(Afghanistan make their Asia Cup debut in the third match of the tournament as they take on Pakistan. It will be a huge challenge for the Mohammad Nabi-led side against Pakistan, who will be aiming to make amends after loss in the first match. Catch live cricket scores of the match in our live blog below.)
Perhaps one player — Umar Akmal — was the only difference between the two sides. Pakistan started off on a scratchy note and it got worse for them with the middle-order collapse. But Umar Akmal’s heroics not only bailed them out of trouble but also helped them put up a strong total, which proved too much for them. Pakistan win with a bonus point. Read our match report here.
There it is! Mohammad Hafeez dismisses Samiullah Shenwari as Pakistan win by 72 runs, also earning the bonus point in the match.
OUT! S Shenwari 14(20)
Only one run scored off Saeed Ajmal’s ninth over.
Another Afghan batsman bites the dust. Shapoor Zadran goes for a big heave but gets a leading edge off Hafeez. Pakistan one wicket away from a win with a bonus point.
OUT! S Zadran
Afghanistan need 75 runs more to win from the last five overs. Saeed Ajmal cleans up Dawlat Zadran for a duck to claim his second wicket in the game.
OUT! D Zadran 0(1)
Mirwais Ashraf is run out for four as Afghanistan lose yet another wicket.
OUT! M Ashraf 4(12)
Pakistan are all over Afghanistan right now. The asking rate is above 11 now and they aren’t able to attain the momentum.
Afghanistan batsmen scramble for three runs as Mohammad Hafeez keeps it tight.
Billy Bowden, first shakes his head saying no and all of a sudden raises his finger to delcare Mohammad Nabi out leg-before. The Afghan captain had started the over with a boundary off Gul. Afghanistan now need 88 runs off nine overs to win.
OUT! M Nabi 15(13)
Afghanistan innings falling apart quickly. The required run rate is well past nine and Najibullah Zadran chops one onto his wickets. Batting powerplay ends.
OUT! N Zadran 1(6)
Blessing in disguise for Afghans as Mohammad Nabi gets two boundaries off consecutive balls — both via edges. 100 runs needed off 11 overs now.
Nawroz Mangal is back in the hit too! Ajmal bowls a wide down the leg and Mohammad Nabi came down running at the striker’s end. However, Mangal had not realised it and he was too late to make it on time. Afghanistan under immense pressure.
OUT! N Mangal 35(57)
Afridi strikes to remove Stanikzai! The batsman comes down the track to hit over the in-field but gets and edge and Mohammad Hafeez takes a simple catch. Stanikzai’s painstaking stay at the crease is over.
OUT! A Stanikzai 40(91)
Close call for Nawroz Mangal as the umpire rejects an appeal for a leg-before which looked convincing enough. Ajmal bowled a wrong one which did not turn and hit the batsman on his back leg. Five runs scored off Ajmal in this over.
The required run rate has gone past eight now as Afghanistan need few good overs to bring it down. Afridi’s eighth over gets only four runs to them. The batting powerplay has been taken.
Asghar Stanikzai and Nawroz Mangal’s partnership for the third wicket is of 59 runs now. The match heads into an interesting stage as Pakistan need to restrict Afghanistan below 198 to earn the bonus point.
Shoddy work by Umar Akmal gives four free runs to Afghanistan, who have been very impressive in this chase. Afghanistan now need 128 more runs to win from 17 overs.
Six runs from that over from Mohammad Hafeez.
Misbah is missing a trick here by keeping the pressure on by employing the spinners. Stanikzai slaps a boundary over the bowler”s head.
100 up for Afghanistan. They need to be a lot more proactive and take on the bowling to give themselves a chance of chasing the score down.
The batsmen are trying to open up against the pacers. Mangal manages o play a cheeky shot on the last ball of that over from Gul and gets a boundary. An upper-cut yielding good result.
Some respite for Afridi and Ajmal, but Hafeez continues to tie down the batsmen. There was a clear stumping chance there but Akmal fails to collect the delivery and it runs down to the boundary.
Finally some respite as Navroz Mangal comes down the track and smashes Umar Gul over his head for a boundary. It was more of a desperate shot than calculated risk. The two batsmen’s strike rate is nowhere close to what this run-chase called for.
This move was inevitable. Looking at the stuggle against spin, Misbah has brought in Mohammad Hafeez and the struggle continues. Afghanistan need 169 runs in 24 overs.
Ajmal has a wry smile on his face. He is well aware that Stanikzai is clueless against his spin and looking for big shots desperately. He somehow manages to pick a single. Three runs from that over from Ajmal,
The inexperience facing Ajmal and Afridi is evident as the batsmen are looking to play hard than pick the singles placing the ball into the gaps. Just one run from the over.
