bowlers mislaid their lengths, and went for 84 in a final 10 overs and 59 in a final five.
Afghanistan had been a explanation compartment then. Having inaugurated to play on a delayed pitch, Afghanistan showed they had an conflict that didn’t need too most assistance to keep a batsmen on a leash. Apart from one over in that their fastest bowler, Dawlat Zadran, went for 3 bounds after flapping 3 times onto Ahmed Shehzad’s pads, they bowled superb lines. The initial 10 overs usually brought Pakistan 39 runs.
Pakistan could have been one down by then. Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad had dived to his right to take a climbing round that seemed to brush Sharjeel Khan’s gloves as he attempted to lift Dawlat. Umpire Johan Cloete, however, was unmoved.
But they didn’t have to wait too long. In a 13th over, Sharjeel picked out a low midwicket fielder with a slog-sweep off left-arm spinner Hamza Hotak. At a other end, medium-pacer Mirwais Ashraf gave zero divided to Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez. After Mirwaiz had given divided 8 runs in his initial 4 overs, Hafeez attempted going after him. Having usually inside-edged an attempted toil for four, he attempted another, and sent a top-edge steepling into a hands of cover.
Three balls after reaching his fifty, Shehzad was out to another bad stroke, chopping on while perplexing to strike leg spinner Shenwari over a leg side. Pakistan were 89 for 3 after 23 overs.
That became 89 for 4 when they mislaid their captain Misbah-ul-Haq to a farcical run-out when he hadn’t nonetheless faced a ball. Sohaib Maqsood, who had set off for a singular after pulling a round from Mohammad Nabi to cover, slipped mid-pitch. Instead of completing a run after removing behind on his feet, Maqsood incited around and kick Misbah in a laughable competition to a batting crease. Wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, who had collected a throw, jogged over to a bowler’s finish and private a bails.
Maqsood and Shahid Afridi perished to slogs and left Pakistan disorder on 119 for 6. In came Anwar Ali, who had transposed Bilawal Bhatti in a team’s gait attack. On his ODI entrance opposite South Africa, Anwar had scored an dominant 43 to assistance his group redeem from 124 for 6 to what was an eventually match-winning sum of 218 for 9.
Ali done another critical grant here, adding 60 with Akmal for a seventh wicket, before he fell to a marvellous bit of fielding from Mangal, who ran behind from mid-off to long-off to locate a round dropping down over his shoulder.
Akmal, during a other end, had survived a most easier chance, after Ashraf’s divided transformation had roughly constructed an matching exclusion to that of Hafeez. After that, Akmal non-stop up, walking down a representation to a seamers and carting them to all parts. Batting on 85 during a start of a final over, Akmal took dual off a initial round and crunched Dawlat unbroken bounds to pierce to 95.
Akmal refused singles off a subsequent dual balls, after attack to fielders on a boundary. With dual balls to go and 5 runs to get for a century, Akmal strike Dawlat approach over his conduct for six. He didn’t need to run, though raced to a other finish anyway, took his helmet off, and did a sajda. In Pakistan’s prior match, he had taken them to within steer of feat opposite Sri Lanka before triggering a fall with a bad stroke. Now, he had saved his group from what could have been a really ungainly evening.