The dry run against the spinners has forced the batsmen to go for tight singles. Mangal sets off for a tight single. Stanikzai just about made it to the strikers end. The decision was referred to the third umpire and he survives.
A close leg-before appeal against Stanikzai but he survives. Probably a slider delivery from Afridi. Just one run coming from it.
Pressure building up with spinners from both ends. Just three runs from that over by Saeed Ajmal.
Stanikzai’s defensive batting is affecting Afghanistan. The required rate is surging beyond six an over.
Noor Ali was struggling against Ajmal right in the first over. He survived two close leg-before calls and was finally out for 44. Wicket -maiden for Ajmal in his first over.
OUT! Noor Ali 43(63)
Shahid Afrdi has done a great job with Anwar Ali of building the pressure. He has conceded just 10 from his four overs.
Finally! Asghar Stanikzai breaks the shackles with a cracking pull for a boundary. This was after he played five dot balls, he has had many of those dots in this innings.
Shahid Afridi is doing an excellent job for Pakistan from the other end. Only one run scored off his third over in the match. Afghanistan now need 189 runs from 34 overs at a required run rate of 5.55.
Afghan batsmen scramble for four runs off Anwar Ali in the 15th over of the match. Afganistan are in desperate need of couple of good overs.
Good over by Shahid Afridi. On the last ball, Noor Ali got a thin edge while driving, could have been a close leg-before call if he had missed.
Anwar Ali comes back into the attack and the drought of boundaries ends for Afghanistan. Noor Ali hits one through the fine-leg area.
Shahid Afridi comes into the attack and gives away only three runs. The asking rate is moving up now as it has gone past five.
Pressure building on Afghanistan as they have scored only one run in the last two overs. On the other hand, Pakistan have done well to pull back things in control. Afghanistan now need 206 runs off 39 overs.
Excellent over from Junaid Khan as it is a maiden.
Afghanistan batsmen scramble for three runs off Umar Gul’s over. Afghanistan need another 207 runs off 41 overs.
Noor Ali rocks back to punch the ball through the covers off Junaid to keep the scoreboard ticking. However, Stanikzai is yet to get off the mark after facing nine balls.
Umar Gul is creating all sorts of trouble for Afghanistan. After striking on the last ball of his previous over, he gets an edge off Noor Ali’s bat which falls short of the wicketkeeper. On the second last ball, he gets a leading edge off Asghar Stanikzai that falls safely near the non-striker’s end.
Impressive over by Junaid not allowing the Afghans to get away. Only one run scored off him.
Umar Gul strikes as Mohammad Shahzad walks back. The right-handed batsman tries to hit on the off side, but got a faint edge. Pakistani fielders go up and after little contemplation, Billy Bowden raises his finger. Earlier in the over, Noor Ali collected another boundary through the off side with a punch, and on the fourth ball he punished Gul for being wayward with a boundary on the fine-leg area.
OUT! M Shahzad 9(12)
Junaid Khan is introduced in the attack and Mohammad Shahzad sees him off with caution. Only two runs scored in that over.
Noor Ali looks in a fine touch here as he cracks one boundary through the covers off Umar Gul. Five runs scored off the third over in the second innings.
It’s been a positive start by the Afghan players. Noor Ali gets into the groove with two boundaries off Anwar Ali, who was tad erratic in his first over. 11 runs scored off the second over in the game.
Mohammad Shahzad starts off the proceedings with a boundary off the first ball from Umar Gul. He also collects two runs off the final ball.
Pakistan recovered well from a dangerous position to post a strong total against Afghanistan. Read our innings report here.
Umar Akmal has done an excellent job to lift Pakistan to a big total, rescuing them from a very difficult position. The right-handed batsman slams two boundaries and a six in the final over off Dawlat to complete his second century in ODIs, and he is absolutely delighted with his effort.
Umar Gul swats one down the wicket for six and hits a boundary on the leg side to add 13 runs from Shapoor’s last over in the game. Pakistan have picked up well in the final overs.
Umar Gul slaps one hard that sails over the midwicket boundary, and follows it up with four straight down the ground. However, he is bowled by Dawlat after adding some crucial runs for his side.
OUT! U Gul 15(12)
Pakistan go past the 200-run mark in the 47th over of the innings. It’s been an impressive effort from them after the middle-order collapse. Five runs scored off Shapoor.
Umar Akmal caresses one past point for a boundary as Pakistan seem to be picking up towards the end. 10 runs scored off Dawlat Zadran.
Umar Akmal slams a boundary through the midwicket region as Pakistan add another five crucial runs to their total, off Shapoor Zadran.
Second consecutive half-century for Umar Akmal, and it has come at a perfect time for his side in this game. This is Akmal’s 19th One-Day International (ODI) half-century. Five runs scored off Dawlat’s seventh over of the game.
What a catch by Nawroz Mangal! Anwar Ali tries to clear the in field with a lofted shot off Mirwais Ashraf, but Mangal, fielding at mid-off sprints to his left, covers lot of ground, maintains his balance and grabs the ball with perfection. Afghanistan are delighted! Umar Gul walks in.
OUT! A Anwar ()
Only four runs scored off Mohammad Nabi’s eighth over in the game. Umar Akmal is nearing his second consecutive half-century, and he will be pleased with his effort.
Umar Akmal and Anwar Ali have somewhat rescued Pakistan with their unbeaten 54-run stand. Umar smashed a boundary over mid-on to provide Pakistan some much-needed momentum.
The last ball of the powerplay is dispatched for a boundary by Anwar Ali off Mohammad Nabi. Pakistan scored 22 runs in it. The seventh-wicket partnership between Anwar and Umar is of 47 runs.
Shapoor has been on the money in his second spell. The lanky bowler gives away only two runs. Pakistan have scored only 15 runs off the last four overs.
Umar shrugs off some pressure with a fine stroke through the covers off Nabi. Pakistan crawl past the 150-run mark in the 38th over of the game.
Unlucky for Afghanistan! Shapoor Zadran comes in to the attack after a long break. From around the wicket he creates an angle to beat Umar Akmal once and on the second last ball of the over, the Pakistan batsman follows the trend of playing a reckless shot. The ball goes high in the air and Samiullah Shenwari drops it at the point area. Umar is down on his knees for a long time, contemplating why he played such a shot. But that has to be the case with many of their batsmen in this game.
Mohammad Nabi keeps it tight in the first over of the batting powerplay as the Pakistan batsmen manage only two runs off him. Anwar Ali is trying hard to keep the strike rotating, but he has to be more careful in the middle.
Shenwari bowls a full toss and Umar Akmal dispatches it for a six over the long-on fielder. Good over for Pakistan as they add eight runs off it. Time for the batting powerplay.
Anwar Ali gets a boundary off Hotak as Pakistan batsmen add five more runs to their total. Pakistan need these two batsmen to hang in there and get some crucial runs.
It’s been a splendid effort with the ball by Samiullah Shenwari. He has given away only 26 runs off his six overs, and has taken the key wickets of Sohaib Maqsood and Ahmed Shehzad.
Hamza Hotak returns to bowl and continues the good work. Pakistan batsmen could manage only three runs off him.
Anwar Ali survives a close appeal for stumping off Shenwari. only three runs scored off the 31st over of the innings.
Well, Afridi’s poor run in international cricket continues as he is cleaned up by Dawlat off a very poor stroke. Pakistan are in dire straits totally, and Umar Akmal will be feeling the pressure now in the middle.
OUT! S Afridi 6(11)
Samiullah Shenwari continues from the other end as Pakistan batsmen Afridi and Umar scramble for four runs. It’s a good opportunity for Afridi to get few runs under his belt, as he hasn’t scored a half-century since July 2013.
Dawlat Zadran comes back into the attack as Pakistan batsmen collect three runs from his over.
Another Pakistan batsmen bites the dust! Sohaib Maqsood tries to hit over the fielder at mid-on but does not connects properly. Samiullah Shenwari bags his second wicket in the game. Out-of-form Shahid Afridi is the new man in, and he gets off the mark with a single.
OUT! S Maqsood 13(25)
Another good over for Pakistan as nine runs come from that over of Mohammad Nabi. Maqsood hits his second boundary of the innings.
Sohaib Maqsood smashes a boundary through the long-on region as Pakistan collect seven runs from that over of Shenwari.
Big wicket! Afghanistan seems to be all over Pakistan here at this moment. Maqsood pushes through the covers and starts for a single, but slips and turns back towards the striker’s end. Meanwhile, Misbah-ul-Haq comes running towards the same end. Afghanistan wicketkeeper, Mohammad Shehzad, zips through to the bowler’s end to complete a run-out.
OUT! Misbah 0(0)
Samiullah Shenwari comes into the attack and tastes success early on. He gets the priced scalp of Ahmed Shehzad, who completed his half-century earlier in the over. This knock has been the only bright spot for Pakistan in this innings, which was undone by a careless stroke by the batsman. He went for a big heave, the ball took an inside edge and crashed into the wickets. Pakistan in a spot of bother here.
OUT! A Shehzad 50(74)
Splendid effort from Mirwais Ashraf as he bowls his first maiden over of the innings.
Pakistan batsmen scramble for three runs off Hamza. Sohaib Maqsood is the new man in, and he will be eager to get away from the disappointment from the last game. Shehzad is well set and he is the key for Pakistan.
There’s the second wicket! Mirwais Ashraf is hit for two boundaries — one each by Shehzad and Hafeez — but the bowler has the last laugh. Hafeez is caught at mid-off by Afghan captain Mohammad Nabi as he goes for a big shot but mistimes it and the ball goes high in the air. Afghanistan get the reward of creating pressure in the middle overs.
OUT! M Hafeez 10(16)
Another tight over from Hamza as only three runs are scored off the 19th over of the game. Pakistan will be looking to pick up after the slump.
Runs have dried up for Pakistan as not a single boundary has been hit since Sharjeel Khan’s dismissal. Another tight over from Mirwais as only two runs are scored off him. Pakistan have scored at 1.80 runs per over in the last five overs.
Hamza Hotak too has been very impressive today. The left-arm spinner doesn’t give any room to Shehzad and some good fielding helps him in sending down the second maiden over of the innings.
Very, very impressive stuff from Mirwais. The right-handed medium pacer is keeping it tight, not allowing the Pakistan batsmen to score freely off him.
Hamza Hotak beats Mohammad Hafeez on the final ball of the over, which hints that this track can support the spinners. Two runs scored off the 15th over in the innings.
Impressive from Mirwais Ashraf as only two runs are scored off his second over in the game.
Well, the change in bowling end has worked for Hamza Hotak. Sharjeel goes for a big heave towards the leg side in a bid to clear the boundary, but is caught in the deep.
OUT! S Khan 25(37)
One more change in the bowling attack as Mirwais Ashraf comes in. Just one run scored off that over.
Sharjeel Khan hits in the air towards the midwicket area, and on the next ball, dances down the track to hit a six. Sharjeel and Shehzad have now added 50 runs for the first wicket. Nabi’s second over yields 13 runs.
Change in the bowling attack as Dawlat Zadran is replaced by Hamza Hotak. The left-arm spinner makes an impressive start with only two runs scored off his first over in the game.
Mohammad Nabi, the Afghan captain comes in to the attack in place of Shapoor Zadran. Only two runs scored off him.
Shehzad picks two boundaries through the midwicket region off Dawlat. The right-arm bowler was on the money in the first three overs, but with a full toss and a wide down the leg which was hit for a boundary, he has somewhat slipped. 12 runs scored off that over.
Pakistan batsmen scramble to add another five runs to their total off Shapoor. There was an appeal for a leg-before against Sharjeel on the second ball of the over but it hit too high on the leg.
Ahmed Shehzad is getting in the groove as he is striking the ball well. He gets one boundary through the cover region off Dawlat in the sixth over of the game.
Ahmed Shehzad cracks a boundary through the covers off Shapoor to shrug off a slow start. Good over for Pakistan as seven runs come off it.
Sharjeel Khan gets a lifeline! The left-handed batsman attempts a pull off Dawlat, the ball brushes his gloves and wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad does a fine job to collect it on his left. But unfortunately, the umpire did not see the deflection and the decision goes in favour of the batsman. Indeed an impressive start by Afghanistan.
Ahmed Shehzad gets on the strike for the first time in the game. Shapoor is once again on target as he bowls a maiden.
Dawlat Zadran comes in from the other end and he maintains an excellent line and length, not allowing Sharjeel Khan to get away. But the final ball had some width and Sharjeel put it away for a boundary with ease through the covers.
Afghanistan’s lanky pacer Shapoor Zadran starts the proceedings in the third match of the Asia Cup 2014 tournament. Just a single off the first over.
Toss: Afghanistan have won the toss and elected to bowl. Pakistan have made one change in their team, Anwar Ali comes in for Bilawal Bhatti. Misbah says he is happy batting first.
Teams:Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Asghar Stanikzai, Noor Ali, Navroze Mangal, Najibbullah Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf, Hamza Hotak, Samiullah Shenwari.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the third match of the Asia Cup 2014 between Afghanistan and Pakistan at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah. This is Devarchit Varma and I will be bringing you the updates of this game. Read preview of the match here. It will be a huge test for Afghanistan when they make their Asia Cup debut by taking on defending champions Pakistan. Mohammad Nabi‘s Afghanistan came in for the Asia Cup after their qualification for the 50-over ICC World Cup 2015 scheduled next year.